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About Poznan

The birthplace of the Polish nation, Poznan is a vibrant historic city in the heart of western Poland. Rich in culture and steeped in history, it is the ideal destination for history lovers and party-goers alike. It has an incredible nightlife, breathtaking street art and is a treasure trove of historic sites - from its dark, baroque churches to the gothic townhall - and its colourful medieval townhouses which make it one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Our collection of the best places to stay in Poznan include a chic urban pad ideally placed for exploring the city by foot.

Your first port-of-call should be Old Market Square. Made up of elegant and colourful medieval townhouses that were heavily damaged during WWII, they were beautifully rebuilt and now the square buzzes with life. Check out the chic little cafes, charming old-fashioned bars and gourmet restaurants scattered about the square. Nearby is Klub Dragon, an awesome hybrid of sumptuous restaurant, cafe and basement jazz bar that also hosts raves well into the dawn - one of Poznan's best-kept secrets and most popular institutions. Throughout the Old Town, you will come across the dark and cartoonish street art of the famous (and unknown) Noriaki: monochrome stickmen painted on roadsigns, pavements and the walls of abandoned buildings.

Poznan is over one thousand years old, so it has a wealth of historic sights-to-see. This isn't really surprising, considering that it was the original capital of Poland. To find out more, be sure to check out the Town Hall, built in the 14th century - with its marvellous gothic facade and ornate entrance hall - and immerse yourself in the city's history at the Historical Museum of Poznan, which you can find inside. The City Church of St. Stanislav and Our Lady is the parish church of the Old Town, a beautiful structure of baroque design: while you walk beside it, you can often hear their famous organs playing. Another intriguing piece of history lies in the Imperial Castle. Built by the Germans in 1910, it is a neo-Romanesque palace that now houses two brilliant art galleries, not to mention a trendy cafe.

What not to miss

  • Go for a ride on Europe's last steam-powered passenger train to Wielkopolska National Park.
  • Buy clothes, flowers, shoes or fruit from the open-air market at Jezycki.
  • Immerse yourself in the city's fascinating history at the Historical Museum of Poznan, housed inside the beautiful Town Hall.
  • Visit the Imperial Castle and marvel at the gorgeous collection of modern art.
  • Tour the work of the graffiti artist Noriaki, found littered around the city - especially the Old Town.
  • Stroll past the cafes and boutiques of Old Market Square and stand agape at the colour and beauty of the old townhouses.
  • Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the City Church of St. Stanislav and Our Lady.

To start planning your trip to this fascinating city browse through our collection of the best places to stay in Poznan.

The best places to stay in Poznan

Urban chic

  • Blow up Hall 5050: truly unique, this trendy modern hotel is ideal for artsy folk looking for a quirky holiday experience. The idiosyncratic rooms combine interactive art installations with hi-tech facilities and a fantastic restaurant.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to Poznan-Lawica Airport, (it takes flights from Edinburgh, Stanstead, Athens and Barcelona).
  • If you want to rent a car we recommend contacting our partner Rentalcars.
  • The summers in Poznan are clement and sunny, the temperature ranging from 12 to 25 degrees.

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Best Hotels in Poznan

  • Republika Sloneczna Poznan (Grunwald) 5 rooms from £41

    Business meetings  -  This is an alternative option for a business retreat, meeting or event with conference room, delicious meals and shared spaces
    Foodies  -  The property's SUN Republic is a Polish cookery school which hosts professional-level cookery demonstrations and workshops
    Value chic  -  Those on a budget or looking to feel like a local will love the welcoming atmosphere, sweet rooms and large city garden
    Sights nearby  -  Poznań Palm House and Wilson Park are about 25 minutes walk away

    Delightful owner-run 5 room guesthouse in Poznan's suburban Grunwald district. Those looking to get a real feel for the city and its people will enjoy this home-away-from-home. Simple rooms have character, shops and restaurants are nearby and guests will love the large garden and home-cooked meals. See More

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  • Hotel Srodka Poznan 25 rooms from £47

    Local exploring  -  Located in a characterful district, walking distance from the heart of the city and its many historic and cultural sites
    Value chic  -  Incrediby competitive pricing for a property situated so close to the prized city centre
    Sights nearby  -  In Poznan's Old Town make sure to explore the Old Market Square, City Hall, Imperial Castle and Pranger of Poznań
    Great walks  -  Nearby Archcathedral Basilica of St Peter and Paul is just down the road and Malta lake makes for a lovely walk

    Good-value modern hotel located next to Cathedral Island, 20 minutes walk from Poznan's Old Town. The 25 rooms are contemporary, spacious, family-friendly and very functional; many have views over historic Śródka Square. A delicious breakfast is served at the atmospheric and friendly restaurant. See More

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  • Palazzo Rosso Poznan 45 rooms from £51

    Local exploring  -  The fantastic central location just off the Old Town's main square means everything worth visiting is walking distance
    Sights nearby  -  St Stanislaus Church, Old Market, National Museum, Royal Castle, Jesuit Collegium and Pranger of Poznań are around the corner
    Great walks  -  The hotel can organise local walking tours, including a city pub crawl
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    A great-value and well-located boutique hotel in the very heart of Poznan's Old Town. Look out over the city's colourful Renaissance buildings from rooms with exposed 17th-century brickwork. A popular Italian restaurant and bar on-property, terrace and sites on your doorstep make this a great base. See More

