Sightseeing

 Poznań has lot of interesting places, ancient monuments, sometimes very unique. So when you will be in Poznań, you should see:

 
The Old Town - Old Market Square with the Town Hall which was built in mid-sixteenth century designed by Italian architect Giovanni Quadro of Lugano. Its monumental facade has tree-storey arcaded loggia and is topped with a high three tower attic. Now – the Museum of History of Poznań. The biggest attraction are the impressive room of the first floor – including the Renaissance Room. Every day, as the town clock strikes noon, the doors of the small tower on top of the facade open to show two strikes metal billy goats – the symbol of Poznań. The tenement houses surro unding the Old Market Square were restored after the destruction of World War II in a style reminiscent of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. 

 
Ostrów Tumski and the Cathedral – island where the city originated and “where Poland began”. Legend says that three Slav brothers called Lech, Czech and Rus met at this island having not seen each others for years. So the city Poznań was named to commemorate their reunion – from Polish verb “poznać” which means “to meet”. A castle was built on the island in the 9th century and in 10th century it had become a major centre of Piast State. This is a place where Poland adopted Catholic baptism and where the first bishopric was established in 968. The Cathedral is Gothic basilica with pre-Romanesque and Romanesque relics. Portal has modern-looking bronze doors showing scenes from lives of St. Peter and St. Paul. The famous Golden Chapel became the mausoleum of Mieszko I and Bolesław the Brave, the first sovereigns of Poland.
 
St. Stanislav’s Parish Church – gem of Polish Baroque architecture. This three-nave basilica was built between 1651 and 1732. Its monumental decorated facade features polychrome art, golden ceiling ornaments, stucco decorations and historic mid-19th century organ by distinguished organ-maker Fryderyk Ladegast.
The Kaiser’s Castle – designed by Franz Schwechten, built between 1905 and 1910. Most of its decorations were broken during World War II. Today its cultural centre of Poznań called Zamek where are cinema and galleries and place for numerous concerts, meetings, drama performances and other events. In summer time some of this events are showing in the Castle’s yard.
 
Poznań International Fair – one of the oldest of this kind institution in Europe. The first fair was in 1921 and first post-war was in 1947. The PIF yearly calendar lists about 30 specialists events which attract thousands of producers and traders from all continents.
 
Malta Ski Sport Centre – just five kilometers from Old Town, perfect place for active recreation – Lake Malta with regatta (2 km long and 175 m wide), forest with bicycle walking trails, year-round artificial ski slope and 560 metre long summer tobogan run. Sport Centre offers rental of ski equipment, roller skates, family-size and regular bicycles and also for climbers – climbing wall. For kids there are lot of playgrounds.
 
New ZOO and Park Narrow-Gauge Rail line MALTANKA– along the northern shore of the Lake Malta runs the children’s narrow-gauge rail line, which goes to New ZOO. From 1994, a rail car called Ryjek (the Snout) came into us. Now it’s the oldest working rail car in Europe. The New Zoo has area 116,33 ha and has 2000 animals of about 260 species which are kept in semi-natural environment. In 1995 was opened nocturnal animal exhibition hall.
 
Old ZOO – opened in 1874 which is one of the oldest in Poland, located in the centre of city. You should see an aquarium and reptile exhibition hall and aviary. In 1972 the Old Zoo was registered as a historic monument.
 
Palm-House – built in 1929, one of the biggest in Europe. It has 17000 plants of 700 species and subspecies from the Mediterranean, subtropical, tropical, savannah and desert climates. There is also big collection of exotic fishes.
 
Botanical Garden – established in 1925 as a research centre and public park. Current area is 22ha. About 8000 plant species of all climatic regions displayed in groups representing steppe, moor, water, forest, dune and mountain landscapes.
 
The Nature Reserve "Meteoryt Morasko" – meteorite pieces near Poznań were discovered in 1920 but since 1970 this area is protected. When the disintegrating Morasko meteorite came crashing from the sky, the impact created 8 large craters (7 remain today). After 10000 years of erosion, the largest crates is still 100m wide and 13 deep, but the smallest one – 15 m wide.
 
The Wielkopolska National Park – 15 km south of Poznań’s centre there is National Park, one of Poland’s 23 park, which occupies an area 5000 ha. Laid to protect landscape once formed by a glacier, the park features numerous hills and valleys, small lakes and forest with variety of tree species. Lots of touristic routs encourage to sightseeing.
 
Old oaks in Rogalin – Europe’s largest cluster of old and monumental oaks in village on the Warta River 20 km south of Poznań. 1500 oak trees in park surrounding the Rogalin Palace. The oldest trees dates back 600 years, but the most fameous is oaks called Lech (670 cm diameter), Czech (730 cm) and Rus (900 cm).
 
All information about Poznań attractions you can find in Centre of Tourist Information.
Address: ul. Ratajczaka 44
61-728 Poznań
tel. +48 61 8519645
www.cim.poznan.pl
e-mail: cim@man.poznan.pl 
Open: Monday – Friday 10. a.m. – 7.p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 10. a.m. – 5. p.m.

 
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