Poznań Cathedral

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Ostrów Tumski is dominated by this monumental double-towered cathedral. Essentially Gothic with additions from later periods, notably the baroque upper towers, the cathedral was damaged in 1945 and took 11 years to rebuild. Early Polish kings were buried in the crypt – apart from fragments of their tombs, you can see the relics of the original church dating from 968, and of the Romanesque building from the second half of the 11th century.

The aisles and the ambulatory are ringed by a dozen chapels containing numerous tombstones. The most famous is the Golden Chapel behind the high altar, which houses the remains of the first two kings of Poland: Mieszko I and Bolesław Chrobry.

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1. Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Situated opposite the cathedral, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary dates from the mid-15th century and has a vaulted ceiling. The stained-glass…

2. Archdiocesan Museum

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North of the cathedral on Ostrów Tumski, this museum is inside the former Lubrański Academy, the first high school in Poznań (1518). Within its walls you…

3. Ostrów Tumski

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To the east of the Old Town, over the Warta River, is the island of Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island). You’re walking through deep history here, the place…

5. Śródka Mural


Just east of Ostrów Tumski in the centre of the Śródka district you will find a sensational trompe-l'œil mural by artist Arleta Kolasińska. It covers the…

6. Malta Park Railway

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East of Ostrów Tumski on the far bank of the river, beyond the Rondo Śródka intersection, you’ll find the western terminus of this tourist railway. It…

7. Ethnographic Museum

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Southeast of the Rynek is this good collection of folk woodcarving and traditional costumes of the region. Of particular note are the large roadside posts…

8. Croissant Museum


Located in a historic townhouse on the main square, this institution is devoted to the sweet St Martin's croissants peculiar to Poznań. In four sessions…