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    Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 13, 2012

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    Poznan's Cathedral (Katedra) was built in the late 10th century and is therefore the oldest cathedral in Poland.

    Through the years it was rebuilt several times in different architectural styles from Romanesque and Gothic to Neo-Classical style.

    The last reconstruction was carried out in Gothic style and finished in 1956 after serious damages by fire in WWII.

    In the neighbourhood of the Cathedral stand the Church of our Lady (1430) and the Psalteria (1518).

    Directions:
    Poznan's Cathedral is located on the Cathedral Island (Ostrow Tumski) about 1 km east of the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek). The nearest tram stop "Katedra" is served by trams #4, #8 and #17.

    Address: Katedra, Ostrow Tumski 17, Poznan

    Website: http://www.katedra.archpoznan.org.pl/

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    June 1956 Uprising Monument

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 13, 2012

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    The June 1956 Uprising Monument (Pomnik Poznanskiego Czerwca 1956) commorates the more than 70 victims of the first anti-communism demonstrations in Poland.

    It could only be erected in 1981, about 25 years after the tragic events.

    The momument consists of two large crosses, one of them carries the year date 1956, while the other one shows later year dates of anti-communism demonstrations.

    Directions:
    The June 1956 Uprising Monument can be found on the Adam Mickiewicz Sqaure (pl. Mickiewicza), just about 1 km west of the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek).

    Address: June 1956 Uprising Monument, pl. Mickiewicza, Poznan

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    University Aula

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 13, 2012

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    University Aula

    This Dutch Renaissance style building was completed in 1910 as the seat for the Prussian Royal Academy. It was taken over by the Adam Mickiewicz University in 1919.

    Nowadays the University Aula (Aula Uniwersytecka) serves as a concert hall for the Poznan Philamonic Orchestra.

    Directions:
    The University Aula can be found on the Adam Mickiewicz Sqaure (pl. Mickiewicza), just about 1 km west of the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek).

    Address: University Aula, pl. Mickiewicza 1, Poznan

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    Imperial Castle

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 13, 2012

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    Imperial Castle

    The Imperial Castle (Zamek Cesarski) was constructed between 1905 and 1910 after designs of the German architect Franz Schwechten.

    The neo-Romanesque building is actually more a palace than a castle. It was used for government offices of the Germans (until 1918 and during WWII) and the Poles (1918-1939, 1945-present).

    Nowadays it is also home to a Centre of Culture and recently the June 1956 Uprising Museum.

    In the Imperial Park behind the castle stands a monument which commemorates the thousands Polish officers who were massacred at Katyn by the Red Army.

    Directions:
    The Imperial Castle can be found at the street ul. Swiety Marcin 80/82, which is one of the main streets leading from the city centre to the west.

    Address: Imperial Castle, ul. Swiety Marcin 80/82, Poznan

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    St. Adalbert's Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 13, 2012

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    St. Adalbert's Church

    The history of the Gothic St. Adalbert's Church (Kosciol Sw. Wojciecha) dates back to the 13th century.

    The current structure was built in the 15th century but underwent several reconstructions through the century. The adjacent wooden belfry was added in the 17th century.

    Among others, Jozef Wybicki, the author of the Polish national anthem has his resting place in the crypt of the church.

    Directions:
    The St. Adalbert's Church is situated north of the city centre, somewhere between the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek) and the Citadel Park (Park Cytadela).

    Address: St. Adalbert's Church, Wzgorze sw. Wojciecha 1, Poznan

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    Franciscan Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 13, 2012

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    The Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow) was erected between 1674 and 1728 in late-Baroque style.

    It has two beautiful chapels at the beginning of the nave.

    Also the interior is richly ornamented and decorated with carved wood, stuccowork and paintings.

    In the basement of the church the Poznan Model (Makieta Poznania) can be found. It is a scale model of the city in the middle ages.

    Directions:
    The Franciscan Church can be found at the street ul. Franciszkañska 2 in the vicinity of the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek).

    Address: Franciscan Church, ul. Franciszkanska 2, Poznan

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    Merchant Houses

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 13, 2012

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    The former merchant houses were probably built around 1535 on a site of previous wooden houses. In the middle ages all sorts of commodities, such as salt, candles and binders were traded here.

    After the destructions of WWII the merchant houses were built in Renaissance style. Nowadays the colourful buildings are home to souvenir and crafts shops.

    Directions:
    The former merchant houses can be found at the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek), just south of the Old Town Hall.

