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What is worth seeing in Poznań?

When visiting the city, be sure to start with the Old Town. It is here that you will find the most interesting monuments and historical attractions. Here are some of the places you should go to first!

Poznań’s market square

is the third largest in Poland – only the markets of Wrocław and Kraków surpass it in the ranking. It was laid out in the mid-13th century and is built up with charming, colourful townhouses. In the centre of the Old Market Square stands the Town Hall, where the famous Poznań goats appear to the citizens and tourists above the clock face every day at noon.

Ostrów Tumski

is one of Poznań’s biggest attractions. Before the demarcation of the market square, it was here that the life of the inhabitants of Poznań was lived. An interesting fact is that Ostrów Tumski is the only surviving island on the Warta River in the city. Interesting places on Ostrów Tumski that are definitely worth seeing include: Poznań Cathedral, the Psalter House, the Golden Chapel, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Genius Loci Archaeological Reserve or the Lubrański Academy. The Gate of Poznań is the gateway to the Royal-Imperial Route in Poznań, connected with the Tumska Sluice abutment located on the opposite bank of the river – the only preserved element of Ostrów Tumski’s fortifications.

The Royal Castle

is considered to be the oldest surviving royal residence in Poland. It was here, in the 13th century, that Przemysł I erected a residential tower, which his son, Przemysł II, began to expand. The work was completed in the 14th century by Casimir the Great, making it the largest secular building in all of Europe! The castle was involved in many battles, during which it was destroyed and then rebuilt. Today, it houses the Museum of Applied Arts (a branch of the National Museum) and an observation deck presenting a beautiful panorama of the historic Old Town.

The Imperial Castle

was built at the beginning of the 20th century in the Neo-Romanesque style. The castle hosted Kaiser Wilhelm II himself three times. During the Second World War, the building was rebuilt, adapting it to Hitler’s needs. After the war, it was entered on the list of historical monuments and allocated for the activities of the City Council. Currently, the Imperial Castle houses the “Zamek” (Castle) Cultural Centre, which hosts numerous cultural events. “Zamek” Cultural Centre organises workshops, meetings or lectures. There are art and music studios and a cinema.

The Croissant Museum of Poznań

One of the most interesting Polish cities is undoubtedly Poznań – what to see when you are here on a trip with children? The Poznań Croissant Museum and Experience, of course! The museum is located in the Old Market Square, so it’s easy to get to. There you can take part in croissant-making shows, during which you can watch how the real Saint Martin’s croissants are made. A new addition to the offer are the “Widokówka z Poznańia” (Postcard from Poznań) workshops, during which children listen to legends of Poznań and make beautiful souvenir postcards themselves. Of course, delicious croissants and other souvenirs from the region can be purchased on site.

Kórnik Castle and the White Lady

A castle full of magic in the town of Kórnik located in the Wielkopolska Province. Built around 1430, it was the seat of the Górka and Działyński families. At present, it houses a museum and the Kórnik Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The Neo-Gothic character of the building and its picturesque location on an island over a pond make it one of the most magical places in the area. What sets the castle apart from other popular attractions in the region is the White Lady, who regularly appears in the castle chambers. The apparition is said to be Teofila Działyńska, the first prominent representative of the Działyński family. According to local legends, the White Lady is supposed to leave the frames of the portrait hanging in the dining hall just before midnight and stroll around the castle and park.

Rogalin Palace Museum

An ideal place to feel the atmosphere of the great aristocracy. The palace interiors and the palace park underwent a thorough restoration and conservation completed in 2015. The interiors of this late Baroque-classicist residence house a museum whose collections provide an insight into the history of the aristocratic Raczynski family, which had a significant impact on Polish history. The exhibition also includes a coach house and a Painting Gallery with paintings by Jan Matejko or Jacek Malczewski – some of the most significant Polish painters of the second half of the 19th century. The palace park is one of Europe’s largest concentrations of oak trees. Among the nearly 1500 trees, many are several hundred years old.

Lake Malta and Malta Thermal Baths

Lake Malta, which owes its name to the Order of the Knights of Malta. The lake is an artificial reservoir created by damming up water on the Cybina River. It is located on the right bank of the Warta River and was put into use in 1952. Today, the reservoir is primarily used for water sports. On the shores of Lake Malta, the Malta Thermal Baths have been built using natural geothermal waters. The facility offers an aquapark, sports pools, a sauna area and a spa area to keep the whole family entertained!

The Old Brewery

is a modern building whose full name is the Stary Browar Centre of Commerce, Arts and Business. It was here that beer was brewed from the late 19th century until the late 1970s. In 1980, the brewery was moved to Franowo, and the facilities on Półwiejska Street began to deteriorate. It was not until 2003 that the first wing of the Old Brewery was opened after a comprehensive renovation. The renovated building has received many prestigious awards and prizes. The building houses shops, restaurants, cafés and service establishments. Cultural events are periodically organised here. The modern body of the building incorporates original elements from the former Hugger’s brewery.

The Old Zoo officially opened to the public in 1874.

The origins of the Poznań Zoo go back to 1871, when a group of regulars at the station restaurant of the former Stargard-Poznań Railway (located in the area of today’s Gajowa and Zwierzyniecka Streets) decided that for their birthdays they would each give an animal to one of them. In this way, the birthday boy received several animals, including a pig, a peacock, a goat, a squirrel and even a bear and a monkey. This menagerie quickly expanded with donations from the inhabitants of the city and the surrounding area. At the end of the 19th century, the Zoo covered an area of 5.3 hectares on Zwierzyniecka Street and remains in this size to this day. The Old Zoo houses many species of monkeys, as well as anta tapirs, dwarf hippos and a giraffe, among others. There is also an aquarium and terrarium presenting lower vertebrates and a birdhouse pavilion with tropical birds.

The Palm House in Park Wilson in Poznań

is a unique place where we can see live species of tropical and subtropical plants, uniquely beautiful aquatic plants, rainforest plants, savannahs, temperate plants, American succulents and numerous aquatic animal species in an aquarium. More than 4600 square metres of space and 12 pavilions.

Lech Stadium

See for yourself the Poznań stadium at Bułgarska 17. The stadium is one of the football arenas where the 2012 European Football Championships took place. Explore the route taken by Lech Poznań football players, VIPs or journalists during the match. See the stadium from the perspective of a football player and a fan.

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