Greater Poland Voivodeship and Poznan - travel guide


Poznan is a city that has sunk in history. She was the first capital of Poland and saw many dramatic events in the formation of the nation. Today it is a diverse and vibrant large city in the west of the country, which can offer the traveler a huge amount of activities and entertainment. A lively nightlife, very good museums, many interesting places in the vicinity - even the central Poznan square alone is already worth it to come here. In addition, it is also convenient: Poznan lies on the Moscow-Berlin railway line and on many similar routes of bus companies. By the way, railway romance fanatics will definitely like it here: Poznan is one of the last cities in Europe where passenger trains with locomotives are preserved.

Almost all modern high-tech industrial trade fairs in Poland are held in Poznan. The first such event, held in 1925, attracted many business people from all over the world to this city.

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How to get to Poznan

At 7 kilometers from the center of Poznan is the airport of the city. From there daily planes fly to different countries and cities of Poland: to Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk. From the airport to the city center, take bus number 59. You can also use express buses running along the L line (the first letter of the word airport in Polish). The final stop of this route is the railway station, to which all trains going to Poznan arrive.

The train from Warsaw goes to Poznan Glavnaya (the so-called station of the city) for 3-4 hours and costs, depending on the class of carriage and type of train, from 12 EUR (2nd class on RegionalExpress trains) to 44 EUR (1st class on EuroCity trains). The journey from Krakow will be long, 7 hours, and will cost 12-22 EUR, but from Wroclaw, the train will take you 3 hours and 8-15 EUR. Schedule and price level are subject to change. Prices on the page are for September 2018.

At the Poznan Main train station, you can call a taxi to the main entrance for free. This service is available at the press kiosks.

The bus station is located seven hundred meters from the railway station. With it, you can go to Eurolines buses anywhere in Europe. A trip from Warsaw will take you 4.2 hours, and from Wroclaw - 2-2.5.

Transport in the city

From the railway station, located near the center of Poznan, the city can be reached by public transport, tram (No. 5, 8, 14, 18) and by bus (No. 51, 68.76). But the main thing you need to know about the local public transport is the price. The cost of a train ticket here depends on the duration of the trip. 10 minutes of the journey - 0.70 EUR, 40 minutes - 1 EUR. In addition, it is possible to buy a day ticket (two or three days): it costs 3 EUR (5 and 6, respectively) or a little more expensive, depending on how many routes it covers.

On the south side of the Old Market Square is the Tourist Information Center. They will always help you with advice on what to see or where to stay, as well as provide free city maps. During festivals, fairs and the holiday season, the center is open until 21:00, and in winter and autumn - until 19:00.

Poznan Hotels

If you didn’t bother to book the hotel in advance, but when you arrive, you are in the days of the International Poznan Fair or some other festival, then there may be problems with the places in the hotels. In this case, the hostels can be a way out (an ideal overnight stay for group travelers).

By The Way Hostel is ready to provide travelers with an overnight stay for 16 EUR. And Frolic Goats Hostel offers both places at 6-7 EUR per night, and cozy separate rooms for two for 15-22 EUR.

In addition to hostels and hostels, the city has enough other hotels. But also in them, when booking places, pay attention to the date: on fair days the price is higher on average by 20-30 EUR. The three-star Brovaria will shelter a tired traveler and feed him breakfast for 51-67 EUR. And carefully follow the dates of cultural events - the specifics of the city. Only the famous Sheraton Poznan does not adhere to such a pricing policy, the rooms in which cost from 59 to 208 EUR per day.

Cuisine and restaurants in Poznan

From Soviet times, a network of so-called dairy bars has been preserved in Poznan. They serve simple and cheap food, so young people still appreciate these places. Tourists should also not miss the opportunity to eat there, tired of excursions and impressions, because dinner in the restaurant will cost them an average of 15 EUR, while in the milk bar you can eat scrambled eggs, porridge and a pie with a milk drink for only 3-5 EUR .

As for more thorough cafes, bars, restaurants and pastry shops, the city is clearly not lacking in them. But, choosing a restaurant, do not go past the coffee shop on 28 St. Martsin Street. Just remember, Kociak goes to drink delicious coffee or hot chocolate with ice cream or other equally delicious desserts. For a thorough and satisfying meal, you need to go to restaurants of national cuisine, in order to certainly try potatoes with cottage cheese and cream in Poznan style ("gzik" For example, in the artistic-musical cafeteria-restaurant (as they call themselves) Pod Pretekstem or in the restaurant Wiejskie Jadlo, decorated in a classic folk style.

