We do not need to convince anybody that active recreation has a lot of advantages. The diversity of its forms makes it a suitable pastime regardless of age or time of year. It develops curiosity in the world, improves physical fitness, teaches discipline, is conducive of tightening ties, getting to know others and oneself. It combines elements of sport, recreation, natural and cultural tourism, while possessing great cognitive values. Active tourism fits perfectly in the current trends: taking care of health, fitness and vitality. it is something more than spending leisure time actively. It is a method for healthy living and a lifestyle.
Lubuskie is the region that is especially conducive of active tourism, almost in any form. These are the most forested areas in Poland, crossed by numerous hiking, cycling and nordic walking routes; they cover a few hundred water reservoirs and a dense network of rivers which are conducive of water sports; this is also a multitude of tourist attractions and captivating landscapes, encouraging to discover more and more.
By means of this publication we would like to encourage all Guests to our region and those who have not been here yet, to become acquainted with the possibilities offered by Lubuskie in active tourism and to benefit from the variety of attractions offered to tourists all year round. Brief information on the types of active recreation, photos and contact details are intended to inspire you to further, independent discovering of our region. Entities listed in the folder are primarily those which through their websites allow you to find more information than those included in the publication. Additionally, we encourage you to use the interactive tourist information system, dedicated to the adventure and active tourism:
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Lubuskie is the land of forests and lakes. Over 500 water reservoirs, including several dozens of larger lakes and a dense network of rivers with numerous tributaries which create favourable conditions for practising all kinds of water sports. The advantages of this area will be appreciated by nature lovers and enthusiasts of active recreation on water and underwater. The province is intersected by numerous canoeing routes, and there are well equipped sailing centres. The region is crossed by the Oder, and also by Warta, Noteć and Bóbr rivers which, offering numerous waterways, create perfect conditions for water sports and have attractive canoeing routes. Sailors may cross the waters of the Sławski, Niesłysz and Trześniowski or Łagowski lakes and hundreds of smaller ones. There are sailing clubs and marinas, regattas are held, and during summer holidays you can participate in sailing courses. There are numerous riverside and lakeside hostels, as well as equipment rentals available for canoeing enthusiasts in Lubuskie. Smaller rivers whose banks are overgrown with forest, as well as ribbon lakes connected through channels, create perfect conditions for canoeing expeditions, forming routes of various length and various degrees of difficulty. The longest of them are: Lubuski Waterway, over 200 km long, going along Obra and Warta rivers, "Lubuskie Mazury" canoeing route, covering lakes across the Strzelce and Drezdenko district or canoeing routes on the rivers Obra and Warta.
Picturesque forest and lake lands, interspersed with numerous remains of the rich history of the Lubuskie region, create excellent conditions for the development of tourist routes, including cycling routes. More and more people value active recreation and switch from cars to bicycles, at least for the time of summer holidays or weekend breaks. The R1 cycling route runs through the region, and the entire province is intersected by a network of cycling routes. Further sections of professional cycling road are being built, many of which join regional, transregional (including cross-border) routes with uniform signs. Sulęcin is considered to be the Lubuskie "bicycle centre". In its vicinity so-called large (approx. 90 km) and small (not longer than 20 km) loops were designed that make it possible to get to know the most attractive places for visiting and relaxation in the nearest vicinity from the two-wheel perspective. There are numerous forest camps, agritourist farms, guesthouses, campsites offered to cyclists. In many of these places you can also easily rent bicycles.
Hiking is one of the most popular forms of tourism. It particular value is the fact that it can be practised virtually by everyone, regardless of age and time of the year. Hiking in the Lubuskie parts is the continuous discovering of the beauty of varieties offered by nature. Both an amateur of lazy walks and an ardent hiker can find something for themselves among the tourist routes crossing forests, meadows, lakelands and ice-marginal valleys, with the total length of almost 1500 km. These include very easy and very difficult trails, suburban, environmental, walking, landscape and regional trails, leading around the most interesting sites, such as e.g. the 23-kilometre route from Żagań to Żary or the 60-kilometre route from Gościkowo to Świebodzin. Some of them are perfect for Sunday trips, other will be an opportunity for longer hiking trips with a backpack and a tent. Numerous city trails will make it possible to become acquainted with the rich history and the most interesting parts of cities and towns of Lubuskie, whereas nature lovers will be offered special sensations by the trails running through the areas of landscape parks - the Łagowski park will charm with beech forests and landscapes of ribbon lakes, Gryżyński park - with varied, post-glacial terrain, oak avenues and beaver habitats, in Krzesiński park, on the territory of the Kłopot village, we encounter a colony of white storks, unique in Europe, and in the "Muskau Bend" park admiration will be aroused by an exceptional, visible from space, geological formation - a 40-kilometre end moraine, whose area has been classified as a National Geopark.
