Every European city worth its salt has a castle, and you can find two in Poznań. The impressive Royal Castle started to be built in the mid-13th century by the Great Poland prince Przemysł I and was the largest castle in the Polish Kingdom. Located in the west of the Old Town, the castle has hosted many sovereigns and has been used as a place for royal births and royal weddings. Although it was destroyed and rebuilt many times, the building has remained modest classicist features and a fragment of the old city wall from the end of the 13th century. Today the Castle is fully open, tourists are welcome to visit the castle tower, observation decks, and Prince Przemysł I Hall. Moreover, It houses a Museum of Applied Arts as well, with more than 11,000 exhibits.
Not far from the royal castle, there is a striking architecture in Neo-Romanesque style with a massive tower, known as the Imperial Castle. It’s actually not a castle but a palace, built as the residence of Prussian ruler Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1910. Today the building is home to government offices, a cinema, art galleries, bars and restaurants, as well as the 1956 Uprising Museum. Don‘t miss out on visiting these two wonderful castles while in Poznań.😉