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Is Poznan worth visiting? That’s the first thing I asked myself after finding a great flight deal.
You never know what you’ll find in a destination that not many people have heard about. Honestly, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Poznan, but I discovered a stunning city with dozens of interesting things to do and see. I can safely say that it is one of the best cities to visit in Poland, and here’s why you should visit it too.
ALL THE REASONS WHY POZNAN IS WORTH VISITING
IT’S AN UNDISCOVERED GEM
Think about Paris, London, or Barcelona. Think about the crowds and the hustle and bustle. Now, imagine a beautiful and peaceful city with only a few tourists. Sounds good, right?
If you want to escape the crowds and are looking for that alternative city break, Poznan is the destination for you. With no tourist traps (yet), and zero unauthentic experiences and activities, you can see Poznan’s raw and true nature, which is something you don’t get to feel in many other European cities.
IT’S SUPER BUDGET FRIENDLY
European trips don’t have to be expensive, and I’m always ecstatic to find new destinations that you can visit without breaking the bank. From accommodation to food to museums, Poznan is a lot more budget-friendly than other cities in Europe.
Expect to pay between $25 to $50 per night (not per person) for an apartment in the city center, when $50 can get you a big apartment that can host up to 4 people. While a cup of coffee with a sandwich should cost about $6-$8, you’ll pay between $3 to $7 for a portion of nine Polish dumplings called pierogis (AKA one of the best things to eat in Poznan), depending on the filling and type of eatery.
As for attractions and activities, you can visit many of the city’s sites for free, and the highest price you’ll pay to enter a museum is about $3.
PERFECT FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY
With my travel obsession, I always feel like a weekend trip is too short. But when that’s all the time you have, it’s nice to know that you can enjoy some cities in only 2-3 days.
Luckily, Poznan is a fantastic option for a short getaway. Two or three days are exactly what you need to see and experience everything this city has to offer without rushing things.
THE ARCHITECTURE IS INSANELY BEAUTIFUL
I love visiting cities in which not only a specific area but the entire city is filled with gorgeous buildings (like Madrid, Vienna, or Budapest). Poznan is that kind of city, and apart from its old town, which is colorful and exquisitely built, other parts of it are also a feast of architecture.
Many buildings were actually reconstructed or renovated after World War II, but the architectural style and essence were kept. So if you love strolling through beautiful streets (who doesn’t?), Poznan will not disappoint you.
IT HAS A RICH HISTORY
To say that Poznan has gone through a lot in the past millennium would be an understatement. From being the capital of Poland about a thousand years ago and an important trade center in the 13th century to two world wars and the communist regime, this city is one big piece of history.
Whether you’re visiting landmarks like the 10th-century Poznan Cathedral, museums like the Royal Castle, or buildings all across the city, the history of Poznan is still very present.
THE GREEN SCENERY WILL MAKE YOU SMILE
If you’re always in search of that hint of nature in the middle of a big city, Poznan will win you over. While it’ll never be like visiting a national park or a nature reserve, city parks and gardens can give you the change of scenery you want after a lot of sightseeing.
Surprisingly, in Poznan, the green areas cover about 25% of the city, and you can visit more than ten stunning parks and gardens. So if you’re looking for a relaxing city break and some tranquility, Poznan might just be exactly what you need.
THE FOOD IS HEARTY AND DELICIOUS
Whatever it is you’re thinking of Polish food, I bet you don’t expect it to be that tasty, but I can honestly say that it is a crowd-pleaser. From pierogis (Polish dumplings) to potato pancakes to all kinds of soups and stews, Polish cuisine is all about comfort food.
Of course, you can also find other types of restaurants like Italian and Asian as well as modern cafes where you can have a great breakfast or brunch.
YOU CAN ENJOY SOME UNEXPECTED ACTIVITIES
Poznan is not so well-known, so it’s easy to think that all you can do there is to see the old town and some landmarks. But Poznan is a lot more diverse than that. Beyond the ‘usual’ activities, you can also visit a water park, a museum dedicated to a local croissant, the largest palm house in Poland, and the list goes on. Can you see why Poznan should be on your bucket list?
IT’S A GREAT BASE FOR OTHER DAY TRIPS OR A ROAD TRIP
If you feel like mixing things up, you can always get out of the city and explore other places. Some of the day trips you can take from Poznan are cities like Gniezno and Torun, and a road trip through western Poland is a viable option as well. Here are all the things you can do and see around Poznan.
I hope I convinced you that Poznan is worth the visit, so if you’re considering booking a flight, please let me know in the comments.
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