Tourists visiting our city will find many attractions here. The city boasts an abundance of history and tradition. Known also as the "City of Wine", it certainly has a unique atmosphere. The picturesque Old Town and Wine Hill with its Palm House are only a few of the many sites that are associated with the history of our city and visitors are immediately captivated by its charm and the omnipresent grapevine motif.

The greenery and picturesque quality of the Zielona Gora region are additional reasons to spend one's holidays here. We also have a lot to offer to those who prefer to spend their leisure time actively. Sport and recreation play a significant role in the lives of the city inhabitants and farm tourism is also thriving around Zielona Gora.

The many cultural and entertainment events, a variety of places of interest, the atmosphere of the city and very good natural environmental conditions are essential qualities to encourage tourists to visit the "City of Wine", a sphere of life, on which the local authorities would like to place a particular emphasis on developing. Zielona Gora offers accommodation for more than 1,200 visitors but efforts are constantly being made to further develop the accommodation facilities.

There are many sites in Zielona Gora worth seeing. There are the characteristic 19th century tenement houses in the Old Town especially around the Market Square and in the streets leading up to it. The Old Town has retained its layout without any significant changes since the 18th century. The Market Square was set out on a rectangular plan (60m x 160m) and the flower stalls of Zielona Gora have taken a particular liking to this place. In the summer months the restaurants and bars that surround the Square also arrange their tables there. In the centre of the Old Town is the Town Hall which dates back to the second half of the 15th century. Its 54m high tower is crowned by a three storey Baroque roof. The Town Hall building houses, among others, the Registry Office, the City Council Meeting Hall and Chamber of the Founders of Zielona Gora.

The Hunger Tower is situated on Krawiecka Street, formerly known as the Bath Tower. A long time ago it used to be part of one of the city entrance gates and it is a very characteristic landmark of Zielona Gora. Today it is used as an observation platform and a storage facility. The Tower, together with the nearby Timber market (on the present Drzewna Street), are linked with the history of the witch trials that took place here in the 16th century.

Winemaking traditions

One of the most characteristic symbols of Zielona Gora is the grapevine and its fruit. The tradition of vine growing in our city goes back to the beginning of the 14th century and it is believed that the monks growing the grapevines in the monastery gardens were its pioneers. It was probably at the time when the nobility began to establish vineyards on their estates that the custom of the Grape Harvest (Winobranie) and the exuberant celebrations came into being. Over the centuries the tradition was subject to changing fortunes until in the 19th century the regional authorities of Zielona Gora decided that it was a splendid opportunity to promote the city, thus the customary merrymaking that used to accompany the grape harvest in September was modified into a series of organized events. Since 1852, the most important element of the Grape Harvest celebrations has become the joyful and colourful parade with participants in various elaborate costumes and artists of all kinds led by, who else but the god of wine himself, Bacchus.

After the Second World War the inhabitants of Zielona Gora decided to revive the German tradition of the grape harvest and fetes with sports and artistic events were organized. In recent years, the city authorities have decided to turn this unique tradition, which has no counterpart anywhere else in Poland, into one of the main tourist attractions of the city. In order to achieve this goal, much work has been done to recreate the vineyards in the city. This initiative has all the makings of becoming a great success, mainly due to the warm climate and development of many weather-resistant species of grapevine. The local authorities have made every effort to plant grapevines in the city by spot-planting at the sides of streets and squares. Also, more and more small vineyards are being established near people's houses every year and big plantations with wine production prospects are being located in the vicinity of the city. The September Grape Harvest Celebration is growing in popularity and experiencing its best years ever.

Location and how to get there

Zielona Gora's position closeness to the Polish-German border, its proximity to major traffic arteries and its surrounding natural beauty are the greatest assets of the city.

Zielona Gora has a very favourable geographical location. The international routes and railway lines intersect in its vicinity, connecting Scandinavia with southern Europe and Warsaw with Berlin. The international road E65 (DK3 in Poland) and the national roads DK27 and DK32 (Droga Krajowa) run nearby. Furthermore, over 200 km of motorways and expressways are to be built near the city, completing the A2 and A4 motorways which run from the border with Germany to the east and the S3 leading north to south from Swinoujscie to the border with the Czech Republic.

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