City Guide: Poznan
Poznan is a city rarely anyone knows about even though it is as beautiful, if not even lovelier, as other Polish cities we reviewed so far. As Poznan was considered for being the European Capital of Culture in 2016, you can imagine that there is a lot to see! Cathedral Island, Maltanka, Old Town with its Town Hall and special goats …
Leaving the City Park Hotel & Residences Poznan, we immediately stumbled upon a park and a market which happened to take place in there.
Moreover, we discovered the Palmiarnia, something we already knew from Zielona Góra.
What can be expected are palms and a very tropical feeling!
Discovering the Old Town
The heart of Poznan is its Old Town. Colorful buildings, several restaurants and bars, generously sized squares and so on and so on.
Be sure to search for this special fountain!
What is also very interesting is this building:
In there, there is a Starbucks located, so here’s the motivation to admire it!
Poznan’s Town Hall with goats
Poznan is very famous for its Town Hall at 12 am. As soon as it is noon, two goats come out of the town hall.
Each chime they push their horns together.
During the spectacle, the square is crowded, so be sure to arrive early!
Poznan, a university city
Next to the town hall, Poznan is also known for being a university city. The buildings are very impressive indeed!
When we visited, we were lucky enough to see some graduates coming to vanish inside the building for getting their celebration. The robes were just stunning…
Opera and the park in front
Right next to the university buildings is a huge park with an artistically fountain and very colorful flowers!
Strolling around in there feels like a little oasis, even though it is anything but big.
Soon, the Opera can be seen, reached and admired.
Discovering Imperial Castle
Just following our feet wherever they led us, we found the Imperial Castle in Poznan.
At first, we weren’t too sure whether it was allowed to go in the atrium, but as nobody minded, we chose yes as our answer. However, we found a kind of creepy statue.
There were just no heads.
Heading to Cathedral Island
Next, we went over the bridge to the so-called Cathedral Island.
It is easy to guess where the name comes from as just many cathedrals can be found there. One of those is the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Moreover, the Porta Posnania can be seen, an interesting grey architectural something.
When strolling around, we discovered different perspectives of the churches.
Seeing sweet Maltanka
Maltanka is a historic train operating three stops in total from Rondo Sródka to Nowe Zoo.
Doing that, we were pretty far away from our hotel and the actual city center, so we enjoyed some last minutes there before we turned around. See you next time, Poznan!