Owińska is a small village in the centre of the Greater Poland region of Poland, just 17 km from Poznan. It is on the right (eastern) bank of River Warta, in the western-most part of the Puszcza Zielonka forest.
The quickest way to get here is to use train leaving the station in Poznan 8-10 times daily, heading to Wągrowiec or Golancz. All connections are now served by modern, air-conditioned diesel units. Unfortunately the travel time is pretty long (appr. 25-30 minutes), however is average traffic situation in Poznan it's the best solution. In spring 2010 major works are going to be started on this line, so after a few-months closure, the time will be shortened to appr. 18-20 minutes.
Another option is to use suburban buses, served by Transkom bus company. Most of them depart from Srodka bus station (accessible from the centre of Poznan by trams: #1, #4, #6, #7, #8, #17 or buses #63, #67, #83 i #85). Lines going to Owinska are: 310 and 312; as well you can use Poznan Fast Tram line to stop “Al. Solidarnosci” are there catch Transkom bus number 313, bus this line runs only 8 times daily, compared to appr. 40 times – when talking about 310 and 312. Travel time from Srodka station: appr. 30 minutes. More information: on the Transkom website: .
Another alternative are PKS buses, leaving from the main bus station in the centre of Poznan – most buses going to Wagrowiec, Skoki, Nakło or Oborniki/Rogozno/Chodzież/Piła through Murowana Goślina. Travel time (in normal traffic): appr. 40 minutes.
There are plans to open a pedestrian and cyclists’ bridge over river Warta from the district of Poznan: Radojewo (accessible from the centre by city bus line #67).
Owinska are located next to regional road number 196, which begins in the north-east suberbs of Poznan at the crossing of Baltycka and Gdynska streets (crossing of country roads number 5 and 92). Driving time from the centre of Poznan in normal traffic – appr. 25-30 minutes.
Owinska is a small village, so it's navigable on foot.
Despite Owinska is a small village, it has several interesting sights:
- Post-convent church of Cistercian nuns, nowadays a parish church of St. John the Baptist. From the Ist half of XVIIIth century. It's been erected according to the project by Pompeo Ferrar, but the previous romanesque and gothic walls have been used as well. Rich baroque interiors, very precious wooden stalls, carved rokoko confessionals and wall-paintings done by a Poznan master from Franciscan order: Adam Swach (who originally had come from southern Bohemia). It's worth to pay attention to the main altar with six carved columns and the statue of Our Lady on the seventh one.
- The cistercian Convent, erected according to the project by George Cattenazzi. Nearby – in the park next to Warta flow, 500-years-old oak tree (circumference 770 cms). Nowadays the convent places a school for blind children.
- The classicistic palace – the work of the famous Berlin architect Friedrich Schinkel, next to it – an English Park (16 hectares) located in the place of previous oak forest with the wet alder-tree part, established in the first years of XIXth century by Paul Lenne, the creator of e.g. gardens in Potsdam
Twice a year (in winter and in summer) the Centre for Blind Children in Owinska organises art and photography workshops for young artists.
In Owinska itself the only place to eat is the restaurant in Hotel Jasmin: , tourists can use the pizzeria in neighbouring Murowana Goslina  - 8 km away or some fast-food bars in Kozieglowy (7 km).
- Hotel Jasmin in Owinska.
- The Rest Centre of the Poznan Academy of Agriculture in Zielonka (in the heart of Puszcza Zielonka forest Puszczy), ☏ .
- The Youth Centre in Antoniewo, ☏ .
- The Hunters' Inn in Katy, ☏ , .
- Hotel RELAX in Murowana Goslina, 47, Poznańska str., ☏ .
- Hotel "Dwa Stawy" (The Two Ponds), Kaminsko 4, ☏ .
- [dead link] Agrotouristic Pension, Boduszewo 13, ☏ , .
- and - of course - in numerous hotels in Poznan, which is only 17 km away.
- Tourist Information in Owinska, in the palace gate, Tue and Thu 14:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 12:00-17:00, phone: +48 509 750 709
- A Regional Union Puszcza Zielonka, 8, Nowy Rynek, Murowana Goslina, phone: +48 61 81 13 801 mailto: email@example.com
- the Church of St. John the Baptist: Phone: +48 61 812 65 02,  mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org (parish priest: Rev. Kazimierz Tomalik)