Shopping & Stores

In Poznan there are many wonderful shops selling unique gizmos that can not be found anywhere else. For example, goats, replicas of those who daily at noon butt on the tower of the Town Hall over the clock. Or "bamberks" - copies of the figure of a girl with buckets standing above the well. Why bamber? So called the inhabitants of the German city of Bamberg, who moved to Poznan and assimilated with the locals. Many hand-made goods and antique toys are sold in the Old Market Square. Not far from it is a small mall Kupiec Poznański, where you can find more than 50 shops and currency exchange points. Also good are the shopping centers Stary Browar, Gallery Malta and Poznan Plaza.

Entertainment and Attractions Poznan

The historical center of Poznan is the Old Town with its Market Square, the Town Hall building crowned by a proud eagle, under which there is a clock tower, and the Proserpine Fountain opposite. The Royal Palace and Gorki Palace, the Franciscan Church and the Church of St. Stanislav and the Virgin Mary, where organ music concerts take place, are also located there (entrance there is paid, but the pleasure costs no more than one and a half euros).

Poznan hosts not only industrial exhibitions, but also cultural events. For example, spring concerts "Poznan Musical Spring", the theater festival "Malta" and the festival of modern dance.

In addition to the beautiful architecture, the city has many interesting museums. There is a museum of archeology, a museum of musical instruments, a museum of the Poznan uprising, a museum of Henryk Sinkevich and many others.

What to see in Poznan

1. Royal Castle - the oldest fortress of Polish kings, erected in the 13-15 centuries.
2. The old market. This is the central square, considered the third largest in Europe.
3. Maltese artificial lake and reservoir, reaching 2.2 km in length and 5 meters in depth.
4. Tumsky island allows you to get acquainted with the past era. The first settlement appeared here in the 8th century.
5. The Dzyalynsky Palace. This is a baroque palace, which impresses with the beauty of architecture, numerous decor - sculptures and stucco molding.
6. The Botanical Garden, occupying 22 hectares of area. More than 7000 species of plants from different climatic zones grow here.
7. The imperial castle, which was built in a bright baroque style in 1910 for Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany.
8. Park Citadel. This is the largest park area in Poznan, occupying 100 hectares.
9. The People's Museum. It is considered the largest in Poland. Here you can get acquainted with a rich collection of Polish masterpieces of art, an exposition of Dutch and Italian painting.
10. The new zoo. It is located next to the pond Malta and occupies 117 hectares. On its territory in comfortable conditions live 140 species of animals - about 2,000 individuals.
11. The Palace of Melzhinsky. It is located on Old Market Square. The construction embodies the beauty of the neoclassical style.
12. Archbishop's Museum. In it you can get acquainted with the masterpieces of religious art.

Photo: Town Hall - decoration of Poznan

13. The Town Hall is the main decoration of the Old Town; today, a museum of history is located inside.
14. Museum of environmental knowledge. Here you can get acquainted with various ecological systems of the world, considering stuffed animals.
15. Museum of musical instruments. He has no analogues in Poland. In Poznan, it is located in a historical building.
16. Maltanka - a park railway with a length of almost 4 km and a track gauge of 600 mm. About 200 thousand passengers use it annually.
17. Dravensky National Park, considered one of the most picturesque in Poland.
18. The Jezero Czarne Nature Reserve, whose main decoration is Lake Czarne.
19. Greater Poland National Park, where more than 40 species of mammals, 227 species of birds, 5 species of reptiles live.

What must be done in the Greater Poland Voivodeship?

Once in Poznan and the Greater Poland Voivodeship, you need to do a few things:
1. Go to the Old Town, inspect the old Town Hall, visit the Old Market Square, get scared of the pillory where criminals and thieves were previously punished. In the Town Hall there is an opportunity to buy an amazing souvenir - a wooden goat or a “bamber”.
2. Try ice cream, which is prepared only in a cafe in the city center. It has a surprisingly delicate taste and evokes childhood memories.
3. Go to the island of Tumsky, where there are educational institutions, basilicas and chapels. Once it was here that the glades that founded the state lived.
4. Make friends with students of the Adam Mickiewicz University. This will allow you to choose affordable housing, visit one of the best local clubs, which is located in the hostel of the university.
5. Visit the colorful institution Wiejskie Jadlo, whose interior is presented in the traditional Polish style, which allows you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Poznan.
6. Admire the chic hand-made artworks on the Old Market Square.

