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SIGHTS OF POZNAN

SIGHTS OF POZNAN

FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN POZNAN

FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN POZNAN

A trip from Finland to Poznan

There are no direct flights from Finland to Poznan, but the Polish airline LOT offers a daily connection to Poznan from Warsaw. Exchange flights can be obtained quite cheaply, for about one hundred euros one way. A combination of separate flights can also work, as LOT often sells domestic flights in Poland at a special price.

A practical way to travel to Poznan is by train. The city is a train hub to Berlin and halfway between Warsaw. From both metropolises, the city can be reached by train several times a day. The journey takes about three hours. There is also a direct train connection from Gdansk. An internal Polish train ticket costs about 10-30 euros, depending on the type of train.

Accommodation in Poznan

Accommodation in Poznan is quite comprehensive, from hostels to five-star hotels. Many of the accommodations are fairly new, and most of the offerings are from mid-range hotels. Usually, the accommodation is located either in the city center or in its immediate vicinity.

The city’s comprehensive tram network works well, and ticket machines can be used in English. In particular, it should be noted that drivers do not sell tickets in Poznan.

SIGHTS OF POZNAN

SIGHTS OF POZNAN

Historic Poznan has two hearts

The historical sights of Poznań are largely located in the area of ​​the smaller Old Town. Historic Poznan has two hearts: the Old Town Square Stary Rynek and the Cathedral Island Ostrów Tomski, located a few kilometers from the square.

The center is also dominated by German architecture, home to many important sights, such as the university and the castle built in the early 20th century for the visit of the German emperor. The main attractions of the city center are explored on foot during the day.

The two-tower cathedral on the Cathedral Island is the oldest in Poland. The building was originally completed as early as the 9th century, but the layout has been modified several times. The current, Gothic façade dates from a post-war repair.

The cathedral is at its best in the evening, when the east side of the island offers a stunning view towards the spectacularly lit church building.

Renaissance-style square Stary Rynek

According to DigoPaul, Poznan’s most famous landmark, the Town Hall Ratusz is the heart of the Old Town. The building dominates the Old Town Square, which represents the Italian Renaissance style from the 16th century and is one of the most beautiful in northern Central Europe.

Every day at 12 noon, a group of tourists gather in front of the town hall to watch a special tradition: two mechanical goats step out of the front wall, accompanied by a trumpet, knocking their heads together several times.

Traces of the war in Poznan

The Germans built one of the largest fortification systems in Europe in Poznan in the 19th century. During World War II, the forts were largely destroyed, but here and there are restored parts of the fortress left.

The main remains of the fortress are Fort VII, which served as the Gestapo prison and concentration camp, and Cytadela Park, where the strongest part of the German fortress was located. Today, Cytadela has a war museum, monuments to Soviet soldiers, and military cemeteries, among others. Fort VII, on the other hand, serves as a concentration camp museum.

Relax and shop in Poznan

As a major student city, Poznan’s nightlife is lively. The numerous clubs and bars in the Old Town area are filled with banquets in the evenings. Especially on Wrocławska Street, there is plenty of choice from cheap shot bars to elegant clubs.

Nightclubs are worth a visit because Polish young people are uninhibited and skilled dancers. Even if you don’t dare go along yourself, following it can be an experience.

A must-see in the city’s numerous shopping malls is the Old Brewery in the city center, Stary Browar, housed on the premises of a former brewery and offering a special setting for shopping. In 2005, the center was voted the best medium-sized shopping center in the world. Shoes and clothes are often cheap for Finns.

Beer lovers will be attracted by a visit to the Lech Brewery on the east side of the city. An English-language tour can be booked for a small group, there is no minimum. The tour lasts about two hours, and finally we taste the beers.

Top 10 Sights in Poland

Top 10 Sights in Poland

You can discover our neighboring country Poland in many ways and immerse yourself in the culture, history and wonderful nature – on a varied round trip, a classic bus trip or individually on a car trip or motorcycle trip along the lonely avenues. You can experience the most important cities in Poland such as Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw or Wroclaw on one of our city ​​trips . We also offer cycling and hiking tours so that you can actively approach the country. According to Countryaah, Poland is one of the largest countries in Europe continent.

Our Top 10 Sights in Poland

Deep forests and lonely lakes in Masuria meet historical pearls such as Krakow, Warsaw or Gdansk. Poland stands for diversity! We introduce you to the most beautiful national parks, the most beautiful Baltic Sea beaches and the most famous sights in our neighboring country – here are our TOP 10 for Poland.

10TH PLACE: LICHEN STARY

LICHEN STARY

This imposing cathedral, which was completed in 2004 after ten years of construction and can be seen from afar, is a famous place of pilgrimage throughout Poland that has some superlatives. Not only is it the largest church in Poland and the eighth largest in Europe; At 141.5 m, the cathedral also has the highest tower in Poland and, with 20,000 pipes, the largest organ in the country.

