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Top: Panorama of Pozna? Middle: Pozna? Town Hall, Stary Browar, Opera House Bottom: Guardhouse
Top: Panorama of Pozna?
Middle: Pozna? Town Hall, Stary Browar, Opera House
Bottom: Guardhouse
Pozna? is located in Greater Poland Voivodeship
Location of Poznan in Poland
Pozna? is located in Poland
Pozna? (Poland)
Coordinates: 52°24?N 16°55?E / 52.400°N 16.917°E / 52.400; 16.917Coordinates: 52°24?N 16°55?E / 52.400°N 16.917°E / 52.400; 16.917
VoivodeshipGreater Poland Voivodeship
Countycity county
Established10th century
Town rights1253
 o MayorJacek Ja?kowiak (PO)
 o City261.85 km2 (101.10 sq mi)
Highest elevation
154 m (505 ft)
Lowest elevation
60 m (200 ft)
(31 December 2019)
 o City534,813 Decrease (5th)[1]
 o Density2,040/km2 (5,300/sq mi)
 o Metro
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 o Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
60-001 to 61-890
Area code(s)+48 61
Vehicle registrationPO, PY

Pozna?[pron 1] is a city on the Warta River in west-central Poland, in the Greater Poland region. It is best known for its renaissance Old Town and Ostrów Tumski Cathedral. Today, Pozna? is an important cultural and business centre and one of Poland's most populous regions with many regional customs such as Saint John's Fair (Jarmark ?wi?toja?ski), traditional Saint Martin's croissants and a local dialect.

Pozna? is the fifth-largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. As of 2019, the city's population is 534,813, while the Pozna? metropolitan area (Metropolia Pozna?) comprising Pozna? County and several other communities is inhabited by over 1 million people.[2] It is the historical capital of the Greater Poland region and is currently the administrative capital of the province called Greater Poland Voivodeship.

Pozna? is a center of trade, sports, education, technology and tourism. It is an important academic site, with about 130,000 students and Adam Mickiewicz University, the third largest Polish university. Pozna? is also the seat of the oldest Polish diocese, now being one of the most populous archdioceses in the country. The city also hosts the Pozna? International Fair - the biggest industrial fair in Poland and one of the largest fairs in Europe. The city's most renowned landmarks include Pozna? Town Hall, the National Museum, Grand Theatre, Fara Church, Pozna? Cathedral and the Imperial Castle.

Pozna? is classified as a Gamma- global city by Globalization and World Cities Research Network.[4] According to several rankings it is one of the most business-friendly cities in Poland.[5] It also ranks highly in safety and healthcare quality.[6] The city of Pozna? has also, many times, won the prize awarded by "Superbrands" for a very high quality city brand. In 2012, the Pozna?'s Art and Business Center "Stary Browar" won a competition organised by National Geographic Traveler and was given the first prize as one of the seven "New Polish Wonders".

The official patron saints of Pozna? are Saint Peter and Paul of Tarsus, the patrons of the cathedral. Martin of Tours - the patron of the main street ?wi?ty Marcin is also regarded as one of the patron saints of the city.


The name Pozna? probably comes from a personal name, Poznan (from the Polish participle poznan(y) - "one who is known/recognized"), and would mean "Poznan's town". It is also possible that the name comes directly from the verb pozna?, which means "to get to know" or "to recognize," so it may simply mean "known town".

14th-century seal showing Pozna?'s coat of arms

The earliest surviving references to the city are found in the chronicles of Thietmar of Merseburg, written between 1012 and 1018: episcopus Posnaniensis ("bishop of Pozna?", in an entry for 970) and ab urbe Posnani ("from the city of Pozna?", for 1005). The city's name appears in documents in the Latin nominative case as Posnania in 1236 and Poznania in 1247. The phrase in Poznan appears in 1146 and 1244.

The city's full official name is Sto?eczne Miasto Pozna? ("The Capital City of Pozna?"), in reference to its role as a centre of political power in the early Polish state. Pozna? is known as Posen in German, and was officially called Haupt- und Residenzstadt Posen ("Capital and Residence City of Pozna?") between 20 August 1910 and 28 November 1918. The Latin names of the city are Posnania and Civitas Posnaniensis. Its Yiddish name is , or Poyzn.

In Polish, the city name has masculine grammatical gender.


Monument of Mieszko I and Boles?aw I the Brave, Golden Chapel in Pozna? Cathedral

For centuries before the Christianization of Poland (an event that essentially is credited as the creation of the very first Polish state, the Duchy of Poland), Pozna? (consisting of a fortified stronghold between the Warta and Cybina rivers, on what is now Ostrów Tumski) was an important cultural and political centre of the Polan tribe. Mieszko I, the first historically recorded ruler of the Polans, and of the early Polish state which they dominated, built one of his main stable headquarters in Pozna?. Mieszko's baptism of 966, seen as a defining moment in the Christianization of the Polish state, may have taken place in Pozna?.