The Lubuskie province has currently the largest network of Nordic Walking trails in Poland. Over 500 km of trails facilitate visiting of the most beautiful and most interesting places of the region, combining the communion with nature and active recreation. More and more people, in different age groups, discover the benefits of walking with poles - there are already a few thousand active "pole walkers" here. Due to walks along marked trails, curiosities of Lubuskie lands may be found and their historic and natural attractions may be rediscovered. The largest concentration of Nordic Walking trails is located on the Zielona Góra Ridge (trails of the total length of approx. 300 km), and on the territory of the Muskau Bend, the so-called Sacral Triangle (Rokitno-Gościkowo-Święty Wojciech) and near Sulęcin.
The Zielona Góra Ridge is the highest elevation in the Western Poland between the Baltic See and Sudetes. On a fine day, the Karkonosze Mountains from Śnieżka Mount to Szrenica Mount are visible from here. The hills of the elevation formed by glacier are overgrown with forests. The relative difference here can reach as much as 100 m! The southern slopes of the Ridge are most picturesque. Forests cut by paths are a perfect place for enthusiasts of walking with poles to practise Nordic Walking, as they are provided here with almost mountain terrain, but it is soft underfoot. Since 2008, there have been over 400 km of trails created on the ridge for walking with poles, and the ridge has become a mecca for enthusiasts of Nordic Walking tourism. The Zielona Góra Ridge - the land of Nordic Walking is the largest centre of this type of tourism in Poland.
Despite the fact that equestrian tourism is one of the less common forms of adventure tourism, in the Lubuskie Province it is becoming increasingly important and is developing dynamically. It creates the possibility of contacts with nature, satisfies the desire to test oneself, improve fitness and health. Horseback riding has become a fashionable method of relaxation, and the number of entities rendering services for horseback riding tourist continues to grow. Many of them use the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding conducting hippotherapy classes. There are several dozen horseback riding centres in the Lubuskie Province. Some of them function at agritourism farms, other at schools, guesthouses, hotels and inns; they are usually beautifully situated among forests and lakes. The centres offer a wide range of services: ranging from horseback riding lessons under the guidance of qualified instructors, through various outdoor events, to advanced classes (cross courses, jumping). Most of them have modern stables, indoor manèges, horse competition ring and assist in horse transportation. They offer perfect conditions to organize shorter trips and a few-day rallies.
On land or in the air - if you are a thrill seeker, the Lubuskie region has a variety of attractions to offer. The capital of air tourism is Przylep, situated near Zielona Góra, where the airport and the headquarters of the Aeroclub of the Lubuskie Land, which serves aviation, training, hotel and restaurant services, are located You may enrol on a course in one of the many sections, participate in training camps or simply try a tourist flight by a glider or hot-air balloon. Enthusiasts of four wheels and off-road driving may participate in one of the many racing events which have a long tradition on Lubuskie lands and are addressed both to professionals and amateurs. Moreover, a number of entities offer off-road events, paint-ball or diving courses, which are promoted in the region by the multitude of water reservoirs in the Lubuskie region. A visit to the ZOO-Safari in Świerkocin or to the Dinosaur Park in Nowiny Wielkie will certainly be an adventure for the youngest.
Lubuskie, the most forested province in Poland, has been attracting hunters to its lands for years. It is one of the regions where hunting culture is still alive. For a very long time the hunting grounds of this area have been famous for the richness of wildlife - in the Lubuskie forests you can meet fallow deer, deer, wild boards, roe deer, hares, pheasants, partridges, ducks, as well as predators, such as fox, marten, badger, raccoon dog and mink. Hunters are offered hunting lodging and numerous agritourism farm, and they are guaranteed the on-site assistance of one of the hunting clubs in obtaining transportation, lodging or hiring an experienced guide.
Due to the natural conditions and the number of water reservoirs and water courses, this form of recreation in the Lubuskie province enjoys great popularity. The waters of this area abound in many species of fish (approx. 50), including even those with high requirements regarding environmental conditions. Here you can find trout, bull trout, grayling, vendaces, white carps, tenches, pikes, crucians, catfishes, roaches, breams... Mostly visited by fishermen water reservoirs are the following lakes: Łagowskie and Trześniowskie, reservoirs near Ośno Lubuskie, Krosno Odrzańskie, Lubrza or Pszczew, as well as the following rivers: Oder, Kwisa, Pliszka and Bóbr. Visitors may enjoy the hospitality of the Polish Angling Association and its waterside hostels or find accommodation in resorts, private houses and agritourism farms, many of which are located in the tourist towns of the region.