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Poznań (German: Posen) is the largest city in Greater Poland, in the west of Poland, and one of the largest metropoles in the whole country. Situated roughly equidistantly between Warsaw and Berlin, it serves as a major economic hub, and a centre for industry and commerce. The Poznań International Trade Fair grounds host the most important trade fairs and exhibitions in Poland, making Poznań an important business destination, but the city has plenty of history and attractions to share besides that. Its relative compactness and easy access by road, rail and air make it a convenient tourist destination for visitors to Central Europe.



Poznań is a town steeped in history, as it was the first capital (with Gniezno) of Poland and seen by many as the birthplace of the Polish nation. Today it is a diverse and vibrant town, with many university students living here and much to divert the traveler. It has a stunningly rejuvenated central square, thriving night-life, fascinating museums and many attractions in the surrounding area. For train buffs, Poznań is the home of Europe's last surviving steam-hauled passenger service. With a strategic position on the BerlinMoscow train line, Poznań will be for many their first experience of Poland.


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Damp weather is usual in winter, though night-time temperatures are typically below zero, so expect some ice during cold waves. In summer, temperatures may often reach 30°C (86°F), but on average they stay around 22°C (72°F). City is quite dry with annual rainfall around 500 mm (20 in), among the lowest in Poland. The rainiest month is July, mainly due to short but intense cloudbursts and thunderstorms. Notably, Poznań microclimate seems to spare city from extreme weather events like hail, blizzard, heavy rainfall or intense winds (which tend to wreak havoc in nearby Gniezno and Kórnik), making it relatively safe weather-wise.

Tourist information

  • 1 Poznań Information Centre (on the Old Market Square, on its southern side (building 59/60)), +48 61 852 61 56, . In summer season (and during most important events –international fair, conferences, etc.) open 09:00-21:00, in winter 10:00-19:00. The main tourist information center. Many free maps, leaflets about city and surroundings, souvenirs, books, albums, city-guide hire. You can contact them in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian.
  • Visit Poznan, . A tourism website in English, German, Polish about the city, with info about how to get in, get around, entrance fees, proposed tours, and city-guide service.
  • Poznań City Council website

Get in


By plane


1 Poznań - Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport (POZ  IATA) (7 km from the city centre).    

Domestic flights to Warsaw are offered by Polish Airlines LOT. International flights are offered by LOT (Frankfurt, Munich), Lufthansa Regional (Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf), KLM (Amsterdam), Norwegian Air Shuttle (Oslo-Gardermoen), Ryanair (Barcelona, Bologna, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Madrid, Milan-Orio al Serio, Rome-Ciampino, Palma de Mallorca), Scandinavian Airlines (Copenhagen), and Wizz Air (Barcelona, Paris-Beauvais, Cork, Dortmund, Eindhoven, London-Luton, Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Oslo-Torp).

The airport is easily accessible by public buses 159 and 148. The 159 goes to the main train station while the 148 terminates at the Rondo Kaponiera intersection. For more details regarding public transport look into "Get Around" section below. Both buses leave about every quarter of an hour and the journey takes around 25 minutes. There is a ticket machine next to the bus stops, payment can be made by cash or card, screen works in different languages.

Another option is Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER IATA)

By train

Main Station
  • 2 Poznań Główny. Poznań main station. Virtualy all trains from northwestern Poland and Wielkopolskie pass this station. Platform numeration and station layout is not very intuitive and it is better to come early.    
  • 3 Poznań Garbary. Local station closer to Ostrów Tumski side of the city, only regional and metropolitan rail.

Poznań is a crucial railway junction and all trains going between Moscow and Western Europe stop here. Trains to Berlin or Warsaw take approximately 3 hours in either direction and cost around €20 one-way. Trains to Kraków (approx. 8 daily) take around 6 hours and cost €15 one-way, Wrocław (more than 15 daily) will take around 2 hours and cost around €8. The journey to Gdańsk (6 trains daily) will take 5½ hours and cost €12 and to Toruń (6 trains per day): 2½ hours and €7.

Poznań is also served by long-distance trains leading to popular beach- and mountain resorts: Zakopane (2 night trains in winter and summer season), Szklarska Poręba/Kudowa-Zdrój (2 daily + 1 in season), Kołobrzeg (Kolberg), Hel and Świnoujście.

Besides, Poznań and Wielkopolska region has a vast network of local connections operated by Koleje Wielkopolskie and Polregio operators. From tourist standpoint important routes served include trains to: Gniezno, Kalisz, Wolsztyn, Wągrowiec and Konin (and by bus to Licheń Stary sanctuary). Trains frequency is usually about every 1-2 hours depending on time of day.

In some cases smaller rail stations may be closer than Poznań Główny, these are often served by public transit with stops including "PKM" in their name, meaning that these are used by local and metropolitan rail. For tourist the most useful will probably be Poznań Garbary located close to the Cathedral and Citadel Park.

By bus


The Poznań coach station (Poznań PKS) is situated under the train station to the east. Galeria Avenida has integrated the train and bus stations with a modern shopping mall. Near the coach station there are several city tram and bus lines.

Poznań is served by the Eurolines coach network. Count on fares of around €90 one-way to London or Amsterdam. Every day more than 200 local buses leave for town and even small villages everywhere in Wielkopolska region.

Flixbus, the biggest coach company operating in Poland, connects Poznan with Berlin, Prague, Łódź, Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Torun. Tickets are available from 20 zł. for a ride.

Poznan has many bus connections with cities and towns in West Poland (Gorzów Wielkopolski, Zielona Góra, sea resorts, mountain resorts in Sudety Mountains), and there are coaches heading to: Lublin, Łódź, and Warsaw. There is a vast network of local and regional buses, especially to towns with poor (or no) train connection.

Get around


By public transport


Poznań is a compact city and has a decent public transport system, consisting of trams and buses operated by the city's transportation authority (MPK).

