Nature and art
For those who enjoy longer outings, Wielkopolski National Park, just a dozen or so kilometres from Poznań, is an excellent choice. Napoleon Bonaparte stayed there in the early 19th century. A stroll around Poland’s oldest and largest palm house or a visit to one of two zoos are ideal for those who don’t have time for long excursions. Poland’s oldest zoological garden was established in 1874 from a donation of a few animals. With time, the modest collection grew into a large animal farm. Poznań has no shortage of artistic attractions. In January, numerous choirs give concerts of Christmas carols. In late June, there is the Malta International Theatre Festival or a concert by the excellent boys’ choir, the Poznań Nightingales. Organ concerts are held in St. Stanisław’s Parish Church from July to Sept. at 12:15 p.m. There are plenty of palaces and castles to see around Poznań.