Poznań, the capital of Poland’s Wielkopolska region, is rich with history – from its Renaissance town hall to Poland’s oldest cathedral. But there’s more to this storied city than meets the eye. Read Culture Trip’s top recommendations.
Poznań may be one of Poland’s most unassuming cities, but it certainly has a lot going for it. From Adolf Hitler’s castle residence to the legend of headbutting billy goats to making your own locally-renowned croissants, here are some of the best attractions and things to do in Poznań.
One of the largest zoological parks in Europe, Poznań’s New Zoo provides a ginormous abode for its exotic residents. Its forest-like habitat is perfect for many of its larger animals, like elephants and giraffes, who roam more freely than those in standard-sized zoos. For little legs, a land train is on hand to zoom you around exhibits including the hall of nocturnal animals – home to sloths, armadillos, lorises and more.
Housed within a former brewery, Stary Browar is a unique shopping centre and arts space in the heart of Poznań. Here, there are more than 200 shops, a dozen restaurants and cafes, an exhibition centre and concert hall, galleries, a hotel, and a music club, among other things. The centre has been painstakingly renovated in line with the 19th-century rundbogenstil architecture of the brewers who occupied the site between 1876 and 1980.
Kupala Night is a Slavic summer solstice event that takes place from the 23rd to the 24th of June each year, with celebrations including many Pagan rituals and traditions. On the night preceding the holiday, younger citizens are encouraged to partake in good-humoured mischief, with children partaking in pranks and water fights on Kupala Day itself. In previous Poznań Kupala celebrations, up to 11,000 lanterns have illuminated the night sky.