With its almost 600 thousand inhabitants, it is currently the 5th biggest city in Poland, located in the western part of the country, just about midway between Berlin and Warsaw.

It is one of the oldest towns in Poland and one of its most important academic centres. Students of its 8 public and 20 private universities, as well as numerous international visiting students, coming mainly within the framework of Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme, not only contribute to the scientific value of Poznań but also endow the town with a vivid rhythm of life and a spirit of open-mindness and intercultural exchange.

A fair variety of cultural events and civic activities is one of the strong points of the Poznan’s community life, starting from a regular theatre, cinema, music and arts offer with several festivals taking place throughout the year (Transatlantyk, Malta, Ethno Port, No Woman No Art, Animator, Enter Music Festival, Spanish Cinema Week, and more…) through alternative concerts or photography exhibitions organized in the old town’s bars, clubs, cafes or simply parks and squares, ending with spontaneous citizens’ initiatives such as informal community picnics, open-air cooking meetings or family-friendly sports events.

Apart from that, Poznań offers you a wide range of historical and leisure spots to visit or walk by, including the renaissance Old Market square, the enchantingly located Cathedral at the riverside, Citadel Park, Malta lake, where the world’s most important rowing competitions take place, and the set of rearranged post-industrial venues, that have come to be some of the most interesting spots at the town’s map in terms of architecture, commerce, art, music and handcraft: the Old Slaughterhouse, the Old Gasworks and the Old Brewery, known as Stary Browar, a place that was awarded in 2008 as the best shopping centre in the world.

People in Poznań, just like in any other bigger city of Poland tend to speak a good English and a fair part of the younger generation can also communicate in some other European language, being Spanish, French and German the most commonly learnt.

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