- Olga Lenczewska
Town Hall and Old Market Square
Poznań’s Old Town is without a doubt the city’s most beautiful and historically interesting area, and within it – the Old Market Square with the Town Hall in its center. This Renaissance building is famous for its clock with mechanical billy goats, which plays the city’s bugle call at noon. When it is played, the goats appear and ‘dance’ to the music. The town hall dates back to the 14th century and nowadays functions as the Historical Museum of Poznań.
Poznań Town Hall, Stary Rynek 1, Poznań, Poland, +48 61 856 81 93
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.
Church of St. Stanislaus the Bishop and the Martyr
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 unusual museum celebrates the unique recipe of St Martin’s Croissant, which is one of the most famous and delicious pastries in Poland that dates back to the 19th century. On St Martin’s day, Polish people in Poznań and nearby eat more than a million croissants. At the museum, you can watch and get an understanding of the process of baking St Martin’s croissants, and taste them at the end.
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.
The Old Brewery 50 50
This iconic and historical place in a big center for shopping and clubbing, with a hotel and an arts center. If you are up for shopping or urban activities, this nationally famous mall is the place to go. The brewery is also worth visiting purely to check out its unique architecture that evokes the city’s industrial past.
Old Brewery 50 50, Półwiejska 42, Poznań, Poland, +48 61 859 60 50
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.
Historical Museum of Poznań
The Historical Museum of Poznań has been located in the Town Hall since 1954 and is worth seeing both for its original interiors and the exhibitions. You will be able to see the cellars that used to belong to the first, original Town Hall of the 14th century. The exhibitions are divided into Renaissance artworks, pieces from the Prussian period, and photographs and documents referring to the life of the city from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Historical Museum of Poznań, Stary Rynek 1, Poznań, Poland, +48 61 856 81 93