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The Pretty City of Poznan, Poland

Last month I visited Poznan, Poland with my boyfriend on a short weekend break from Berlin. The city, on the western side of Poland, is one of Poland’s more historical ones. And the Poznan Cathedral (located on Cathedral Island) is generally regarded as the oldest in Poland, making this one of Poland’s oldest cities as well.

But we weren’t in Poznan for the history. On a weekend break, we just wanted to enjoy the little sights and things to do in the city, so our time was spent mostly wandering the city streets and taking photos. And taking in the culture (ie, eating pierogies). I’ll share more about the things we did in Poznan, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some photos of the colorful city that is Poznan, Poland. I wasn’t expecting the city to be so “bright” but colors definitely shone through the Polish city.


Watching an art class through the windows of the city’s art museum, the National Museum


Near the old town square, all the buildings were colorful—even the little churches hidden down alleyways


The Old Town (Stare Miasto) of Poznan


At the super cool KontenerART complex – art galleries, bars, beach and public space

Poznan street art

Graffiti nearby the Cathedral Island


Bridge onto the Cathedral Island


Another view of the Poznan Old City

Food in Poznan

Lunch at the Vine Bridge restaurant – Poland’s smallest restaurant (they’ve only got three tables!)

Poznan old city

And for good measure, another view of the Poznan Old City’s colorful buildings

  1. Katie says:

    This is a very pretty city! I am sad to have missed it while living in Berlin a few years back. I still haven’t made it to Poland at all, so next time around!

    • Adam says:

      Ahh don’t kick yourself too much, Katie – it can be hard to find a reason to leave Berlin!

      Poland is definitely worth a visit, though – it’s a big country with a lot to offer!

  2. Patrycja says:

    Nice shots. I have to visit Poznan someday and wander along those pretty streets, looks colorful. I spent there only one day 2 years ago and didn’t see much.
    Have you ever been to Cracow? In my opinion, the best polish city. Love it.

    • Adam says:

      Thanks Patrycja :)

      I went to Cracow (if that’s the same as Krakow) years ago, back in 2006… Definitely long overdue for another visit!

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  4. Michaela says:

    Polis cities are so pretty, I was in Torun a few months ago and I was astonished how beautiful it was!

    • Adam says:

      I really love the colors and style of so many of the smaller European cities – places that aren’t usually on a travel itinerary but make for great city breaks :)

  5. Wonderful photos, Adam! Didn’t realize Poznan was so colourful. With all the posts I’ve been seen lately about it, it’s moving higher and higher up my next Poland itinerary.

  6. Sam Bertram says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Poland and have heard Krakow is lovely. It’s one of those destinations that doesn’t immediatly spring to mind but often those less obvious choices are the best!

    • Adam says:

      I visited Krakow in 2006 but will probably try to revisit again soon. It was really touristic even when I visited back then, and I’ve heard even more so today, but I still think it’s a city worth visiting. Poznan had its own special charm and if you can get there easy enough, it can make for a nice romantic city break :)

  7. rebecca says:

    love the old reddish look of those buildings

    • Adam says:

      I know, right, Rebecca? Poznan was surprisingly colorful and Poland isn’t normally a country I’d associate with colorful buildings! It was a beautiful surprise.

  8. Clay says:

    I really enjoyed this article, the pictures were sweet :)!

  9. Adam says:

    any more pictures from inside the class ?!

    • Adam says:

      Hey Adam – I didn’t actually join the class but just watched them for a while from the outside. I did spend some time exploring the museum though – they had a decent collection of contemporary works.

  10. Stephen S. says:

    Great post Adam. I will put on this on my travel bucket list. Poland is absolutely beautiful country.

  11. Post looking very colorful and nice..:-)

  12. Jamie says:

    Thanks Adam for the post! The pics are amazing and great. These pics are making me to plan for a visit in Poland. I have never been there. Would love to have a visit.

  13. Rana Singh says:

    Very beautiful article and pictures loved it.

  14. shabrina says:

    Wow! Ur blog is one of my fav ever!. Design, writings, photos, and even the blog layout is great! Awesome

  15. itsgoa says:

    very pretty city…Poland rocks!

  16. Eddy says:

    You are good at capturing moments that other people do not necessarily know, especially in parts of the city that turned out to have a view of beautiful art. Nice post!

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  18. Oh I love, love, love this! I am Polish and whenever another blogger blogs about my country in such a nice way I am very excited. My sister used to live in Poznan and I really liked it. It was one of the cities where I could live in Poland, if I ever decide to move back.
    Poland and Polish people are quite homophobic. Did you encounter anything like that from Poles?

  19. Damon and Jo says:

    I’m sorry; we just can’t get over your blog design. IT LOOKS SO GREAT ADAM! CONGRATS! Also, we think you just convinced us to go to Poland in May! We’ll be taking a Eurail trip and we were on the fence with Poland! Thanks!

  20. Uptourist says:

    Colorful. It is like you’re living around art when you’re in Poland. So fun and beautiful.

  21. Kris says:

    Hi there! I am glad you liked Poznan and shared positive opinions about this town!

    I am actually Polish and I was born in Poznan and have been living there fom 20 years. Now I am in Spain but I recommend my home town to everyone who wants to visit Poland.


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