Cradle of the Polish state

Tourists flock to the city centre, where the Old Town Square contains a wealth of historical monuments and museums.

The Renaissance town hall houses the Historical Museum of Poznan, and the Museum of Musical Instruments is located nearby.

Not far from the square stands the parish church, one of Poland’s most impressive baroque buildings with rich interior decorations.

The former royal castle located on the hilltop houses the Museum of Decorative Arts, and on the hill’s slope the baroque Franciscan church was erected.

In 966, the Ostrow Tumski Island witnessed the baptism of the first Polish ruler, Mieszko I. The vaults of the Gothic cathedral hide the remains of the old churches (10th-11th cc.) and of the tombs belonging to the first Piasts.

In addition to the famous International Trade Fairs, Poznan is known for its rich cultural life secured by the opera house, Polish Dance Theatre, other theatres and cabarets, men’s and boys’ choirs, annual Wieniawski International Violin Competition and the Malta International Theatre Festival.

The city has a number of rest and recreation grounds on the lakes (Malta, Strzeszynek, Kiekrz), regatta fairway and the Malta water-skiing centre open throughout the year.

Tourist Information, Poznan, Stary Rynek 59/60 tel. +(48-61) 852 61 56, fax 855 33 79

Municipal Information Center, Poznan, ul. Ratajczaka 44 tel. +(48-61) 851 96 45, 94 31, fax 856 04 54 www.cim.poznan.pl