Poznań in a nutshell
Poznań is one of Poland’s oldest and largest cities. With a population of over half a million, it is the country’s fifth largest metropolis, located halfway between two European capitals - Berlin and Warsaw. It is also where in the 10th century the Polish statehood had its beginnings.
A trip to Poznań is a chance to visit a place which is inherently linked to the very roots of Poland. It was here that Mieszko I of Poland decided to found his town, it was also probably here that he was baptized in 966 and joined the ranks of medieval European rulers. This event is considered to be the beginning of Polish statehood. This very story as well as many others related to the city can be heard at Porta Posnania, the interactive heritage interpretation center.
When visiting Poznań, the Old Market Square with its gorgeous, Renaissance city hall is a definite tourist must-see. Others include the Croissant Museum of Poznań, Lake Malta (one of the best and most picturesque professional regatta tracks in Europe), Europe’s youngest imperial castle, a former brewery from the 19th century turned one of the best shopping centers in the world - Stary Browar (the title awarded in 2005 in the medium-sized mall category by the International Council of Shopping Centers). And lastly - a feast of flavors in local restaurants as recommended in the prestigious “yellow guidebook” - Gaullt&Millau Poland.
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