If you decide to use public transportation, prices of tickets are following (Jun 2024):

  • 15-minute which costs 4 zł
  • 45-minute which costs 6 zł
  • 90-minute which costs 8 zl

There are also daily tickets and multi-day tickets available:

  • 24-hour ticket which costs 15 zł
  • 7-day ticket which costs 50 zł.

24-hour and 7-day tickets are valid for any public transport line without additional fare. Besides that a 24-hr ticket validated between 20:00 on Friday and 24:00 on Saturday is valid till 24:00 on Sunday, becoming a weekend-long ticket. Full price list is available here (scroll to bottom for one-time tickets).

Validate your tickets as soon as you enter into vehicle. Look for yellow machines that have small thin hole in centre. If your ticket expires you will need to validate another ticket. If you don't have a ticket and are caught, you will be fined between 120-240 zł and will have to go through hassle of paying fine.

You may transfer as many times as you wish and are only limited by time on your ticket. Night buses use the same tickets and fares. Ten minutes on a tram is usually enough to ride a few stops in the city out of the peak hours. For more than 5-6 stops, use a 45-minute ticket.

The Poznań Card is a combination of ticket and discount card. Prices: 30 zł one-day, 40 zł two-day and 45 zł three-day.

The PEKA card is the electronic fare card for the city, with lower fares than paper tickets based on the number of stops taken (1 stop 0.6 zł, 2 stops 1.1 zł, etc.) You must tap the card on entry and exit for buses and trams, after selecting the number of normal/reduced fares you need. Bearer PEKA cards can be purchased from City Information Centres (CIM) (see the webpage for other locations) for 27 zł, of which 12 zł is a deposit. You may have to ask about buying a bearer card.

If you study in Poland and are under 26, or you bear an ISIC, you are eligible for a 50% discount on every public transport ticket. Public transport is free for people over age of 70.

Luggage smaller than "90 x 75 x 40 cm", wheelchairs and pushchairs can be carried free of charge. Bicycles can also be taken free of charge, but only in vehicles labeled with bike pictogram on entrance, however they must give way before both wheelchairs and pushchairs and also will be refused in packed vehicles.

An internet service Jak dojadę (Polish for: How will I get to...) helps you to find a connection and the proper timetable even without a good knowledge about the topography of the city. It's enough to write the place (street, famous building) where you plan to start and finish your trip and the system will find you the quickest way.

By bicycle


There are only a few bike rentals in Poznań. Expect to pay at least 100 zł per day for basic mountain bike. If you can bring your own bicycle, Poznań is an okayish place to cycle.

A bicycle will make it much easier for you to visit greener parts of the city, including all the large lakes and forests. Paths in leisure areas are usually of good quality and will enable you to ride fast. In urban areas, cycling is more of a hit or miss affair, with bike paths suddenly pushing you into roads or sidewalks. Importantly, it is usually easy to travel west-east, but it can be quite challenging to travel north-south. The best districts for cycling are in western parts of the city which have a coherent path network with good signage; the worst places for cycling are unfortunately those most important for tourists: the Old Town and other inner city districts (Jeżyce, St. Lazarus, Wilda), where cycling is mostly limited to painted bike lanes often alongside heavy traffic. Beware of Głogowska Street near Poznań Main Station, as Municipal Guards (pol. Straż Miejska) will look for cyclists riding on sidewalks (which is illegal here), because they know it is unsafe to ride on bicycle on this street.

Going outside the city is hard, as there are no good connections between Poznań and suburbs. You will be forced to ride alongside cars in heavy traffic or on muddy footpaths. Yet, this way you can reach Wielkopolski National Park, which has really scenic trails and is one of the best places for leisure cycling in the region.



In the city centre, you will have no problem getting by with English, but outside of it English is quite limited. Even at the train station, you might find that you need to communicate with store vendors using body language (the international train office employees do all speak fluent English). If you need directions, try to ask young people who look like they might attend university. If you speak Russian, you can try to look out for migrants as most of them come from Ukraine or Belarus. They usually know Russian natively or at least very well, some old people may have basic Russian knowledge. Despite Poznan's proximity to Germany, very few people speak any German, and if they do, it is often nothing more than a few words.

