The City of Poznan – the Place where History Meets Modernity

Poznan city center with Town Hall

Poznan city center with Town Hall ©flightlog/Flick

The city of Poznan is situated on the Warta River and is one of the oldest cities of the Medieval Polish State. Poznan is a city with a surprising diversity of architectural styles of churches, houses, museums.

The city of Poznan is an important economic, academic and cultural center where history meets modernity. Polish rulers first settled here, while today is a vibrant metropolis modern city, a perfect place for culture, and for business and entertainment. The city has gained fame due to craftsmen fairs that attract many tourists.

 

Poznan is the 6th city in Poland after area and has about 600 000 inhabitants. In Poznan have 8 state-run high schools, including 4 universities and 17 high schools established on the initiative of scientists. Together with neighboring municipalities, form a metropolitan area established itself as an economic power in the region.
The name probably comes from the Slavic male surname of Poznan, which means ‘the known’. It is the only Polish city mentioned in the Polish national anthem, “Mazurca of Dąbrowski”.

Poznan city center with Town Hall

Poznan city center with Town Hall ©flightlog/Flick

Tourist attractions in the city of Poznan

In Poznan is found the only museum of musical instruments in Poland, one of the 3 existing ones in Europe.

If you want to visit the most important sights of the city should start with “Poland’s heart,” as locals considers it: the Golden Chapel of the Coronation of the Kings in Poznan Cathedral, where is a copy of St. Peter’s sword.

The Golden Chapel of the Coronation of the Kings in Poznan

The Golden Chapel of the Coronation of the Kings in Poznan ©foto4lizzie/Flick

Then you should visit the central square with the City Hall, the tower which houses a special mechanism with an interesting history: 2 goats, who come out every day at 12 o’clock and collide their head.

The goats of the Town Hall

The goats of the Town Hall ©Friar’s Balsam/Flick

The most affordable transportation for moving from a tourist attraction to another are the buses and trams, and it would be ideal to buy a sightseeing tourist card, which includes significant cuts to access major tourist attractions. You can purchase it from a tourist information center in Poznan.

Most important dishes in Poznan

In terms cuisine, the most famous dishes as in Poznan are the Zurek, a kind of sour soup, then Pierogi, a kind of dumplings, stuffed either with fruit, meat or cabbage. We must mention the chocolate with marzipan and the famous Zubrowka drink made from special herbs that buffaloes eat.

Pierogi

Pierogi ©balise42/Flick

Finally, Poland and the inhabitants of the city of Poznan could be described in 3 words: hospitality, commitment and dedication.

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