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Visit Poznań: Your travel guide

Poznań’s got all bases covered. This historic city has long been an industrial powerhouse, and a non-stop run of trade fairs brings industry experts in droves. Yet Poznań specialises in downtime too, with leafy parks, quirky museums and a lively student population that keeps the party going.

Things to do in Poznań

Old Town Square
The heart of the Old Town. This square echoes with footfall from all walks of Poznań life. Beneath picture-book façades in crayon-box colours, youngsters chatter and old-timers set the world to rights, as the whirr of bicycle wheels blends with the click-clack of horses’ hooves. Pull up a seat in a square-side café and indulge in some good old Poznań people-watching.
Stary Rynek Poznań
Croissant Museum Poznań
It turns out that croissants and Poznań go together like eggs and flour. The city’s star dish is the St Martin’s croissant, a sumptuous swirl of pastry with gooey icing, crunchy nuts and candied fruit. At this mini-museum, you get the low-down on the history of the croissant, complete with a mouth-watering demonstration and taster session. Yum!
Stary Rynek 41, Poznań
City Hall
What’s the time, Mr Goat? Head to Poznań’s City Hall to check out a curious daily occurrence that’s embedded itself in local folklore. As the clock chimes for noon, two mechanical goats emerge from a door and proceed to butt heads repeatedly. Suddenly, the butting stops and the goats slide back into their tower, ready to emerge the next day to battle all over again.
Stary Rynek 1 Poznań
Open Tuesday-Thursday 09:00-15:00, Friday 12:00-21:00 Saturday-Sunday 11:00-18:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Stary Browar
From beer to boutiques. This shopping centre began life as an industrial-sized brewery, churning out bottles of Hugger beer by the truckload. Today, it’s a shining example of a stylishly reimagined space. Inside its red-brick walls lies a sun-drenched shoppers’ Shangri-La. Jazz up your wardrobe at Calvin Klein or H&M, then head upstairs to Projekt Kuchnia for a gourmet meal.
Półwiejska 42, Poznań
Open Monday-Saturday 09:00-21:00, Sunday 10:00-20:00
Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul
The Archcathedral Basilica of St Peter and St Paul. It’s had almost as many rebuilding jobs as the syllables in its name. Poland’s oldest cathedral was built in the 9th century, and a run of fires down the years saw it renovated and re-renovated in Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Classical style. The result is a nip-and-tuck mix of modern brickwork and aged copper spires.
Ostrów Tumski 17, Poznań
Open Monday-Friday 09:00-16:00. Changes seasonally.
Imperial Castle
A castle of culture. In 1910, this grey-stone castle was built as a palace for Kaiser Wilhelm II, back when Poznań was under Prussian rule. These days, it’s swapped imperialism for art. The Zamek Cultural Centre, the city’s hottest cultural ticket, is inside these forbidding walls. Check the schedule for enlightening exhibitions, atmospheric gigs and slam poetry evenings.
Święty Marcin 80/82 Poznań
Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:00. Check website for details.
Citadel Park
A park with a troubled back-story. This peaceful expanse of lawns was once a fortress that saw the demise of Poznań’s last Nazi garrison in 1945. Fortunately, that difficult chapter has been consigned to history – a memorial cemetery and some charred foundations are the only remnants. Today, it’s a pretty picture of peaceful jollity, with picknickers and rollerskaters galore.
al. Armii Poznań/ Szelągowska
Changes seasonally.
Poznan International Fair
It’s all go at Poznań International Fair. This convention centre’s schedule is an ever-revolving carousel of assorted industries and interests. There’s something for everyone here - from fashion to food, from toys to transport, and from education to equestrianism. Check upcoming events to geek out with like-minded aficionados.
Głogowska 14 Poznań
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Poznań Palm House
It’s a jungle out there! Or rather, in here. This colossal conservatory shelters all kinds of funky flora from far-flung forests. As soon as you duck inside, tropical humidity, trickling rivulets and whooping birdsong spirit you away to exotic climes. There are even snakes, fish and fluttering butterflies to seal the deal. Step in, breathe deep and let your mind take flight.
Matejki 18 Poznań
Open Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Lake Malta
So much more than a lake. This park is chock-full of outdoor activities for both water babies and landlubbers. For the former, there’s a waterpark, thermal baths and a world-class rowing course. For the latter, a year-round ski slope, minigolf, playgrounds and a boules track. If you’re getting dizzy at the choices on offer, keep it simple with a sit-down on the grass.
Wiankowa 3 Poznań

