Poznan is situated on the Warta river in west-central Poland. This is a city of a more than 1000 year tradition where the first Polish state was created. Because of its location Poznan has always been a vibrant center of international trade. Since the Middle Ages the St. John’s Market organized in June has been an important event and nowadays it’s a place filled with craftsmanship goods. Poznan International Fair (MTP) is the leader among trade fair organizers in Poland. It’s also a perfect place for organizing conferences.

Poznan has a beautiful old Market Square with renaissance Town Hall and colourful burgher houses dating from the 14th century. This is where you will find famous billy-goat clock. One of the most important monuments is the oldest Polish cathedral, built in the 10th century. It’s located on Ostrow Tumski, the only island on Warta river in Poznan. The cathedral contains tombs of the first Polish rulers and it’s an excellent example of Gothic and Baroque architecture.

Cultural Poznan offers quite a big number of events, festivals, concerts and exhibitions. It’s a home to the Malta International Theatre Festival which is organized every June at Malta Lake. The other great event held in Poznan is the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. One of a very interesting places is also Stary Browar (the Old Brewery). It’s not only a shopping mall but also Business and Arts Center where many cultural events take place. Because of its amazing architecture Stary Browar is said to be one of the most beautiful shopping centre in Europe.

Hardly anybody knows about the Morasko Meteorite Reserve situated on the slope of the Mount Morasko in the northern part of the city. In consequence of the meteorite rain seven craters were formed there. Three of them are permanent lakes and the others are seasonally filled with water. It’s a site unique on a world scale.

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