Discover Poznan over the Weekend
Poznan is the fifth most populous city in Poland, and home to the oldest trade fairs in the country, as well as the legendary theatre and arts Malta Festival. It’s a city of green spaces, which incidentally cover more than 25% of its land area, famed for its symbolic butting billy-goats, delicious St. Martin’s croissants and colourful local dialect. It’s also an ancient fortress, the site of the discovery of the largest meteorite in Poland, and the location of the youngest imperial castle in Europe.
In a word, Poznan is a place of exceptionally rich history and traditions, full of fascinating legends and curiosities. Discover Poznan with us ... at the weekend!
The Old Market Square has a magnetic charm for one and all, both tourists and the locals. It’s here that you’ll find clubs and cafes, restaurants and bars. In the Old Market Square history and culture blend seamlessly with entertainment. The most well-known building in the square is of course that pearl of the Polish Renaissance, the Town Hall with its famed butting billy-goats, designed by Giovanni Battista di Quadro, and also the colourful nearby Merchant Houses, which appear on postcards and in snapshots almost as often as the Town Hall.
Facing the square from one of its side-streets is the impressive, baroque Collegiate Church and the complex of former Jesuit buildings attached to it, currently housing the City Council. The Old Market Square and its surroundings are also rich in museums, where the young and old alike can enjoy fascinating dioramas showing the Poznan of yesteryear.
For the Active Type
Lake Maltańskie and the vicinity are criss-crossed with cycling, jogging, rollerblade and walking paths, but also boast an artificial ski slope, bob-sled run, sports and recreation area, the Termy Maltańskie water park, kayaking routes and a rope park.
The Cycling Ring around Poznan consists of nearly 300 km of bicycle paths.
The Wielkopolska National Park offers visitors 7 different cycling and hiking trails.
Lake Kierskie is a mecca for sailors and fans of water sports, as well as anglers. In winter, ice-boaters and ice-boarders enjoy the ice at the lake.
The Chwiałka ice-rink is a full-sized professional skating rink in the center of town, open year-round.
For Art Lovers
Poznan has something to offer for everybody in terms of museums and galleries, often something unique at the national level, starting with the classics, such as the National Museum and the Poznan Historical Museum at the Town Hall, through topical exhibitions covering military, industrial and crafts history, to sites of local historical importance, such as the Poznan June Museum commemorating the uprising of 1956, the Poznan Bambers' Museum illustrating the way of life of the Bamber farmers, or scale models of Old Poznan.
A must-see on any visit is the Porta Posnania multimedia exhibit at the Ostrów Tumski Interactive History Centre, and also a trip to the Poznan Croissant Museum, where visitors can learn more about the origins of the Poznań tradition of baking croissants as well as try their hand at making one!
Book Your Weekend at the Hotel Sheraton
Thanks to our outstanding location, the entire city is within easy reach.
Relax over a weekend in Poznan, discover the city’s attractions for just 350 PLN for two persons. Breakfast is complimentary.
Our offer includes:
- free Internet access
- special late check-out privilege (to 4:00 pm)
For Fans of Architecture
One thousand years of history have left their mark on the architecture of Poznan – from the Romanesque relics of the first years of the Polish state at Ostrów Tumski, through traces of the Gothic style and the pearls of the Renaissance, the Poznan Town Hall and the breath-taking Baroque Collegiate Church, to Art Nouveau in the Jeżyce and Łazarz districts, and beyond into modernism with the famed "Okrąglak" building at the forefront.
A walking tour of the architectural heritage of Poznan is an excellent way to spend an interesting day.
In warm weather, the New Zoo, located in a lovely, wooded setting, is well worth a visit, and on cooler days why not visit the largest indoor collection of palms in Poland at the Poznan Palm House? At the Poznan Croissant Museum, kids and adults alike will have a great time while learning about the history of this St. Martin’s day speciality and how to make it, while learning the local Poznan dialect.
Porta Posnania and its scale models will bring history to life even for those who until now have only associated it with memorising dates of battles. At the Old Zoo, hungry baby goats and donkeys as well as a bustling playground await little visitors.
For History Buffs
Those who enjoy travelling through time will find plenty to do in Poznan. The earliest history of the area is illustrated at the Archaeological Museum and the Genius Loci Archaeological Reserve.
The origins of the Polish state can be explored at Ostrów Tumski, where the Porta Posnania will take visitors on a journey through the ages. A tour of the city along the Royal-Imperial Way, a short trip into the fascinating history of Fortress Poznan and the Poznan Citadel, and an overview of the dramatic events of the June 1956 Poznan Uprising are sure to interest.
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