“The city of sensations” – this expression introduces Poznań, place of tourism, trade, industry, culture and education. Twenty-seven higher education schools, opera, concert hall, ballet, theatres, museums, art galleries and folkloristic bands create cultural offers for those staying a bit longer than few days, and historic monuments attract tourists from all around the world.
Poznań offers several touristic trails: Royal-Imperial Route (showing changes in architecture and development of Poznań in the course of centuries), Piast Route (reconstructing the movement of Piast rulers between four burg cities), Romanesque Road (concerning buildings of that style), Kórnicka Route (it is 80 kilometres long – it is advised for motorised tourists) and Road of St. Jacob (fragment of St. Jacob’s trip, leading towards his grave in Spain). Moreover, the enthusiasts of bicycles can find an interesting trail surrounding the city and leading to the centre of it. One may also explore Poznań by walking through main promenade to Old Town. By the way it is easy to discover “the best shopping centre in the world” – Centrum Handlu, Sztuki i Biznesu Stary Browar. Old Town is a place where renaissance town hall with famous goats; a row of merchants’ houses; the old weighing house, and the guardhouse are situated.
The oldest part of Poznań, Ostrów Tumski, with its oldest cathedral in Poland is a place of first rulers’ burials and an alleged place of Poland’s baptism. Furthermore, in the city one can see several historic churches, Art Nouveau tenements, monuments and buildings of former Imperial District. The enthusiasts of nature will be satisfied with two zoos, botanical garden, Wilson’s Park with greenhouse, and recreational areas surrounding Maltańskie Lake.