Old Town

The old town square in Poznań
Saint Francis of Assisi Church
Mechanical goats on the town hall's clock
  • 1 Stary Rynek (Old Market Square). The old town square, one of the finest in Europe. This is the centre of old, medieval Poznań, and has been superbly rebuilt after severe destruction in World War II. Cafés and bars line the square and it is a superb spot for ordering a drink and watching the world go by.  
  • 2 Town Hall, Stary Rynek 1. M Tu F 10:00-16:00, W 12:00-18:00, and Su 10:00-15:00. The Town Hall is the centrepiece of the Rynek. It was built in the a Gothic style in the first years of the 14th century. It was later rebuilt in Renaissance style by Giovanni Battista di Quadro from Lugano. It is said to be the most beautiful non-church renaissance building north of the Alps. The building houses the Historical Museum of Poznań (built as the headquarters of municipal powers and the city court), displaying exhibitions about the history of the city since the 10th century. Two things to watch out for here are the ornately decorated Great Entrance Hall and the mechanical goats which appear from the roof of the building each day at noon to butt their heads together a dozen times. €1.50.    
  • 3 The City Church of St. Stanislaus and Our Lady. This church was reopened in 2007 after total refurbishment, one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Poland. It was built as a Jesuits' church; it is now the parish church for the Old Town. Many tourist come here for the sounds of its organs, built here in the 1870s by one of the most famous organ masters of that time: Friedrich Ladegast from Wesenfels (Germany). The organs can be heard during services (regular on Sundays and on weekdays: 03:00 or 04:00 and 13:00) and during organ concerts (each Saturday, 12:15, entrance free). Entrance €1.10 (2009).
  • 4 The former Jesuits' College. It was an old Jesuits' school build by the monk in the same period, as the neighboring church, now houses the City Office - so it's possible to get in to see the interiors, but only halls and corridors. In the early 19th century it was the quarters for emperor Napoleon I during his march toward Moscow. Few years later - the concert place for Frédéric Chopin (his original instrument is still exhibited in Poznań in the Museum of Musical Instruments - see below). In front of the City Office is the monument of two goats - the symbol of the city.  
  • 5 King's Castle. The King's Castle (Zamek Królewski) - rebuilt by King Przemysł II in 1290s, but erected by his father, Duke Przemysł I as a duke's residence for Poznań county. The only remnants of the original building are the foundations, and - what tourists mostly look is the newer part of the building dated from the second half of 18th century. Now it houses the Museum of Applied Art and from the walls you can watch the panorama of the Old Town. Poznań King's Castle was the place of the First Prussian Homage in 1492 (however more famous is the second one presented on famous picture painted by Jan Matejko). The hill was also the place, where the arms of Polish first dynasty (Piasts) - the White Eagle - became the official national symbol.    
  • The Franciscan Church. It is a rather typical church from the turn of 17th and 18th centuries​, but is really worth coming here at least for a few minutes for its beautiful paintings on the vaulting and wood carvings created by two ingenious monk - brothers Adam and Antony Swach from the Czech territories. More religious visitors come here for the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Incessant Help - the Lady of Poznań (the picture in left side-aisle). The undergrounds of the church house two Models of Old Poznan.
  • 6 The Gorka Palace. The Gorkas were a famous late-medieval noble family in Poznań and erected their palace in mid-15th century, rebuilt in 16th century in Renaissance style (a marvelous portal from the eastern side). The palace houses the Archeological Museum (see below).
  • 7 The Holy Blood of Lord Jesus Church. The church's erection is connected with a legend about desecration of the host done by a group of Jews. During services the priest stands backward to the people, and the church is used both by Roman Catholics and Greek Catholics (service each Sunday at noon in Ukrainian).  
  • 8 Imperial Castle (Zamek Cesarski w Poznaniu), Św. Marcin 80/82, +48 61 6465272. Erected 1905-1910 by Franz Schwechten, the Berlin court architect of German emperor Wilhelm II. The huge neo-Romanesque building, which alludes to medieval constructions, was officially opened by the Emperor. It was the seat of Polish President in the inter-war period and Hitler's residence during World War II, when it was remodeled under the Albrecht Speer. The dominating element of the building is the Tower, originally 74-m high, after World War II was lowered (due to the damage in the lat period of the war) by about 20 m. In the Rose Courtyard (opposite site to the main entrance) one can find a fountain modeled on the 13th century lions fountain in Allhambra (Spain). The castle houses the Castle Culture Centre, the Animation Theatre and many other institutions. It's also a place of many exhibitions, meetings, concerts and festivals.    
  • 9 Stary Marych, ul. Półwiejska. A very unusual monument os. Stary Marych, at the very beginning of Półwiejska Str. (a shopping pedestrian zone), which is probably the only monument in the world of a man walking with a bike (all other cyclers ride). The Monumemo is dedicated to Stary Marych (Old Marych), a fictitious person, who features in local newspapers or in local radio stations (from 1983), and all his speeches about the actual problems are written (and read) in local Poznań dialect. It’s also the only monument of local dialect in Poland.  
  • The system of forts surrounding Poznań in 19th century, all located nearby former round-road, just few km from the nowadays centre. Most of them are in poor technical state and are used for many (not really historical) purposes. Anyway it is worth going to Fort VII (Polska str., accessible from the centre by trams #2, #17 and #18 to the final Ogrody stop, from the a short walk), where the Museum of Martyrology is located. The sightseeing of some forts on your own can be simply dangerous!


  • 10 Środka district. Located a few minutes from the Cathedral Island, it was a merchants' and craftmen's district working for the duke or king court in first half of 13th century, as the Cathedral Island had become overpopulated. The name come from the Polish name "Środa" (Wednesday), as weekly markets took place on Wednesdays. You can get from the Cathedral Island to Środka district using a pedestrians and cyclists' bridge, bearing the name of bishop Jordan (968-982), who was the first bishop of Poznań and Poland.    
  • Just behind Środka a recreational area at the banks of Malta Lake start. They are 3 km away from the centre and include: an artificial skiing slope, an all-year-round toboggan slide, bike rental, zoo (the biggest one in Poland), walking and jogging areas, a rollerskating track (5½ km). The zoo is linked with the Środka district by narrow-gauge line, working from spring till autumn on workdays every hour, on weekends - every 30 minutes. Details: Polish only. Tickets ~€1.5, for kids €1, family tickets €4.
  • 11 St. Margaret Church, ul. Filipińska. A late-Romanesque church (with some Gothic features) in the middle of Środka Market Square, nowadays a side-church for the cathedral parish. It is hard to get inside, unless you come approx. a quarter before or after services.  
  • 12 Church of St. John of Jerusalem, Świętojańska 1. The first building on Polish territories built with bricks (before only wooden or stone building were erected) around the year 1188. The church was erected for the Johnnites order, who were running a hospital for the poor people nearby. The entrance is free, but as well limited to moments before or after services. This is also the only place in the city, where holy masses for dead people take place.    

