Poznan On a Budget
SightsCitadel Park is Poznan's largest park, situated in the city center. It only became an urban park after 1945; previously it belonged to a village near Poznan. This area contains the remains of a former Prussian fortress from the partition times; the fortress now houses the Museum of Armaments as well as the Army Museum Poznan'. Moreover, a large number of historically significant sculptures are located in the Citadel Park. The park has a large open space where concerts are often held.
Poznan's 17th-century church of St. Stanislaus the Bishop and the Martyr is one of the prize examples of Baroque architecture in Poland. It also served as a temporary cathedral when the real one was undergoing renovation immediately after World War II. Highlights include an altarpiece in the presbytery by Pompeo Ferrari and the painting St. Stanislaus Resurrecting Piotrowin' by Szymon Czechowicz. There is also a crypt under the church where monks and parishioners would be buried for over one century.
The Cathedral Island (Ostrow Tumski) is famous for being one of the first settlements of the Piast dynasty. The basilica's underground contains the original Piast church from the 10th century, where you will find a real historical gem the tombs of the first rulers of the country: Mieszko I and his son, who was Poland's first king, Boleslaw the Brave. Nearby, you will find the Heritage Center of Cathedral Island Brama Poznania'. The island is connected to the main city area with two bridges named after Poland's first rulers buried on the island. It is worth visiting the island for its wonderful landscape as well.
The beautiful Imperial Castle was created for a German emperor at the beginning of last century, which makes it the youngest monarchical residence on the whole continent. It is here that the talented Polish academics were working on the solving of the German Enigma. During World War II, Adolf Hitler resided in the castle. Its rich and outstanding history make it one of the most curious places in the city.
NeighborhoodsPoznan Old Town is the centermost neighborhood of the city of Poznan. It is the only neighborhood of much interest to tourists because it is, without a doubt, the city's most beautiful and historically interesting area, and within it the Old Market Square with the Town Hall in its center. This Renaissance building is famous for its clock with mechanical Billy goats, which plays the city's bugle call at noon. When it is played, the goats appear and dance' to the music. The town hall dates back to the 14th century and nowadays functions as the Historical Museum of Poznan. At the western end of the Old Town is the Przemysl Hill on which the King's castle once stood. The medieval Royal Castle in Poznan has been reconstructed between 2011 and 2016. The city walls were taken down when the city expanded in the early 19th century, but the street layout of the Old Town still corresponds closely to that of the former protected city, with a grid of narrow streets. Surviving fragments of the walls, some of which have been further reconstructed, can be seen on Stawna Street, Ludgardy Street, next to Chopin Park in the south of the Old Market Square and best parts are on Masztalarska street in the north.
Another neighborhood of some interest is Jezyce, Poznan's increasingly hipster and food-obsessed district just west of the Old Town. Known for vegetarian and healthful eating establishments, Jezyce is also a place to sample culture at the New Theatre, Centrum Amarant, and Rialto Cinema.
ActivitiesThe Kupala Night in Poznan happens in the second half of June each year, during the shortest night of the year (21/22 June). It is supposed to celebrate people who fall in love and make their love last throughout the year. The event itself is a Slavic tradition dating back for centuries. Here, it is connected to releasing thousands or millions of Chinese lanterns a spectacle that is worth sticking around for.
The unusual Croissant Museum celebrates the unique recipe of St Martin's Croissant, which is one of the most famous and delicious pastries in Poland that dates back to the 19th century. On St Martin's day, Polish people in Poznan and nearby eat more than a million croissants. At the museum, you can watch and get an understanding of the process of baking St Martin's croissants, and taste them at the end.
The Historical Museum of Poznan has been located in the Town Hall since 1954 and is worth seeing both for its original interiors and the exhibitions. You will be able to see the cellars that used to belong to the first, original Town Hall of the 14th century. The exhibitions are divided into Renaissance artworks, pieces from the Prussian period, and photographs and documents referring to the life of the city from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Food and DiningGreater Poland is a vast region, rich in regional products (mainly potatoes), which have contributed to the creation of an extraordinary cuisine. You can notice also a significant influence of German cuisine, due to the invasion of Prussia in XIIIth century. Some of the following dishes and products are definitely worth trying while in the area: potato pancakes, potato bread, berry soup, or pork chop with plum. For dessert: St Martin´s Croissant, the most typical product of the region.
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