• The Old Market Square

The Old Market Square is the heart of the city. A square surrounded by picturesque tenement houses, featuring museums, restaurants, clubs, discos, and pubs. However, that what has been drawing most attention for hundreds of years, is the 14th century city hall. The building, called the pearl of Renaissance, has been designed by Giovanni Battista di Quadro, an architect from Lugano. Every noon a large crowd of onlookers gathers by the city hall. The reason is famous Poznań billy-goats, which come out at this hour to butt each other twelve times.

  • Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul

Poland's first cathedral, located at Ostrów Tumski. In terms of architecture, the cathedral was rebuilt in various styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Classicist, and after the last war — once more Gothic. Inside the basilica one may find a collection of late Gothic and Renaissance brazen tomb slabs designed by Nuremberg masters — it's a unique attraction, not only for those who studied Art History. The basement contains remains of Roman baptistery, bishop sarcophagi, and the tombs of the first rulers of Poland: Mieszko I, and Boleslaus the Brave.

  • Lake Malta

An artificial lake formed in 1950s, which is often called Europe's "prettiest kayaking and rowing track". Actually, it's an entire recreation site, with an all-year-long (!) ski and sledging slope, a mini-golf course, and a bowling and boules park. The newest investment is Malta Thermes — an aqua-park supplied with thermal waters from sources located 1.3 km underground, discovered in 1982. Thermes are reachable via "Maltanka" — a park railway. Its tracks are located along the northern edge of Lake Malta, and reach all the way to the New Zoo. Since 1994 it's serviced by a motor wagon called "ryjek" ("snout"), Europe's oldest (built in 1932) working motor wagon.

  • The New Zoo

One of Poland's largest zoological gardens (approximately 120 hectares). It's an attraction for an entire weekend by itself. It is here, where Europe's largest elephant-house was commissioned in 2009. This zoo also contains an open Siberian tiger run — animals not suitable for petting. However, inhabitants of little zoo are easy to befriend: pot-bellied pigs, donkeys, and rabbits. If those beasts are still too large and too scary, a butterfly-house is a good place to visit instead.

  • The Old Brewery

Award-winning centre of trade, art, and business, judged as world's best shopping centre in 2006. Its unusual architecture meets industrial past, and features lots of nooks hiding relics of beer-brewing time: ceramic caps, equipment, safety plates. This area is filled with modern art, including art galleries, theatres, and an important contemporary dance centre. Along with surrounding office blocks and hotels, it forms the beginning of Poznań's modern cityscape.

  • Citadel Park

Poznań's largest city park (approximately 100 hectares). Until 19th century this area was simply a hill housing a picturesque Winiary village. In mid-19th century, the hill was rebuilt into a tremendous fort — a crowning of Poznań citadel, which secured the road to Berlin in case of a war with Russia. This fort was used during wartime only once, when such citadels seemed a relic of the past. It was the last bastion of Nazi resistance in 1945. After the war, this area was redesigned into a park. Independent of its name, it's still one of Poznań's favourite recreational spots featuring two museums: Armaments Museum and Museum of the Poznań Army.

  • Palmiarnia

One of Europe's largest greenhouses, a hundred years old this year. It features ten pavilions, 17 thousand plants, and a collection of exotic fish. Take a trip through world's all climate zones (except the polar zone) in a single afternoon. The greenhouse is located in one of Poznań's oldest city parks — the Woodrow Wilson park.

  • St. Maria Magdalena Collegiate Church

St. Maria Magdalena Collegiate Church usually called Poznań's Fara, is one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Poland, in a rare "Dark Baroque" style. It was erected at the turn of the 17th and 18th century, and is famous for its Friedrich Ladegast organ. Fara features many concerts, including "Ladegast po zmroku" ("Ladegast at Dawn"), when a small audience gets a chance to listen to a choir situated on an empora, directly next to the 19th century instrument.

  • Lech Visitors Centre

If you want to see how beer is made in a modern brewery, take a trip along the whole beer production cycle, all the way to the bottling plant, and then follow up with a tasting event in a company pub. Excursions are also organized during night time, and may feature a professional keeper — beer expert. Have you ever thought what to expect, if beer smells like... bananas or milk? Take the trip to learn about such details.

  • Saint Martin Street Name Day (November 11)

One of the most important annual events in Poznań. A parade along the main city street, led by the saint riding in armour, concluded by a fest and a bunch of concerts. It's one of those days, when Poznań residents forget their favourite potatoes, and feast on something more exquisite, i.e. Saint Martin Croissants (officially acknowledged by the EU as a regional products).

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