Poznan Old Market Square: The Best Place To Be

I LOVED Poznan’s Old Market Square.  It’s one of the prettiest market squares I’ve seen anywhere in Europe.

It dates back to 1253 but has morphed through the ages.  60% of it was destroyed during WWII after which many of the buildings were restored to their original states, which had dramatically changed over the centuries.

 

Poznan Old Market Square
Poznan Old Market Square

Why Visit Poznan Old Market Square

It comes as no surprise the Old Market Square is ranked as Poznan’s #1 tourist attraction on Trip Advisor UK at the time of writing, but what is surprising is that I would agree. My preference is usually for the less touristy things, but I make an exception for Poznan’s Old Market Square.  

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Coloured buildings in the Old Market Square of Poznan.
Coloured buildings in the Old Market Square of Poznan.

The Poznan Old Market Square is filled with colourful old houses and some of the most charming side streets. There are numerous museums, pubs and cafe’s, ensuring that there is always a bustle of activity until late in the night. Especially between spring and autumn. With all its activity, this is the place to be. 

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There are many restaurants in the square where you can take your time and soak up the atmosphere.
There are many restaurants in the square where you can take your time and soak up the atmosphere.

During the warmer month’s there are usually an array of events, concerts, and performances that keep the streets full and the square a great place to hang out. 

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These buildings were among my favorite in the Old Market Square.
These buildings were among my favorite in the Old Market Square.

The Town Hall 

The town hall in Poznan Old Market Square is a beautiful centerpiece. This unique building is a beautiful display of architecture. The old clock puts on a show each day at 12 when two metal billy goats pop out and butt heads 12 times before retreating back in. Make sure to take a few minutes to appreciate this sight. The goats are unique and quirky.

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The historic Poznan Town Hall stands in the centre of the square. If you're really lucky, you may even hear a live performance from one of the top floors.
The historic Poznan Town Hall stands in the centre of the square. If you’re really lucky, you may even hear a live performance from one of the top floors.
The historic Poznan Town Hall at night.
The historic Poznan Town Hall at night.

Despite the obvious beauty of the square, there are also some less obvious things that you may not notice at first glance:

The City Hall in Poznan is where all marriages take place. If you come before 11:00 am you may even drive in the square, which is not normally allowed.
The Register’s Office in Poznan is where all marriages take place.

 

“Punishment Post” is where public humiliations occurred in previous times for all to witness, but today it serves as a popular meeting point.

 

Mechanical goats
Mechanical goats “fight” every day at 12:00 near the top of the Poznan Town Hall. It’s a very popular tourist attraction that always draws a crowd.

 

The Different Kind in Poznan Old Market Square

There is one really ugly building in the middle of the square.  Next to all the other buildings, it’s a real eyesore:

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The “ugly” building from Stalin’s time has historical significance and therefore has remained in the square.

Although unattractive it might be, it does represent an important part of Poznan and Poland’s history under Communist rule. According to the locals I spoke to, nobody really knows what to do with it and there are debates as to whether it should remain, but for the time being at least, it does.  For further information on the Old Market Square visit Poznan Tourism which provides a timeline of the square from 1253 through to the present day.

Where to Stay in Poznan:

I stayed at the newly opened PURO Hotel, located just a few minute’s walk from Poznan’s Old Market Square.  The location was incredibly convenient and I LOVED the welcoming lobby, which felt like a really chic living room:

I loved the lobby of the newly opened PURO Hotel in Poznan - chic and comfortable AND close to the Old Market Square.
I loved the lobby of the newly opened PURO Hotel in Poznan – chic and comfortable AND close to the Old Market Square.

Getting from  Poznan airport to Poznan:

The airport is located just 7km west from the city center making it very accessible.  You can take a taxi, as I did which costs ~30 Złoty (~€7), or one of the four bus lines that run between Poznan airport and the city center.  The most convenient of these is Line L, an express bus that runs between the airport and the main train station. The price for the regular buses and the express bus is the same – 4.60 Złoty (~€1.60). Note: Prices may vary according to exchange rates.

Polish Currency:

It’s worth noting that although Poland is part of the European Union, it does not use Euros, but Polish Złoty.  It’s worth exchanging some of your money from Euros into Złoty at the airport so that you can pay for your bus or taxi ride.  At the time of writing the exchange rate was 1 EUR = 4.18 Złoty.

Tours in Poznan:

Take a private walking tour through the Poznan Old Market Square and discover the history and mystery of this majestic place. 

Try out a food tour in Poznan to try out the best of local cuisine. The tour will let you discover the history and culture of Poznan and will leave you wanting more local treats. 

So now that you’ve had a virtual journey to Poznan’s Old Market Square, do you agree, is it one of the prettiest market squares in Europe?

Note:  My trip to Poznan was made possible via the City of Poznan always all opinions expressed are my own.  They did not make me fall in love with the square – I did that all on my own.

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  1. These buildings are incredibly nice, how lovely! I really need to go to Poznan, especially now that I’m in Berlin for few more weeks, it’s not far from here at all 🙂

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