I have already written about the Old Brewery Mall and Culture Centre, which is one of the hallmarks of modern architecture in Poznan. Now, I would like to highlight the historical wonders of the Old Town in Poznan. Like the Old Town in Warsaw, Poznan’s city centre offers many picturesque attractions to explore. My personal favourite is the Old Square (Stary Rynek), dating back from 1253!
While drinking coffee and enjoying a delicious dessert in one of the cafes of the square, you can admire the Town Hall and beautiful vendors’ houses. The abundance of architectural styles distinguishes Poznan’s Old Town from other cities. The whole Market Square is lined up with the burgher houses, dating from 14th and 15th centuries. Its centrepiece is the Town Hall, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the country.
Polish cities such as Warsaw, Krakow and Wroclaw can be portrayed as a serious competition against Poznan’s beauty and touristic attractions. However, what is unique about Poznan’s Old Market is the abundance of fountains. Situated in front of the Town Hall, the most famous one is the Prosperpine’s Fountain, which dates back to 1776.
The Market Square is a great place to relax after long sightseeing and make a use of a number of bars and restaurants serving mostly traditional Polish dishes and puddings such as “pierogi” (dumplings) and “placki ziemniaczane” (potato pancakes). For more intense experience, the nightlife in Poznan is thriving particularly around the Old Square and party-goers can expect all night entertainment.