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  • Day2


    July 9, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Um 6:30 Uhr verließ ich das Hostel in Berlin, um den Busbahnhof aufzusuchen. Dort gönnte ich mir noch ein leckeres Frühstück in einer Bäckerei, bevor ich die Fahrt nach Posen antrat. Vorbei an Feldern, Wäldern und Flüssen erreichte ich am Mittag die Stadt. Hinter den eher sehr ärmlichen Vororten versteckt sich eine pompöse Innenstadt mit wunderschönen bunten Häusern.
    Heute schlafe ich in einem schönen Hostel im Stadtzentrum, welches von einem jungen Pärchen nach Beendigung deren Weltreise eröffnet wurde. Dort wurde mir empfohlen bei Wanderlust auf jeden Fall entweder das Riesengebirge oder die Hohe Tatra zu besteigen. Das steht dann vielleicht auch noch auf dem Plan ;-) .
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  • Day10

    Poznan Fight Goats

    September 17, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F


    A midday walk through the colorful market square of Poznań in western Poland means vibrantly painted buildings, bustling cafes, food stalls and vendors—and throngs of locals and tourists jostling for the best spot to watch a 465-year-old fight. It just happens to be between a couple of mechanical goats.


    The goats and bugle call
    Main articles: Poznań Goats and Poznań Trumpet Call

    The mechanized goats, which butt heads daily at noon
    Today the mechanical goats' butting display is performed daily at noon, preceded by the striking of the clock and the playing of a traditional bugle call (hejnał). At other hours between 7 am and 9 pm the same call is played on a carillon, installed in the tower in 2003. The daily appearance of the goats is one of Poznań's best-known tourist attractions.

    Poznań hejnał
    A legend behind the original addition of the goats to the clock mechanism states that a cook, while preparing a banquet for the voivode and other dignitaries, had burnt a roast deer, and attempted to replace it by stealing two goats from a nearby meadow. The goats escaped and ran up the town hall tower, where they attracted the attention of the townspeople when they began to butt each other (according to some versions, this drew attention to a fire which might otherwise have done significant damage). Because of the entertainment provided, the voivode pardoned both the cook and the goats, and ordered that two mechanical goats be incorporated into the new clock being made for the building.

    Retired Koziołki in the Museum of History of Poznań City
    Another legend is associated with the hejnał. This says that Bolko, son of the tower's trumpeter, once took care of a crow whose wing had been shot through. The boy was then awoken at night by a gnome wearing a crown and purple cape, who thanked the boy for his kindness and handed him a small gold trumpet, telling him to blow it when in danger. After these words the gnome transformed into a crow and flew away. Years later, after Bolko had taken his father's place as trumpeter, when an attacking army was scaling Poznań's walls, Bolko remembered the present, ran to the top of the tower and began to play the trumpet. Dark clouds began to gather on the horizon, which turned out to be an enormous flock of crows that fell upon the attacking army and forced it to retreat. The trumpet was lost when Bolko dropped it in his astonishment, but the call which he played is still performed.
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  • Day10

    Poznan State Archives

    September 17, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    We spent the morning at the Poznan State Archives where we were given a tour and had a chance to inspect some of the holdings.


    The Archives were established in 1869.

    Archival holdings: historical records of public authorities: regional administration, churches, monasteries, self-government and justice institutions in Poznan and the Wielkopolska region. Also towns, guilds and villages historical records, industrial, financial corporations, private real estates records regarding political, cultural and economy history of region from the period of 1153 to the present. There are also vital records from this region, photographs and maps collections.

    Selected guides: Spis zespolow. Informator o zasobie archiwalnym Archiwum Panstwowego w Poznaniu, Oprac. J. Miedzianowska, Poznan, 1995.

    If you need more information contact the Archive.
    The Archive website is: http://www.poznan.ap.gov.pl/
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  • Day108


    November 18, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    A very short stop in Posen. But definitely worthy to visit, it has a really charming city center, full of historical buildings, bars, and life

  • Day10

    St. Antoni Padewski Church

    September 17, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F


    This city on the Warta is the regional and voivodeship capital and the see of the Poznań archdiocese. It is an important point on the Piast Trail.

    The Conventual Franciscans came to Poland in 1644. As their arrival sparked protests from other orders, they did not commence building a new church until 1668. This and the adjoining monastery were erected according to a design by Jan Koński. The building was transferred to German Catholics after the order was suppressed by the Prussian authorities. The Franciscans returned in 1921 but the church was given back to German Catholics during WWII. It still has its original furnishings as a result of having been used continuously as a sacred building.

    The church has three naves and chapels on the aisle extensions. The Czech friars Adam Swach (painter), and his brother Antoni (sculptor and wood carver), are responsible for most of the furnishings. The main nave is dedicated to St. Antoni Padewski. The high altar features the 18th-century painting The Vision of St. Antony with two angels holding a reliquary containing St. Anthony’s tongue above it. The west (right) nave is dedicated to St. Francis and the east (left) to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The oldest quadratura (an illusory architectural representation) in Poland can be found on the vault at the intersection of the naves.

    The east chapel and altar were designed for the famous miraculous painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary Our Lady of Poznań (a 1668 copy of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Borek). The painting was officially pronounced miraculous in 1670 and has become an object of public veneration. The altar for it was made of coloured oak wood in 1688-1693. The painting itself is in the central part and is decorated in silver with stellar and rose themes alluding to the Morning Star and Mystic Rose of the Loretan Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The side panel portraits of Mary’s parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne, open out when the painting is unveiled. This rotates the twisted columns separating the fields of the altar. The painting is unveiled every day at 7:00 a.m. and covered after evening mass.

    The stalls in the presbytery are lavishly embellished with sculptured stairways (Antoni Swach) in the form of the dragon of sin.
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  • Day10

    Wiejskie Jadło - dinner

    September 17, 2019 in Poland ⋅ 🌧 50 °F


    Wiejskie Jadło is just what you expect from a Polish restaurant - a warm wooden interior, bustling staff, and a huge menu of hearty grub like bread with pickles and lard, bigos, gołąbki, potato pancakes, pierogi, regional duck, and more. We enjoyed the żurek (sour rye) soup and after gut-busting sausages, it's good we didn't have far to go - they're located just off the market square.Read more

  • Day60


    August 30, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Dernière étape en Pologne, Poznan a la particularité de ne pas avoir été bombardée pendant la seconde guerre mondiale. Le centre historique est donc resté authentique et nous avons un réel plaisir à le découvrir. Mais nous avons déjà en tête les 1400 kilometres à parcourir avant demain soir, ce qui nous oblige à écourter la visite.Read more

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