Photo: Malta Theater Festival

7. Go to a solemn and serious event - the festival of the theater "Malta", a dance festival in a modern style.
8. Get acquainted with the customs and history of Poznan, leaving time to visit the museums of Henryk Sinkiewicz, archaeological, Poznan rebellion, musical instruments.
9. Go to the Dravensky National Park to get acquainted with the picturesque nature and amazing inhabitants of the area.
10. Visit the INEA Stadium. You can choose a tour or visit one of the matches of the Polish championship.

Shopping in Poznan

Poznan differs from other Polish cities with unique items that can only be purchased here. It is worth highlighting the wooden goats or "bamberok" that are sold in the Town Hall. These are souvenirs made over the centuries.
Constantly on the Old Market Square, there are sales of hand-made products of antique toys. Near the square is the Kupiec Poznański shopping center with many different shops.
Noteworthy malls are Poznań Plaza, Malta Gallery (Galeria Malta), Old Brovar (Stary Browar), which offers items from world and Polish designers, regularly held sales.

Poznan tour plan for 1-3-7 days

Photo: Night Poznan
1Enjoy acquaintance with the Old Town unhurried walk.Lunch at a network of dairy restaurants with affordable prices - 3-5 euros for lunch. Or lunch at the Dark Restaurant with a mysterious atmosphere. After that, a visit to the museums - Rachinka library, National Museum.Visiting the island of Tumsky. The history of the city began with it, so the main city attractions are concentrated here.
2Visiting the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the Church of Farah, the square of Frederic Chopin.Lunch at BarMleczny or a snack at a street cafe. Visit to the Museum of Environmental Knowledge and the Museum of Musical Instruments.Acquaintance with the night life of the city - night clubs and bars in the city center.
3Visit to the New Zoo, where 2,000 animals live.Lunch at PancakeSquare. A visit to the Botanical Garden and the Imperial Castle.Relax in the RestauracjaDelicja restaurant and walk through the night Poznan.
4Drive to Greater Poland National Park, located 15 km from Poznan. Choose one of the hiking trails for a walk in the park.Lunch in nature (products are bought in advance). Continuation of acquaintance with the park.Return to Poznan.
5Trip to the Nest. Visit to the Cathedral, Diocesan Museum.Lunch in a cafe in the city center, a visit to the historical museum.Ride on the local narrow gauge railway and ride a horse. Return to Poznan.
6A trip to the city of Kalisz. Inspection of the Old Town with temples in the Gothic style, baroque churches.Lunch in a street cafe, visiting the Stone Bridge, enjoying the panorama of the old city, visiting the Franciscan monastery.A walk through the city park, where a calm atmosphere reigns. Return to Poznan.
7A trip to Chernev. Walk through the palace and park ensemble.Lunch at a local game restaurant. Completion of acquaintance with the Black-sided ride on horses or in a chaise.A trip to the city of Lyashno. Walk around the city to explore the baroque buildings and amazing temples. Return to Poznan.

Restaurants and cafes in Poznan

The first thing you need to eat in Poznan is Poznan-style potatoes with cream and cottage cheese, which locals call “Gzik wheatgrass” (you can look at PodPretekstem or visit WiejskieJadlo). It is worth trying desserts, for example, ice cream with hot chocolate (for the goodies go to Kociak).
An interesting dessert that can only be tasted in Poznan is the bagels of St. Martin. They are horseshoe-shaped croissants made from puff pastry with poppy seeds (these desserts are sold at street stalls).
Another street food is casserole. It is a half baguette baked with mushrooms, cheese and ketchup. If you wish, you can choose unconventional recipes with a variety of ingredients.
Residents of Poznan eat in a network of dairy bars. You can take a look at Przysmak or Apetyt. Here you can eat hearty and cheap. On average, in milk bars 3-4 times cheaper than in other restaurants and cafes of the city. It is recommended to try pancakes, which are offered with various fillings, and vegetable smoothies.