Once we decided to spent a few days in Poznan, our attention was grabbed by the amazing Park Cytadela. We already wrote something about this beautiful polish park but there is a lot more to this place than just a park.
Park Cytadela is a huge park that stands where Fort Winiary used to be. This was the main fort from what used to be Festung Posen, Poznan’s last defensive structure. Now, it is a park and the park is huge. There you can find the Museum of Armaments Poznan, Poznań Old Garrison Cemetery and a lot more. Here we are going to talk about some of these places starting with Muzeum Uzbrojenia, Museum of Armaments Poznan in english.
Museum of Armaments Poznan
The Museum of Armaments Poznan, known in polish as Muzeum Uzbrojenia, is a place where you can learn more about Poznan military history. With a strong focus on the Second World War and the interwar period, this museum is made for those interested in what happen to this part of Poland.
There you can see a number of items on display. From old military uniforms to weapons and bullets to newspaper cuttings and lots of photos that tell the history of this beautiful polish city and how it was scared by war. But the Museum of Armaments Poznan is not limited to those eras. There you can see older artifacts that date to 1897. From bullets and weapons to storage devices, this museum is perfect for those interested in weapons and the army.
The only complain we have is that everything is in polish. If we didn’t have our favorite polish tour guide, Jacek Kubiak, we would be completely lost.
When you buy the ticket to visit Museum of Armaments Poznan, it also includes the entrance to the Museum of Armaments and you are going to love this museum even more.
Outside, things start to get bigger and bigger and this is where you can see the big soviet machines. There you are going to see how the remains of this old prussian fort became the perfect place to store and exhibit a lot of military machines.
At the Museum of Armaments you are going to be able to see a lot of war machines that changed the history of Europe and the Second World War. From the famous Katyusha rocket launcher to a MIG-15, from a T-34 tank to bomber planes. This museum is really interesting and it must be an amazing place for every military buff in the world.
As you can see on the pictures here, you can get really close to a lot of military machines that you wouldn’t see anywhere in the world. This place is a must see.
The admission to those two museums are 6/3zł, that is a little less than 2EUR, and you can get in for free on fridays.
Where to Stay in Poznan
Once we decided to go to Poznan, we want to find a place that would be central but not noisy and where we could walk around the city without worrying about our lack of polish. This is why we decided to stay at Traffic Hotel, a very cosy and nice hotel across the street from the most beautiful shopping center in Europe.
Traffic Hotel has free wi-fi that works really well, nicely decorated rooms and a shower that will make you happy that you chose this hotel in Poznan.
What else can you do around the area?
So, after walking around the Museum of Armaments, you can find yourself a little hungry. If this is your case, you should try to find Umberto, a great italian restaurant and café that has a great atmosphere during summer days. We went there to eat a snack and we ended up enjoying the place so much that we had a proper lunch followed by an amazing tiramisu. You need to try it!
If you still need to see more military history, you should try the southern part of the park. There you are going to find a series of military cemeteries. The most interesting one is Poznań Old Garrison Cemetery that was set up after the First World War and contains graves from, mostly, prisoners of war and airmen that were killed during the bombing of Stettin. Overlooking the cemeteries, you can see the Heroes Monument standing on the top of a long set of stairs that form the main entrance to Park Cytadela.
And, of course, you should explore Park Cytadela and see how beautiful this park is. It is ideal of every outdoor activity. There are a lot of alleys where you can ride a bike, walk around, try some roller skates and even fly kites. This is where you are going to find the The Bell of Peace and Friendship Among Nations, erected in 1986. The bell weights over 800 kilos and stands more than 10 meters from the ground!
If you are traveling through Poland, you need to stop in Poznan. This city is amazing and was one of our top destinations in 2014. You need to explore Poznan like we did.
Museum of Armaments Poznan
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