Poznan is a beautiful renaissance old town, rich in colour and atmosphere, on the Warta River. The array of cosy cafes situated alongside trendy bar offer prime spots to sit and relax watching the world go by. Poznan is ideal as a base for exploring the surrounding areas rich in natural beauty and leisure activities.
Poznan is perhaps most famous for the annual midsummer celebration, Kupala, held in June each year. After dark, thousands of paper lanterns are released in to the sky, a wonderfully atmospheric event.
Top things to do in Poznan:
Poznań offers a delightful mix of sites for the visitor including cultural and historical settings.
- Old Town Hall: Probably best known as the tourist hub of Poznan, where tourists flock every day at noon to see the display of mechanical fighting goats, an experience not to be missed. Surrounding the Old Town Hall is the Old Market Square, full of cafes and bars with colourful facades. Here you can experience the weigh-house, guard-house, Mielzynskis and Dzialynskis Palace as well as the Bamberka Monument and four fountains.
- Basilica of St Peter and St Paul: famous for being Poland’s first cathedral, a visit to Poznan wouldn’t be complete without a visit.
- Old Brewery: Uniquely, the Old Brewery has been turned in to a completely different venue – its distinctive style is now home to shops, modern art galleries, and theatre.
- June 1956 Museum: A sobering museum taking a look at the first general strike and street demonstrations that were brutally suppressed in June 1956 as well as other artefacts from the Communist era.
- Thermal Spa: Housing both an Olympic-sized pool, as well as spa pools such as the outdoor geothermal pools, and saltwater pool, there is also a fun pool with waves and slides as well as a huge range of sauna zones.
- Przemysl’s Hill: Przemysl’s Hill is home to the reconstructed Royal Castle and the 17th Century Church of St Anthony of Padua as well as the monument to the 15th Poznan Cavalry Regiment.
- St Maria Magdelena Church: Once called Fara, the unique baroque façade of this beautiful church leads the way to an interior that houses an incredible organ, and as such frequently plays host to various concerts.
- Lech Visitors Centre: A brilliant place to come and learn how beer is made in a modern brewery.