Poznań is located on the Warta River in west central Poland and is the administrative capital of the Greater Poland Voivodeship. The city is an important cultural, trade, sports, technology and tourism centre and one of Poland’s most populous regions.
Adam Mickiewicz University is one of the three best universities in Poland after the University of Warsaw and University of Kraków. Poznań has a student population in excess of 100,000.
Poznań is best known for its renaissance Old Town and Ostrów Tumski Cathedral in addition to hosting the Saint John’s Fair, which is one of the largest fairs in Europe. The city is also home to one of the oldest zoological gardens in Poland, which was established in 1874.
The city has an energetic personality with a buzzing city centre full of people enjoying its multitude of bars, clubs and restaurants. Independent of any tourists, Poznań has its own distinctive vibe due to the combination of huge student population and international business travellers.
Poznań offers many historical attractions such as Poznań Town Hall, the National Museum, Grand Theatre, Fara Church, Poznań Cathedral and the Imperial Castle. Many of the historic buildings and sights are concentrated around the Old Town and the Royal-Imperial Route, a tourist walk through the most important parts of the city.
St. Martin’s croissants
Every year on 11 November, Poznanians celebrate The Day of St. Martin. A procession of horses, with St. Martin at the head, parades along St Martin Street, in front of The Imperial Castle. On this day, the locals eat St. Martin's croissants, a croissant with white poppy-seed filling traditionally prepared in Poznań.
A big chunk of Poznań is covered in greenery including the Morasko Meteorite Reserve with its craters formed by meteorite strikes. Wielkopolska Natural Park and Rogalin Landscape Park are nearby. There are four large lakes within the city borders including Malta Lake with its artificial ski slope and annual regatta.
Greater Poland (Wielkopolskie) is often referred to as being the “Cradle of Poland" and if you want to experience the essence of Poland’s eventful history, this is the province to head to. The Polish state was founded here in the Middle Ages with the cities of Poznań and Gniezno being the early centres of royal power.
Poznań is famous for its football teams, Warta Poznań, which was one of the most successful clubs in pre-war history, and Lech Poznań, who are currently one of the biggest clubs in the country, frequently playing in European cups and have many fans from all over the region.
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