Flights to Poznan
One of the oldest cities in Poland, Poznan is in the west central part of the country on the Warta River. Poznan has some great historical architecture and an attractive old town.
The Poznan-Lawica Airport (airport code: POZ) is about 5 kilometres away from the downtown core of the city, and it’s one of the oldest airports in all of Poland. You can get one-stop flights to Poznan from South Africa with either South African Airways or Lufthansa. They both have connections in Munich. With Virgin Atlantic, you’ll go through London and Warsaw but KLM takes another route via Amsterdam and Munich. From Johannesburg, flights to Poznan will be between 14 and 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Poznan:
Poznan Old Town
The Old Town of Poznan is what attracts most tourists to this city and it’s here that you’ll find the majority of attractions. Centred around the old town square, there are many fine historic buildings, and the town square itself is a hive of activity, with both locals and tourists coming and going.
The Royal Imperial Route in Poznan
When visiting Poznan you can do your own thing and only see the landmarks that attract you the most, but really the best way to see the sights of Poznan is by walking the Royal Imperial Route. It may sound very grand but basically this is a walking tour around Poznan that takes you via all the major and important landmarks of the city, showing you the history and culture. The route takes in nearly 70 attractions which include churches, museums, landmark buildings, streets and more and begins from the Church of St John Jerusalem, westward, to the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Florian. Some of the things you’ll see include the following:
Poznan Town Hall
Situated on the Old Market Square in the Old Town of Poznan is the Town Hall. As the name suggests, this was the town hall and served this purpose until 1939, though today it is a history museum. The Town Hall is well known for its ornate architecture, resembling something you might see in Venice, not the streets of Poland! That’s because the architect was a Polish-Italian architect.
The Imperial Castle
Actually technically more a palace than a castle, but Poznan’s Imperial Castle does have castle-like architecture! Built between 1905 and 1910 this grand building is still used for government offices, but there are also parts that are open to the public and have multi-use, such as art galleries, restaurants, clubs and more.
Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
This is the oldest cathedral in Poland, and one of the oldest churches in the country too. Dating from the 10th century, the cathedral actually sits on an island in between two branches of the River Warta, and it’s a very beautiful building both inside and out.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers are pleasant in Poznan with warm temperatures and relatively sunny days. It’s between May and September that you’ll get the best weather, with average highs between 19 and 24.5C. There’s a little rainfall in the summer months too, but not too much. Winters in comparison are quite cool and temperatures start to drop in October, down to an average high of 2C in January, the coldest month.