Monday, 18 April 2011

Charlie's Second Holiday to Poland - a Monday in Poznan

Monday's are a funny day in Poland. If you are going to work, you do so as normal. If you are on holiday, you wake up late, try to find breakfast and then head to the museum. Only to find them all shut!

Yep. Unlike us spoilt, decadent UK snobs who believe in our cultural sights being open everyday of the week, the Polish tourist industry receives a complete body blow when it comes to Mondays, as foreign visitors and domestic happy hounds are left scratching their heads, wondering what it is they should do...

Well, it means one thing. Random sightseeing around the city, with a dose of shopping to boot!

Ugh, shopping...



All right, maybe shopping is not all that happens in Poznan, but they do love it. Like every other European city, shopping is central to Poznan. You could say this is because Poznan, one of the oldest settlements in Poland was traditionally a trading centre, on the confluence of major road and river routes. Certainly the history of Poznan, its role as a centre for mercantile activities is one that surprised me when I came to the city. It can be seen in the market square, one of the largest I have seen on my travels, and compared to the size of the city (small) the market square is, well, big!



But enough about shopping. The streets of Poznan are pretty enough to wander through. Old cobbled streets, bits of castle and walls litter the centre of town. It is pretty, and while not as densely packed with history as say, Krakow, Poznan has a lot of fine places to wander through.



Getting around Poznan is really easy. Like many other Polish cities, the tram rules the streets. A travelcard (which will also connect you to the airport) provides unlimited transport across the city's buses and trams (but only within city limits). One thing I do love about Eastern Europe is their tram systems. I wish we in Western Europe had kept this form of public transport, as they are just so quick to get round town. Still, why lament for something we don't have, when we can enjoy it when we travel...



There is plenty of artwork around the streets of Poznan. Some of it very good and some of it obscure. A lot of it corporate, and for some reason (probably as I~ visited Poznan in Lent) there were a lot of bunny rabbits around town. Purple bunnies...



Spending a Monday in Poznan? Well, take some time out, enjoy the city and bounce around town. The museums are (mostly) shut, but it is a great place to chill out and relax in. And if it sunny, even better!

2 comments:

magiceye said...

the polish dont shop either... looks like a ghost city!

el director! said...

@magiceye - agreed, now I look back on the photos, Poznan is surprisingly devoid of people...