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Jezioro Gopło.JPG
view from the Mouse Tower of Kruszwica
Location Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship
Coordinates 52°35′08″N 18°21′15″E / 52.58556°N 18.35417°E / 52.58556; 18.35417Coordinates: 52°35′08″N 18°21′15″E / 52.58556°N 18.35417°E / 52.58556; 18.35417
Primary inflows Noteć
Primary outflows Noteć
Basin countries Poland
Max. length 25 km (16 mi)
Max. width 3.5 km (2.2 mi)
Surface area 21.8 km2 (8.4 sq mi)
Average depth 4.7 m (15 ft)
Max. depth 16.6 m (54 ft)
Surface elevation 77 m (253 ft)

Gopło [ˈɡɔpwɔ] is a lake in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, north-central Poland, near the city of Gniezno. It gives its name to the protected area called Gopło Landscape Park.

In early Middle Ages, the shores of Lake Gopło were home to a West Slavic tribe of Goplans. At the northern end of the lake stands the "Mouse Tower" of Kruszwica. Its name derives from a legend of the corrupt Prince Popiel, whose fled to the tower from his rebelling population, and was devoured there by mice. Some historians and archaeologists consider the area the heart of the first state of the Polans, the "founding" tribe of Poland.[1]


  1. ^ Lozny, "Transition to Statehood", p. 283.


  • Lozny, Ludomir (2004), "The Transition to Statehood in Central Europe", in Grinin, Leonid E, et al. (eds.), The Early State, Its Alternatives and Analogues, Saratov: Uchitel Publishing House, ISBN 5-7057-0547-6, pp. 278–87