A Quick Guide to Poznan, Poland

A Quick Guide to Poznan, Poland

Poznan is everything you expect from a Polish city break. The adorable Old Town has colourful buildings and cosy bistros servicing local delicacies at rock-bottom prices. And it’s everything you would expect to find from a journey through Poland.

What makes Poznan different from the more popular tourist cities in Poland is its lack of foreign tourists. Because of this, anyone who visits gets to experience the flavours and lifestyle of this great nation!

A church in Poznan, Poland
St. Stanislaus Church

When to Visit Poznan

High Season: (May – Aug) Sunny skies, chances of thunderstorms, and large crowds.
Shoulder Season: (Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct) Cool to warm with smaller crowds.
Low Season: (Nov – Feb) Cold air with chances of snow, cheaper accommodation.

Arriving in Poznan

Anyone arriving in Poznan by plane will land at Poznań–Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport. It is located 5 km west of Poznań city centre.

Bus 159 goes to and from the airport from the main bus station (Poznan Glowny) in just 20 minutes. A 45-minute ticket costs 5 PLN and can be purchased from machines outside the terminal or onboard.

Remember to validate it when you enter the bus.

A Ryanair plane in Poland
Ryanair plane in Poznan

If you’re travelling in a group or with a lot of luggage, you might prefer to take a taxi. The taxi rank is located just outside the main terminal. The journey to Poznan Old Town takes 20 minutes and costs around 40 PLN.

Poznan’s Top Attractions

1: Old Market Square – Like in every Polish city, you should begin at its heart.

Poznan’s Old Town Square is arguably the most beautiful in Poland. Situated in the middle of the square are the city’s Old Town Hall and quirky buildings bursting with character and vivid colours. They’re surrounded by picture-perfect baroque-style buildings and are home to restaurants, bars, and cafés, bringing the city to life.

The Old Town Square in Poznan
Old Market Square

2: Lake Malta – This is an unmissable experience for anyone arriving in Poznan during the Spring or Summer months. The lake is almost 2.5 km long, where numerous rowing competitions have taken place or where locals decide to take a dip to cool off in the year’s hotter months.

There are also many activities surrounding the lake, such as a water park, a ski slope, a zipline park, and much more. You can find more information about the lake on our website here.

Lake Malta in Poznan
Lake Malta ski slope

3: Park Cytadela – This large park is on the site of Fort Winiary, a 19th-century fortified area north of the city centre.

This is a pleasant space where you can lay on the grass and have a picnic. But it also contains a military museum, military cemeteries, and the remains of some fortifications.

The park is perfect for history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, or those on a budget.

A tank in a park in Poznan
A tank in Park Cytadela

Eating in Poznan

1: Un Pot Café & Lunch – This is by far the best setting for a meal or a coffee in Poznan. Its rustic vibe will draw you in, and its delicious cuisine will keep you sitting at your table for a substantial period.

Price Range: $$$$$
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Un-Pot-1415773758659542/

2: Wiejskie Jadło – This is the place to be if you want to enjoy Polish cuisine in a Polish setting. We highly recommend their dumplings or any of their soups. In the summer months, they have outdoor seating facing Old Town Square.

Price Range: $$$$$
Website: https://wiejskie-jadlo.pl/english/

3: Pyra Bar – If you stretch your legs further than Poznan’s charming old town, you will be rewarded with this delicious dining outlet. This is one of the cheapest places to eat across Poznan and probably the best value for money in the city.

Price Range: $$$$$
Website: http://www.pyrabar.pl/

Drinking in Poznan

1: Pijalnia Wódki I Piwa – This retro pub is located right on the corner of the Old Market Square. The bar is lined with old-fashioned black and white photos, and behind it, there’s a wide range of drinks at low prices.

Price Range: $$$$$
Website: http://pwip.com.pl/

2: Hola Hola Bar – If cocktails are more you thing, look no further. This modern and stylish bar offers customers the best-tasting drinks in town. Not to mention its amazing interior and upbeat atmosphere.
Price Range: $$$$$
Website: None.

3: NaPiwek PUB: This snug underground pub is one of the cosiest bars in town. This is especially true in the winter when you need to kick your way through the snow to get down to this cave-like bar. Beers start at just 8 PLN.

Price Range: $$$$$
Website: https://napiwekpub.pl/

Money-Saving Tips in Poznan

1: Eating – If you’re on a budget, lunch should be your main meal. Most cafes and restaurants offer great deals from 11-14.

If you want a really cheap snack, head to one of the many Zabka’s dotted around the city and pick up a delicious hotdog for just 4 PLN!

2: Drinking – Although some bars and restaurants around Old Town Square are cheap, you should avoid them if you’re on a budget, as the majority are more expensive here.

If you want to save even more money, buy alcoholic drinks from the supermarkets. They are extremely cheap!

3: Transport: If you want to spend as little as possible, skip taxis and public transport. Poznan is not a large city and can easily be explored on foot.

If you want to use public transport, validate your ticket when you enter a bus or tram. Otherwise, you will be hit with a hefty fine.

4. Accommodation: There is no shortage of apartments for holiday letting in the city, and it’s your cheapest option. Not only is the price lower than a hotel or a hostel, but you’ll also have a fully equipped kitchen, where you can make breakfast or any other meals.

Venture Beyond Poznan

If you finished exploring the astounding city of Poznan, it would be worth taking a day trip. There are plenty of cities in Poland you can visit. But considering the bustling city of Berlin is just 3 hours from Poznan, it would be a shame to miss out on exploring the German capital.

There is a direct train line between the two cities. The journey takes around 3 hours and costs 40 EUR for a return trip. If you’re on a budget, you can take the bus for only 20 EUR return.

Poznan's train station
Poznan’s train station

More Information for Visiting Poznan

Tourism in Poznan: https://www.poznan.travel/en/
Tourism in Poland: https://www.poland.travel/en
Trains in Poland: https://www.polrail.com/en
Travel in general: https://diggingforgems.org/

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