Following the baptism, construction began of Pozna?'s cathedral, the first in Poland. Pozna? was probably the main seat of the first missionary bishop sent to Poland, Bishop Jordan. The Congress of Gniezno in 1000 led to the country's first permanent archbishopric being established in Gniezno (which is generally regarded as Poland's capital in that period), although Pozna? continued to have independent bishops of its own. Pozna?'s cathedral was the place of burial of the early Piast monarchs (Mieszko I, Boleslaus I, Mieszko II, Casimir I), and later of Przemys? I and King Przemys? II.

Tomb of Mieszko I and Boles?aw I in Pozna? Cathedral

The pagan reaction that followed Mieszko II's death (probably in Pozna?) in 1034 left the region weak, and in 1038, Duke Bretislaus I of Bohemia sacked and destroyed both Pozna? and Gniezno. Poland was reunited under Casimir I the Restorer in 1039, but the capital was moved to Kraków, which had been relatively unaffected by the troubles. In 1138, by the testament of Boles?aw III, Poland was divided into separate duchies under the late king's sons, and Pozna? and its surroundings became the domain of Mieszko III the Old, the first of the Dukes of Greater Poland. This period of fragmentation lasted until 1320. Duchies frequently changed hands; control of Pozna?, Gniezno and Kalisz sometimes lay with a single duke, but at other times these constituted separate duchies.

In about 1249, Duke Przemys? I began constructing what would become the Royal Castle on a hill on the left bank of the Warta. Then in 1253, Przemys? issued a charter to Thomas of Guben (Gubin) for the founding of a town under Magdeburg law, between the castle and the river. Thomas brought a large number of German settlers to aid in the building and settlement of the city - this is an example of the German eastern migration (Ostsiedlung) characteristic of that period.[7][8] The city (covering the area of today's Old Town neighbourhood) was surrounded by a defensive wall, integrated with the castle. According to Walter Kuhn, in 1400 three-quarters of the town's population was German-speaking.[9][10] The royal chancery and the University ensured a first flourishing of Polish literary culture in the city.

Royal Castle after its total reconstruction
Jesuits' College was one of the most prestigious schools in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

In reunited Poland, and later in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Pozna? was the seat of a voivodeship. The city's importance began to grow in the Jagiellonian period, due to its position on trading routes from Lithuania and Ruthenia to western Europe. It would become a major center for the fur trade by the late 16th century. Suburban settlements developed around the city walls, on the river islands, and on the right bank, with some (Ostrów Tumski, ?ródka, Chwaliszewo, Ostrówek) obtaining their own town charters. However, the city's development was hampered by regular major fires and floods. On 2 May 1536 a fire destroyed 175 buildings, including the castle, the town hall, the monastery, and the suburban settlement called St. Martin.[11] In 1519 the Lubra?ski Academy had been established in Pozna? as an institution of higher education (but without the right to award degrees, which was reserved to Kraków's Jagiellonian University). However, a Jesuits' college, founded in the city in 1571 during the Counter-Reformation, had the right to award degrees from 1611 until 1773, when it was combined with the Academy.

Posnania (Pozna?), c. 1617, view from the north

In the second half of the 17th century and most of the 18th, Pozna? was severely affected by a series of wars (and attendant military occupations, lootings and destruction) - the Second and Third Northern Wars, the War of the Polish Succession, the Seven Years' War and the Bar Confederation rebellion. It was also hit by frequent outbreaks of plague, and by floods, particularly that of 1736, which destroyed most of the suburban buildings. The population of the conurbation declined (from 20,000 around 1600 to 6,000 around 1730), and Bambergian and Dutch settlers (Bambrzy and Ol?drzy) were brought in to rebuild the devastated suburbs. In 1778 a "Committee of Good Order" (Komisja Dobrego Porz?dku) was established in the city, which oversaw rebuilding efforts and reorganized the city's administration. However, in 1793, in the Second Partition of Poland, Pozna? came under the control of the Kingdom of Prussia, becoming part of (and initially the seat of) the province of South Prussia.

The Prussian authorities expanded the city boundaries, making the walled city and its closest suburbs into a single administrative unit. Left-bank suburbs were incorporated in 1797, and Ostrów Tumski, Chwaliszewo, ?ródka, Ostrówek and ?acina (St. Roch) in 1800. The old city walls were taken down in the early 19th century, and major development took place to the west of the old city, with many of the main streets of today's city center being laid out.

Details in the interior of the Pozna? Fara Collegiate Church, one of the most stunning and best preserved examples of baroque architecture in Poland. The construction of the temple began in 1651 and took almost half a century to complete

In the Greater Poland uprising of 1806, Polish soldiers and civilian volunteers assisted the efforts of Napoleon by driving out Prussian forces from the region. The city became a part of the Duchy of Warsaw in 1807, and was the seat of Pozna? Department - a unit of administrative division and local government. However, in 1815, following the Congress of Vienna, the region was returned to Prussia, and Pozna? became the capital of the semi-autonomous Grand Duchy of Posen.