Ostrów Tumski

  • 13 Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island). Ostrów Tumski; famous as the spot on which Poznań was founded, is a quiet island, with a permanent population consisting mostly of bishops, priests and monks. It was supposedly here that the town was founded, after three brothers Rus, Lech and Czech met here after not seeing each other for years (poznać being Polish for 'to meet'). It is also the spot where Poland adopted Christian baptism in 966 and where the first church (still existing Poznań Cathedral) of polish territories was built (968).
    The island is accessible from the centre or Old Town by trams 4, 8 and 17 and bus 63 (other lines, not really useful for tourist are 67 and 83). The cathedral is open for visitors every day from 08:00 to 16:00-19:00 (depending on the day), but is closed for sightseeing during services (esp. Sundays). Admission €0.70.
  • 14 St. Peter's and Paul's Cathedral, Ostrów Tumski 17, Poznań. St. Peter's and Paul's Cathedral was the first Polish cathedral and the only one between years 968 and 1000. Burial place of 8 Polish dukes and kings from the Piast dynasty: original graves from 10th and 11th centuries of Mesko I and his son Boleslaus the Brave preserced in the cellar; as well as the baptism bow. It was a probable baptism place of Duke Mesko I. In the cathedral, pay attention to the chain of chapels around the main aisle, not touched by bombings in 1945. The most precious ones are: the Golden Chapel (which a present memorial place of Mesko I and Boleslaus the Brave, in the sarcophagus on the right-hand side) and the Holy Cross Chapel.    
  • 15 The Our Lady Church. Our Lady Church was built in late Gothic style (approx. 1430), not very significant for its present shape and values, but important for its role in the 10th century, when in the place the duke's palace and a small chapel were built. The chapel was probably erected one year before the official baptism of Poland. The interior (due to archaeological excavations) is closed for visitors.
  • 16 The Archbishop's Palace (Pałac Arcybiskupi). The palace was built at the same time as the cathedral, but its present shape comes from the 2nd half of 18th century. It is closed to visitors.  
  • 17 The Bishop Lubrański University. This is the second oldest high school in Poland, founded by bishop John Lubrański in 1518. It houses the Archdiocesan Museum.    
  • Psalter House. It was erected in the beginnings of 16th century​ (by Bishop Lubrański) as a rehearsal-place for psalter singers. They were due to sing the David's Psalms in the Cathedral the whole day round. It is now used by Christian associations.
  • Canonries. These are mostly from 18th and 19th centuries​, built for noble priest working for the Poznań Cathedral and Archbishop.

Northern Poznań

  • 18 Citadel Park, Wzgórze Cytadela. A fortress was built here by the Prussians in 1828; it was destroyed during fighting in 1945. It contains a cemetery for the Russian, Polish and British soldiers who lost their lives here.    
  • 19 Morasko Meteorite Nature Reserve (Rezerwat przyrody meteoryt Morasko). The nature reservation "The Morasko Meteorite” – one of only two places like that in Europe (the second one is in Estonia) – a system of 7 craters left after a meteorite fall several thousands years ago. The name ‘Morasko’ comes from the suburban district placed approx. 1 km away.    


The late 19th-century pipe organ of the Poznań Collegiate Church
  • 20 Archbishopric Museum, Ul. Lubrańskiego 1, +48 61 852 61 95. Placed in the former Lubrański Academy - the second oldest (after Kraków) higher school in Poland. The exhibition shows church art, mostly from the Greater-Poland region, from early Middle Ages to present times, coffin portraits and a Treasury. Some interesting exhibits: baptism clothes of the Polish King Jan III Sobieski and a sword (given to the first Poznań bishop Jordan by the Pope Urban IX), used - according to the tradition - by St. Peter to cut off the ear of a Roman soldier shortly after Christ's death.  
  • 21 Archaeological Museum, Ul. Wodna 27, +48 61 852 8251. Tu-F 10:00-16:00; Sa 10:00-19:00; Su 12:00-17:00. With 42,432 artifacts, this is a large and fascinating museum. It specializes in the archeology of Wielkopolska and Egypt. Admission: 8 zł (free Saturdays), English guide 70 zł.  
  • 22 Brama Poznania ICHOT (Porta Posnania), ul. Gdańska 2, . Tu-F 09:00-18:00, Sa Su 10:00-19:00, M closed. History of Cathedral Island, and the establishment of Poznań. Audioguide and interactive exhibits throughout the tour, and a nice rooftop view. 18 zł, 12 zł reduced.    
  • 23 [dead link] Literary Museum of Henryk Sienkiewicz, Stary Rynek 84, +48 61 852 2496. M-F 10:00-17:00.
  • 24 Motoring Museum, Rondo Kaponiera (entrance in the Kaponiera roundabout underground walkway), +48 61 847 6359. Tu W F Sa 10:00-16:00; Su 10:00-15:00. Run by the Wielkopolska Motoring Club, features a range of vintage and notable vehicles. admission €0.90.  
  • 25 The Museum of Poznań Uprising 1956, Ul. Św. Marcin 80/82. M-Sa 10:00-16:00 (until 17:00 from Mar-Oct); Su 10:00-16:00 year-round. Placed in the interiors of Emperor's Castle shows exhibits connected with the Poznań workers' protest against the communist system in June 1956. On the exhibition there are photos of attendants and their personal belongings, and historical sources about the anticommunist opposition between 1945-1989. An interesting thing is a reconstructed tram, used by Protestants as a barricade. admission 4 zł, reduced 2 zł (free Saturdays). 8 zł, 4 zł reduced, free on Tu.  
  • 26 National Museum in Poznań (Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu). Has several branches throughout in the city:    
    • Painting and Sculpture Gallery, al. Marcinkowskiego 9, +48 61 856 8000. Tu-Th 09:00-15:00 (11:00-17:00, 16 June-15 Sep); F 12:00-21:00; Sa-Su 11:00-18:00. This museum has a prominent collection of Italian, Spanish and Polish art. Many paintings have accompanying explanations in English. 12 zł adult, 8 zł reduced, 1 zł schoolchildren and students from 7 up to 26 years old, free admission on Tu.
    • 27 Museum of the History of Poznan (Muzeum Historii Miasta Poznania), Stary Rynek 1, +48 61 852 53 16. Tu-Th 09:00-15:00, F 12:00-21:00, Sa-Su 11:00-18:00. In beautiful and original (not damaged during World War II) interiors of Poznań Town Hall, shows objects and documents from the whole city history since the 10th century. 7 zł adult, 4 zł reduced, 1 zł schoolchildren and students from 7 up to 26 years old.    
    • 28 Museum of Musical Instruments (Muzeum Instrumentów Muzycznych), Stary Rynek 45-47, +48 61 852 08 57. Tu-Sa 11:00-17:00, Su 11:00-15:00. With 2000 items from all over the world, this is the only exhibition of its kind in Poland. It also has an extensive collection of Chopin memorabilia. 7 zł.  
    • 29 [dead link] Museum of Applied Arts (Muzeum Sztuk Użytkowych), Góra Przemysła 1, +48 61 852 20 35. Tu W F Sa 10:00-16:00, Su 10:00-15:00. Displays crafts, furniture, precious metals and glassware. 7 zł, free Saturdays.    


