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Poznan

Country
Poland
State
Poland (General)
City
Poznan
Type of Location
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About Location

Poznan is a large city in Greater Poland, in the west of Poland. Poznan is a town steeped in history, as it was the first capital (with Gniezno) of Poland and seen by many as the birthplace of the Polish nation. Today it is a diverse and vibrant town, with much to divert the traveller. It has a stunningly rejuvenated central square, thriving night-life, fascinating museums and many attractions in the surrounding area. For train buffs, Poznań is the home of Europe's last surviving steam-hauled passenger service. With a strategic position on the Berlin – Moscow train line, Poznań will be for many their first experience of Poland.
 



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How to Reach

By plane

Poznań has an international airport (POZ) with regular services. The airport is situated only 7 km from the city centre and in easily accessible by public bus : #59 (from a stop between Kaponiera Crossing and Sheraton Hotel - appr. every 25-30 minutes - travel time appr. 22-24 min.) and fast line #L (from the Main Railway Station and as well from Sheraton appr. every 45 minutes - travel time aprr. 18-20 min).

By train

Poznan is a crucial railway junction and all trains going between Moscow and Western Europe stop here. Trains to Berlin or Warsaw take approximately 3 hours in either direction and cost around €20 one-way. Trains to Kraków (appr. 8 daily) take around 6 hours and costs €15 one-way, Wroclaw (more than 15 daily) will take around 2 hours and costs in the area of €8. The journey to Gdansk (6 trains daily) will take 5,5 hours and cost €12 and to Torun (6 trains per day) : 2,5 hours and €7.

By bus

Poznan is served by the Eurolines coach network. Count on fares of around €90 one-way to London or Amsterdam. Every day more than 200 local buses leave for town and even small villages everywhere in Wielkopolska region.
The Poznan coach station is situated nearby the train station (5-min walk) and as well few-minutes-walk from the mail entrance to the Fair Ground.

Key places to visit
Poznan Town Hall, The City Church of St. Stanislaus and Our Lady, King's Castle, The Franciscan Church, The Gorka Palace, The Holliest Blood Church


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Places to Visit

Poznan Town Hall

Poznan Town Hall or Ratusz is a building in the city of Poznań in western Poland, located in the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek) in the centre of the Old Town neighbourhood. It served as the city's administrative building until 1939, and now houses a museum. The town hall was originally built in the late 13th century following the founding of the medieval city in 1253; it was rebuilt in roughly its present-day form, in mannerist style, with an ornate loggia, by Giovanni Battista di Quadro in 1550–1560. The display of mechanical fighting goats, played out daily at noon above the clock on the front wall of the building, is one of the city's main tourist attractions.

The City Church of St. Stanislaus and Our Lady

Opened in 2007 after total refuirbishment, one of the mostt beautiful baroque churches in Poland. Originnaly - a Jesuits' church, nowadayd : a parish one (the parish church for the Old Town). Many tourist come here not for the beauty of the bulding, but for the sounds of its organs, built here in the 1870s by one of the most famous organmasters of that time : Friedrich Ladegast from Wesenfels (Germany). The organs can be heard during services (regular on Sundays and on weekdays : 3 or 4 in the morning and 1 in the evening) and during organ concerts (each Saturday, 12:15, entrance free). From spring 2009 an entrance fee will be introduced : €1,10.

King's Castle

Rebuilt by king Przemysl II in 1290s (the first king for more than 200 years), but erected by is father, duke Przemysl I as a duke's residencde for POznan county. The only remnants of the origin building are the fundaments, and - what tourists mostly look is the newer part of the building dated fot the second half of XVIIIth cent. Nowadays is house the Museum of Applied Art and from the walls one can watch the panorama of the Old Town. Poznan KIng's Castle was the place of the Fist Prussian Homage in 1492 (however more famous is the second one prezesnted on famous picture by painter Jan Matejko). The hill was also the place, where the arms of Polish first dynasty (Piasts) - the White Eagle - became the official national symbol.

The Franciscan Church

It's arather typical church fro the turn of XVIIth and XVIIIth cent, but is't really worth coming here at least for a few minutes from its beautiful paintings on the vaulting and wood carvings created by two ingenious monk - btohers Adam and Antony Swach from the Czech territories. More religious visitors come here for the Sanktuary of Our Lady of Incessant Help - the Lady of Poznan (the pictore in left side-aisle). The undergrounds of the church house two Models of Old Poznan, which is the only one in Poland.

The Gorka Palace

The Gorkas were a famous late-medieval noble family in Poznan and erected their palace in mid XVth cent, later rebuit in XVIth cent in renessaince style (a marvelous portal from the eastern side). At the present the Palace Houses the Archeological Museum

The Holliest Blood Church

Located in Zydowska (Jewish) street and its erection is connected with a legend about desecration of the host done by a group of Jews. An interesting thing may be, that during services a priest stands backward to the people, and the church is used both by Roman Catholics and Greek Catholics

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