9TH PLACE: BIALOWIEZA NATIONAL PARK

BIALOWIEZA NATIONAL PARK

The call of nature beckons here. You can go on a voyage of discovery in one of the last primeval forests in Europe, which was declared Poland’s first national park in 1932 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can experience the lowland forest without human intervention, which is why the biological diversity is overwhelming, and with a little luck you can encounter the gentle giants of the forest – the bison – in their original environment.

8TH PLACE: SZCZECIN

SZCZECIN

Szczecin – today Szczecin – has, like many Polish cities, an eventful past. The university town offers some historical highlights and landmarks, such as the Greifenschloss of the Pomeranian princes. But the hooked terraces also invite you to take a walk along the Oder with a wonderful view of the silhouette of the former Hanseatic city. If you still have some time, you should take a short detour to the Crooked Forest – Krzywy las -, which exudes a mystical atmosphere with its unconventionally shaped pines.

7TH PLACE: LEBA SAND DUNES

LEBA SAND DUNES

So many landscapes in the smallest of spaces – that is what the Slowinski National Park offers. Whether open Baltic Sea, desert-like sand dunes or secluded forests and calm lagoon lakes. This region leaves no one unimpressed. Take your time and go or let a beach buggy take you to the dunes and let the unadulterated nature work its magic on you. After an eventful day you can strengthen yourself here in the restaurant with delicious Polish dishes.

6TH PLACE: WARSAW AND THE PALACE OF CULTURE

WARSAW AND THE PALACE OF CULTURE

Warsaw is known for the coexistence of western and eastern cultural influences. The architecture also reflects both the modern and the historical of Warsaw. The special sights of the city include the palace square with the Sigismund column, the royal palace as well as the market square and the churches of the old town. One of the most impressive photo opportunities is the mighty Palace of Culture. The view of the city from here is simply fantastic!

5TH PLACE: MASURIA

MASURIA

Masuria – the wonderful lake landscape of Poland! In addition to the beautiful nature, the region also offers a lot of culture: In Lötzen (Gizycko), for example, the Boyen fortress and the swing bridge, which is rare in Europe, are worth a visit. Heiligelinde (Swieta Lipka) is a famous pilgrimage site with a baroque Jesuit church. We recommend a visit to the church and especially the organ concert, during which you can admire the moving figures on the organ prospect. Rastenburg (Ketrzyn) or Dönhoffstädt Castle could also be on your program.

4TH PLACE: GDANSK AND THE SURROUNDING AREA

GDANSK AND THE SURROUNDING AREA

After the war damage, the old town of the old Hanseatic city was extensively reconstructed. The imposing Marienkirche, the crane gate on the Mottlau, the Neptune fountain and the right town hall with its splendid interior are worth seeing. The Frauengasse, lined with pretty town houses, leads from St. Mary’s Church to Motlawa. After the tour, enjoy a coffee at the Long Market or on the banks of the Motława River. But also the area with the fashionable Baltic Sea resort of Sopot or the historic Marienburg make Gdansk a perfect starting point for a stopover of several days.

3RD PLACE: BRESLAU AND THE DWARFS

BRESLAU AND THE DWARFS

Breslau – today Wroclaw. The city is crossed by numerous arms of the Oder and is therefore often referred to as “Silesian Venice”. The cathedral, the city palace, the ring with its colorful house facades and the Centennial Hall are among the most important sights. But what is unique are the Wroclaw dwarfs. These bronze ones Figures are scattered all over the city and the number is increasing – so go on an exciting and amusing tour of discovery.

2ND PLACE: KRAKOW

KRAKOW

Perhaps you dedicate yourself to the wonderful old town and the Wawel Castle, which towers over the historic old town. The Krakow Royal Castle, located on Wawel Hill, is still a silent witness of the splendor of bygone days. With architectural styles from four different epochs, a tour is like a journey through time. The Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Church with its high altar are located on the medieval market square of Krakow, this is where Krakow’s heart beats. The Jewish quarter of Kazimierz with the old synagogue is also worth exploring. Krakow is the best place to visit our number 1 tourist attraction in Poland:

1ST PLACE: ZAKOPANE AND THE HIGH TATRAS

ZAKOPANE AND THE HIGH TATRAS

Zakopane and the High Tatras are not only known for world cup ski jumping. Take advantage of the beautiful mountain scenery for long hikes and walks. Designated hiking trails offer breathtaking views. Zakopane and the surrounding area are also known for the thermal springs. The Zakopane house style typical of the region is unusual. Cozy and artistically decorated wooden architecture give the place a homely atmosphere, which comes into its own especially in the evenings on the Krupowki promenade.

