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A brief history to introduce Poznan.

There has been a settlement at this place since the 9th century. Poland's first historical ruler, Miezko I, choosed in 968 Poznan as his capital and build the country's strongest stronghold. Nearly at the same time became Poznan the seat of the first Polish bishop. When Bohemian hords invaded in 1034 - 38 and destroyed the stronghold, the Polish rulers moved to Krakow and made that their capital.
Przemyslaw had a new town laid out on the banks of river Warta in 1253 with a large square in the middle. That town is the Old Town (Stare Miasto) in modern Poznan.

Today is Poznan the fifth largest city in Poland hosting ~560.000 people.

The Town Hall, a Renaissance gem.

In the middle of the Old Town Square (140 x 140 meters) sits the old Town Hall. Originally a Gothic building from early 14th century it is later rebuilt in Renaissance style. The tower is 61 meters high.

The Coat of Arms.

Poznan got its city rights in 1253, but the coat of arms stems from the 14th century: it looks the same nowadays as it did at that time. There are the two patrons of the city, St. Petrus and St. Paulus on each side of a shield showing the Polish white eagle. There is also the castle meaning that Poznan was a royal city.

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  • Pros:Wonderful Town Hall.
  • In a nutshell:Interesting town with easily reached sights.
  • Last visit to Poznan: May 2009
  • Intro Updated May 24, 2009
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  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I enjoy in virtual tour! Now Poznan is on my future trip list. Thank you for information!

    • Askla's Profile Photo
      Jul 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      I am glad if I could inspire you since I like Poznan a lot. It deserves more attention than I believe it usually gets.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Great tips, good photos. very useful. always on the look out for the unusual and the cheap hotels (campgrounds) thank you

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Lars, fabulous page about Poznan. I especially like your transportation and accomodation tips. I will be in Poznan in about 6 weeks.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Great destination that I'd like to visit some day...


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