The city continued to expand, and various projects were funded by Polish philanthropists, such as the Raczy?ski Library and the Bazar hotel. The city's first railway, running to Stargard, opened in 1848. Due to its strategic location, the Prussian authorities intended to make Pozna? into a fortress city, building a ring of defensive fortifications around it. Work began on the citadel (Fort Winiary) in 1828, and in subsequent years the entire set of defenses (Festung Posen) was completed.

A Greater Poland Uprising during the Revolutions of 1848 was ultimately unsuccessful, and the Grand Duchy lost its remaining autonomy, Pozna? becoming simply the capital of the Prussian Province of Posen. It would become part of the German Empire with the unification of German states in 1871. Polish patriots continued to form societies (such as the Central Economic Society for the Grand Duchy of Pozna?), and a Polish theatre (Teatr Polski, still functioning) opened in 1875; however the authorities made efforts to Germanize the region, particularly through the Prussian Settlement Commission (founded 1886). Germans accounted for 38% of the city's population in 1867, though this percentage would later decline somewhat, particularly after the region returned to Poland.

Another expansion of Festung Posen was planned, with an outer ring of more widely spaced forts around the perimeter of the city. Building of the first nine forts began in 1876, and nine intermediate forts were built from 1887. The inner ring of fortifications was now considered obsolete and came to be mostly taken down by the early 20th century (although the citadel remained in use). This made space for further civilian construction, particularly the Imperial Palace (Zamek), completed 1910, and other grand buildings around it (including today's central university buildings and the opera house). The city's boundaries were also significantly extended to take in former suburban villages: Piotrowo and Berdychowo in 1896, ?azarz, Górczyn, Je?yce and Wilda in 1900, and So?acz in 1907.

Pozna? International Fairs were held for the first time in 1925

At the end of World War I, the final Greater Poland Uprising (1918-1919) brought Pozna? and most of the region back to newly reborn Poland, which was confirmed by the Treaty of Versailles. The local German populace had to acquire Polish citizenship or leave the country. This led to a wide emigration of the ethnic Germans of the town's population.[] The town's German population decreased from 65,321 in 1910 to 5,980 in 1926 and further to 4,387 in 1934.[12] In the interwar Second Polish Republic, the city again became the capital of Pozna? Voivodeship. Pozna?'s university (today called Adam Mickiewicz University) was founded in 1919, and in 1925 the Pozna? International Fairs began. In 1929 the fairs site was the venue for a major National Exhibition (Powszechna Wystawa Krajowa, popularly PeWuKa) marking the tenth anniversary of independence; it attracted around 4.5 million visitors. The city's boundaries were again expanded in 1925 (to include G?ówna, Komandoria, Rataje, Staroka, D?biec, Szel?g and Winogrady) and 1933 (Gol?cin, Podolany).

During the German occupation of 1939-1945, Pozna? was incorporated into the Third Reich as the capital of Reichsgau Wartheland. Many Polish inhabitants were executed, arrested, expelled to the General Government or used as forced labour; at the same time, many Germans and Volksdeutsche were settled in the city. The German population increased from around 5,000 in 1939 (some 2% of the inhabitants) to around 95,000 in 1944.[13][14]

The Jewish community's history in the city dates back to the 13th century.[15] In the past, the Jewish council in Poznan became one of the oldest and most important Jewish councils in Poland.[16] The pre-war Jewish population of at least about 2,000[17] were mostly murdered in the Holocaust. A concentration camp was set up in Fort VII, one of the 19th-century perimeter forts. The camp was later moved to ?abikowo south of Pozna?. The Nazi authorities significantly expanded Pozna?'s boundaries to include most of the present-day area of the city; these boundaries were retained after the war. Pozna? was captured by the Red Army, assisted by Polish volunteers, on 23 February 1945 following the Battle of Pozna?, in which the German army conducted a last-ditch defense in line with Hitler's designation of the city as a Festung. The Citadel was the last point to be taken, and the fighting left much of the city, particularly the Old Town, in ruins, including many monuments (for example Gutzon Borglum's statue of Woodrow Wilson in Poznan.[18]).

Due to the expulsion and flight of German population Pozna?'s post-war population was almost uniformly Polish. The city again became a voivodeship capital; in 1950 the size of Pozna? Voivodeship was reduced, and the city itself was given separate voivodeship status. This status was lost in the 1975 reforms, which also significantly reduced the size of Pozna? Voivodeship.

Pozna? protests of 1956. The sign reads "We demand bread!".

