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Introduction

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Poznań (Poland) is a city where history meets modern times. The oldest part of Poznań is an island called Ostrów Tumski where the history of Poland began one thousand years ago. This is also where the first polish cathedral was located which was the residence of first polish kings. The middle-aged Stary Rynek (old market square) with the most beautiful Renaissance Hall in Central Europe (north of the Alps) forms Poznan’s city center. Every day at 12.00 in the top of Town Hall’s tower tourists can find the two goats fighting, one of city’s older traditions. All around an old market square there is an area for those who perceive the beauty of monuments with the baroque Fara church inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The city center is also the place where all the pubs and restaurants are located and where tourists can join thousands of students spending time every day. It is worth to visit the district that is as old as XIX Century. The highlight of this area is the Imperial Castle. It was one of official residences of Adolf Hitler a time ago. For those who are active, by the Poznan’s Malta Lake, there is one of the most modern regatta race-tracks, the ski hill is open all year long, and other sport facilities. In the end of june whole city becomes a theater’s stage. It is because of Malta Festival, one of the biggest street theaters in Europe. Poznan’s neighbourhoods are a mixture of forests, lakes and old castles located between them.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Rogalin Castle - it’s one of the most beautiful castles in Poland. With the French garden and after renewal this place is an obligatory point on the trip to Poznan.
  • Cascader Park in Rogalin - downhill drives on a rope, quads rides, paintball games, if you are a fan of great entertainment visit this place. The park is for adults as well as for kids.
  • SPA_larnia kcal in Puszczykowo - the place was the winner of the best SPA in Poland Contest in 2007 and 2008.
  • Pobiedziska Miniature Open Air Museum - all the important monuments from around Poznan in the scale 1:20. Great place to take picture in.
  • Bee-keeping skansen and museum in Swarzędz - whoever doubt that bees and bee-keeping are interesting has to visit the museum. Great attraction is beehive with one wall made of glass. Like that tourists can watch how little bees are working and it is incredibly interesting.
  • Castle in Kórnik - constructed in XIV century, many times renovated but still keeps the atmosphere of old times, includes museum inside.
  • National Park of Wielkopolska - wild nature of Greater Poland located in one park. Many of the park’s areas keep staying untouched.

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Sights and Activities

  • Old Market Square with the Renaissance Hall is the heart of Poznan. Here is the place where thousands of students spend time in numerous pubs & restaurants.
  • Old Brewery and Półwiejska street is the commercial center of the city. Old Brewery was chosen as the best shopping gallery in the world 2005 and 2008 and in innovative way mixes shopping and art.
  • Palm House in one place accumulates plants from many different areas of the world. Forms a jungle inside the city center.
  • Emperor's Castle is the last castle built in Europe. Massive building which makes a great impression includes interactive museum of Poznan Uprising 1956.
  • Lech Brewery - guided tour around the brewery shows all the steps have to be done to produce good beer.
  • Malta Lake forms the center for active people. It is nice place for having a walk, riding a bike or even skiing.
  • Parish Church located next to Old Market Square is one of the most stunning and at the same time mysterious buildings in the city. Every sculpture and picture of the church has it's own secret story.
  • Lech Poznan Game - for those who are fans of football it is an obligation to go for Lech Poznan game. Lech's fans are known as one of the best game-scenery-makers in the Europe. Also the stadium of Lech will be an arena of Euro 2012 tournament.
  • Zoo and Botanical Gardens - for those who are tired of sightseeing there are two gardens which are best for taking rest and getting ready for some more...

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Weather

Poznan, like much of the country, has a continental climate, though quite mildly here. Average daytime temperatures range from around 2 degrees Celsius in winter (December - February) to around 23-24 degrees Celsius in the summermonths of July and August. Nights average between -2 degrees and 12 degrees respectively.
Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year. Summers might see less days with rain, the total amount is bigger due to the fact that it comes in heavy showers. In winter, there are more days with rain or snow, but the total amount is less.

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Getting There

By Plane

Poznań-Ławica Airport (POZ) offers a range of flights.
Wizzair flies to/from Burgas, Cork, Sheffield, Dortmund, London, Oslo, Stockholm and Rome. Ryanair flies to Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Girona, Liverpool, London and Barcelona-Reus.
A few other airlines mainly serve Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Copenhagen, Antalya and a few other Polish cities, like Warsaw.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 52.406374
  • Longitude: 16.9251681

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