Poznan

Fulham pre-season tour - July 2017

11 Jul 2017

With Fulham due to, finally, pay a visit to Poland, here’s a quick summary of the information you might need to know if you’re going to travel over for the games.

The team is due to play two friendly warm-ups. The first on the Wednesday will take place at the City Stadium (Stadion Miejski) in the small town of Opalenica about 45km west of the main city in the area, Poznan. This will be followed by a second match on the Saturday at the Groclin stadium in the town of Grodzisk Wielkopolski, 47km south-west of Poznan and 12km south from Opalenica.

The team is expected to stay at the Hotel Remes hotel complex in Opalenica and use the facilities there, including the adjacent football pitch to continue pre-season training. The location is well-chosen, as it served as the base for the Portugal national side during the Euro 2012 finals held in Poland and Ukraine. While not wishing to belittle what the towns of Opalenica or Grodzisk Wielkopolski have to offer, I would recommend you stay in Poznan which has a lot to offer in terms of places to stay, eat, drink and see and which has fast and regular’ish connections with the two match venues. That said, staying in Opalenica will not only give you the chance to eat breakfast with Slavisa, it is also an excellent hotel.

First of all there’s getting to Poznan, the nearest airport. Ryanair fly to Poznan from Stanstead; Wizzair fly there from Luton and LOT Polish Airlines fly there from Heathrow, though you’ll have to change in Warsaw.

The flight will take a little under 2 hours and getting into Poznan from the handily placed airport should be a piece of cake. If you want to give yourself a quick grounding in how things work in Poland you can take a look at our basic information section here.

If you’d like to teach yourself some basic Polish phrases, take a look here. While looking like a language in desperate need of a UN airlift of vowels, it is possible to manage to speak some Polish once you’ve mastered the sounds the letters represent.

Poznan has a slightly undeserved reputation for being a bit straight-laced and business-like, no doubt influenced by its proximity to Berlin and its historical ‘Germanness’. While we’d more likely recommend Krakow, Wroclaw or Gdansk as a destination to head for a fun city break and also recognize that Poznan is a developed business hub and is known as Poland’s traditional trade fair centre, we’d never describe it as boring. In fact, the combination of a compact city centre with the old market square at its heart and the presence of one of the country’s largest student populations means we always find the city to have a very lively atmosphere after dark.

The train station is a 15-20 minute walk from the square and we’d recommend bearing the location of both of those that in mind when choosing a hotel or apartment. You’ll find some recommended hotels in the list below or our full hotel chapter here and there’ll be plenty of options on Airbnb and Booking. In fact, the city’s business reputation means that, unlike in the other Polish cities mentioned, you can find some good deals at weekends even in the summer. It is definitely worth shopping around.

Once in the city there’s plenty to see and do and there are some links here to the complete chapters for nightlife and restaurants. You can download a guide with maps or the free In Your Pocket app from here as well.

A few personal tips on where to eat and drink can be found below and on top of the main sights to see, if you’re interested in World War II history and more specifically the story of the Great Escape, you might find a visit to the local Commonwealth Cemetery of interest. It’s there that Roger Bushell, the leader of the famous breakout from Stalag Luft III, is buried along with the other victims of Hitler’s decision to murder 50 of the 76 escapees. Bushell was the man played by Richard Attenborough in the 1963 film.

You can get to the games easily by car or train and either form of transport will get you to either town in under an hour.

Associated Venues

KontenerART

 ul. Ewangelicka (on the Warta between Chrobrego and Rocha bridges)
EDITOR'S PICK

Groclin Stadium

 ul. Powstańców Chocieszyńskich 52, Grodzisk Wielkopolski
Multi-use stadium in Grodzisk Wielkopolski, 50 km from Poznań.

Hotel Remes Sport & Spa

 ul. Parkowa 48, Opalenica

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