Brief Information About Poland

Brief Information About Poland

Our beautiful neighboring country Poland is a versatile travel destination – from the more than 500 km long Baltic Sea coast to the mountains of the Carpathian Mountains and the Tatra Mountains in the south of the country.

Map of Poland

Masuria is one of the most popular travel destinations in Poland. The region, rich in forests and lakes, is an excellent travel destination for cycling holidays, but also, for example, for combined boat and cycling trips. Small towns like Rössel (Reszel), Heiligelinde (Swieta Lipka), Sensburg (Mragowo), Nikolaiken (Mikolajki) and Lötzen (Gizycko) tell of an eventful history.
In addition, the larger cities of Poland are also interesting and culturally rich destinations. For example the old Hanseatic city of Danzig (Gdansk) with the mighty St. of course the capital Warsaw (Warszawa). Warsaw in particular conveys two very opposite sides to visitors – the modern metropolis Warsaw, but also the city’s past are omnipresent.

Entry requirements
According to Countryaah, Poland belongs to the Schengen states and the European Union. Germans need a valid passport or identity card to enter the country. Children need their own passport (with photo), an entry in the parents’ passport is no longer accepted.

Currency
ATMs are particularly common in cities and tourist centers. To be able to withdraw money, you need a credit card or an EC card with the “Maestro” symbol. International credit cards are common. But you cannot necessarily pay with it in all hotels or in smaller shops, this is especially difficult in rural areas. It is therefore advisable to always have enough cash with you.

Time zone
CET

Climate
Depending on the region, a warm temperate climate with a maritime or continental influence according to Bridgat.

Language
The official language is Polish. However, tourism workers often speak and understand English. German is also understood in many places.

Telephone / Internet
The international dialing code is +48 according to Allcitycodes.
WLAN is often available in hotels, but also in public places in larger cities.

Electricity & mains voltage
The voltage is 220 to 240 volts, 50 Hz, so that all devices can be used without problems. As a rule, two-pin plugs are used.

Emergency numbers
Police 997
Fire Brigade 998
Ambulance 999

ARRIVAL by plane
Poland’s largest airport is located near Warsaw. Warsaw is served by the Polish LOT, among others, but also by Lufthansa, Eurowings and Wizz Air. Other international airports are located in Krakow, Gdansk, Katowice, Wroclaw and Poznan.

ARRIVAL by land For
those who live in north-east Germany, arriving “by land” is ideal . It is around 600 km from Berlin to Warsaw, around 500 km from Berlin to Gdańsk, and around 700 km from Masuria. The motorways in particular, but also many country roads, are well developed in Poland. In some areas (e.g. Masuria) the streets are sometimes small and narrow, so you need a little longer for a set stage.

The following applies to traveling by car …
The petrol prices in Poland are relatively cheap by our standards. The fuel names are not necessarily identical to “ours”. It is important to choose the correct octane number, 95 stands for super, 98 for super plus. “Unleaded” means “lead-free”, it is sometimes indicated by the addition of an “E”.
Maximum speed in urban areas: 50 (at night 60) km / h
Maximum speed in rural areas: 90 km / h
Maximum
speed highways / national roads: 100-120 km / h Maximum speed motorway: 140 km / h
Light during the day: all year round
alcohol limit : 0.2
Obligation to carry: Warning triangle
(information without guarantee, please inform yourself about the relevant provisions before departure)

Best travel time
In summer, Poland is ideal for a holiday close to nature or a beach holiday. The Baltic coast or the Masurian lakes are particularly suitable for swimming from June to September. Active travelers and cyclists can also choose the long, mild autumn as their travel time, when the temperatures are still moderate, it is not too hot for activities.
Winter sports enthusiasts also get their money’s worth in Poland. Especially between December and March there are favorable conditions for winter sports in the mountains.

Health
The European health insurance card should be carried with you as proof of EU-wide insurance coverage. A private international travel health insurance is also recommended.
Medical care in Poland from the medical side as well as with regard to pharmacies corresponds to the European standard.
Vacationers who are dependent on medication should stock up on essentials beforehand. In addition, good sun protection as well as mosquito and tick protection belong in the first aid kit.
Before traveling, you should get advice about a vaccination against the tick-borne disease TBE (early summer meningoencephalitis).

Holidays and memorial
days In addition to Christmas, New Year, May 1st and Christian holidays with changing dates such as Easter, Pentecost or Ascension Day, the following holidays apply:
January 6th Epiphany
May 3rd Constitutional Day
August 15th Assumption Day
01 November All Saints Day
11 November Independence Day

Embassies & Consulates General
German Representation
Jazdow 12
00-467 Warsaw
Tel: +48 225841700
Emergency Call: +48 605682347

Austrian Representation
Jurija Gagarina 34
00-748 Warsaw
Tel: +48 2284100-81 / -82 / -83

Swiss Representation
Aleje Ujazdowskie 27
00- 540 Warsaw
Tel: +48 226280481

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