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  • City Solei Hotel Poznan (Stare Miasto District) 22 rooms from £52

    City Style  -  There is nowhere in Poznan quite like this; those looking for a contemporary property with plenty of character will love it
    Local exploring  -  Everything a visitor wants from Poznan - culinary, shops, sites and nightlife - are in the area
    Sights nearby  -  Pranger of Poznań, Old Market Square, City Hall, Imperial Castle and Poznan Cathedral are all walkable
    Full of character

    Unique and distinctive boutique hotel with a fantastic city-centre location in Poznan. Each of the 22 rooms and suites are named and styled after a different city around the world. A good restaurant, bar, books and bikes are available and a free candy bar only adds to this fun and friendly property. See More

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  • Brovaria Poznan 21 rooms from £56

    Groups  -  A great stag or hen party location, groups of friends will love the infectious atmosphere of the beer hall and bar
    City Style  -  A property with real local character, soul and the city's best location on the colourful Old Town market square
    Sights nearby  -  Pranger of Poznań, Działyński Palace, City Hall, Royal Castle and Closter and Basilica of the Franciscans are next door
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    One-of-a-kind boutique hotel, brewery, large beer hall, restaurant and terrace situated on Poznan's historic central square. 25 rooms and a studio are located on the top floors of 2 converted townhouses so will suit those after a lively stay. Explore all day and then dine, drink and sleep on-site. See More

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  • Platinum Palace Residence Poznan (Grunwald) 14 rooms from £67

    Business meetings  -  Located in a part of the city perfect for business, there are also 6 light-filled conference rooms and good on-site dining
    Local exploring  -  Although not in the centre of Poznan, the station nearby means easy access to the famous Old Town
    Sights nearby  -  Head into historic Poznan and visit Royal Castle, St. Stanislaus the Bishop Church, City Hall and Imperial Castle
    Great walks  -  There are three large parks in the surrounding area to explore

    Small hotel situated in a former 1930s villa in Poznan's Lazarz district. 14 colourful rooms are compact but well-equipped with modern bathrooms, wooden floors and fresh white walls. A good Polish restaurant, bar and winter garden make this a good-value option for those happy with a quiet location. See More

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  • Puro Poznan Poznan (Stare Miasto District) 136 rooms from £68

    Local exploring  -  Explore streets bursting with medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as the city’s main nightlife destinations
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance find the city's Main Square, Town Hall, Archcathedral Basilica of St Peter & St Paul and Imperial Castle
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    A boutique hotel located a stone's throw from Poznan's old Jewish quarter, in Stare Miasto. Rooms are the pinnacle of contemporary chic with wood floors, stylish furniture and a cosy yet minimalist style. There is a sociable combined cafe, bar and restaurant area and the surrounding area is buzzing. See More

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  • Aparthotel Fortune Poznan 14 rooms from £103

    Local exploring  -  The property is located close to the centre of Poznan's picturesque Old Town, meaning cultural and leisure sites surround you
    Sights nearby  -  All of Poznan's highlights are accessible on foot; Imperial Castle, Old Market Square, City Hall and St Stanislaus Bishop Church
    Great walks  -  Take a walk around the city's scenic Lake Malta
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    Boutique hotel with 14 rooms and apartments in the heart of historic Poznan. Rooms are contemporary yet elegant and the building, with a lovely interior courtyard, was designed by a famous Polish architect in 1859. There is a fun Czech restaurant on-site and many dining options in the neighbourhood. See More

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  • Blow up Hall 5050 Poznan 22 rooms from £108

    Quirky  -  Half interactive art project, half high-design hotel.
    Luxury  -  Top Hotel 2009 Award for polish hotels.
    City Style
    Designer  -  A collaboration between the founder Grażyna Kulczyk and Rafael Lozano Hemmer, a Mexican-Canadian electronic artist.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A completely novel hotel that combines interactive art installation with high end design. Contemporary spaces, none the same, feature all the mod cons and high tech visual art. A concept hotel for art lovers and adventurers. See More

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  • City Park Hotel & Residence Poznan 88 rooms from £109

    Business meetings  -  The long-stay aparments, endless dining options and wellness centre make this a great choice for team building and work retreats
    Spa breaks  -  Book in for a weekend of indulgence at the City Garden SPA by L'Occitane with two pools, massages, beauty, hammam and salt cave
    Sights nearby  -  Head into central Poznan and explore the main sites: Imperial Castle, Poznan Cathedral and Old Market Square
    Great walks  -  Poznan's gorgeous City Park is located directly opposite the property

    Luxury 88-room hotel with 14 restaurants and bars, 2 swimming pools, top-of-the-range wellness centre and park-facing location in Poznan. As well as 53 contemporary rooms, there are also 35 well-equipped and spacious apartments. Guests in town for longer stays will love the vast on-site facilities. See More

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