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Kalisz is the oldest city in Poland. Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy) mentions "Calisia" in the 2nd century AD.

City History

Borek-Wielkopolski is a town situated on the Pogona River, 18 km east of Gostyń. It owes its name to its original location, close to a nearby forest [borek meaning a small forest in Polish.]

Buk is a town situated in Poznań Lake District, ca. 30 km west of Poznań. Legend has it that the original burg-city derived its name from the place Mieszko I, the first Duke of Poland, died in 992 while hunting for bison.

The county seat is in the Chodzież Lakeland in the Voivodeship of Wielkopolska, between Lakes Miejskie (Chodzież), Karczewnik and Strzeleckie. Chodzież is mostly known as a large centre for the ceramics industry and for tourism.

The county seat lies on the left bank of the Noteć on the boundary of the Gorzów basin and the Chodzież Lakeland. The chronicler Janko of Czarnków was most probably born here.

Dolsk is situated in County of Śrem, ca. 12 km south of Śrem. This one of the smallest Wielkopolska towns is situated between the lakes Dolskie-Wielkie and Dolskie-Małe.

The rich history of the county seat is most strongly connected with the origins of the Polish state. The city takes its name from the legend of having been founded where the nest (“gniazdo” in Polish) of a white eagle was sighted.

The county seat lies on the edge of the Leszno High Plain above the Kania river. The name is probably derived from the medieval forename “Gostek” or “Goston”.

The county seat is situated on the Letnica river in the Poznań Lakeland. The distinctly medieval character of the name comes from its medieval name Grodisze. The second part, Wielkopolski, was added after WW1 (1914-1918).

The capital-town of West Kujawy (Kuyavia), Inowrocław is a county town with a rich history behind it. A health resort, a salt mining centre of importance – also referred to as a ‘town on the salt’, it altogether forms an important point as you go along the Piast Route.

The county seat lies on the Kalisz High Plain, about 50 km north-west of Kalisz. In 2005, the city authorities tried to revive the alternative Rock Musicians’ Festival which had been held here between 1983 and 1994.

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