Poznan is one of the oldest cities in Poland and situated in west central Poland in the Wielkopolska region, Poznan is an intriguing blend of history and modernity.
Poznan is such an interesting city which offers travellers an exciting experience. This vivid town has much in store; scenic countryside adorned with tropical forests and lakes; quaint bistros, local restaurants and fascinating museums. The infrastructure, art and architecture that show the rich history of the region are worth visiting. The exceptional soul of Poznan will be appreciated by tourists as they tread the fabled tourist route, Royal Imperial. Here are the top seven spots to visit in Poznan;
Old Market Square - In your Poznan excursion, begin by touring the Old Market Square, the third biggest in Poland. You will be fascinated by the lovely merchant houses from the 16th century. Every year during the month of June, the Old Market Square becomes a vivacious street fair. During summer, there are cultural events such as the Malta Theatre Festival; and it is also in summer that you can enjoy coffee, beer and Polish dishes in the beer gardens set up in the square.
Town Hall Building and Imperial Castle - Check out the beautiful buildings such as the renaissance Town Hall building and Imperial Castle. The Town Hall building was refurbished after World War II and this is where the city’s historical museum is found. Meanwhile, the Imperial Castle, home to Kaiser Wilhelm II, is the very last royal abode constructed in Europe in the 20th century. At present, the Castle is a cultural theatre that arranges performances and concerts.
Ostrow Tumski Island - If you want to visit the first ever Cathedral and bishopric in Poland, then go to Ostrow Tumski Island. You can also go to the Heritage centre and watch the multimedia show which gives the historical preview and significance of the place.
Maltanskie Lake - You can also have a relaxing and enjoyable time at the Maltanskie Lake. It is near to the city proper. It is the perfect spot for outdoor pursuits like walking, biking, jogging and swimming. This 6 kilometer area is surrounded by bistros, restaurants, shopping centre and centers for sports. There are also events held here, like free open air concerts during summers, and prominent international regattas in September.
Musical Instruments Museum - If you’re a music lover, drop by the Musical Instruments Museum located at the Old Market Square where you can find a wide anthology of musical instruments plus the highlight, which is Chopin’s piano and memorabilia.
This post is part of our Poland travel guide series, along with our guide to Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Gdansk.
Rogalin - Lastly, visit the picturesque palace Rogalin, which is located 30 kilometers from Poznan. It is a Baroque style building which has an art gallery, coach house and small museum. It also has a scenic Baroque park, chapel and a restaurant which is open from April to December.
The best months to visit Poznan are in May to September, during the warm Polish summertime. Visitors will also find the spring and autumn shoulder seasons a little cooler but with less tourists. Winter can be cold but fun so long as you remember your coat, hat and warmers.