It was here that the Baptism of Poland took place in 966 and two years later the first Polish diocese was established and a cathedral built that houses graves of sovereigns of the Piast dynasty. Poznan's inhabitants have always had a great respect for science and knowledge. In 1518, the Lubranski Academy was founded as the first university in Poznan.
Today, there are more than twenty universities in the city, which have over 140,000 students. The Science Centre at the Polish Academy of Science, the Poznan Society of Friends of Learning, as well as the city's numerous associations and learned societies all contribute to the development of science.
Located in the city centre, the Poznan lnternational Fair grounds, the biggest fair venue in the Middle Europe, are an area where numerous fairs, exhibitions and conferences are held. Every year, the Poznan lnternational Fair calendar counts offers up to 80 international events. lt is also here that many investors, both domestic and foreign, choose to start their activity. Poznan boasts easy accessibility and serves as an intersection point of many regional, national and international rail routes. The city enjoys a bus system that links it with the main Polish and European cities, as well as 'Lawica' international airport located only 7 km west of the city centre.
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One of the city's greatest assets are its sporting and recreation facilities, with lakes and neighbouring sporting complexes, tennis courts and swimming polls encouraging active leisure. Numerous modern sporting facilities, such as the City Stadium, which has hosted several matches of the European Football Championship UEFA 2012, allow for the organisation of great sporting events in Poznan.
Thanks to their enterprise and prudence, the people of Poznan developed craft and trade. Poznan is an outstanding open and highly dynamic city full of beautiful sites and striking for its unique atmosphere. Both the city and its inhabitants are extraordinary.
Poland offers choices for everyone's budget. You may stay at a big, exclusive hotel located in the city centre or in a smaller, yet delightfully situated one, a bit away from the city centre. One can also choose to stay at one of the city's camping sites or hostels located in the city centre. Credit cards can be used are accepted in most places.
Cultural life in Poznan revolves around theatres, a philharmonic, galleries, a number of other institutions including the polish Dance Theatre and the Poznanskie Slowiki choir conducted by Stefan Stuligrosz. Poznan also hosts the Maltafestival Poznan, the lnternational Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition and the Contemporary Dance Workshops. It's a city of music, theatre, visual arts and design.
The Opera House attracts renown directorsand soloists, Two former Adam Mickiewicz student theatres are top avant-garde theatres. Under communism, Teatr Ósmego Dnia (Theatre of the Eight Day) was the most famous of theunderground alternative theatre groups. It is not only a legend. Teatr Biuro Podrózy (Travel AgencyTheatre) is one of the world's best known Polish outdoor theatre groups.
There is hardly a festival the world to which it was not invited as a star theatre company. Moreover, Poland's biggest Palm House as well as Poznan's Zoological and Botanical Gardens are one of the city's greatest tourist attractions.