Wielkopolska / Greater Poland

The Arboretum (Institute of Dendrology Polish Academy of Sciences)

  Zamkowa, Kórnik     more than a year ago
Having toured round the castle don’t make the mistake of ignoring the arboretum outside. Originally it was our favourite white lady, Teofila, who founded the gardens, creating a park in the popular French style with trimmed shrubs, artificial ponds and stone statues. The garden was completely remodelled by Tytus Działyński, who expanded the park, imported many of the trees currently standing and gave it its English look. Today the fifty-hectare site serves as a marvellous walk, with numerous protected species and trees from as far away as China. Winding pathways take you round the site, providing many memorable scenes no matter what season you’re visiting in. Linden trees, dating back 300 years, line the Arboretum's main route, taking you round the various lakes and rivers. Like the castle, the landscape park was saved from the ravages of WWII by a quick-thinking member of staff. Alarmed that Soviet soldiers were chopping down trees for firewood the gardener appealed to the patriotism of the Soviet commander, declaring that the forest was also home to the Siberian apple tree! Appalled by this desecration, the commander stopped his troops in their tracks and the park was saved. Battered by storms in January 2007, the park has stood the tests and trials of time, its status confirmed by the presence of the Institute of Dendrology Polish Academy of Sciences.


Open May-June 10:00 - 19:00; April& July-Sept 10:00-18:00; Oct 10:00-17:00; Nov-March 10:00-16:00. Last entrance 60 minutes before closing. Closed Mondays.

Price/Additional Info

Tickets 12/9zł, family ticket 20zł. € € € € €


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