The Pozna? 1956 protests are seen as an early instance of discontent with communist rule. In June 1956, a protest by workers at the city's Cegielski locomotive factory developed into a series of strikes and popular protests against the policies of the government. After a protest march on 28 June was fired on, crowds attacked the communist party and secret police headquarters, where they were repulsed by gunfire. Riots continued for two days until being quelled by the army; 67 people were killed according to official figures. A monument to the victims was erected in 1981 at Plac Mickiewicza.[19]

The post-war years had seen much reconstruction work on buildings damaged in the fighting. From the 1960s onwards intensive housing development took place, consisting mainly of pre-fabricated concrete blocks of flats, especially in Rataje and Winogrady, and later (following its incorporation into the city in 1974) Pi?tkowo. Another infrastructural change (completed in 1968) was the rerouting of the river Warta to follow two straight branches either side of Ostrów Tumski.

The most recent expansion of the city's boundaries took place in 1987, with the addition of new areas mainly to the north, including Morasko, Radojewo and Kiekrz. The first free local elections following the fall of communism took place in 1990. With the Polish local government reforms of 1999, Pozna? again became the capital of a larger province (Greater Poland Voivodeship). It also became the seat of a powiat ("Pozna? County"), with the city itself gaining separate powiat status.

Recent infrastructural developments include the opening of the fast tram route (Pozna?ski Szybki Tramwaj, popularly Pestka) in 1997, and Pozna?'s first motorway connection (part of the A2 autostrada) in 2003. In 2006 Poland's first F-16 Fighting Falcons came to be stationed at the 31st Air Base in Krzesiny in the south-east of the city.

Pozna? continues to host regular trade fairs and international events, including the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2008. It was one of the host cities for UEFA Euro 2012.


Pó?wiejska Street is one of the city's many pedestrianised central streets.

Pozna? covers an area of 261.3 km2 (100.9 sq mi), and has coordinates in the range 52°17'34''-52°30'27''N, 16°44'08''-17°04'28''E. Its highest point, with an altitude of 157 m (515 ft), is the summit of Góra Moraska (Morasko Hill) within the Morasko meteorite nature reserve in the north of the city. The lowest altitude is 60 m (197 ft), in the Warta valley.

Pozna?'s main river is the Warta, which flows through the city from south to north. As it approaches the city centre it divides into two branches, flowing west and east of Ostrów Tumski (the cathedral island) and meeting again further north. The smaller Cybina river flows through eastern Pozna? to meet the east branch of the Warta (that branch is also called Cybina - its northern section was originally a continuation of that river, while its southern section has been artificially widened to form a main stream of the Warta). Other tributaries of the Warta within Pozna? are the Junikowo Stream (Strumie? Junikowski), which flows through southern Pozna? from the west, meeting the Warta just outside the city boundary in Lubo?; the Bogdanka and Wierzbak, formerly two separate tributaries flowing from the north-west and along the north side of the city centre, now with their lower sections diverted underground; the G?ówna, flowing through the neighbourhood of the same name in north-east Pozna?; and the Rose Stream (Strumie? Ró?any) flowing east from Morasko in the north of the city. The course of the Warta in central Pozna? was formerly quite different from today: the main stream ran between Grobla and Chwaliszewo, which were originally both islands. The branch west of Grobla (the Zgni?a Warta - "rotten Warta") was filled in late in the 19th century, and the former main stream west of Chwaliszewo was diverted and filled in during the 1960s. This was done partly to prevent floods, which did serious damage to Pozna? frequently throughout history.

The view of Pozna?'s Old Town

Pozna?'s largest lake is Jezioro Kierskie (Kiekrz Lake) in the extreme north-west of the city (within the city boundaries since 1987). Other large lakes include Malta (an artificial lake on the lower Cybina, formed in 1952), Jezioro Strzeszy?skie (Strzeszyn Lake) on the Bogdanka, and Rusa?ka, an artificial lake further down the Bogdanka, formed in 1943. The latter two are popular bathing places. Kiekrz Lake is much used for sailing, while Malta is a competitive rowing and canoeing venue.

The city centre (including the Old Town, the former islands of Grobla and Chwaliszewo, the main street ?wi?ty Marcin and many other important buildings and districts) lies on the west side of the Warta. Opposite it between the two branches of the Warta is Ostrów Tumski, containing Pozna? Cathedral and other ecclesiastical buildings, as well as housing and industrial facilities. Facing the cathedral on the east bank of the river is the historic district of ?ródka. Large areas of apartment blocks, built from the 1960s onwards, include Rataje in the east, and Winogrady and Pi?tkowo north of the centre. Older residential and commercial districts include those of Wilda, ?azarz and Górczyn to the south, and Je?yce to the west. There are also significant areas of forest within the city boundaries, particularly in the east adjoining Swarz?dz, and around the lakes in the north-west.

For more details on Pozna?'s geography, see the articles on the five districts: Stare Miasto, Nowe Miasto, Je?yce, Grunwald and Wilda.

