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Poznan is Poland’s fifth largest metropolis, located in the most developed part of the country, at a place which is considered to be the cradle of Poland’s statehood.
The city landscape is made up of unique historic monuments, interesting examples of modern architecture and vivid nature, attractive recreational areas and climatic coffee shops and restaurants. The city is crossed by two rivers, there are four large lakes within its city limits that will be an opportunity for fans and tourists to get away from the noisy atmosphere of a large city and relax after a day of sightseeing or football emotions.
The residents of Poznan stand out for their entrepreneurship due to which during the great economic crisis at the beginning of 20th century, Poznan became one of the largest business areas in this part of Europe. With impressive economic results and a fast growing economy the city is named the economic capital of Poland. It is here that numerous fairs and exhibitions are organised every year at the grounds of the International Poznan Fairs.
With the perfect sports infrastructure Poznan has regularly hosted the world’s largest sporting events, e.g.: World Regatta Masters on the Malta Lake and Poland’s largest city race – the famous Poznan Marathon – which was a base to gain experience before UEFA EURO 2012™.
The unique climate of Poznan is also composed of a varied and rich cultural offer. The city is the organiser of the largestinternational cultural events in this part of Europe. The largest theatre festival in Poland – “maltafestival poznan” attracts world stars of music and alternative theatres to Poznan every year. The festival has hosted e.g.
Buena Vista Social Club, Fleet Foxes, Manu Chao and Portishead. For 17 years, Poznan has regularly attracted dancers from all over the world to the Modern Dance Workshops while the Made in Chicago Festival is the only European festival of the Chicago jazz school. The cultural program also includes smaller but increasingly popular events, e.g. the Animator Festival – Poland’s largest festival of animated films or Transatlantyk – a film music festival.
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