Sulechów [suˈlɛxuf] (German: Züllichau) is a town located within the Zielona Góra County, in Lubusz Voivodeship, western Poland. It is the administrative seat of the Gmina Sulechów. Established in the Middle Ages, the town features many historical monuments significant to the Polish Lubusz Voivodeship (since the Local Government Reorganization Act of 1998). From 1975–1998 Sulechów was part of Zielona Góra Voivodeship. The town limits cover 6.88 square kilometres (2.66 sq mi). Olga Tokarczuk, the Nobel Prize in Literature winner for 2018 was born in 1962 in Sulechów.

Town hall
Town hall
Flag of Sulechów
Coat of arms of Sulechów
Coat of arms
Sulechów is located in Lubusz Voivodeship
Sulechów is located in Poland
Coordinates: 52°5′N 15°37′E / 52.083°N 15.617°E / 52.083; 15.617
Country Poland
Voivodeship Lubusz
CountyZielona Góra
 • MayorWojciech Sołtys
 • Total6.88 km2 (2.66 sq mi)
 • Total16,925
 • Density2,500/km2 (6,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+48 68
Car platesFZI


Sulechów is situated in the historic Lower Silesia region, north of the Oder river. The town centre is located about 22 km (14 mi) northeast of the regional capital Zielona Góra, where the national road 32 to Poznań crosses the expressway S3 to Gorzów Wielkopolski. The regional Zielona Góra Airport is about 14 km (8.7 mi) away.


The settlement of the region on the Middle Oder dates back to the 4th century AD.

Medieval PolandEdit

By conquest at the end of the 10th century the area became part of the Polish realm of the Piast dynasty. It became part of the Duchy of Silesia, a province of fragmented Poland, in 1138, and, later belonged to the Silesian Duchy of Głogów,[1] established in 1249-51 under the rule of Duke Konrad I.

Sulechów Castle and former Calvinist church

The settlement itself was first mentioned in a 1319 deed, at the time when the warlike Ascanian margrave Waldemar of Brandenburg campaigned the area, occupying Sulechów and neighbouring Świebodzin. Margrave Waldemar, however, died in the same year, and the localities fell back to the Piast dukes of Głogów.[1]

When the last Piast duke Henry XI of Głogów died without issue in 1476, inheritance claims were raised by his widow Barbara of Brandenburg and her father, the Hohenzollern elector Albrecht Achilles. The Brandenburg influence met with fierce opposition by Henry's Piast cousin, Duke Jan II the Mad of Żagań, who nevertheless after several years of fighting had to sign an agreement, whereby the Silesian towns of Crossen (Krosno) and the town passed to the Margraviate of Brandenburg.

Modern eraEdit

Krosno's Gate

Along with Crossen, Züllichau was incorporated into the Brandenburg Neumark district by 1535, ruled by Margrave John of Brandenburg-Küstrin who implemented the Protestant Reformation. Two years later, the Piast duke Joachim of Münsterberg-Oels and his younger brothers officially waived any rights to the Crossen and Züllichau territories. Part of Brandenburg-Prussia from 1618, the town was devastated during the Thirty Years' War but again flourished under the rule of the "Great Elector" Frederick William.

Züllichau was part of the newly established Kingdom of Prussia in 1701. It became a garrison town of the Prussian Army. From 1815 it belonged to the Province of Brandenburg and became the administrative seat of the Züllichau-Schwiebus rural district within the Frankfurt Region. Between 1871 and 1945 it was part of Germany.

In 1828, 18-year-old Frédéric Chopin visited the town and gave an improvised concert.[2]

The territory was conquered by Red Army forces during the Vistula-Oder Offensive in the final stage of World War II. Züllichau was renamed Sulechów and incorporated into the Republic of Poland by the implementation of the Oder–Neisse line in 1945, while the remaining German population was expelled.

Holy Cross Church

Notable peopleEdit

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Sulechów is twinned with:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Sulechów - Internetowy Serwis Miejski Archived 2011-12-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Sulechów - Internetowy Serwis Miejski - Fryderyk Chopin w Sulechowie Archived 2011-10-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Rushmoor - Our Twin Towns". Rushmoor Borough Council. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  4. ^ "Twinning Association of Rushmoor". The Farnborough Society. Archived from the original on 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-07-29.

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Coordinates: 52°05′N 15°37′E / 52.083°N 15.617°E / 52.083; 15.617