Bursting with bars, galleries, contemporary restaurants and quirky museums, this architecturally extravagant city is one of Poland’s best-kept travel secrets. Discover its treasures before the crowds do on a weekend away to Poznań from Glasgow Airport.
Buff up on history
Stary Rynek – Poznań’s medieval Old Town square – was meticulously reconstructed after WWII and now counts as one of the finest in Europe. Lining the square and its surrounding streets is an eye-pleasing montage of ancient buildings, including the gothic Town Hall (Stary Rynek 1), home to the Historical Museum of Poznań, and the Poznań Archaeological Museum in the Renaissance-style Górka Palace (Wodna 27). Both offer fascinating insights into the area’s chequered past.
Markets and malls
When you’re done with sightseeing, grab a hold-all bag and make a beeline for Wielkopolski Square, which hosts an open-air food and flower market for most of the year. Other markets worth checking out include Jeżycki, Wildecki and Lazarski, where the people-watching is as absorbing as the diverse jumble of stalls. For mall bunnies, Poznań and its surroundings are home to dozens of fashion-centric shopping centres. The best is arguably Stary Browar (Półwiejska 32), an award-winning mall housed in a reconstructed 19th-century brewery.
Like many other Polish cities, Poznań is fast cultivating a nightlife scene that combines an international outlook with oodles of local character. Relax and kick back in the intimate café hideaway that is Atmosfera (Mokra 2), check out the line-up of live jazz and blues acts at Lizard King (Stary Rynek 86), soak up the nostalgic communist-era vibe at Bodega (Żydowska 4), or go wild on the seething dance floor at Czarna Owca (Jaskółcza 13). If you’re interested in the local brewing culture, then Lech Brewery (Szwajcarska 11) on the outskirts of town offers insightful tours to visitors.
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