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Poland’s hidden gem, Poznan, is as vibrant as it is picturesque. With a buzzing nightlife and lots of green space, summer is the perfect time to visit, according to local expert, Michaela Smiskova.

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“The main area of the city, the Stary Rynek, is full of buzzing bars and beautiful architecture”

1. What are the main tourist attractions?

The Old Town is the hub of the city and the Renaissance Town Hall, with the iconic mechanical goats coming out at noon, is definitely the main tourist attraction in the city. You should also see Ostrow Tumski – a quiet ecclesiastical quarter dominated by Poznan’s monumental, double-towered cathedral - and the former Hugger’s Brewery, now known as ‘The Old Brewery’, which is a shopping, business and culture centre. It's a fantastic stop in the city.

The Old Town in Poznan
The historical Old Town

2. Where should I stay?

I would recommended the Very Berry Hostel – it is very simple, clean and modern and is really centrally located. You should always stay around the Old Town centre, the area called Stary Rynek (or Old Market Square in English), as it is the main focus of the city.

3. Where are the best places to eat?

Definitely Pióro Feniksa and Whisky in the Jar – they are fantastic. Manekin serves all kinds of pancakes and is definitely a must. Yum!

4. What is the local cuisine like?

Polish cuisine is quite heavy, like Bigos – also known as a hunters stew – and Schabowy, which is a pork breaded cutlet. Pierogi are also very popular, and these are delicious filled dumplings that can have either a sweet or savoury filling. But everyone visiting Poznan should definitely try a St Martin’s Croissant.

Traditional Polish Pierogi
Traditional Pierogi

5. What, and where, are the best cocktail bars?

On the main square, you must visit Fuego Cocktail Bar. This place serves some fabulous drinks - including Love Me Tender, Mr Marmelade and Manhattan Smoke on the Honey.

6. Where are the best nightlife spots?

Poznan is a small town, but has many choices for nightlife. The most popular spots are located in the Old Town and the best nightclubs are definitely Cuba Libre, Van Diesel, SQ and Pacha – which hosts world-famous DJs and epic club nights. Mick Jagger even had his 60th birthday at this place.

The Old Town in Poznan at night and filled with people
As night falls, the Old Town comes alive

7. What time of year should I go to see the city at its best?

Springtime is good, but, if possible, summer is best!

8. Are there any festivals or carnivals taking place in the city?

During the summer, there are some great festivals in Poznan. The Colours Festival (which takes place in April), where everyone dresses in white to dance and sing in the colour is so much fun, as well as the annual Movie Festival – taking place in August.

9. Any good ways to relax in the city?

Definitely a spa in the Thermal Baths. It’s the ultimate way to relax and rest after a busy day.

10. Are there any local customs I should know about?

Not really. Just make sure you immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy the city. Poznan is a beautiful place.

People covered in paint and shouting at the Colour Festival in Poznan
Get ready for The Colour Fest

11. Any neighbouring cities / local villages that are worth a trip?

Kiekrz Lake, a beautiful lake used by sailing clubs. In the summer, you can spend a lovely day travelling to the lake and watching the boats with a nice glass of wine.

12. Is it easy to get around the city?

Yes, very easy. The trams in the city centre run around every ten minutes and the stops are dotted around the centre.

13. What would your perfect day in the city be?

A spa at the beginning of the day to relax. And, at night, I would have a meal in the city centre and take in the sights, before heading to a nightclub, probably Pacha.

The interior of Pacha nightclub in Poznan
The exclusive and super chic Pacha via gigster

14. Sounds great, how do I get there?

Poznan is quite easily accessed from UK, mainly thanks to the frequent flights offered by Wizzair and Ryanair. Using a Wizzair flight connection, you can book a flight from London Luton, Glasgow, Doncaster/Sheffield or even Paris Beauvais. Ryanair offers flight to Poznan mainly from London Stansted, Liverpool, Bristol and Dublin.