Information on Miedzyrzecz
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Miedzyrzecz is one of the most interesting towns in the province of Lubuskie in west of Poland. The town itself has a population of around 19,000 and in the immediate Miedzyrzecz area some 25,000 inhabitants. The majority of the area is covered by forests; and there are over twenty picturesque lakes and the beautiful River Obra. These forests are a wildlife lovers paradise and filled with a wide range of wild animals and birds, such as wild boar and black storks, and delicious mushrooms. The lakes are ideal for anyone with an interest in fishing or water sports. The Miedzyrzecz district has over 250 kms of cycling and canoeing routes. This combined with the area's innumerable historical attractions makes Miedzyrzecz a potentially very attractive destination for tourists from all over Poland, Europe, and the rest of the world.
The town's origins go back to the 9th century when Boleslaus the Brave settled Benedictine missionaries in what later became Międzyrzecz. In the following centuries control of the town and area around changed hands several times. Poles, Brandenburgers, Swedes, and Prussians all played a part in the history of Międzyrzecz. From 1793 until the end of the Second World War, Miedzyrzecz was part of Prussia, Germany; and named Meseritz. In 1945 following the defeat of Germany and the redrawing of the borders of Poland, Miedzyrzecz, the town's German inhabitants were expelled and replaced by Poles who had largely moved from the east of Poland. Since that time the town of Miedzyrzecz and the area around it has been Polish.
The town of Międzyrzecz is situated on the beautiful Obra River and its tributary, the Paklica. Międzyrzecz boasts many attractions including an attractive town square and hall; a castle from the times of Boleslaus the Brave; and a museum with a unique collection of coffin portraits. The impressive moated castle dates from the 14th century and was built on the site of the former wooden fortified town. It is now set in a beautiful 6 hectare park dating back to the 18th century. Close to the castle there is the former residence of starosts from the 18th century, which now houses the town's museum. The Miedzyrzecz museum has a unique collection of coffin paintings and a large and interesting ethnographic collection. In the centre of the market square there is the attractive brick-built and turreted town hall, some of which dates back to 1581. Behind the town hall is the equally impressive St. Wojciech's Church built in 1834 in a late-classical style. The nearby parish Gothic church dates from the 15th century. Visitors to Międzyrzecz might also like to see the 19th century Jewish Synagogue.
Międzyrzecz and the surrounding countryside is perfect for lovers of nature, walking, and water based activities, such as canoeing, fishing, and swimming. The rivers and lakes in the Miedzyrzecz area are breeding areas for mute swans and many other species of bird. Just outside the town is the Międzyrzecz Fortified Region - a defensive system of bunkers, tunnels, and fortifications built on Hitler's orders in the 1930s. Many rare bats now live in the mysterious underground tunnels and chambers and a sanctuary has been established here called “Nietoperek”. Closeby visitors can still find interesting traces of the presence of the Russian army. Nearby attractions include the Notecka Forest; a well preserved 19th Jewish cemetery; a wonderfully preserved Cistercian abbey; dozens of beautiful churches and roadside religious shrines; the Rokitno Catholic retreat; a working steam railway skansen; Lagow castle; the picturesque lakeside town of Lubniewice; and the Lagow and Pszczew Nature Reserves (National Parks).
Nearby towns and villages: Bledzew; Bobowicko; Boryszyn; Brojce; Bukowiec; Chelmsko; Chycina; Dabrowka Wielkopolska; Glebokie; Glisno; Goraj; Gorunsko; Gorzyca; Goscikowo; Grochowo; Jordanowo; Kalsko; Kalawa; Keszyca; Keszyca Lesna; Kleszczewo; Krobielewko; Kuligowo; Kursko; Lagow; Lubikowo; Lubniewice; Lutol Mokry; Nietoperek; Nowa Wies; Obrzyce; Osiecko; Paradyż; Pieski; Pniewo; Policko; Popowo; Przytoczna; Pszczew; Rokitno; Sieniawa; Skoki; Skwierzyna; Sokola Dąbrowa; Stary Dwór; Stary Dworek; Stolun; Strzyzewo; Święty Wojciech; Świniary; Szarcz; Szumiaca; Templewo; Trzciel; Trzemeszno; Wedrzyn; Wiejce; Wielowieś; Wysoka; Wyszanowo; Zarzyn; Zemsko; Zolwin
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German Nazi Ostwall Fortifications
Information on Miedzyrzecz
Old images of pre-war Meseritz
Regional links: Lubuskie Lake District
Miedzyrzecz during the Communist (PRL) Period
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Miedzyrzecz : a great little town in Poland