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Traveller's reviews and photos

10
Exceptional
Beautiful old town. We got some tips from tourist information. We have visited museums on a free entrance days. We had a great time in Termy Maltanskie and I loved the New Zoo where we got with little train Maltanka. We enjoyed museum of croissant. You can learn a lot about Poland's history.
Olga
Hungary
6 September 2017
10
Exceptional
Poznan is a wonderful clean city with beautiful architecture, friendly people. In the courtyard there are many cafes and bars, so you will not get bored. Narrow, cozy streets, beautiful parks. I want to come back here again!
Юлия
Ukraine
7 September 2017
6
Review score
Too crowded city! Even my car i could park only few km away after looking for the parking for about 30 mins. We couldn't even to get out from the car close to the hostel because we had police behind us for transgressing some signs...
Aurelijus
Canada
17 September 2017
10
Exceptional
Loved the market square in old town. The Castle good to wander in and the Uprising Museum very well laid out and interesting piece of history.The old brewery shopping centre interesting and parkland around it a nice place to relax.We walked everywhere but plenty trams and buses if needed.
Agnes
United Kingdom
23 September 2017
8
Very good
Nice old town with beautiful buildings. Friendly info centre, great bakery (the sour cherry tart of one particular bakery is divine!)and wonderful art in National Museum Gallery.
Sue
New Zealand
21 September 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Poznań

IBB Andersia Hotel Conference & SPA

9 Superb

Score from 1,564 reviews

£66

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  • location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “great pool area”
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PURO Poznań Stare Miasto

9.1 Superb

Score from 2,346 reviews

£51

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  • “beautiful building”
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  • location was great”
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City Park Hotel & Residence

9 Superb

Score from 1,396 reviews

£66

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  • “excellent quality of food”
    48 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Hotel Kolegiacki

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 727 reviews

£49

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  • location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Comm Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 1,020 reviews

£33

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  • “good connection to airport”
    71 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Hotel Włoski Business Centrum Poznań

9.3 Superb

Score from 1,521 reviews

£41

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  • “excellent quality of food”
    53 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • location was great”
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Brovaria

9 Superb

Score from 1,251 reviews

£46

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  • location was great”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Novotel Poznan Centrum

7.8 Good

Score from 1,198 reviews

£43

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  • location was great”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Hotel Poznański A2

8.4 Very good

Score from 1,149 reviews

£44

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  • location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Discover Poznań

Popular neighbourhoods in Poznań

Stare Miasto District

248 properties

The centre of the action. Beneath grand Prussian buildings, the Old Town’s cobbled streets resound with the clacking of horse’s hooves and tourists’ shutter-clicks. Shopaholics flit between storefronts in Stary Browar. Pizza buffs get their fix at Bar-a-Boo, and hipsters rub tattooed shoulders with like-minded folk in Kisielice Club. Join the buzz!

Grunwald

86 properties

Grunwald’s soundscape hits all kinds of notes. Factory whirrings emanate from GlaxoSmithKline’s production line, and at Eskulap Club, the strains of indie music get feet a-tappin’. At the weekend, sizzling food and foodie chatter echoes round Kasprowicza Park’s organic market, and raucous footy fans cheer on Lech Poznań’s Football Club.

Jeżyce

66 properties

Jeżyce is in flux. Once a bastion of Polish Art Nouveau, its landscape is getting an architectural facelift with shiny apartment blocks and renovation projects. Toast Poznań’s progress among coffee connoisseurs in Brisman, and tickle your intellect at arthouse cinema Rialto. Into ice cream? Don’t miss Wytwórnia Lodów Tradycyjnych’s famous goodies.

