An evoking admiration left me wanting to explore Poznan. Through it’s spectacular mixed of Old and Modern twist, collided with explosion of spark and surprises. Are you ready for a stroll around Poznan and be impress too? Let me tell you why Poznan deserves your attention.
Poland has been long suggested by my colleague. When I had a week off from work, I was excited to plan my itinerary. Actually my plan was just go to Krakow Poland for a week, but there’s a cheap flight offers from U.K to Poznan so I took the chance to spend 3 days in the city. Poznan is not a popular tourist choice destination around Poland compared to bigger cities like Warsaw or Krakow.
We landed in Poznan at 2pm, initialy I planned to take a taxi to the city. But when I inquired at the information desk, it’s cheaper to take an airport shuttle bus as it will stop at the main train station/ bus. So I bought a 60 minutes bus ticket by the shop in the corner, I also bought my local sim card here for 5 zloty. With my bus ticket at hand, I waited just outside the main entrance for the Bus L. This bus line runs every 15 minutes. I was instructed to get off on the second bus stop so I did, then I started walking towards the Old Town to find my accommodation.
As soon as I checked-in not wasting any time. I decided to visit Poznan National Museum it was only 10 minutes walk from my accommodation so it was handy. And other good news when I reached the museum it’s free entry on Saturday. I gathered that they display one of Claude Monet Painting the ” Beach in Pouville”. I asked the staff where the painting is and went straight to the 3rd floor where it was displayed. I was expecting a massive masterpiece but it was only size A5 if im not mistaken. I spent another hour wandering around the museum admiring other painting display of local Polish artist.
Then I went back to my accommodation to have a rest before grabbing my first Polish meal. I spent couple of hours chilling by the lounge. Then I met Luca an Italian guy, we got chatting and I found out he just arrived a day ago for his Erasmus Program. Then we both felt hungry and decided to go for a meal. We asked Chris the receptionist, if he can recommend a nice restaurant serving local food. We were both eager to try some Polish food. It was only 5 minutes walk to the restaurant. Soon we were greeted a waitress and we were seated straight away. I took the chance to check out the place its nice, bright and spacious with minimalist art deco. Scanning through the menu handed to us we immediately spoted their specialty which is Pierogi or Pirogi. Also known varensky, a dumplings with different fillings ranging from savory, sweet, meat or vegetables usually boiled. We ordered some bake and boiled ones, it went well with locally brewed beer.
After the meal we went for a walk towards the Old Town, it was handy for my night photography.
The following day I went back to the Old Town to witness the famous tourist attraction display at the Ratusz everyday at 12 midday. I got there early so I went inside the Ratusz. The imposing renaissance building right in the middle of the old market square, was built in the late 13th century. It used to be the seat of local government, now serves as a Museum of the History of the City of Poznan. After the tour around the museum, just before it strikes 12pm I went down to join the other expectators. Good timing when I reached the front of Ratusz to join the crowd, the clock strikes 12 pm. The famous billy goat came out from the tower,the two mechanical goat’s started butting head.
According to a legend there was a big banquette for the city official and dignitaries. The cook has accidentally burnt a roast deer and he attempted to replace it by stealling two goats, but the goats has escaped and run up towards the town hall tower attracting attention when started butting head, since then they put up the mechanical goats for entertainment.
There are lots of local tourist but not swarm with foreign tourist. It’s so nice wandering around the Old Town without bamping to any chinese tourist taking photos on their tablet, or using selfie stick. Instead lots of Spanish tourist around. The market square is one of the prettiest place I have seen around Europe. The rows of merchant building bursting with perfectly intesive and brightly colour pallete. So appealing to the eyes that you can’t get enough of the place. I can’t stop clicking my camera. The square completes with cafe and restaurants, a cool place to just sit and have a sip of cappuccino while admiring the Old Market Square.
After a while, I headed towards the Citadella Park, the cities largest park just 15 minutes walk from the Old Town. It was a good excuse for a walk in the park. The Soviet Obelisk sat prominently at the top of the grand staircase as it welcomes you to the park. Meander around and feel the autumnal breeze. Watch the leaves falls on the ground with it’s alluring shades of yellow, orange and red. Passing through the shaded benches, there’s an open field with momunent, museums of military, permanent art display troop of towering, headless cast iron figures marching aimlessly is officially titled “Unrecognised” by local artist. Such a great way to spend a day.
After the stroll in the park, time to grab a lunch, so I decided to go to the Old Brewery as local calls it Stary Browar. An old brewery converted in to a shopping centre, with hotel and art gallery. The gallery displays interactive and innovative technology to enjoy. Stroll leisurely and admire the permanent art display scattered around while shopping. Go and visit the 50/50 blow up display right in a luxury hotel restaurant. A very unusual architecture design but unique and impressive mixed of the old and modern twist.
My Poznan experience isn’t complete without these two awesome guys I met Luca and Zimon. On my last night we went for dinner and had a couple of vodka shots. It was my first time to taste the famous and locally produced Żubrówka also known Bison Grass Vodka, its a unique herb-flavoured dry vodka that is distilled at 40% alcohol. What a great night to finish with vodka shots.
Insiders Tip :
Getting in to the City from the Airport. Its cheaper to take the Bus L, pick up point is just outside the main entrance of the airport. You can buy a ticket at the kiosk next to the information desk or you can just get in the bus and the driver will issue your ticket. Alternatively take the taxi if you are in a rush.
Every Saturday Poznan National Museum entry is FREE of charge. If your an art fanatic this place is for you!
Go and watch the billy goats at the Ratusz, an everyday display at 12 midday.
Dont forget to do your shopping at Stary Browar,or just go and check out the permanent art display.
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