A panoramic view of Pozna?, taken from the city's north-eastern suburbs in Nowe Miasto


The climate of Pozna? is within the transition zone between a humid continental and oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb to Dfb although it totally fits in the second in the 0 °C isotherm) and with relatively cold winters and warm summers. Snow is common in winter, when night-time temperatures are typically below zero. In summer temperatures may often reach 30 °C (86 °F). Annual rainfall is more than 500 mm (20 in), among the lowest in Poland. The rainiest month is July, mainly due to short but intense cloudbursts and thunderstorms. The number of hours of sunshine are among the highest in the country. Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "humid continental climate).[20] The warmest temperature was recorded on 11 July 1959 at 38.7 °C (101 °F)

Climate data for Pozna? (Pozna? Airport), elevation: 83 m or 272 ft, 1991-2020 normals, 1951-2021 extremes
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.5
Average high °C (°F) 2.1
Daily mean °C (°F) -0.4
Average low °C (°F) -2.9
Record low °C (°F) -28.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 38
Average precipitation days 9 8 9 6 8 8 10 8 7 8 7 9 97
Average relative humidity (%) 87 83 77 67 67 68 69 70 77 83 88 89 77
Mean monthly sunshine hours 51 72 126 211 257 257 269 253 165 113 54 37 1,865
Source: IMGW
Climate data for Pozna? (Pozna? Airport), elevation: 83 m or 272 ft, 1961-1990 normals and extremes
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.2
Average high °C (°F) 0.5
Daily mean °C (°F) -2.0
Average low °C (°F) -4.8
Record low °C (°F) -28.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 30
Average precipitation days 8.1 6.7 6.9 7.3 8.4 8.7 9.2 9.0 7.2 7.1 8.8 9.5 96.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 40.0 61.0 109.0 152.0 219.0 215.0 218.0 206.0 138.0 102.0 40.0 32.0 1,532
Source: NOAA[21]

Administrative division

Administrative divisions of Pozna?
Notable highrises in central Pozna?

Pozna? is divided into 42 neighbourhoods (see osiedle), each of which has its own elected council with certain decision-making and spending powers.[] The first uniform elections for these councils covering the whole area of the city were held on 20 March 2011.[]

For certain administrative purposes, the old division into five districts (dzielnicas) is used - although these ceased to be governmental units in 1990. These were:

  • Stare Miasto ("Old Town"), population 161,200, area 47.1 km2 (18.2 sq mi), covering the central and northern parts of the city
  • Nowe Miasto ("New Town"), population 141,424, area 105.1 km2 (40.6 sq mi), including all parts of the city on the right (east) bank of the Warta
  • Grunwald, population 125,500, area 36.2 km2 (14.0 sq mi), covering the south-western parts of the city
  • Je?yce, population 81,300, area 57.9 km2 (22.4 sq mi), covering the north-western parts of the city
  • Wilda, population 62,290, area 15.0 km2 (5.8 sq mi), in the southern part of the city

Many citizens of Pozna? thanks to the strong economy of the city and high salaries started moving to suburbs of the Pozna? County (powiat) in the 1990s.[] Although the number of inhabitants in Pozna? itself was decreasing for the past two decades, the suburbs gained almost twice as many inhabitants.[] The Pozna? metropolitan area (official name: Metropolia Pozna?) comprising Pozna? County and several other communities is home to over 1 million inhabitants.[2] The complex infrastructure, population density, number of companies and gross product per capita of Pozna? suburbs may be only compared to Warsaw suburbs.[] Many parts of closer suburbs (for example Tarnowo Podgorne, Komorniki, Suchy Las, Dopiewo) produce more in terms of GDP per capita than the city itself.[]


Stary Browar (Old Brewery) in Pozna?
Pixel building - headquarters of Allegro company

Pozna? has been an important trade centre since the Middle Ages. Starting in the 19th century, local heavy industry began to grow. Several major factories were built, including the Hipolit Cegielski steel mill and railway factory (see H. Cegielski - Pozna? S.A.).

Nowadays Pozna? is one of the major trade centres in Poland. Pozna? is regarded as the second most prosperous city in Poland after Warsaw.[22] The city of Pozna? produced PLN 31.8 billion of Poland's gross domestic product in 2006. It boasts a GDP per capita of 200.4% (2008) of Poland's average. Furthermore, Pozna? had very low unemployment rate of 2.3% as of May 2009. For comparison, Poland's national unemployment rate was over 10%.[needs update]

Many Western European companies have established their Polish headquarters in Pozna? or in the nearby towns of Tarnowo Podgórne and Swarz?dz. Most foreign investors are German (36%) and Dutch companies (14%).[2] The best known examples of corporation who have their headquarters in Pozna? and the surrounding areas are that of GlaxoSmithKline, Raben Group (near Kórnik) and Kuehne + Nagel (near G?dki).[]

Investors are mostly from the food processing, furniture, automotive and transport and logistics industries. Foreign companies are primarily attracted by low labour costs and by the relatively good road and railway network, good vocational skills of workers and relatively liberal employment laws.[]

The recently built Stary Browar shopping centre contains many high-end shops and is considered[by whom?] one of the best in Europe.[] It has won an award for the best shopping centre in the world in the medium-sized commercial buildings category.[] Other notable shopping centres in the city include Galeria Malta, one of the largest in Central Europe,[] and the shops at the Hotel Bazar, a historical hotel and commercial centre in the Old Town.