Nowe Miasto

34 properties

Where Poznań was born. The city sprang up around the old churches on Nowe Miasto’s Ostrów Tumski Island, and it’s here that Poland’s first rulers are buried. Delve into Poznań’s past at Porta Posnania Museum, then nibble on freshly baked cake at Café La Ruina. When the sun’s out, stroll round Lake Malta or take the plunge at the thermal baths.

Wilda

30 properties

Wilda’s a tumbledown district with a warm heart. Among its crumbling façades and bygone-era factories, a community spirit thrives. Head to Rynek Wildecki Square to see a Poznań fruit market in full swing, and pick up a luscious loaf at Pracownia GODny bakery. For local music, art and kids’ activities, head to Madalina culture centre.

Local tips for Poznań

Tor Poznań
Sławek by Sławek

Sławek is equally passionate about craft beer and cars – though not both at the same time!

Tor Poznań is one of the few Polish racetracks that’s open to the public. At weekends you can rent a sports car – anything from Aston Martins to Ferraris and Formula 3 cars – and take a spin. On Track Day, you can watch the open formula race, or even take part in it if you have a fast car!

  • Wyścigowa 3 Poznan
  • www.aw.poznan.pl
  • Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
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Wiola by Wiola

Art fan Wiola loves to spend time outdoors, especially if it involves being by the riverside.

Every year on 1 May, a fleet of shipping containers appears along the River Warta, each one decorated by a different artist, charity or art collective. Fashion workshops, organic markets, bars and live concerts all pop up nearby, and there’s even a sandy beach area with hammocks.

Porta Posnania
Marta by Marta

A big fan of museums, lively Marta has worked in Poznań for over a year.

This new multimedia museum explores the 1000-year history of Ostrów Tumski – Cathedral Island. Porta Posnania’s interactive displays and workshops tell the fascinating story of the city’s past, while its riverside location makes it a great spot to relax and enjoy the view.

  • Gdańska 10 Poznan
  • bramapoznania.pl
  • Open Tuesday-Friday 09:00-18:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-19:00
Stary Marych statue
Paweł by Paweł

Paweł is a frequent visitor to Poznań who enjoys taking photos of his travels.

When in Poznań, look out for a statue of an elderly chap with a bicycle. That’s Stary Marych (Old Marych) – a former radio show character and true city icon who gets kissed by hen parties and decorated for special occasions. No trip to Poznań is complete without a selfie with him!

  • Półwiejska Poznan
Ministerstwo Browaru
Gosia by Gosia

Gosia is known for her dry wit – as well as her love of a good beer.

My drinking joint of choice in Poznań offers a mindboggling range of rare craft beers on tap, as well as bottled ones from all over the world. Luckily the staff are always on hand to give their expert suggestions, and the pink elephants on the ceiling will tell you if you’ve one too many!

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Recommendations for Poznań

Avoid the girls with umbrellas who aproach men to invite them in Temptation strip club. These girls are very beautiful, cute, smart, resourceful, speak perfect english and they use all of these things to their advantage. They are really persistant, and they will try to convince you that it is sophisticated gentlemans club. they can be very annoying. We vhere aproached by 4 different girl in only one hour. If you get curious and start to think about geting in, don't! Because you will end up in a very unnatural environment, paying for extremely priced drinks and fealing really stupid. it is best to kindly refusse their offer without being rude, or geting in argument with them

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why do people recommend Poznań for the parks?

Park Citadel and Lake Malta are worth going to as they are quite pretty and offer many paths for walking and wandering.

There are a lot of high end stores like Burberry, Escada, Armani....... also a few really good shoping malls

the ould buldings breaf the past of prussia also churges and ould Aula of University

Just go out and walk around! Don't miss the Palm House & the 1956 Museum.

The Motor Museum near the Sheraton Hotel was closed for refurbishment.

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why would you recommend Poznań for food?

Lots of restaurants

Transport

Poznań transport

Air - Poznań Ławica Airport

The fastest way to reach Poznań from the airport is by taxi. Avoid unlicensed touts and head to the taxi rank outside Arrivals – the 3 official companies are M1 Taxi, Euro Taxi and RMI Taxi. The trip costs around PLN 30 and should take 15–20 minutes, more at rush hour (08:00–10:00 and 16:00–19:00). Buses stop outside Arrivals from 05:00–23:00. Express line L reaches Poznań Train Station in around 30 minutes. Tickets are sold at machines on board for PLN 4.60.

