It’s good to begin touring the Royal-Imperial Route with a visit to Porta Posnania.
Porta Posnania is the first heritage interpretation centre in Poland, modelled on similar institutions around the world. Porta Posnania’s exhibition is closely connected to the Cathedral Island in Poznań and helps visitors discover this important historic place.
Cathedral Island has witnessed many events which turned out to play a crucial role in the history of Poland. Porta Posnania is also a place which helps us discover our own roots. We draw from the past to create the here and now and the future.
A visit to Porta Posnania consists of two parts: first, you are invited to visit the exhibition, then we encourage you to take a walk around the Cathedral Island.
An audio guide is available in 8 languages: Polish, English, German, Spanish, French, Czech, Russian and Ukrainian. Different audio tours are also available: either for adults and young people or for families with children.
For more information, please visit the website of Porta Posnania
Over the centuries the Cathedral Island was the place of residence and activity for many influential and prominent Church figures and lay people. These included monarchs, patrons, artists, politicians and diplomats. Many of them contributed significantly to the development of the Polish statehood and culture, and had a lasting impact on them.
Even though they lived in completely different eras, represented different mentalities and responded to crises in completely different ways, what most of them shared was determination and dedication in pursuing their goals. The fruit of their actions can be seen on the Cathedral Island.
On the Cathedral Island you will find the oldest Cathedral in Poland, the remains of the first seat of the Polish monarchs, a Renaissance edifice of the Lubrański Academy and the remains of the old ramparts which used to surround a medieval settlement.
More information on the Cathedral Island can be found in a folder available below
There are also tourist trails near the Cathedral Island which lead to the neighbourhood districts of Śródka and Chwaliszewo. Find out more about them in a folder available here
Today’s Old Town has been home to many generations of the city’s inhabitants for almost 800 years. The first settlers who gave it its distinct personality, which survived till today, hold a special place in the city’s history.
For the next generations of burghers, Poznań became a place of pursuing both individual and collective needs, goals, dreams and ambitions. Despite the changing fortunes, long wars and frequently recurring cataclysms and epidemics, they never ceased to rebuild and improve their city. Thanks to their perseverance and objective to improve the living conditions, Poznań became one of the most important city in Poland before the Partitions.
In the Old Town you can see an extraordinary Renaissance Town Hall, colourful merchants’ houses, a Baroque Parish Church and a post-Jesuit building complex, old magnates’ urban palaces, medieval temples and many tenement houses with incredible stories.
More information on the Old Town can be found in a folder available below.
There are also some additional tourist trails in the vicinity of the Old Town: St. Adalber Hill, Piaski and Grobla. Find out more about them in a folder available here.
At the end of the 18th century Poznań found itself under the Prussian rule. Among its inhabitants were Poles, Germans and Jews. Complete power and authority over the matters of the city was in the hands of Germans. For the Poles the opportunities for acting were limited, however they did not agree to the Prussians deciding their fate. For years, today’s City Centre was an arena of a Polish-German cultural competition, in which different visions for the city’s development clashed. The success of Polish initiatives depended on the ability to cope with the consequences of Prussian policy. In many cases, the key to achieving their goals and success turned out to be creativity and determination, not power.
In the City Centre you can find the historic building of Bazar and the oldest public library in Poland – the Raczyński Library as well as magnificent, big-city residential buildings and monumental public buildings of the Imperial District along with the impressive Imperial Castle.
More information on the City Centre can be found in a folder available below.
There are also additional tourist trails in the vicinity of the city centre. Find out more about them in a folder available here.