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Wielkopolska

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Greater Poland

Wielkopolskie (Greater Poland) is the historical heart of Poland, and even sometimes termed "the cradle of Poland". The Wielkopolska region is a flat region interspersed with forests and lakes. It was the base of the ancient Polanie tribe, a Slavic tribe from which the Polish nation emerged. Some historians believe that Gniezno is where Mieszko, Poland's first historical ruler, was baptized in 966, and which became Poland's first capital. Despite Poland's capital changing to Kraków in 1038, Wielkopolska, however, remained an integral part of Poland until its annexation by Prussia at the time of the second partition (1773). From that date on the region underwent intensive Germanization. After Germany's defeat in the first world war most of the region was reincorporated into Poland, the rest at the end of the Second World War. 

Greater Poland comprises much of the area drained by the Warta River and its tributaries, including the Noteć River. There are two major geographic regions. In the north, the lake district, full of post-glacial lakes and hills. In the south, the rather flat plain. See also our other page on Wielkopolskie and sections on the neighbouring provinces of Kuyavia-Pomerania; Lubuskie; Lower Silesia; Pomorskie; and Zachodniopomorskie.

 

Towns and Cities:

Chodziez

Czarnkow

Gniezno

Gostyn

Grodzisk

Jarocin

Kalisz

Kepno

Kolo

Konin

Koscian

Krotoszyn

Krzyz Wielkopolski

Leszno

Lubon

Miedzychod

Mosina

Murowana Goslina

Nowy Tomysl

Oborniki

Ostrow Wielkopolskie

Ostrzeszow

Pila

Pleszew

Pniewy

Poznan

Rawicz

Rogozno

Sierakow

Slupca

Srem

Sroda Wielkopolska

Strzyzewo

Swarzedz

Szamotuly

Trzcianka

Turek

Wagrowiec

Wolsztyn

Wronki

Wrzesnia

Zbaszyn

Zlotow

German name:

Kolmar

Czarnikau / Scharnikau

Gnesen

Gostingen

Grätz

Jarotschin

Kalisch

Kempen

Wartbruecken

Konin

Kosten

Krotoschin

Kreuz

Lissa

Luban

Birnbaum

Moschin

Murowana Goslin

Neutomischel

Obornik

Ostrow

Schildberg

Schneidemühl

Pleschen

Pinne

Posen

Rawitsch

Rogasen

Zirke

Slupca / Stralkowo

Schrimm

Schroda

Strase

Schwersenz

Samter

Schönlanke

Turek

Wongrowitz

Wollstein

Wronke

Wreschen

Bentschen

Flatow

 

 

  

 

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