Sitting prominently in the city centre of Zielona Góra is the Old Town Square. It includes the impressive Town Hall (Ratusz) in the middle and lots of cafés, bars, shops and restaurants surrounding it. This is a good place to get your bearings in the city, and watch the world go by while you sip a coffee. The clock bells chime on the hour and you’ll find a lot of tourist information here, on boards, in English, Polish, Russian and German. For wine lovers, head into the trendy Winiarnia Bachus housed in the Town Hall itself.
Planetarium Venus is a fun day out for people of all ages. It is a science centre and planetarium containing a 3D video room, information on the planets and lots of fun and games for science lovers to get involved in. Check out the website for special events and shows, some of which require a separate ticket.
Generała Władysława Sikorskiego 10, 65-454 Zielona Góra, Poland, +48 693 891 680
As you wander through the streets of Zielona Góra, you might notice some small statues, similar to the famous Dwarves of Wrocław. Start in the Old Town Square and see how many of these you can find – they all have a link to wine. Each statue has a plaque next to it explaining its meaning.
Zielona Góra’s proximity to Germany means that Protestantism was once important here and you can still attend a service in a Protestant church. The Protestant population decreased during the 17th century, notably during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–48) which sowed the seeds for the end of Protestantism in the area. Thanks to Pope John Paul II, catholicism dominates Poland, but Protestantism still exists. Head to the Baptist church on Ulica Długa.
Długa 8A, 65-980 Zielona Góra, Poland, +48 68 453 16 09
The Palm House in Zielona Góra is a unique place for the city, and for Poland. It contains the Palm House, an impressive building which is 20 metres tall, has an intriguing façade and includes a cosy restaurant inside. But it goes further than that – it’s also a garden and a leafy park in the heart of the city which also houses an aquarium inside with tropical fish including piranhas. There are sublime views of the city from Palm House and greenery all around.
Wrocławska 12A, 65-427 Zielona Góra, Poland, +48 68 478 45 50