Welcome to Poznan, a beautiful and fascinating city, where history intertwines with modern times in an unusual way. It is the city where almost 1,100 years ago the Polish state emerged. Mieszko I, the one whose face illustrates the 10-zloty-bill, made Poznan the first capital of Poland. Poznan remains the capital of Wielkopolska – one of the main regions of the country. The main motives of visiting Poznan are hundreds of fairs of various branches of economy and sports competitions. During brakes between business meetings you can admire high class historical buildings representing a whole range of art styles which can be found throughout Poland. In a nutshell - high quality roman style architecture to art nouveau to hypermodern buildings of the 21st century.
Buildings are not all the city offers. It is home to active people who also like to have fun. The Poznań City Card (Karta Miejska Poznania) allows to plan every evening and participate in dozens of smaller and larger events taking place in the city for a more reasonable price. Every part of Poznan has a specific flair. One of the most popular sightseeing routes and the place where numerous events take place is the so called Royal-Empire Route. Poznan was both the capital of Poland and the residence of the rulers of the German Empire; therefore in the center of the city on St. Martin Street we can still see the King’s Residential Palace built in the years 1905 - 1913. It was the residence of His Highness Emperor Wilhelm II von Hohenzollern. On Zamkowa Street, in the vicinity of the Marketplace, is the former residence of the Kings of Poland. The name Capital City of Poznan used during many events is surely not an exaggeration.
Poznan prides on the oldest part of the city called Ostrów Tumski, a neighborhood established in the Middle Ages around the streets of the Old Marketplace, with a large renaissance city hall. If you plan to visit Poznan we recommend the presentation of buildings and the history of this charming place available on the website of the City Council available in three languages.
Contemporary Poznan is a metropolis bursting with life and an excellent place for business. In the city of 565,000 citizens there are over 133,000 students. In the evenings they fill countless pubs, cafes, clubs and cinemas. The city hosts numerous international festivals, concerts, happenings, exhibitions in museums and galleries as well as performances, presentations and galas. A magnificent place for various mass events is the area next to the canoe race track „Malta” in the eastern part of the city. There is also a ski slope there. St. Martin’s Days (Dni Świętomarcińskie) are a particularly interesting event – it is a rural festivity in memory of St. Martin, the patron of the city. Since 2005 the international handball Grundfos Cup takes place in Poznan. The International Tennis Porsche Open has entered the schedules of all important tennis players. Tour de Pologne leads through Poznan since 2006. Apart from that on the canoe race track „Malta” in Poznan world class competitions in rowing and canoeing are regularly organised. It is also one of the cities which will help organise EURO 2012.
In the vicinity of Poznan you can also rest surrounded by nature. The city lies on the outskirts of beautiful lakelands preserved within the Wielkopolska National Park. The park can be visited by bike along the route Pętla Poznańska and by a section of the European pilgrimage route that leads through Wielkopolska, called „St. Jacob’s Road”