  • Most of these attractions can be found on The Royal-Imperial Route in Poznań. This is a tour for tourist who would like to get to know better the history and culture of Poznań.



Annual festivals and events

  • The Anniversary of Poznań Uprising on 28 June 1956 – every year on the Mickiewicz Square (nearby the Castle and railway station) on 28 June.
  • The Bible Marathon – always in February in many churches (including monumental ones in the centre). Have a look how hundreds of people (mostly young ones) read whole Bible during few days.
  • The Contemporary Music Festival - "The Poznań Music Spring” – in the first half of April.
  • The Days of French Culture – March/April (depending on the Easter time) in "Dom Bretanii" (The House of Bretagne) on the Old Market Square.
  • The Fair of St. John – takes place always on the Main Square and surrounding streets in the second half of June.
  • The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul – the patrons of the city, on 29 June.
  • The Horse Cavalry Day – usually the third weekend of April – events in the horse centre ‘Wola’ in the suburbs and in the Old Town, especially on the Old Market Square and nearby the 15th Poznań Cavalry Unit Memorial in Ludgardy street.
  • The International Theatre Festival "Malta" – dozens of plays (both street ones and in theatres, museum, other closed space), on the turn of June and July
  • Judaic Days [dead link] – events (exhibitions, Torah reading, etc.) about Jewish culture, every year in mid-January.
  • Kaziuki – an event celebrating St. Casimir, the patron of Lithuania – a good moment to buy a Vilnius palm or to eat a cepelin – yearly in the first weekend of March.
  • The Passion of Christ – the biggest show in Poland presenting events from 2000 years ago, gathering every year in the Citadel Park about 120,000 people. Always 8 days before Easter, on Saturday on the meadow next the Bell of Peace, around 19:00.

During summer holidays:

  • The Bread Festival – organized by bakers from Poznań and Greater Poland, associated by bakery-goods tasting – second weekend of September, the Old Market Square.
  • The Christmas Market "The Poznań Bethleyem” – stalls with souvenirs, with Christmas decorations, hot wine, on the Old Market Square and nearby the west entrance to the Stary Browar Mall. Always three weeks before Christmas.
  • The commemorations of the Greater Poland Uprising (from 1918-1919) – always on 27 Dec.
  • The Contemporary Dance Workshops – workshops of more than 50 dance techniques, inspired by the famous Poznań Dance Theatre and its conductor Ewa Wycichowska, yearly in the second half of August.
  • The Feast of Poznań Bambers – always on 2 August, in the anniversary day of the arrival of the first settlers’ group from Bamberg (Germany) to Poznań in 18th century.
  • The Festival of Good Taste – the feast of Greater-Poland cooking traditions, in mid-August on the Old market Square.
  • The Gypsies’ Culture Meetings – last two weekends of August, on the Plac Wolności Square, Old Market Square and on the courtyards of the Emperor's Castle.
  • The International Animated Films Festival – in mid-July.
  • The Kid Films Festival 'Ale Kino' (‘What a Cinema’) [1] – a festival of films produced for young watchers, yearly from 1983 in December.
  • The Lviv Days in Poznań (Lviv – a city in western Ukraine, which used to belong to Poland, deeply rooted in Polish culture) – a series of meetings, lectures and workshops – mid-September.
  • The National Feast of France in Poznań – always on 14 July.
  • The Old-Town Jazz Concerts (Saturdays) and Cameral Concerts (Sundays) on the Town Hall stairs.
  • The Old-Town Organ Concerts – Thursday evenings in the Parish Church.
  • The Parish Church Festival "Madlaine’s Tress” - in most cases the only opportunity to visit (usually closed) parts of the post-Jesuits’ complex: the Chapter Chamber, organs, the garret. Always during the weekend about July 22.
  • The Promenade Concerts – every summer Sunday in Wilson's Park (from the centre trams: #5, #8 i #14 to the stop Park Wilsona).
  • The days of Pyra-Land (pyra in local Poznań dialect means potato – the feast of potato cooking – try it made in more than 100 ways! – the first weekend of September in Łęgi Dębińskie Park (accessible from the centre by trams #2, #9, #10 and bus #76)
  • The Solacz District Concerts – every Sunday in Solacz Park (accessible from the centre by trams #9 and #11 and buses #60 and #78).
  • Summer Cinema on the Malta Lake shore – from Wednesday to Saturday just next to the Malta skiing slope.
  • Summer Town-Hall Concerts – every Wednesday evening in the Renaissance Hall inside the Town Hall (2nd floor).
  • The Tzadik Poznań Festival – the feast of Jewish culture in the former synagogue, turned during World War II into a swimming pool – mid-August


