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Welcome to Poznan - together with Gniezno (50 km away) these to cities were the first Polish capitals. Both cities are connected by the tourist trail known as the Piast Route, along which we can bear witness to the distant past of the region, e.g. Lake Lednica with the remains of a settlement dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, where, according to the legend, the first Polish King to be crowned, Boleslaw The Brave, was born.The tombs of Boleslaw and his father, Duke Mieszko, are situated in the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Poznan. The first cathedral was Romanesque in style but nowadays this imposing building's outline and walls are gothic.

Apart from the cathedral, the most precious building in Poznan is the 16th century renaissance Town Hall in the Old Square. It is surrounded by old merchant houses which were carefully restored after World War II.

The St. John's Market of today is a place where art collectors, master craftsmen, and those whose hobby is art and collecting flock to during Poznan's biggest trade fair, the Poznan International Fair in June. Poznan is also home to the world-famous boys' and men's male voice choirs, and the Polish Theatre of Dance - Poznan Ballet, the only one of its kind in Poland. Music lovers regularly come to Poznan for the Contemporary Music Festivals and for the Henryk Wieniawski violin and violin making competitions, held every five years here in Poznan. The Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera, the theatres... a great number of museums, among which is the Museum of Musical Instruments, which has one of the richest collections in Europe.
Places of Interest

Poznan Cathedral
dominates Ostrów Tumski island, with its twin towers and surrounding chapels.

Literary Museum of Henryk Sienkiewicz
Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1905, Sienkiewicz is best known as the author of Quo Vadis?

Stary Rynek
the Old Town Square is rich in historic architecture, museums and restaurants.

Historical Museum of Poznan
the Town Hall is the venue for exhibits on Poznan's history.

Special Events

July and August
Guided tours of Zamek Castle

All Year Round
Both the Old and New Zoos

All Year Round
Lake Malta

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