Poznan in Poland has a very interesting and also extensive old town. However, as our hotel for this particular trip was located in a neighborhood a little further away from the old town, I decided to go for a nature run which I combined with watching the daily life of the people living in Poznan. Even though this run was no sightseeing run like many else I do, I utterly enjoyed running in Poznan!
Starting at City Park Hotel & Residence Poznan meant that running in the old town was no option as this one is located four kilometers away.
However, I was looking forward to a special running tour on this sunny Sunday morning.
As all the clouds from the day before just faded away, I decided that some parks would make my run amazing even without coming close to the city center.
Poznan has a lot of history which can be admired especially in the city center.
However, there are some sights in other neighborhoods as well. One is the Hala Arena which is mostly mentioned solely as Arena.
It’s a sports venue which is not only housing several sport events, but also hosted a concert of the Rolling Stones in the past!
Moreover, it got a really interesting architecture and is definitely worth admiring. As Hala Arena is located right in the Park Jana Kasprowicza which is one of the largest in Poznan, I also decided to explore the nature for some time!
The park is very nice for running and has a lot of different paths. So if you just like to run in the nature for some kilometers, you’ll be fine.
Personally, I wanted to see some more of the area and decided to run along the popular street “Grunwaldska”.
It was quite interesting to see the residential areas which mainly stem from the times of communism.
Besides, I encountered the “Stare Zoo” which translates as “Old Zoo”. It’s so small that you won’t believe it’s actually a zoo.
It dates back to the 19th century and was operated without interruption till today. Nowadays, Poznan got a second zoo in another location, but decided to not close the existing one.
On my way back, I crossed Woodrow Wilson Park which caught my attention due to its name.
I was a little surprised to find a monument for Wilson in Poznan as I didn’t really connect Poznan with the 28th president of the US.
Afterwards, I recognized that Wilson supported the Polish autonomy. The park itself was actually more amazing than the monument.
I especially enjoyed the little lake which was beautiful. Last but not least, I admired some more residential buildings to end my run through Poznan.
Even though this one was a little less impressive than many runs I did in other cities, it was quite interesting nevertheless. History and nature are always a great combination!