Although Poznan may be one of Poland’s smaller tourist destinations, it’s one of the oldest cities in Poland and the historical capital of Greater Poland. Poznan has a stunning main square and old town with a mix of colourful historical architecture and modern cafes and boutique shops.
Poznan Christmas market stalls line the cobblestone streets of the Old Market Square where locals order freshly grilled Polish specialties from open fires and drink warming vodka. You can enjoy vegetarian soups and potato stuffed pierogies with classic smoked Polish cheese. All this while sitting in front of the incredible Renaissance Town Hall or listening to live Christmas music.
Halfway between Berlin and Warsaw, Poznan is easy to get to by train or car from those cities or from Wroclaw or Gdansk. You could stop by smaller cities like Torun or Lodz if you wanted to see more of Poland during your trip or simply enjoy your winter holiday by exploring Poznan.
Poznan Christmas Market 2019
Poznan Christmas market dates: 2nd December to 23rd December 2019.
Location: Old Market Square
Reason to visit: Historic location, affordable, less crowded than elsewhere.
Specialities: Piernik, fried carp, pierogies, St Martin croissant.
Recommended tour: Poznan Bites and Sights
Where to stay in Poznan: Puro Hotel Stare Miasto
Poznan Christmas Market Specialties
Poznan has a lively Christmas market where you can find all the typical Christmas traditions like illuminated Christmas trees and hand made toys and decorations. It’s a time shared with family and friends who welcome tourists visiting from abroad. Along with classic dishes like pierogies, smoked cheese, grilled meat and hearty goulash, you’ll also find regional produce like fried fish or sweet piernik, a typical Polish gingerbread.
Things to Do in Poznan
Poznan is a walkable city so shouldn’t need to worry about how to get around. Provided the weather isn’t bad, you can walk to all the main sights which aren’t far from the Christmas market in Poznan.
- Old Market Square – Poznan’s main square is lined with colourful 16th century merchant houses.
- Renaissance Town Hall – The stunning, ornate building which dominates the centre of the main square.
- Imperial Castle – The former home of Kaiser Wilhelm II is now a theatre.
- Citadel Park – Worth visiting if the weather is nice. In this park you’ll find military related monuments including a Prussian fort and Soviet Obelisk.
- Billy Goats – Watch the billy goats butt heads 12 times at noon each day on the tower above the town hall.
- St Martin’s croissant – Try the regionally protected croissant, one of the most famous pastries in Poland.
- Potato Museum of Poznan – Because, why not?
Map of Poznan
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