Located on the Warta River in central western Poland, Poznań is the country’s fifth-largest city and one of the host cities of the Euro 2012 football championships. With regular flights to Poznań from the UK on SAS, it's easy to hop on a flight for a quick weekend away or a longer holiday.
As one of Poland’s oldest cities, Poznań is rich with historical sites to visit and an extensive public transportation network will help you get around the city with ease during your stay. Since the majority of the city's main attractions are located around Stary Rynek (the old square), you won't have to go far.
Like most European cities, the city centre offers many clubs, bars and cafés to spend some time to recharge, especially in the Old Town, where the renaissance town hall forms the heart of the city. If it's wild nightlife you're after, visitors to Poznań will be entertained all night long.
With surprisingly good weather, spring and fall are the best times to visit. Although Poznań boasts the lowest rainfall in all of Poland, July has the largest rainfall due to summer storms and a relatively high summer temperature on average. With temperatures often dipping below 0°C, snow is often a factor for winter visits to Poznań.
If you only have a short time in Poznań, consider the Royal Imperial Route. This route is a path through the city, giving tourists a glimpse of the most important and ‘must-see’ parts of the city - presenting the history, culture and identity of Poznań in an attempt to interpret the history of the city within the framework of European history. Be sure to visit one of Poznań's five tourist centres for a free brochure on the Royal Imperial Route.
For those interested in the historical side of Poland, the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul is a great place to start your visit. Dating back to the 10th century, the cathedral is the final resting place for several of Poland's earliest rulers.
If historical sites aren’t your thing, consider visiting Stary Browar. What started as a brewery in the mid-1800's has recently been renovated into one of Europe's largest shopping malls. Considered to be one of the trendiest places in Poland, Stary Browar has shops and restaurants catering to ones every shopping need.
One of Poznań's larger cultural events is the annual Malta Festival that takes place from late June to early July and is spread across several venues around the city. It boasts a wide range of mostly modern off-theatre performances and includes cinema, visual, music and dancing events.
There is also the Poznań International Fair, the largest industrial fair in Poland, which attracts 13,000 exhibitors, including 3000 from over 70 countries. With 80 fair events scheduled each year, there is always something going on.
If a vacation isn't time off without a little time on the water, several natural and artificial lakes, including the Rusałka, are popular spots for swimmers and boaters alike.