  • Brewery sightseeing tour, +48 61 87 87 460, . It's possible to arrange a tour in brewery (ul. Szwajcarska 11), where guest accompanied by a local guide can watch all the production processes; finally the tour is ended with a short competition about beer and, of course, with tasting of some golden drink from Poznan. You must be 18 or older. 12 zł.
  • The models of Old Poznan (since Oct 2008 there are two of them), +48 61 855 14 35. It's not a typical model, where you simply watch small plastic houses. It is an interactive 30-minutes show presenting the history of the city from its founding at the turn of 9th and 10th century till 18th century. The new model presents the beginnings of the city and its capital role played by Poznań during the reign of two first Polish rulers. Both models can be found in Ludgardy street in the cellars of Franciscan Monastery. Shows are organized daily from 09:30 every 45 minutes, additional shows in summer evenings. The choice of several languages: Polish, English, Spanish, German, Russian and Italian. 12 zł.
  • Football: the city has two pro soccer teams. Lech Poznań play in Ekstraklasa, the top tier, at Stadion Miejski (INEA Stadium, capacity 43,000) 3 km west of city centre.
Warta Poznań were relegated in 2024 so they play in 1 Liga the second tier. Their Stadion Warty Poznań (capacity 4700) is one km south of the centre.
  • Fans of steam trains will be in their element in Poznań. A fun day trip is to take a steam train to the Wielkopolska National Park. Take the 08:15 train from Poznań Główny station to Stęszew, a 35-minute journey. Walk to the road crossing, turn left and continue until you enter the park near Lake Witobelskie. Follow the blue path to Mosina where you can catch the train back to Poznań. You can book a seat next to the driver for €4.50 by calling 068 348 2008, ext. 368.

The Stary Rynek is full of stalls where you can buy handicrafts and toys. Good souvenir shops selling folk handicraft are situated in Woźna street (one of the streets from the Square eastwards).

Comic books

  • Św. Marcin street 29, in an inside square, there is a little nice manga shop. You can easily find it as there is a big poster about it on the wall in near the street.

Shopping streets

  • Półwiejska is main shopping street in Poznań. All kind of stuff useful and not can be found here including: specialist bookstores, orientalising trinkets, console game exchange, arcades, phone repairs
  • Głogowska was formerly important, now it is more let down. Known mostly for wedding dresses. There are also many second hand fashion stores.
  • Św. Marcin (and streets nearby: Gwarna, Taczaka, Ratajczaka) second hand bookstores, antiquaries, music and movies.

Open-air markets


There are many in Poznań, most are open all year round – maybe during the most severe frosts some stalls are closed and vendors are at home.

  • 1 Bernardyński Square, Plac Bernardyński (a, little bit further from the centre, accessible on foot (5- to 6-minute walk from the Old Market Square) or by trams #5, #13 and #16 and buses #74 and #76). A good choice of flowers, a lot of vegetables and fruit.
  • 2 Jezycki Market (From the centre take trams #2, #17 or #18 to get there (if you're a good walker it's also accessible on foot)). Mostly for the locals living in Jezyce district, a huge choice of meat, some flowers, vegetables, some clothes and shoes. Much better prices than in shops in the centre, but don't expect much English (or any other language). If you are a meat lover, just next to Jezycki, you will find Wilczura (Zdrowe Mięsa) (Poznańska 1/3), a specialized butcher offering wide range of less common meats and meat products, from horsemeat to coypu sausages. The prices are quite competitive and not much higher than more casual kinds of meat.
  • Łazarski Market (trams #5, #8, #14 and #18). Also assigned mostly for locals, apart from food, flowers and clothes – some toys and electronic equipment.
  • 3 Wielkopolski Square Market, Plac Wielkopolski (in the vicinity of the Old Town (2-3 minute walk)). Mostly flowers, vegetables-fruit and sweets, some meat.
  • Wildecki Market (trams #2, #9 and #10). A market similar to Jezycki Market

Shopping malls

old brewery
  • [dead link] King Cross Marcelin, ul. Bukowska 156, +48 61 886 04 02. M-Sa 09:00-22:00 (a food supermarket 08:30-22:00), Su 10:00-20:00 (the supermarket 09:00-22:00). A shopping centre in the western parts of the city, next to the street leading to Ławica airport.
  • Poznan Plaza, Kaspra Drużbickiego 1 (Lechicka Poznań Plaza stop), +48 61 664 59 00. M-Sa 09:30-21:00, Su 10:00-20:00. Medium-sized shopping mall in northern Poznań with usual choice of clothes, hardware, food court and the only IMAX cinema in the city. Sister shopping mall (Galeria Pestka) is located very close to the south on Al. Solidarności stop.
  • Posnania, Pleszewska 1 (Kórnicka stop). M-Sa 10:00-22:00, Su 10:00-21:00. Gigamall in eastern Poznań not too far off city centre. Main alley in the mall is about 700-metre trip. Huge selection of fashion and a variety of many other shops. Food court is located in main entrance close to tram stop. Supermarket, building supplies, cinema.
  • Stary Browar (The Old Brewery), Półwiejska 42. M-Sa 09:00-21:00 (the food supermarket in the underground 08:00-22:00); Su 10:00-20:00 (supermarket 09:30-20:30). Reconstructed buildings of the brewery built by Otto Hugger in 1870s in the city centre. Artsy, industrial vibe, broad selection of fashion, hardware, books and toys. Lots of food options. Three entrances: from Półwiejska street (east), from Kościuszki (west) or from the park between the Mall and Ogrodowa (north).
Outside serving at old square
Traditional St. Martin's croissants



If you are looking for budget options then search for places named "Bistro", "Kebab" or the critically endangered "Bar mleczny". These places will allow you to eat well at low, usually 30 zł price.

