Curiosities

An uneven battle

section: Nature

Three famous protected Rogalin oak trees, Lech, Czech and Rus, are under threat from the likewise protected Great Capricorn beetle. Experts opine that the beetle is the more threatened species and so the oaks are slowly losing an uneven battle.

Santa Maria in Puszczykowo

section: Tourism

A full-scale replica of the Santa Maria, the ship on which Columbus sailed to America, is on display at the Arkady Fiedler Museum in Puszczykowo.

The Morasko Meteorite Nature Reserve

section: Nature

The Morasko Meteorite Nature Reserve, the only one of its kind in the world, can be found inside the Poznań city limits. Several craters formed from the impact of a meteor strike about 5,000 years ago are preserved here.

The largest fair trade in polish history

section: History

The General National Exhibition, held in Poznań in 1929, was the largest trade fair in Polish history, drawing 4.5 million visitors. What Poland had achieved during its first 10 years of independence went on public display.

The Enigma code breaking

section: History

The Enigma code was broken by three mathematics students from the University of Poznań - Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski.

The longest bridge in Poland

section: Tourism

Poland's longest bridge (1507 m) carries a pipeline that takes ash from the "Pątnów" power plant to a disused waste heap in Gosławice, near Konin.

Mount Adina

Mount Adina, one of the peaks of Australia's Blue Mountains, was named by Paweł Strzelecki in honour of his beloved Aleksandryna Turno, who came from Objezierze in Wielkopolska.

The world's largest wicker basket

The world's largest wicker basket, according to Guinness World Records, was woven in Nowy Tomyśl in 2000. It is 17.3 m long, 9.5 m wide and weighs 12 t. It was woven by 50 weavers over 3 days.

The largest bat colony in Europe

section: Nature

Europe's largest bat colony (about 20,000) can be found in the Nietoperek Reserve, created in the vaults of the Międzyrzecz Fortified Region.

Ceremonial blessing of animals in Mikstat

section: Tourism

There is a ceremonial blessing of animals during the St. Roch Church parish fair. The priest blesses farm animals like horses, cows, sheep and poultry, as well as pets like cats and dogs. He stops at parrots and hamsters.