Poznan is truly antique.
Set along the Warta River stretches the oldest of Poland's cities. The country's birthplace, Poznan breathes with the nostalgia of the graceful Wielkopolska's capital reflected in the earliest Poznan Cathedral and the tombs of the first Polish rulers within the city.
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The historical heart of Wielkopolska province or Greater Poland, Poznan has moved through the mists of time to become a bustling European city. Sitting at the east-west crossroads, Poznan absorbs the best features of leading destinations. From the nearby Paris it took the aura of romance, while Moscow brought the open-minded Russian outlook. In addition, Berlin cultivated in Poznan a love for fairs.
Thus, Poznan is also recognized for its vibrant celebrations that make it almost impossible to reach in high season. Even though the city is a showplace for a multitude of performances, music and dancing events, the most popular event is the Malta theatre festival usually held in late June. This easy-going lifestyle in the city transformed it into an attractive draw for the young at heart. They shaped a youthful outlook, despite Poznan's antique cityscape. On the other hand, medieval churches and baroque interiors are among the many things to do for culture buffs in the city.
- The Old Town Square dates back to 1253 and today features old palaces, monument of Persephone and baroque statue of Jan Niepomucen
- The Town Hall is a symbol of the city built in the 13th century and later redesigned with Renaissance touches by an Italian architect J. B. Quadro
- The Parish Church, built in 1649 as a Jesuit monastery, but today it is a beautiful baroque building
- St. Adalbert's Hill with historic churches from the 15th century
- Ostrow Tumski, a historic place where the first Poles found the first castle
Poznan already served as the Wielkopolska's capital when Poland joined Prussia in 1793. The Prussian rule was interrupted by Napoleon's invasion, but soon after liberation Poland again became a Prussian province till the World War I pushed Prussia to the hands of the German Empire during the unification of 1871. It was a heyday for Poznan with a building boom, a new theater and the Kaiser's Residence constructed in the old town. After wartime, Poznan was included in a restored Poland.
Today Poznan is a bustling city sustained through trade, education and industry. As the fourth largest industrial center, Poznan is a very attractive city for foreign investments, especially German and Dutch money in the city. It means that Poznan is old, but with all modern comforts. You can rely on Booked.net to organize your warm welcome in Poznan hotels.