Poznań, one of the oldest European cities, is a hidden gem in western Poland. The city has one of the most stunning market squares, and colourful Renaissance-style buildings. From savouring iconic croissants to wandering the old city, we have carefully highlighted the best things you can do while visiting Poznań.
1. Start your adventure at Old Market Square
Explore the heart of the city at the Old Town, a beautifully preserved historic square lined with Renaissance-era buildings, colourful merchant houses, charming cafés, and the impressive Town Hall. Stroll around, listen to live music, and enjoy the beautiful 13th-century architecture. Don't miss the daily show of the famous mechanical goats butting heads at noon on the Town Hall building, the city's crown jewel.
2. Visit the Cathedral Island
Just a short distance from the bustling city centre, Cathedral Island features the Poznań Cathedral (Ostrów Tumski). Admire the grandeur of this 10th-century marvel, find galleries and museums, and take a peaceful walk over the red Jordan Bridge.
3. Try the famous St. Martin Croissants
Uncover the secrets of Poznań's traditional semi-puff pastry, the St. Martin's croissant, at the Croissant Museum. The croissant can only be baked by a certified baker in the Wielkopolska area. Learn about its history, watch demonstrations, and, of course, try the mouth-watering flavours yourself.
4. Discover Poland's artistic history at the National Museum
Discover an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from various periods of Poland's artistic and cultural history. Some of the master painters featured at the museum are Lucas Cranach, Anthony Van Dyck, Bellini as well as Monet.
5. Have a picnic at Citadel Park
Park Cytadela was once a military fortress which has now been transformed into a beautiful park. Enjoy the greenery, the extensive earthworks, and the Military Museum. Climb the observation tower to get panoramic views of Poznań.
6. Go on a shopping spree at Stary Browar
Visit one of Europe's best shopping centres housed in a beautifully restored brewery. Browse through an array of 200 stores, including high-end boutiques and art galleries. You can enjoy a delicious Polish meal at one of the trendy restaurants while admiring top-notch works of modern art.
7. Go on a day trip to Malta Lake
Spend a day of relaxation and recreation at Malta Lake. Rent a paddleboat, bike around the lake, or soak up the sun on the sandy beach. The place hosts water sports events and festivals throughout the year.
8. Explore the grandeur of Imperial Castle
Zamek Cesarski is an impressive neo-Romanesque palace built in the early 20th-century. It was captured by the Germans during the second world war and remodelled into Adolf Hitler's residence. Today, the castle is a cultural hub which houses a museum, a puppet theatre, and restaurants.
9. Visit the Wielkopolska National Park
If you're a nature lover, venture outside the city to the Wielkopolska National Park. This vast parkland offers spectacular landscapes, post-glacier lakes, dense pine forests, and an opportunity to observe the local wildlife. Enjoy hiking, cycling, or birdwatching in this serene setting.
10. Seek out Poznan's street art scene
From colourful murals to creative graffiti, the streets are a canvas for local and international artists. An absolute feast for your eyes and camera, this adds a touch of artistic flair to the city's walls.
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