Tram

Poznań's green and yellow trams are the most efficient way to move around the city. The 20 lines include 5 PST express lines which are separated from traffic. Regular trams run from 04:30–23:30, with 1 night tram line outside these hours. Tickets for trams and buses are available from newsagents and from machines located at tram stops and on board some trams. Options include one-way (PLN 4.60), 24-hour (PLN 13.60) and 48-hour (PLN 21). Children travel at half price.

  • Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne w Poznaniu Spółka z o.o.
Bus

Green and yellow like the trams, Poznań’s buses fill in the gaps where the trams don’t go. They run from 04:30–23:30, with limited night buses outside these times. Lines with 2-digit numbers travel within the city limits, while those with 3-digit numbers go to the suburbs. Tickets are valid on both trams and buses, and are sold at newsagents. You can choose from one-way (PLN 4.60), 24-hour (PLN 13.60) and 48-hour (PLN 21), with half price tickets for children.

  • Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne w Poznaniu Spółka z o.o.
Bicycle

Poznań’s public bike scheme offers online sign-up with your mobile phone number and an initial PLN 10 fee. You can then pick up and drop off bicycles around the city 24 hours a day. A map on Nextbike Polska’s website shows live availability of bikes at each cycle station. The first 20 minutes of usage are free, the next hour costs PLN 2 and each subsequent hour costs PLN 4. Be cautious when riding on roads and look out for pedestrians wandering along cycle paths.

Car

Poznań is well connected by motorway to both Warsaw and the German border. However, public transport is a better option within the city – traffic is often heavy, roads may be poorly maintained and on-street parking is scarce and expensive. Parking is divided into colour-coded zones, with the red zone covering the centre. Expect to pay PLN 3–4.30 per hour at ticket machines (cash only). Smartphone users can also pay via mobile apps like moBilet, mPay or SkyCash.

Food in Poznań

Top restaurants in Poznań

High-end dining
Polish
Nowa Bażanciarnia
  • Stary Rynek 94 Poznan
  • Open Monday-Saturday 12:00-22:00, Sunday 12:00-21:00
  • 0048 618553358
Good value
Polish
Brovaria
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bakery
Republika Róż
Cheap 'n' tasty
European
Cacao Republika
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Frontiera
  • Szewska 21 Poznan
  • Open Tuesday-Thursday 12:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 12:00-23:00, Sunday 13:00-19:00
  • frontiera.pl
  • 0048 797196201
Cheap 'n' tasty
Spanish
Pika Pika Tapas Bar
Good value
Polish
Racja Mięsa
Good value
Seafood
MOMO
Good value
Mediterranean
Zielona Weranda
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Pyra Bar
Good value
Seafood
Warto nad Wartą
  • Aleje Marcinkowskiego 27A Poznan
  • Open Monday-Saturday 12:00-23:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00
  • 0048 600836846
Good value
Polish
Papierówka
Good value
Greek
Mykonos
Good value
Japanese
Yetztu Ramen
High-end dining
Polish
Restauracja Toga
High-end dining
Mediterranean
Restauracja Papavero
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mediterranean
Yugoslavia
  • Ratajczaka 18 Poznan
  • Open Monday 13:00-21:00, Tuesday-Thursday 11:00-22:00, Friday 11:00-23:00, Saturday 12:00-22:00, Sunday 12:00-19:00
  • 0048 518988622
Cheap 'n' tasty
Desserts
Manekin
  • Kwiatowa 3 Poznan
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 10:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 10:00-23:00
  • 0048 612220001
High-end dining
Italian
Figaro
High-end dining
Polish
Restauracja Tumska
Cheap 'n' tasty
Desserts
Ptasie Radio
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Bar-a-Boo
Good value
Polish
Vine Bridge
Cheap 'n' tasty
Chinese
Cafe La Ruina
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Suszone Pomidory
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