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Poznań, the capital of Wielkopolska (“Greater Poland”) (ca. 550 thousand residents), situated upon the Warta and Cybina Rivers, is a modern city of over a millennium long history connected with the onset of the State of Poland. Its diverse proposals for tourists, ranging from sightseeing, choir concerts to active relaxation in the Malta centre, can cater to everyone’s expectations.

In 10th and 11th centuries Poznań was the capital of the State of Mieszko I and Bolesław Chrobry (Boleslaus the Brave), an important religious and state centre for the Piast Dynasty. In 19th century it was a resilient economic stronghold in the fight with the invader. Until today the economic position of the city is high and Poznań residents are famous for their honesty and laboriousness.

History can be traced in monumental, elegant buildings standing in direct vicinity of outstandingly beautiful tenement houses of diverse architecture, while the broad streets and busy city roads run near the charming Old Town.

Poznań’s eventful history is reflected in high-class historical buildings, majority of which are located alongside the Royal-Imperial Route. The city’s showcase is its renaissance town hall with legendary goats up on the tower, which attracts thousands of tourists to the Old Market Square.

Poznań Parish Church of St. Stanislaus (1651- 1732) is Europe’s masterpiece of monumental baroque, a top-class historical building, entered in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul (14th century) is also an impressive building located on Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island) with the Golden Chapel – mausoleum of the first Polish kings: Mieszko I and Bolesław Chrobry.

Additionally, highly recommended attractions of the city include a visit at the Palace in Rogalin, with its paintings gallery, the monumental oak trees of Lech, Czech and Rus, a visit at the town of Kórnik, and the old Polish manor house in Koszuty. Sports and recreational activities are the specialty of Malta (ski run, toboggan run, oarsman lane, playgrounds, rollers, mini-golf, swimming pool). Children (and others) are welcome to visit the New Zoological Garden.

Poznań is above all the capital of Polish commerce. Each year the International Poznań Fair is visited by about one million people and the pavilions are used all year round. It is also the capital of music, home to world-famous choirs: Poznań Cathedral Choir, Boys’ and Men’s Choir of the State Philharmonic in Poznań. The city also prides itself on its opera house, musical theatre and museums. Malta International Arts Festival held in June gains increasing importance.

Tasting the regional delicacy will give the tour around Poznań its finishing touch: St. Martin’s crescent rolls are baked to celebrate the St. Martin’s name day, but they can be bought all year long.” (source)

fot: Mariusz Cieszewski