Poznan is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland. In the past, it served as the seat of Polish kings and, for a short while, as the capital of the country. The Gothic Archcathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Ostrow Tumski is the place not only where the first rulers were buried, but probably also where Mieszko I was baptized. Today Poznań is an important academic, business and trade fair center. The presence of many young people means that the city boasts a rich repertoire of art, concerts and cultural events. The city's cultural, recreational and gastronomic offer also tempts with interesting proposals.
Hotel B&B Poznan Centrum awaits its guests at 16 Wolnosci Square, right next to the historic Old Market Square. Such a location means that sightseeing in the capital of Wielkopolska can basically start right on the hotel's doorstep - the biggest attractions, restaurants, bars, cafes are waiting to be discovered. The hotel's close proximity to the train and bus stations additionally makes it a great base also for trips outside the city.
While in Poznan, a walk through the Old Market Square, located just 650 meters from our hotel, is a must. Its shape is marked by fountains depicting mythological figures: Apollo, Mars, Neptune and Proserpine, and at its heart is the beautiful Renaissance Town Hall, which houses the Museum of the History of the City of Poznan. In addition to its stunning architecture, however, there is something else about it that makes all roads in the city lead here. Every day, at high noon, two unruly goats emerge from its clock tower and for a minute - in front of the eyes of tourists who gather in front of the building - they toot their horns - all to the accompaniment of the Poznań bugle call.
Poznan's trade traditions date back to the 13th century and continue to the present day. It is here, about 2 km from the B&B hotel, that the largest trade fair center in Poland and all of Central and Eastern Europe is located. Each year, the MTP grounds covering an area of more than 100,000 square meters host the largest trade fairs, congresses, conferences, as well as sports and cultural events and concerts of the stars. BUDMA, Polagra, Poznań Motor Show, Cavaliada Tour, Poznań Game Arena - these are just a few of the more than a hundred events hosted by MTP.
Poznan can be explored in many ways. Lovers of culinary travel should definitely taste the local treats. One cant simply miss out on eating "Pyry z gzikiem" (potato dumplings with potato dumpling) , "plyndze" potato pancakes served with sugar or with cream mixed with sugar, or " szagówka" - dumplings cut diagonally, served with boiled cabbage or stewed pork meat in sauce, and "szare kluski" - mashed potatoes thickened with flour and served with bacon cracklings and boiled sauerkraut.
For soup lovers, we recommend "blind fish." Contrary to what the name of this dish suggests, you won't find fish in it - it's a traditional Wielkopolska potato soup, with no meat added.
A great culinary attraction and a showpiece of the region is also the świętomarciński croissant stuffed with white poppy seeds. This is the only such delicacy in the world, and it can only be baked by bakeries from Wielkopolska, which have a special certificate. If you would like to learn more about it, and at the same time spend your time in an interesting way, be sure to plan a visit to the Croissant Museum of Poznan at the Old Market Square 41, where you can see how the local regional delicacy is made, listen to interesting stories and take a lesson in Poznan dialect.
A visit to this part of the city should start with the Old Market Square and the Renaissance Town Hall, which impresses not only with its unusual architecture. Every day at noon two goats emerge from the turret above the clock and, trumpeting with their horns, serve their audience an unusual spectacle. Being here it is also worth noting the complex of narrow, picturesque tenement houses (the so-called builders' houses), which also create an amazing atmosphere of this place.
This is an island on the Warta River. It is only a 15-minute walk from the Old Market Square. It's worth a trip here to feel the breath of history on your own. The biggest attraction here is the Archcathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, where you can see, among other things, the tombs of the first Polish rulers - Mieszko I and Boleslaw Chrobry - and the baptistery from 966. Near the cathedral is the Gate of Poznań - an interactive center of the history and heritage of Ostrow Tumski.
Here you can learn the secrets of Poznan's greatest culinary treasure - the Marciński croissant, which today has the status of a Protected Geographical Indication. Here you will not only learn about the history or recipe of this unique baked good, but also take part in its preparation and learn about its unique taste.
The Kaiser's Castle is the last and youngest monarchical residence in Europe, built in the early 20th century for German Kaiser Wilhelm II, and modeled after medieval fortresses. Today it is a cultural facility, with many exhibitions, a cinema and an animation theater for children. Those who are tempted to take a guided tour of the castle will be able to see, among other things, the original 5-ton throne of Wilhelm II.
This is a must-see for all art lovers. The museum's extensive collections include the only painting in Poland by Claude Monet entitled "Beach in Pourville." There are also works by Wyspianski, Malczewski, as well as ancient and medieval artists, among others.
This is a great place for walking and active recreation for people of all ages. The shores of the lake are well landscaped with all sorts of attractions. Visitors can enjoy a promenade, bicycle trail, Malta Ski complex (year-round ski slope, summer toboggan run, mini golf), Malta Thermal Baths (swimming pool complex and water park) and numerous food and beverage outlets.
This is a shopping center that was built within the walls of a brewery that operated here in the 19th century. Here you can not only shop or eat well, but also enjoy art and good architecture, as well as take part in numerous workshops and events.
The capital of Wielkopolska impresses with its climate, monuments and numerous attractions. There are so many opportunities to spend time that it is basically impossible to get bored here. It is worth remembering, however, that the surroundings of the city also conceal many interesting nooks and crannies, which are worth visiting on the occasion of a visit to Poznan.
Lovers of contact with nature will surely delight in the Wielkopolska National Park.
On the other hand, those looking for a charming place for a romantic or calming walk should go to Kórnik, which attracts tourists primarily with its beautiful castle. The Rogalin Palace with its French garden, surrounded by a picturesque landscape park, will also be a good choice. On the other hand, following the footsteps of history, it is worth including the first capital of Poland - Gniezno - in the trip plans. A good idea will also be Gród Pobiedziska, which is a great place of learning and fun for the whole family.