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Highlights of the Old Town

The Old Market Square (Stary Rynek) and its surroundings
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.5 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour

Overview :  The Old Market Square (Stary Rynek) and its surroundings are among the most interesting places to see in Poznan. The beautiful... more »

Tips:  On the route there are few museums which can be visited on every day except Mondays.

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Points of Interest

1. Old Town Hall

A Renaissance town hall dates back to the mid-sixteenth century. The building was the former seat of City Authorities. The most impressive room in the town hall is the Renaissance Hall (the so-called Grand Vestibule) covered by the famous vault dating back to 1555. Nowadays, the Town Hall houses the Poznan Historical Museum. Since 1551, the Town... More

2. A pilory

A column topped by a sculpture of the executioner holding a sword - this was the place where punishments had been inflicted. The inscription says it was founded from the fines given to female serwants for too dressy clothes. A popular meeting place.

3. Old merchants' houses

Colourful houses with characteristic arcades, where once merchants sold fish, candles and salt. Today galleries and souvenir shops.

4. Palace of the Górka Family

It was one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces in the cities of the Republic of Poland. The luxurious house was adorned with, among others, a garden with a pond full of fish and a fountain on the roof. Unfortunately, during the war the building burnt down completely. The reconstruction has restored the form it had after it was rebuilt in the... More

One of the most magnificent Baroque churches in Poland - the Parish Church of St. Stanislaus. Its vast interior is decorated with forms characteristic of Roman Baroque. Construction of the parish church took Jesuits 50 years. The church's interior impresses with its size and richness. Its interior is rendered by painterly means which give the... More

6. Former Jesuits School

Erected in mid-18th century, the College was a
part of the post-Jesuit building complex. During
the partition period, the building housed the
Prussian gymnasium. At present, it is the seat of
the State Ballet School. If the gate is open one absolutely has to enter to see the courtyard.

7. Former Jesuits College

The college opened in 1573 and sustained high standards of education but never achieved the status of a university due to strong opposition from the Cracovian Academy. The Jesuits had a large library, a private publishing house (from 1677) and a school theatre. The order was suppressed in 1773 but the school did not cease to exist; it continued as... More

8. Monument of goats

The monument presents two goats from Poznan Town Hall. As it is allowed to sit on the goats it is a very popular place for picture taking.

9. The portal of The Palace of the Górka Family

The Renaissance sandstone portal (in Klasztorna Street) is most probably the work of an Italian artist. The frame of pilasters supporting the lintel features an arcade with a semicircular arch. Rich ornamentation includes garlands of laurel leaves, cornucopias, masks, flower motifs, grotesques and the engraved date of 1548. The portal opens onto... More

10. The statue of St. John of Nepomuk

The Saint intended to guard against floods.

11. Palace of the Działyński Family

Built between 1773 and 1987. You can go inside via two gates once used by horse carriages. The most beautiful room in the palace is the beautifully decorated Red Room, a setting of many prestigious meetings. Out of the room you can enter the balcony with a Baroque balustrade that spans the entire width of the facade. In the nineteenth century the ... More

12. The Guardhouse ('Odwach')

The building of a former municipal police dating back to the eighteenth century. Today the edifice houses the Museum of the Wielkopolska Uprising of 1918-1919.