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Poznań, the capital of the Wielkopolska region of Poland, has always played an important role in Poland’s history and today remains one of the oldest, yet most vibrant and beautiful Polish cities. It is here that Poland’s first king is buried. Check out our list of the top things to do and see in the city known for its billy goats clock.
This is Poznań’s largest park, situated in the city center. It only became an urban park after 1945; previously it belonged to a village near Poznań. This area contains the remains of a former Prussian fortress from the partition times; the fortress now houses the Museum of Armaments as well as the Army Museum ‘Poznań’. Moreover, a large number of historically significant sculptures are located in the Citadel Park. The park has a large open space where concerts are often held.
Poznań’s 17th-century church of St. Stanislaus the Bishop and the Martyr is one of the prize examples of Baroque architecture in Poland. It also served as a temporary cathedral when the real one was undergoing renovation immediately after World War II. Highlights include an altarpiece in the presbytery by Pompeo Ferrari and the painting ‘St. Stanislaus Resurrecting Piotrowin’ by Szymon Czechowicz. There is also a crypt under the church where monks and parishioners would be buried for over one century.
The Kupala Night in Poznań happens in the second half of June each year, during the shortest night of the year (21/22 June). It is supposed to celebrate people who fall in love and make their love last throughout the year. The event itself is a Slavic tradition dating back for centuries. Here, it is connected to releasing thousands or millions of Chinese laterns – a spectacle that is worth sticking around for.
The Cathedral Island (Pol. Ostrów Tumski) is famous for being one of the first settlements of the Piast dynasty. The basilica’s underground contains the original Piast church from the 10th century, where you will find a real historical gem – the tombs of the first rulers of the country: Mieszko I and his son, who was Poland’s first king, Boleslaw the Brave. Nearby, you will find the Heritage Center of Cathedral Island ‘Brama Poznania’. The island is connected to the main city area with two bridges named after Poland’s first rulers buried on the island. It is worth visiting the island for its wonderful landscape as well.
This lake is located by the Warta River – one of Poland’s biggest rivers. It is a popular recreational spot for all kinds of activities; it contains a regatta track, an artificial ski slope, an ice rink, a zoo, plus many other attractions. Moreover, Lake Malta has hosted several world-wide sport events, such as the world championships in kayaking or rowing.
This beautiful castle was created for a German emperor at the beginning of last century, which makes it the youngest monarchical residence on the whole continent. It is here that the talented Polish academics were working on the solving of the German Enigma. During World War II, Adolf Hitler resided in the castle. Its rich and outstanding history make it one of the most curious places in the city.