Poznań is one of those understated cities that ends up pleasantly surprising everyone who decides to visit. Teeming with beautiful churches, cobbled alleyways and colourful burgher houses, the old town is a medley of architectural influences garnished with ornate museums and contemporary displays.
In addition to its charm, Poznań is a major cultural and economic centre known for its huge trade fairs that attract punters from around the globe. Its reputation as a trade waypoint stems partly from its location on a road that starts in Paris, ends in Moscow, and passes through all the major cities in between. Train enthusiasts must take a trip on Europe’s last-surviving steam-hauled passenger train from the centre of town to Wielkopolska National Park.
Be sure to look out for major highlights in Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island) such as St. Peter's and Paul's Cathedral, Our Lady Church and Psalter House. The old town square of Stary Rynek is a fine example of the city’s medieval roots with landmarks like Town Hall, King's Castle and Gorka Palace. Środka district is home to The Emperor’s District and the commemorative Citadel Park, while interesting souvenir and food stalls line the streets.
Take a break from sightseeing and grab a kayak or water skis, and head to Malta Lake for a refreshing cruise along the water!