Poznan is located in western Poland and it is the country’s fifth largest city. The population of the city is approximately 600,000, 130,000 of whom are students.
The history of Poznan dates back more than 1,000 years. For many years, Poznan was the capital of Poland, the home of all the rulers, until it was transferred to German control in 1939. After World War II, Poznan was restored to Polish control. During the communist era, there were some manifestations of resistance to communist rule that were quashed by force. A very impressive monument was erected in the city center as a memorial to the workers who were involved in the resistance.
Prior to World War II, 2,000 Jews lived in Poznan; most of them perished in the Holocaust. Today, a small Jewish community lives in the city, and the Jewish quarter still exists.
Poznan boasts several museums dating from the 13th to 16th centuries, as well as a variety of artistic and architectural sites. There are also various institutions for theater, drama, and music studies in Poznan.
The first academic institute in Poznan was founded in 1518. Nowadays, Poznan contains 11 academic institutions, which is why it is considered Poland’s academic capital.
Poznan is an important center for trade, industry, and education, and regular hosts international trade fairs, as well as national and international cultural events.
Poznan is not only proud of its education and arts: it boasts one of Europe’s most magnificent shopping centers – “The Stary Browar”. This unique shopping center has won many design awards due to the fact that it was constructed in an ancient building structure that was formerly a brewery.