  • 1 Bar Pod Arkadami (Under the Arcades), pl. Cyryla Ratajskiego 10 (a bit more far from the Old Town, but still in the centre), +48 61 852 22 98.
  • 2 Obiady Domowe, ul. Dąbrowskiego 39 (Rynek Jeżycki stop), +48 789 015 999. 11:00-18:00. Typical Polish bistro with inexpensive food. 30 zł.
  • Avanti, Stary Rynek 76, +48 61 8523285. Inexpensive fast-serve place to go for one of few kinds of spaghetti or lasagne. Served almost immediately: pasta and sauce are always ready. (Tip: go for carbonara pasta).
  • 3 Kociak (Kitty), ul. św. Marcin 28, +48 61 852 00 34. Very famous for its wonderful desserts and milk shakes. Don't be astonished with the interiors: it is a cafe bar, not a luxurious café.
  • Piccolo bars. There are several of them within the city, but for tourists two will be most important: ul. Wrocławska 6 (phone: +48 61 852 89 57) and ul. Rynkowa 1 (phone: +48 61 851 72 51); both only few steps from the Old Market Sq.


  • Double B's American Dinner, Ul. Szkolna 15, +48 453 012 788. Restaurant based on popular image of American 50s restaurants. Serves burgers, hot-dogs and other American-inspired cuisine. 60 zł.
  • Cocorico Café, ul. Świętosławska 9/1 (Near Parish church), +48 61 8529 529. 10:00 - 24:00. Little place, with nice jazzy and old French music.
  • Dramat, Stary Rynek 41, +48 61 852 9917. 11:00-22:00. A cheap place on the Rynek serving Polish food. Perennially popular. €2-5.
  • Czerwone Sombrero, Stary Rynek 94, +48 573 411 584. Original Mexican cuisine with live Latino music.
  • Kura Warzyw Gemüse Kebab, ul. Wrocławska 20, +48 576 548 555. M Tu 12:00-01:00, W Th 12:00-03:00, F Sa 12:00-05:00, Su 12:00-00:00. Posh döner kebab inspired by German originals. Higher quality than typical Polish kebab, but quite expensive. Vegan options available. Open till early morning. 40 zł.
  • La Giovane, ul. Woźna 1, +48 61 870 37 37. M-Th 12:00-22:00, F Sa 12:00-23:00, Su 12:00-20:00. Pizzeria in the Old Town + nice atmosphere = crowds.
  • 4 Pierogarnia Stary Młyn, ul. Zamkowa 7. Su-Th 11:03-20:56 F Sa 11:03-22:56. Traditional Polish food restaurant with rustic interiors. Wide variety of pierogi, including sour, sweet, meat and vegan options. Bigos and żurek are also available. 50 zł.
  • Tivoli, Ul. Wroniecka 13, +48 61 852 3916. 12:00-23:00. Bewildering range of pizza toppings.
  • 5 H.P. Cukiernia, Ignacego Paderewskiego 11 (south-west of Old Market). M-Sa 09:00-20:00 Su 10:00-20:00. One of the best places to get St. Martin's croissant in city centre. Expect long queues. They also sell other confectionery. 50 zł.


  • Dark Restaurant, ul. Garbary 48, +48 61 852 20 57. A part of the Golden Apple-Tree restaurant, where all the meals are eaten in total darkness. As well several bans are essential for the guests: it's forbidden to walk without waiter's assistance, to use cell phones or any other devices, which can be a source of any light.
  • Delicja, Plac Wolności 5, +48 61 852 11 28. Centrally located, open from 12:00, serving mostly Polish, French and Italian meals, with a vast range of wines. Prices from €20 for a full meal, open-air tables from spring till autumn.
  • Bamberka, +48 61 852 99 17. Su-Th 12:00-22:00, F Sa 12:00-23:00. In the middle of Old Market Square in the building of former Weigh House, Stary Rynek 2.
  • Ratuszova, Stary Rynek 55 (on the old market), +48 61 8510 513, . Traditional and modern Polish food arranged very elegantly. Beautiful location on the Market. Has outside serving, the inside is several unique smaller rooms in old charming building. 40 zł for mains.
  • [dead link] Wiejskie Jadło, Stary Rynek 77 (entrance from ul. Franciszkańska), +48 61 853 66 60. A restaurant network stylized for a traditional old-polish peasant's house, located at the main square.


  • Alcatraz, ul. Nowowiejskiego 13/15, +48 608 044 201.
  • Głośna, św. Marcin 30 (Left outbuilding, first floor). Cafe and bookshop.
  • SQ, ul. Półwiejska 42 (Stary Browar shopping mall).

Most night clubs in Poznań are to be found on and around the Stary Rynek.

  • Cuba Libre, Wrocławska 21, +48 61 855 23 44. 20-5. Latin music, most nights the owner gives a basic salsa-lesson early at night, before that Latin Parties with different DJs and music. Cuba Libre €4.
  • Dervish Café, Nowowiejskiego 8, pl. Wolności. Arabic, Balkan, Indian, Oldies, Reggae, Rnb Music. Bollywood and Bellydance shows.
  • Proletaryat, Wrocławska 9, +48 61 8524858.



Poznań is well known for its trade fairs, when thousands of business types descend en masse to the city. Accommodation can be quite difficult to find in this period, and prices tend to go up. If you are stuck, the Glob-Tour office in the main train station hall (Tel: +48 61 866 0667) will generally find a private room for you for around €8 per person.










  •   The Honorary Consulate of Albania, Billewiczówny 21, +48 61 86 84 713.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Belgium, Obłaczkowo 11A, 62-300 Września, +48 61 436 79 69.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Brazil, Błażeja 86a, +48 61 824 46 80.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic, Bukowska 285, (airport), +48 61 849 22 92.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Estonia, Głogowska 26, +48 61 886 28 39, +48 61 886 28 40.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Federal Republic of Germany, Ratajczaka 44, +48 61 851 60 97.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of France, Św. Marcin 80/82, (The Emperor’s Castle), +48 61 851 94 90.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Hungary, Gniewska 87, +48 61 841 01 40.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Ireland, Kramarska 1, +48 61 853 18 94.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Denmark, Strusia 10, +48 61 866 26 28.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Kingdom of the Netherlands, Nowowiejskiego 8/8, +48 61 852 78 84.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of the Lithuanian Republic, Bukowska 12, +48 61 856 38 96.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Mexico, Naramowicka 150, +48 61 822 76 61.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Romania, Maciejewskiego 20/1, +48 61 825 78 66.
  •   2 The General Consulate of Russia, Bukowska 53a, +48 61 847 62 16, +48 61 841 77 40.  
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Slovakia, Św. Marcin 80/82 (The Emperor’s Castle), +48 61 853 70 85.
  •   The General Consulate of Turkey, Stary Rynek 78/79, +48 61 852 48 44.
  •   The Consular Agency of the USA, Paderewskiego 8, +48 61 851 85 16.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of the United Kingdom, Kochanowskiego 4/2, +48 61 665 88 50.
  •   The Honorary Consulate of Ukraine, Grobla 27, +48 61 850 19 97.



