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PoznanPoland

One of Poland’s oldest cities is known for its green spaces and well-preserved ancient buildings. Visit historic palaces, churches and miles of parks and forests.

Poznan is the capital of Poland’s Wielkopolska region. It combines 1,000 years of history with the excitement of a modern European city. Investigate ancient buildings, hike through forests, sample regional foods and enjoy a long soak in thermal waters.

One of Poland’s oldest cities, Poznan was founded in the 10th century. Remember the past in the medieval palaces, churches and buildings of Old Market Square. Visit the archeological museum in the 16th-century Gorka Palace. Stand near the Renaissance Town Hall at noon to watch mechanical goats butt heads. Explore the 13th-century hilltop Royal Castle, one block west of the square. Poznan’s other stronghold, the Imperial Castle, was built in the early 20th century for Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

Take a bus or tram to Cathedral Island, where the city began. See tombs of ancient monarchs inside the 10th-century Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul and admire the Gothic interior of St. Mary's Church.

With parks, forests and gardens covering nearly a third of the city and a greenbelt surrounding it, Poznan is one of Poland’s greenest cities. Jog, walk and play sports in the sprawling Citadel Park alongside massive sculptures of headless cast iron figures. Hike through Wielkopolski National Park, 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside of Poznan.

Relax at Lake Malta, a large artificial lake and recreational area. Observe animals at Nowe Zoo on the east side of the lake. Ski down the artificial ski slope or reach speeds up to 32 miles (50 kilometers) per hour on the summer toboggan run. Unwind in the thermal water pools and saunas of the Maltese Baths.

While in Poznan, be sure to try vodka and appetizers in a tapas bar. Order shots with cold snacks such as pig trotters in jelly and pickled herring.

Poznan is about a 4-hour drive or 3-hour train journey west of Poland’s capital, Warsaw. Alternatively, fly into Poznan's Lawica International Airport to enjoy the city’s history, scenery and outdoor activities.

Where to stay in Poznan

Poznan City Center, Poznan, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland

Poznan City Center

Museums, historical sites and spas are some highlights of Poznan City Center. Make a stop by Old Town Square or Stary Browar Shopping and Art Centre while you're exploring.

Poznan City Center
Poznan showing interior views and heritage architecture

Stare Miasto District

4.5/5Wonderful!(83 area reviews)

Historical sites, spas and coffee shops highlight some of the noteworthy features of Stare Miasto District. Make a stop by Old Town Square or Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Stare Miasto District
Grunwald, Poznan, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland

Grunwald

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

Unique features of Grunwald include the spas and bars. Make a stop by Poznan International Fair Grounds or Poznan Palm House while you're exploring the area.

Grunwald
Wilda, Poznan, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland

Wilda

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Wilda is well liked for its historical sites. You can also take some time to explore sights in the surrounding area like Old Town Square and Stary Browar Shopping and Art Centre.

Wilda
Jezyce, Poznan, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland

Jezyce

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

Historical sites and bars are notable features of Jezyce. You might consider stopping by Nowy Theatre while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Jezyce
Poznan featuring a bridge as well as a small group of people

Nowe Miasto

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Nowe Miasto is noteworthy for its lake views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Malta Ski and Malta Lake.

Nowe Miasto

Top hotels in Poznan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
IBB Andersia Hotel
IBB Andersia Hotel
4 out of 5
Plac Andersa 3, Poznan, Greater Poland
The price is £51 per night

Located in Poznan City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Poznan Financial Centre and Old Town Square. Stary Browar Shopping and Art Centre and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
nice

"Great stay"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

IBB Andersia Hotel
NH Poznan
NH Poznan
4 out of 5
Ul. Swiety Marcin 67, Poznan, Greater Poland
The price is £46 per night

Located in Poznan City Center, this hotel is steps away from Imperial Castle and Poznan Philharmonic. Stary Browar Shopping and Art Centre and Poznan International ...

4.3/5Excellent! (243 reviews)

"Great hotel , location and price"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

NH Poznan
Sheraton Poznan Hotel
Sheraton Poznan Hotel
5 out of 5
UI. Bukowska 3/9, Poznan, Greater Poland
The price is £54 per night

Located in Jezyce, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Poznan International Fair Grounds and Imperial Castle. Adam Mickiewicz University and Royal ...

4.4/5Excellent! (472 reviews)

"Staff was extremely nice and made me feel welcome even though all the restrictions were in place. Very polite and professional service. Would highly recommend! Thank you."…"

Reviewed on 3 May 2020

Sheraton Poznan Hotel

Popular places to visit in Poznan

Old Town Square
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Old Town Square

5/5(33 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Poznan when you visit a well-known site such as Old Town Square. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Malta Lake
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Malta Lake

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Mingle with Poznań locals as they enjoy entertainment and leisure at one of the city’s most popular recreation areas. 

Poznan Town Hall
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Poznan Town Hall

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Discover the museum housed inside this historic building and join the crowds to watch its famous noon-time display.

Stary Rynek
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Stary Rynek

5/5(20 reviews)

Observe the bustling atmosphere at this historic local gathering place and admire the picturesque buildings that surround it. 

Royal Castle
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Royal Castle

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Take a journey through Poland’s imperial past in this reconstructed site and museum in the heart of Poznań’s Old Town.

Stary Browar Shopping and Art Centre
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Stary Browar Shopping and Art Centre

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Spend an afternoon exploring this unique shopping complex, which combines retail space with impressive artworks and innovative architecture. 

Top things to do in Poznan

Wroclaw - the city of 100 bridges private tour 10h
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Wroclaw - the city of 100 bridges private tour 10h

£327
Per adult
Treasures of Wielkopolska Region - private tour 8 h
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Treasures of Wielkopolska Region - private tour 8 h

£293
Per adult
Poznan City & Brewery Tour private tour 5 h
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Poznan City & Brewery Tour private tour 5 h

£234
Per adult
Poznan - Torun by train with private guide in Torun 10 h
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Poznan - Torun by train with private guide in Torun 10 h

£310
Per adult
Poznan - Warsaw by train with private guide in Warsaw 10 h
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Poznan - Warsaw by train with private guide in Warsaw 10 h

£359
Per adult
Private walking city tour in Poznan
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Private walking city tour in Poznan

£158
Per adult

Reviews of Poznan

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Feb 2020

Great place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan 2020

Great choice for a city break, cheap, everything within walking distance

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

Good city for a short break

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov 2019

Beautiful underrated city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Nov 2019

Lovely city to visit. Was small enough that you could walk around everywhere but had good transport options. Huge value for money in eating out (avoid Western European or American chains) and always felt safe with our small kids

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Nov 2019

I enjoyed my stay in Poznan and would return, the airport is ideally positioned near the town (4-5 min drive). It has good transport links (by road) to other towns and cities.