Namysłów Area is characterized by beautiful landscapes, numerous monuments and turbulent history. The region possesses both diverse landscape and economy and its pearl is more than 750-year-old Namysłów. Namysłów Area lies almost entirely within the borders of Oleśnica Plain.
The landscape’s distinguishing feature is its diversity between woodless north areas and forested middle and south part. Here Namysłów Wood represents the remains of primeval forest of early historic times.
Sandy hills are a characteristic feature of the southern part of the region. The huge and picturesque moraine embankments attracted people’s attention as early as in Mesozoic time (10,000 – 4,200 B.C.); encampments, settlements and cemeteries were set here. Dry, well sunned and located near sources of water, the hills made a suitable area for ancient farmers, breeders and . hunters.
Most of the hills can be found in the area of Świerczów, Dąbrowa Namysłowska and Kuźnica. Colonization remains of the pre-Slavic Lusatian Culture (1,300 – 400 B.C.), the east-Pomeranian Culture (500 – 400 B.C.) and a group of Slavic people given the name of Przeworsk Culture dating from 3rd – 4th century A.D. have all been found here.
Namysłów Area offers a lot opportunities for adventurous tourists sensitive to the surrounding. The region lies far away from industrial areas which makes it clean, quiet and green. Thus we are a “Green Poviat” warmly welcoming visitors to spend their free time with us if it is an hour, a day or a weekend.
Stobrawski Landscape Park is a green symbol of the south part of Namysłów Poviat. It covers the area of as many as 52 thousand hectares and includes lands belonging to 14 communes, among others Namysłów, Pokój, Świerczów, Doszowice. Vast forest complexes make almost 80% of the Park area. It is the youngest landscape park in Opole province.
Created in 1999 the park makes a perfect complement to Opawa Mountains Landscape Park with its hilly character and to the upland St Anna’s Mount Landscape Park.
There are 50 species of protected plants and about 140 of rare species in the park area. Orchids, Royal Fern, Water Chestnut, Martagon Lily, February Daphne and also Sundew can be found here. Animal kingdom is represented by more than 220 protected species (including 140 bird species, 21 of which are globally endangered).
Additional information may be obtained from the employees of Stobrawski Landscape Park (tel. +48 77 46935 50) and from the staff of the Poviat Information Department in Namysłów (tel. +48 77 410 36 95 extension 122).
Cormorant, Golden Eagle, otters, beavers and even colorful kingfisher can be observed here. Moreover numerous species of butterflies and dragonflies can be met during a walk in the country if you are lucky enough. The largest European dragonfly – the Emperor Dragonfly, has its habitat here and it can be easily recognized by its huge, blue-green wings.
The park map:
Natural monuments of Stobrawski Landscape Park are solitary trees, groups of trees and picturesque alleys. The oldest in Poland Eastern White Pine grows in the area of the monumental park in Pokój and it is currently 210 years old! What is also worth seeing is Klara oak, located in the vicinity of the Goose Pond, which carries a legend of a girl who was unluckily in love.
Matilda Sanctuary in the area of Pokój
These and other attractions await tourists who decide to spend a day or weekend in Stobrawski Landscape Park. Accommodation is offered by agrotourist farms, guest rooms or stables. 11 natural routes have been marked with information boards and described in a colorful guidebook available at Stobrawski Landscape Park office in Ładza.
* The text was prepared in cooperation with the staff of Stobrawski Landscape Park and based on the paper: “Natural routes of Stobrawski Landscape Park” edited by M. Gonatrka and K. Badory, Opole 2003.