At Poznań In Your Pocket, we’re well aware (thank you) that our guide’s greatest strength – thoroughness – is also its biggest weakness. So here we’ve condensed our guide down into one webpage of quick suggestions (with links for where to find more info) for those whose time here is limited.
24 Hours in Poznań
If you’ve only popped into Poznań for a day, perhaps as a quick side-trip from Warsaw (good choice), there will be two main things you’ll want to see: the Old Town Square (Stary Rynek) and Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island). Both contain an impressive amount of history, and both can take several hours if done right.
If you get here in the morning, start your day with breakfast at Porannik or Artisan, then meander through the Old Town streets to the heart of the city: Stary Rynek. Faithfully rebuilt from WWII rubble, it’s simply packed with monuments, landmarks, museums, and mementos from the city’s rich history. While you’re here, you might want to check out the Arsenał City Gallery, featuring free, ever-changing contemporary art exhibitions, and sample some St. Martin’s rogale at the Poznań Croissant Museum (especially if you’re with kids). Walk around to examine various statues including the Bamber Peasant Girl, John of Nepomuk, and the Pranger (okay, more of a corporal punishment site than a statue), maybe take a selfie with the technicolor row of Merchant’s houses - you’ll know them when you see them - and make sure to be around at noon to watch the mechanical billy goats emerge from a door above the Town Hall clock and butt heads while a trumpeter plays the traditional bugle hall, a Poznań trademark famous throughout Poland. A quick walk to the Royal Castle might be in order after that, or perhaps a dip into the beautiful Lesser Basilica of St. Stanislaus on ul. Gołębia 1.