Some of the best-known major corporations founded and still based in Pozna? and the city's metropolitan area include Allegro, Poland's biggest online auction site, H. Cegielski-Pozna? SA, a historic manufacturer, Solaris Bus & Coach, a modern bus and coach maker based in Bolechowo and Enea S.A., one of the country's biggest energy firms. Kompania Piwowarska based in Pozna? produces some of Poland's best known beers, and includes not only the local Lech Brewery but also Tyskie from Tychy and Dojlidy Brewery from Bia?ystok among many others.


Since the end of the communist era in 1989, city investments into transportation have been mostly into public transport. While the number of cars since 1989 has at least doubled, municipal policy concentrated on improving public transport. Limiting car access to the city centre, building new tram lines (including Pozna?ski Szybki Tramwaj) and investing in new rolling stock (such as modern Combino trams by Siemens and Solaris low-floor buses) actually increased the level of ridership.[]

Pozna? has an extensive public transport system, mostly consisting of trams, such as the Pozna? Fast Tram, and both urban and suburban buses. The main railway station is Pozna? Central Station to the southwest of the city centre; there is also the smaller Pozna? Wschód and Pozna? Garbary station northeast of the centre and a number of other stations on the outskirts of the city. The main east-west A2 motorway runs south of the city connecting it with Berlin in the west and ?ód? and Warsaw in the east; other main roads run in the direction of Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, W?growiec, Oborniki, Katowice, Wroc?aw, Buk and Berlin. Pozna? has one of the biggest airports in the west of Poland called Pozna?-?awica Airport. In 2016 it handled approximately 1.71 million passengers.[]

Culture and sights

Pozna?'s new city logo
The former Imperial Castle is now one of Pozna?'s premier cultural-theatrical institutions.

Pozna? has many historic buildings and sights, mostly concentrated around the Old Town and other parts of the city centre. Many of these lie on the Royal-Imperial Route in Pozna? - a tourist walk leading through the most important parts of the city showing its history, culture and identity. Portions of the city centre are listed as one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii), as designated 28 November 2008, along with other portions of the city's historic core. Its listing is maintained by the National Heritage Board of Poland.

Pozna? City Hall, located on the Old Market Square, used to serve as the Seat of local government until 1939, and now houses a museum

Results of new extensive archaeological research performed on Pozna?'s Ostrów Tumski by Prof. dr hab. Hanna Kocka-Krec from Instytut Prahistorii UAM indicate that Pozna? indeed was a central site of the early Polish State (recent discovery of first Polish ruler, Mieszko I's Palatium).[] Thus, the Tumski Island is more important than it was thought previously, and may have been as important as Gniezno in the Poland of first Piasts.[] Though it is currently under construction, Ostrów Tumski of Pozna? should soon have a very rich historical exposition and be a very interesting place for visitors.[] It promises to include many attractions, such as the above-mentioned Cathedral, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Lubranski Academy and they opened in 2012 Genius Loci Archeological Park as well as planned to be opened in 2013 Interactive Center of Ostrów Tumski History (ICHOT) that presents a multimedia museum of the Polish State through many different periods. The Palatium in Pozna? will be also transformed into a museum, although more funds are needed.[] When all the expositions are ready, in a couple of years, Ostrów Tumski may be as worth visiting as the Wawel Castle of Kraków.[] There is a very famous sentence illustrating the importance of Ostrów Tumski in Pozna? by the Pope John Paul II: "Poland began here".[]

A popular venue is Malta, a park with an artificial lake in its centre. On one bank of the lake there are ski and sleigh slopes (Malta Ski), on the opposite bank a huge complex of swimming pools including an Olympic-size one (Termy Maltanskie).

An important cultural event in Pozna? is the annual Malta Festival, which takes place at many city venues, usually in late June and early July. It hosts mainly modern experimental off-theatre performances often taking place on squares and other public spaces. It also includes cinema, visual, music and dancing events.

Pozna? Old Town, filled with many picturesque townhouses, is a major tourist attraction
The mechanized goats, which butt heads daily at noon, are the official symbol of Pozna?

