Vibrant Poznań – Poland’s Central-west

April, 2015

About twenty percent of Poland’s population study at one institute or another in Poznań, which helps to retain a young and vibrant atmosphere in the city’s streets.

Although not on many travellers’ itineraries, Poznań is bursting with churches, cobblestones, museums, clubs, bars, restaurants, and shopping.

Colourful Burgher houses dating from the 14th-15th centuries line the Market Square. In the past, these houses were owned by Poznan’s most affluent inhabitants (physicians, pharmacists, merchants, and goldsmiths). 

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Time to say ‘do widzenia’ (goodbye) to Kraków for a second time and take the comfy modern PKP Intercity train (60.30PLN) to Poznań, which was supposed to leave at 12:47hrs, although it was 10 minutes late. There’s even a bar and dining carriage on the train for this 7-hour journey; very lush.

The train arrived in the main station…this is one flash impressive station, it’s like a small airport. Fairly new, there’s loads of glass windows and the station is connected to a huge shopping mall with restaurants, cafés, and loads of shops. Go ahead and run a muck with your money here!

Sports Direct (British chain) is in this mall also and as it was offering huge discounts on a lot of trekking gear, I splurged – my trekking boots were a sorry excuse after 4 years’ of walking and trekking.

Today is the warmest it’s been in almost 3 months of travel in Europe and at 22°C, it’s time to shed a few layers as is common in many parts of SE Asia.


I’ve offered a couple of different sites to visit (not your typical tourist destinations), such as the Citadel Park Cemetery and the Morasko Meteorite Reserve as not too many people at either of these sites, especially tourists. You may bump into school children or university students at the meteorite reserve.

Many other sights await in Poznań, such as the Malta thermal baths, Museum of Archaeology, National Museum, a zoo, but the Old Town holds a visitor interested for a few days with all the delightful architecture.

Old Town

Listed as one of Poland’s official national Historic Monuments, the renaissance Old Town was destroyed during World War II and then rebuilt – still wonderful to experience.

The Main Market Square (Stary Rynek) is in the centre of the Old Town, with the historic Town Hall (Ratusz) in the middle.

The street layout hosts a grid of narrow streets and is a testament to the former protected city. Sadly, the city walls were removed in the early 19th century due to the city’s expansion.

At the Western end of the Old Town is the hill (Góra Przemysła), on which the castle once stood.

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Old Town sun worshipping

The Citadel Park cemeteries

A couple of kilometres north of the city centre, the Citadel Park (almost 100 hectares) is a pleasant peaceful spot to spend a few hours or have a picnic.

Although this is a cemetery, this park is a favourite relaxation and leisure location in Poznań.

Destroyed in the siege of 1945, the Fortress Winiary’s fortification is what only remains today. This houses the Museum of the Poznań Army and the Citadel Museum.

Many war relics are displayed around the outside of the museum, which was unfortunately closed at the time of visiting. The rest of the area that the fortress covers is now a large park.

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Old Garrison Cemetery

The Old Garrison Cemetery comprises graves of Commonwealth servicemen of WWI, allied airmen shot down over Poland during WWII, and Poles killed by the Germans.

There’s a huge Russian memorial here and this is also the resting place for allied prisoners captured and executed after The Great Escape.

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Polish memorial

Morasko Meteorite Reserve

If you have some free time, make the effort to see this lovely reserve (free entry), which takes you north of the city’s borders.

Depending wherever you are in the city, you need to take Tram (12) to the os. Sobieskiego Bus Terminus (trams run every 10-15 minutes).

Once there, take bus 902 (4.60PLN) and alight at the Rezerwat Morasko bus stop, which is about 500 metres west of the Morasko village. Keep an eye out for the Reserve signs and you’ll be on your way.

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Picturesque Morasko Meteorite Reserve

Spring flowers and greenery are just starting to appear so it’s very pretty and quite peaceful.

It’s lovely to hear the Wood Peckers and other wildlife but also smell the freshness of the woods.

You’ll enjoy this very easy walk around the well-marked path of where a group of meteorites impacted craters on the slope of Mount Morasko, apparently created during the last glaciation.

The group of seven craters lie within an area of 55 hectares, which became a nature reserve in 1976.

According to the crater sizes and the number here, these are one of the largest groups of craters on the planet. The largest crater’s diameter is at around 60 metres with a depth reaching 11.5 metres.


Booked a self-contained apartment through air.bnb as due to it being spring and the high season is fast approaching, prices are starting to increase.

This apartment is only about a 10-minute walk to the Old Town, is very clean, and has everything you need for self-catering. We’re here for 7 nights so it has to be comfy.

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Art and Business – Stary Browar


Apart from the last night’s meal in Poznań, shopped at supermarkets for the duration of the 7-night stay, as the apartment is self-catering. Although much much cheaper than eating out, still manage the daily coffee and pastry out in the town.

