Poznan was another surprise this year. I was attracted by the beauty of its squares and the colours of the houses that are so typically Polish.
The Old Town (or Stare Miasto) is known for its beautiful main square called Stary Rynek. This is probably one of the most charming squares I have seen in Europe. It is very big with some important buildings in its centre such as the Old Town Hall. Inside this building there are some interesting pictures of how the city looked during the war.
Here are also found the Merchants’ Houses, unique relics of early commercial architecture. Definitely my favourite view of Poznan.
There are some interesting fountains too like the fountains of Apollo, Neptune, Mars and Proserpina which are located in each corner of the square.
Saint Stanislaus Church is found in the heart of Poznan too. It is an impressive monument built in the 17th century and created as a Jesuit temple.
The cathedral is located on an island in the river and it is one of the oldest ones in Poland and the first Polish cathedral. Inside there are different tombs of kings, princes and nobility. The austerty of the exterior is in contrast with the interior which I found much more attractive. The cathedral has not always been gothic style as it was rebuilt several times.
The Royal Castle is a great place to get a panoramic view of Poznan. When I went there there was also a small exhibition with different swords and weapons but the rest of the interiors will be open in December 2016. Its construction began in the 13th century and it was a royal residence. It was also the biggest non-ecclesiastical building in Poland in the Middle Ages. Unfortunately it was sacked several times and it was also destroyed by the nazis. In 1959 it was decided that the castle should be rebuilt again.
By the end of the year there are some Christmas markets around town. I was in Poznan the week before the main market was installed but there was another cute one in the city centre to start to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere!
A recommendation to try some of the local food is a lovely small restaurant in the main square called “Pyszna”. The staff was incredibly kind and they helped us choose some tasty local food like the pierogi or a fruit compote. So tasty!