Apart from many traditional theatres with a long history ("Teatr Polski", "Teatr Wielki", "Teatr Nowy", "Teatr Animacji", "Teatr Muzyczny" and several others) Pozna? is also home to a growing number of different kind of alternative theatre groups, some of them stemming from Malta Festival and expressing new ideas: "Teatr Strefa Ciszy", "Teatr Porywcze Cial", "Teatr Usta Usta", "Teatr u Przyjaciol", "Teatr Biuro Podrozy", "Teatr Osmego Dnia" and many others - it is believed that even up to 30 more or less known groups may work in the city. Thus, Pozna? has recently become a new Polish off-theatre performance centre.[23]

Classical music events include the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (held every 5 years), and classical music concerts by the city's Philharmonic Orchestra held each month in the University Aula. Especially popular are concerts by the Pozna? Nightingales.

The city is also home to many forms of modern music such as electronic (Rebeka), rock (Lombard, Muchy, Luxtorpeda), punk rock (Pid?ama Porno), thrash metal (Acid Drinkers) or rap and hip-hop (Peja, Mezo and others).

Every year on 11 November, Poznanians celebrate The Day of St. Martin. A procession of horses, with St. Martin at the head, parades along St Martin Street, in front of The Imperial Castle. Everybody can eat delicious croissants, the regional product of Pozna?.

Pozna? hosted the 2009 European Young Adults Meeting of the ecumenical Christian Taizé Community.

Pozna? also stages the Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival in December and "Off Cinema" festival of independent films. Other festivals: "Transatlantyk (film music festival by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek started in 2011), Maski Theater Festival, Dance International Workshops by Polish Dance Theater, Made in Chicago (Jazz Festival), Ethno Port, Festival of Ice Sculpture, animator, Science and Art Festival, Tzadik (Jewish music festival), Meditations Biennale (Modern Art).

Pozna? has several cinemas, including multiplexes and smaller cinemas, an opera house, several other theatres, and museums. The Rozbrat social centre, a squatted former factory in Je?yce, serves as a home for independent and open-minded culture. It hosts frequent gigs, an anarchistic library, vernissages, exhibitions, annual birthday festival (each October), poetry evenings and graffiti festivals. The city centre has many clubs, pubs and coffee houses, mainly in the area of the Old Town.

The city is also home to one of the oldest zoological gardens in Poland, the Old Zoo in Pozna?, which was established in 1874.[24]

Gra?yna Kulczyk's effort to build the Museum of Contemporary and Performance Arts in Pozna? was rejected.[25][26]

A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland is a travel book published in 2019, which details British author Ben Aitken's experience of being an immigrant in the city. Aitken worked in a fish and chip shop, travelling the country between shifts.


Pozna? is one of the four largest academic centres in Poland. The number of students in the city of Pozna? is about 140,000 (fourth/third after Warsaw, Kraków and close to Wroc?aw student population). Every one of four inhabitants in Pozna? is a student.

Since Pozna? is smaller than Warsaw or Kraków still having a very large number of students it makes the city even more vibrant and dense academic hub than both former and current capitals of Poland. Pozna?, with its almost 30 colleges and universities, has the second richest educational offering in Poland after Warsaw.

Public universities

The Raczy?ski Library, 1822-1828
The Collegium Minus - Adam Mickiewicz University
Main Library and Lecture Center of the Pozna? University of Technology

The city has many state-owned universities. Adam Mickiewicz University (abbreviated UAM in Polish, AMU in English) is one of the most influential and biggest universities in Poland. Pozna? University of Technology (abbreviated PP in Polish, PUT in English) is one of the most influential and biggest technical universities in Poland:

Adam Mickiewicz University is one of the three best universities in Poland after University of Warsaw and University of Kraków. They all have a very high number of international student and scientist exchange, research grants and top publications. In northern suburbs of Pozna? a very large "Morasko Campus" has been built (Faculty of Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Political Sciences, Geography). The majority of faculties are already open, although a few more facilities will be constructed. The campus infrastructure belongs to the most impressive among Polish universities. Also, there are plans for "Uniwersytecki Park Historii Ziemii" (Earth History Park), one of the reason for the park construction is a "Morasko meteorite nature reserve" situated close by, it is one of the rare sites of Europe where a number of meteorites fell and some traces may be still seen.

Pozna? University of Technology was ranked 4th among all universities in Poland, and 2nd-3rd place among Polish technical universities, in the 2018 international Scimago Institutions Ranking.[27] In the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities, known also as the Shanghai Ranking, PUT was classified among the 500 best universities in the world in two disciplines, i.e. "Computer Science & Engineering" and "Mechanical Engineering".[28][29] PUT was ranked 3rd among all Polish universities in the 2019/20 Ministry of Science and Higher Education popularity ranking.[30] Recent years have brought extensive development of university infrastructure at the "Warta campus", located on the right side of Warta river between Malta lake and Pozna? city center. Location of this campus belongs to the most impressive among Polish universities.