As of Aug 2022, city centre has 5G from all Polish carriers, while outlying districts and the approach highways have 4G. Wifi is widely available in public places.

Stay safe


In general you should feel safe in Poznań, crime (including petty crime) is low. City is not very popular among tourists, so prevalence of pick-pocketing and various common tourist scams is very low. Walking alone at night should not be a problem in most of the city. However you need to expect some weird looks if you are openly homosexual or are not white, especially in suburbs.

Do not trust strangers on Stary Rynek or Wrocławska street who want you to visit a club/bar with them. They are going to scam you, possibly steal your credit card data or at best bring you to a very overpriced place.

On Friday and Saturday evenings in summer a lot of youth go to west bank of Warta river close to city centre. It is one of the few places in the city where you can legally drink alcohol outdoors, resulting in a large number of drunken people and troublemakers gathering there. Do not venture to west bank especially late at night, you may be insulted at best or beaten and robbed at worst. Instead go to the much calmer east bank of the river.

When looking for acommodation or food avoid places close to rail, rail stations (e.g. Poznań Wschód, Poznań Dębiec) and final bus/tram stations (e.g. Rondo Rataje, Górczyn PKM). These places may feel unsafe as they tend to attract homeless and beggars.

Go next


For those arriving by train from Berlin, it would make sense to travel south to the cities of Wrocław and Kraków, or on to Warsaw. Another opportunity is to travel to the north - Gdańsk.


  • Dziekanowice (35 km northeast) — accessible only by car, village in Greater Poland containing ethnographic museum with traditional houses and Dutch windmills. Further behind museum there are ruins of palace on island of Ostrów Lednicki one of contenders for title of first capital of Poland
  • Gniezno (50 km northeast) — first capital of Poland and a minor city, easily accessible via Intercity and commuter rail. The city has one of oldest cathedrals in Poland used for coronation by Polish kings and containing relics of Adalbert of Prague. Behind cathedral there is old town with variety of architecture and food. There is also Museum of the Beginnings of the Polish State.
  • Kórnik (18 km southeast) — Poznań suburb accesible by suburban bus with a beautiful old town containing gothic church and numerous lakes. There is also a neogothic castle complete with original furniture and surrounded by a dendrological park with well kept bushes and trees, best visited in May/June during flowering period.
  • Licheń (100 km east) — two large basilicas and important Virgin Mary pilgrimage site in Poland. Worth a visit if you are a devout catholic, or if you enjoy absurd architecture.
  • Owińska (17 km north) — village suburb with baroque Cistercian Nuns Monastery and dilapidated von Treskow family palace with park. Good starting point to visit Puszcza Zielonka or forests north of Poznań via pedestrian/cycling bridge with observation tower.
  • Puszcza Zielonka (10–15 km northeast) — large forest complex to the northeast of the city. Many walking and cycling trails, lakes with fishing spots. On the forest boundaries there are numerous wooden churches. Contains free observatory on top of Dziewicza Góra open during daytime except for Mondays providing great view of Poznań and its suburbs.
  • Puszczykowo (15 km south) — easily accessible by commuter train, interwar era suburb with many villas, contains travel museum of a Polish traveler Arkady Fiedler including gifts from many tropical tribes. Good starting point for wandering or cycling in Wielkopolski National Park that preserves post-glacial landscape of Greater Poland. Numerous hills and scenic lakes.
  • Rogalin (16 km south)— accessible only with car or bike, baroque-classicist palace of Raczyński family with their famous painting collection and horse cabs. Surrounded by oak trees (in total: more than 500), including three natural monument oaks over 800 years old: Lech, Czech and Rus;
  • Szreniawa (15 km southwest) — village, easily accesible by train. Huge Agriculture Museum built on site of former folwark showcasing history of agriculture, crop cultivation, animal husbandry, vehicles (including aircraft and infamous Polish Tarpan trucks). You can also try beer from local brewery, pet sheep and goats or take part in one of numerous events in museum. Museum is free on Saturday. You can also go to the Bierbaums watch tower.
  • Wolsztyn (70 km southwest) — a town with operating steam-locos depot, which is the only one in Europe. There is annual steam locomotives parade which happens in May and brings large crowds. Choo! choo!

Further afield:

All cities are accessible at around the same time with train or car (bus is going to take a bit longer)

  • Bydgoszcz — 2 hr to garden city focused around river with lots of greenery
  • Gdańsk — 3 hr 30 min. to merchant city with beautiful gothic old town and granaries
  • Kalisz — 2 hr 30 min to supposedly oldest city in Poland, which traded amber with Romans
  • Kraków — 6 hr to the capital of Polish Kings, tourists favourite
  • Warsaw — 3 hr to the capital of Poland, rebuilt after war, dynamic metropolis with lots of commerce and night life
  • Wrocław — 2 hr to twin of Poznań though with much more German character, larger river and more bridges.
  • Zielona Góra — 2 hr to small city on top of a hill known for its wine and cute old town.


  • Berlin — about 3 hr on train, closer than to Warsaw
  • London — easily accesible via plane, very cheap connections available

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