    Address: Merchant Houses, Stary Rynek, Poznan

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    Old Town Hall

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 12, 2012

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    The Old Town Hall (Ratusz) was built in the middle of the 16th century. Due to several disasters including heavy bombings during WWII, not much of the original building survived until today. Nowadays the Old Town Hall is home to the Museum of the History of Poznan.

    Everyday at noon two metal goats show up above the large town hall clock and clash their horns. On special days even a bugle-call is performed live by a trumpeter from the tower.

    Directions:
    The Old Town Hall is most important building on the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek), so it can't be missed.

    Address: Old Town Hall, Stary Rynek 1, Poznan

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    Church of St. Francis of Assisi

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 10, 2012

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    The Baroque facade of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi (Kosciol Sw. Franciszka z Asyzu) is dominated by the two 69 metres tall towers.

    The church was erected between 1661and 1668. Unfortunately it was seriously damaged during WWII, so that nowadays the interior mainly consists of replicas.

    Directions:
    The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is situated south east of the city centre at the street ul. Garbary near the square pl. Bernardynski.

    Address: Church of St. Francis of Assisi, ul. Garbary 22, Poznan

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    Parish Church of St. Stanislaus

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 10, 2012

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    One of the most impressive churches of Poznan is the Parish Church of St. Stanislaus (Kosciol Farny Sw. Stanislawa Biskupa).

    The Baroque church was constructed by the Jesuit Order and consecrated in 1705. Also the interior with its numerous frescoes and richly decorated altars is of Baroque style.

    Directions:
    The Parish Church of St. Stanislaus is located in the neigbourhood of the former Jesuit College, just south of the Old Market Square.

    Address: Parish Church of St. Stanislaus, ul. Golebia 1, Poznan

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    Citadel park

    by bonio Written Apr 14, 2012

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    Massive park just outside of the city centre. There's many attractions here, museums, war cemetries plus plenty of green space to enjoy.
    Pretty sobering to see so many war graves here, many of them from the last few months of WWII.
    This is a must visit in Poznan

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    First thing to do?

    by bonio Written Apr 11, 2012

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    Maybe a good idea is to look out for this free guide to Poznan. Found ours at the airport tourist info stand, they are free of charge and I noticed them in several places around the city too.
    good info on things to see, hotels, eating and drinking etc.
    If nothing else there is a decent map in it.
    Very useful to us on our stay in town.

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    The goats in the parapet.

    by Askla Updated Aug 9, 2011

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    In the middle of the parapet one can see two small doors. Every day at noon two goats made of metal will come out of the doors to butt each other with the horns 12 times. It is said that during a banquet, those taking part could hear a strange sound. It showed to be two goats intended for the banquet who had escaped and now were butting their horns at each other. The participants in the banquet were so amused that they ordered the clockmaker to add the goats to his work.

    After the goats disapppear a trumpeter will play the bugle-call. It is assumed that the bugle-call is one of the oldest in Poland. Information on municipal trumpeters has been found in documents from the 15th century.

    There is also a story about the bugle-call. It is said that the son of the trumpeter once looked after the wounded leaderbird of the ravens, who left him a silver trumpet as an evidence of gratitude. Years later, when the boy grew up and took over his father's office, he used the silver instrument to call the birds and they came to rescue the besieged city.

    Until the 19th century a guard was watching from the tower.

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    Maltanka Park Railway

    by alancollins Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Poznan has its own unique narrow gauge railway and it is different way of travelling along the side of Maltanka Lake on this 3.85 km journey. The railway is open daily from 10-19 from the end of April until the middle of October. The trains run hourly during the week and 30 minutes at weekends and public holidays. The trains run from the Maltanka station close to the Srodka Roundabout to Zwierzyniec which is close to the zoo. It takes about 45 minutes to walk between the 2 points so you can save yourself a fair walk. Normal tickets cost 4.50zl with reductions and they can be purchased at either end of the railway.

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    Malta Lake & complex

    by alancollins Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Malta Lake is an artificial lake that was created in 1952 after the damming of the Cybina River. The lake has an area of 64 hectares and is 5 metres deep and the regatta course is 3.7 metres deep. The lake was drained in the 1980’s and the 2km regatta course created. The lake is a well known regatta course and there is a sports and recreational complex, which was built on its shore in the early 1990's. A number of prestigious canoeing and rowing events have taken place at the lake in recent years. There is an artificial ski slope, ice rink, funfair, restaurants and a camp site at the main complex and concerts are also held. You can also jog, ride your bike or take a leisurely walk around the lake perimeter which has the distances marked out. There is a narrow gauge railway down one side of the lake and a zoo tucked away in one corner. This year the Red Bull Flying competition is being held over the lake in June.

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