Private higher education

There is also a great number of smaller, mostly private-run colleges and institutions of higher education:

  • University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Collegium Da Vinci
  • Pozna?ska Wy?sza Szko?a Biznesu i J?zyków Obcych
  • Schola Posnaniensis - Wy?sza Szko?a Sztuki Stosowanej
  • Wielkopolska Wy?sza Szko?a Turystyki i Zarz?dzania
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Bankowa w Poznaniu[31]
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Handlu i Us?ug
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Umiej?tno?ci Spo?ecznych
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Zarz?dzania i Bankowo?ci
  • École Franco-Polonaise - closed in 1997
  • Arcybiskupie Seminarium Duchowne w Poznaniu
  • Wy?sze Seminarium Duchowne Towarzystwa Chrystusowego dla Polonii Zagranicznej
  • Wielkopolska Wy?sza Szko?a Turystyki i Zarz?dzania w Poznaniu
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Biznesu
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Bezpiecze?stwa w Poznaniu
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Edukacji i Terapii w Poznaniu
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Edukacji Integracyjnej i Interkulturowej w Poznaniu
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Handlu i Rachunkowo?ci
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Hotelarstwa i Gastronomii
  • Wy?sza Szko?a J?zyków Obcych im. Samuela Bogumi?a Lindego
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Komunikacji i Zarz?dzania w Poznaniu
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Logistyki
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Pedagogiki i Administracji im. Mieszka I w Poznaniu
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Zawodowa "Kadry dla Europy" w Poznaniu
  • Wy?sza Szko?a Zawodowa Piel?gnacji Zdrowia i Urody
  • Wy?sze Seminarium Duchowne Towarzystwa Chrystusowego

High schools

Pozna? has numerous high schools, each with a different programme focusing on different subjects. Some of the most notable are:

Scientific and regional organisations


Pozna? is famous for its football teams, Warta Pozna?, which was one of the most successful clubs in pre-war history, and Lech Pozna?, who are currently one of the biggest clubs in the country, frequently playing in European cups and have many fans from all over the region. Lech plays at the Municipal Stadium, which hosted the 2012 European Championship group stages as well as the opening game and the final of the U-19 Euro Championship in June 2006. Warta usually plays at the small D?bi?ska Road Stadium; a former training ground for Edmund Szyc Stadium however since the latter fell into disrepair in 1998 and was sold in 2001 it became the team's main ground; the club does have aims to restore and return to the historical 60 000 capacity stadium.[32] However in 2019/2020 season in the I liga Warta is playing their matches on Stadium in Grodzisk Wielkopolski, as their original stadium didn't fulfill the requirements of the I liga's authorities.[33]

The city's third professional football team Olimpia Pozna? ceased activity in 2004, focusing on other sports, and remains one of the best judo and tennis clubs in the country, the latter hosting the Pozna? Open tournament at the Tennis Park. The club is a large sports complex surrounded by Lake Rusa?ka, and apart from the tennis facilities boasts a large city recreation area: mountain biking facilities including a four-cross track; an athletics stadium (capacity 3000); and a football-speedway stadium (capacity 20 000), which fell into vast disrepair until it was acquired by the city council from the police in 2013 and was renovated. The football-speedway stadium hosts speedway club PS? Pozna?, rugby union side NKR Chaos, American football team the Armia Pozna?,[34] and football team Poznaniak Pozna?.

KKS Lech Pozna? before match against Legia Warszawa

The city has the largest circuit in Poland, Tor Pozna?, located in the suburbs in Prze?mierowo. Lake Malta hosted the World Rowing Championships in 2009 and has previously hosted some regattas in the Rowing World Cup. It also hosted the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships (sprint canoe) in 1990 and 2001, and again in 2010. Also near the lake the "Malta Ski" year-long skiing complex hosts minor sport competitions, and is also equipped with a toboggan run and a minigolf course. There is also a roller rink with a roller skating club nearby.

Pozna? has experience as a host for international sporting events such as the official 2009 EuroBasket.[35]

The city is also considered to be the hotbed of Polish field hockey, with several top teams: Warta Pozna?; Grunwald Pozna?; which also has shooting, wrestling, handball and tennis sections; Pocztowiec Pozna?; and AZS AWF Pozna?, the student club which also fields professional teams in women's volleyball and basketball (AZS Pozna?).

Other clubs include: Posnania Pozna?, one of the best rugby union clubs in the country; Polonia Pozna?, formerly a multi-sports club with many successes in rugby, however today only a football section remains; KKS Wiara Lecha, football club formed by the supporters of Lech Pozna?; and Odlew Pozna?, arguably the most famous amateur club in the country due to their extensive media coverage and humorous exploits. There are also numerous rhythmic gymnastics and synchronised swimming clubs, as well as numerous less notable amateur football teams.

Pozna? bid for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics but lost to Nanjing, with the Chinese city receiving 47 votes over Pozna?'s 42.

International relations

Twin towns - Sister cities

Pozna? is twinned with:[36][37]


Notable people

See also


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