  • Biedronka – This supermarket chain offers the cheapest prices throughout Poland and good quality. The only downside is that a lot of products aren’t your ‘typical’ supermarket chain familiar products – not a downside for me as I love trying loads of new products and groceries.
  • Stary Browar (42 Półwiejska Street) – Apart from overflowing with many boutique shops, this is an Arts and Business Centre, located in the center of Poznań. The actual building was designed on the basis of a historic factory (former Brewery Huggerów). Spend hours here (and much money) wandering around this plush complex; gorgeous décor and surroundings. (The Beverly Hills hairdressers in the complex give great haircuts at reasonable prices – 100PLN for a lady and a man’s cut).
  • Petit Paris Boulangerie (Stary Browar) – Apart from baking their own bread in-house, which smells divine, the coffee (9PLN) and tea are good, lovely atmosphere, and you can order savouries, gourmet-filled baguette/Panini at reasonable prices but not cheap.
  • Cukiernia Sowa  – You can find this extra special café on the first floor of the massive mall attached to the Główny (main train station). Excellent coffee (8.5PLN) served with a scrumptious gratis dark chocolate; and pastries, and chocolates at good prices. Great service also!
  • Mount Blanc (Poznań City Center) – After seeing this chocolate/coffee chain in several cities and towns, decided to try a coffee here today. Excellent service, presentation, and a wonderful chocolate morsel provided with your hot drink. However, the coffee was milky and weak and a little more expensive than the Cukiernia Sowa on the floor above.

Poznań to Wrocław

Spending the last days in Poland as sadly, the European sojourn is nearing to a close.

Australians can only stay in Schengen-agreed countries (most of the EU) for a total period of 90 days within a 180-day period, so the 23rd April is the very last exit date for me…

Decided on one more train trip (33.90PLN) to Wrocław as have a flight booked to the UK.

This train trip is only about 2.5 hours and almost half-way to Kraków; and leaves from Główny station at 12:34hrs (other times available).

Visit Nilla’s Photography for more images. More posts on Poland at Image Earth Travel.

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Old Town artist
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Help feed my dogs…
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Cobbled streets – Old Town

18 responses to “Vibrant Poznań – Poland’s Central-west”

  1. beataaleksiejuk Avatar

    Amazing photos from Poznań !
    In that city I love the most old city. There is also a lot of artistic designed restaurants – amaizng 😀

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you! I’ve just updated the images in this post so they’re larger and easier to see.

      The Old City is gorgeous as everywhere I travelled in Poland. I would have preferred 6+ months in Poland to see more, but Schengen only allows me 90 days in 26 European countries. 🙁

      1. beataaleksiejuk Avatar

        How many cities have you visited durying your 90 day trip? 😀
        As last months I am travelling quite a lot by Spain I started be little bit borred of old cities even they are amazing 😀 I am trying find also another interesting places 😀

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Wow, I don’t really keep track of the number of cities that I visit. I did one of those TripAdvisor “Cities visited” once.
        From Vietnam, we flew to Estonia. This is when the 90-day Schengen visa started. So, after Estonia, travelled through Latvia, Lithuania, and then to Poland but spent most of the time in Poland. I have written posts about all of these countries. 🙂

      3. beataaleksiejuk Avatar

        So it was trip to eastern, cold Europan cities 😀 I am glad that you spend a lot of time of your travel in my country 😀

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Yes, after spending over 2 months in the heat of Vietnam, we decided on a whim to travel through Eastern countries (although The Baltic States are not part of Eastern Europe these days I believe).
        You were born in a very beautiful part of the world, albeit very cold in the winter!

      5. beataaleksiejuk Avatar

        Yes it is beautiful, just winter is annoying. But some summers are amazing 😀

      6. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Winter there is only annoying as depending on where you’re travelling, sites, accommodation, etc., can be closed. Understandably, there’s always reduced transport services also, so many hours of waiting.

      7. beataaleksiejuk Avatar

        Beeing in the Vietnam – it should to be amazing experience.

      8. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        I absolutely loved Vietnam! The people, food, spectacular scenery, and experiences were amazing.
        I particularly love Sapa (northern Vietnam near the Chinese border) and the caves in Ninh Binh are incredible!
        Vietnam is also cheap for accommodation and scrumptious food. Some food for thought? 😉

  2. Sreejith Vijayakumar Avatar

    Absolutely love the B&W pic of Polish Memorial 🙂

    1. Image Earth Blog Avatar

      Thank you Sreejith for taking the time to give me some feedback – it’s always great to hear from readers! 🙂

  3. namasteindpl Avatar

    This place is amazing. But you didn’t mention about the best food item of Poland.

    1. Image Earth Blog Avatar

      I love this city! Ah, but which ‘best food item’? There are so many 😉

      I’ve mentioned many food items in most of my posts on Poland, have a read!

  4. abitofculture Avatar

    I went to Poznan on a stag party once and have great memories of drinking Lech beer on the terraces of bars in that beautiful and massive main square.

    1. Image Earth Blog Avatar

      The main square is beautiful but all the main squares in Poland I visited are beautiful – it’s a wonderful country. I didn’t realise that Poznan was a Stag party haunt.

      1. abitofculture Avatar

        I don’t think it is, but flights were really cheap (£18 return from UK) and beer dirt cheap so we had to go there!

      2. Image Earth Blog Avatar

        Wow, that price is super cheap! Yes, beer is pretty cheap but unfortunately, I don’t drink beer, so drinks weren’t that cheap (for the Australian dollar).

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