1 day in Poznan: What you must see and do!

Me, stood in Poznan's market square in front of a row of colourful buildings

The O'Hallorans

The OHallorans

We’re made up of Lyndsey, John and Erin, who all love a new adventure. We try to get away as much as possible, especially during school holidays and variety is a must for us. That means staying anywhere from a luxury hotel to a hostel and it’s not often we go to the same place twice. 

If you only have 1 day in Poznan, you’ll need to ensure you plan your time well. With only a short amount of time in this beautiful city, here are some ideas of what you can do over the course of a day.

Morning

Poznan is great for day trip and it gives you plenty of time to explore the city. There are great transport links from other Polish cities with decent priced train tickets, such as Wroclaw and you can use public transportation to get into the city centre. 

Go back in time at HistoryLand

HistoryLand is only a short walk from Poznan train station so it’s the perfect place to start your day in this vibrant city. This is a museum with a difference, as everything is made out of Lego! At HistoryLand, you can learn about Polish history all within exhibits made from Lego.

The battle of Grunewald at HistoryLand

Although the museum is in Polish, you can hire an audio guide for the small extra cost of 5 Polish Zloty. The audio guide is great because it means that you can follow the museum round in the right order and discover what is actually happening. Many of the exhibits have video content with them, and this is where the audio guide really comes in handy. Each display is insanely detailed, with most needing thousands of pieces of Lego to make them.You can spend ages looking at all of the details, such as soldiers, or the people on ships. 

You can expect to spend around an hour at HistoryLand. 

Cost: 40 Polish Zloty / £8 (audio guide available at an additional cost)

Tel: +48 530 903 053
Email: bok@historyland.pl
Website: https://historyland.pl/en/

Lunch

There are so many different places to eat in Poznan so you’ll be spoiled for choice. 

Stary Browar

Stary Browar is a shopping centre in Poznan and somewhere with quite a few dining options. You’ll find quick eats here at places such as McDonald’s and Salad Story as well as favourites such as Whiskey in the Jar. 

Old Town Square

If it’s your first time in Poznan, you might want to eat in the Old Market Square instead. Here, you’ll be surrounded by restaurants offering traditional Polish cuisine, cafes and pizzerias. Take a leisurely stroll around the square before settling on the perfect spot for lunch. We opted for lunch at Pizzatopia, somewhere offering both vegan and regular pizzas. The portion sizes are huge and you can expect to pay around £9 for a pizza and soft drink. 

Cheese pizza, and vegan pizza, from Pizzatopia in Poznan

Afternoon

Poznan’s Croissant Museum

Poznan is famous for the St. Martin Croissant, a sweet treat that is historically protected. Visiting the Croissant Museum is an absolute must during your time in Poznan. You’ll find it right in the heart of the city, just short walk around the corner from the main square. Most ‘shows’ are done in Polish however, at 2pm you can catch one in English. These run every Saturday and Sunday, with some weekday shows depending on the time of the year. You can email in advance to check. 

Taking part at the croissant museum in Poznan

The Croissant Museum offers a short history of Poznan and how the St. Martin Croissant came to be. Staff are hilarious and they really know how to make you feel welcome and included. A few lucky audience members can volunteer to be a part of the show, taking part in the making of the traditional croissant. I highly recommend volunteering, as I did, to make it even more memorable. 

If you’re taking part in the 2pm English show, you can also catch the famous mechanical goats on town hall at 3pm. 

You can expect to spend 1 hour at the Croissant Museum.

Cost: 37 Polish Zloty / £7.25
Enquiries: muzeum@rogalowemuzeum.pl
Telephone: +48 690 077 800
Website: https://rogalowemuzeum.pl/en/

Take a walking tour

One of the best things you can do when visiting a new city is to take a free walking tour. With the help of a guide, you can take a leisurely walk, learning about the rich history of Poznan. Talking points might be the historic buildings, Poznan cathedral or the Christmas Market if you are visiting at that time of year. These walking tours often don’t take up too much time so you’ll be free to explore more on your own afterwards. 

Colourful streets in Poznan

Evening

After finding some delicious food for dinner, why not spend a couple of hours in Poznan when it’s all lip up. It is a relatively small city for tourists and you can see quite a lot in a short space of time. The colourful buildings in the market square look completely different at night, and this is a main attraction that is definitely worth visiting. 

I had the best time in Poznan and it’s a great place to spend a day. Although this 1 day in Poznan itinerary is quite short, it will allow you to take part in a couple of activities while making sure there is time to take in the beautiful buildings and peaceful atmosphere of the city. 

Other things to do in Poland:

  • Wroclaw Zoo
  • MovieGate, Wroclaw
  • Hydropoils, Wroclaw
  • Kolejkowo wroclaw (Miniature world), Wroclaw
  • Learn about the St. Martin Croissant at the Croissant Museum, Poznan
  • HistoryLand, Poznan

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