In February 2020, I wandered (once again) to the area of ​​the Royal Castle in Poznań. This name may be a bit misleading for many people because no king has ever lived in this castle.

Poznań Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski w Poznaniu)

The original royal castle (pol. Zamek Królewski) of Przemysł II, which was located in the current location, has long ceased to exist. The current one was built in 2010–2013. It is believed to be a reconstruction, although many people have doubts about it. I think there is something to it, after all, the original castle was not built as a museum. For this reason, some locals prefer to call it Gargamel’s Castle.

On the left, the City Hall in Poznań and in the distance, Przemysł II's royal castle
On the left, the City Hall in Poznań and in the distance, Przemysł II’s royal castle
Stairs on Wzgórze Przemysła leading to the Castle
Stairs on Wzgórze Przemysła leading to the Castle
Terrace around Przemysł Hill
Terrace around Przemysł Hill

Museum at the castle in Poznań

The Museum of Applied Arts, part of the National Museum in Poznań, is located inside the rebuilt castle. Several other branches of this museum are located virtually nearby, e.g.

  • Art and Painting Gallery (Galeria Sztuki i Malarstwa),
  • Archeological museum (Muzeum Archeologiczne w Poznaniu),
  • Museum of Musical Instruments (Muzeum Instrumentów Muzycznych).
this red building is the older part of the castle - the museum
this red building is the older part of the castle – the museum
this red building is the older part of the castle - the museum

In the past, there were several roads leading to the hill (from different sides), but currently only those from the Old Market Square are accessible. Perhaps in the future the road from the Wielkopolska Market Square will be restored and opened. However, this requires an agreement with the land owner.

There is also a tunnel hidden in the hill, which may one day be open to visitors. Unfortunately, other tunnels, e.g. under the Stary Rynek (Old Market Square) or św. Marcin street is unlikely to be open to the public. Anyway, Poznań, as a former city, has a lot of remains, such as tunnels, shelters, forts (24 + citadel).

In the tower of the “reconstructed castle” there is a viewing point from which you can observe the Stary Rynek and the surrounding

What can be seen at the Muzeum Sztuk Użytkowych in Poznań

wejście do muzeum

In the museum you can see many different interesting things such as:

  • costumes from different eras and countries (there is even armor of an Asian warrior),
  • dishes and trinkets from various eras,
  • furniture,
  • tapestries,
  • and many other utilitarian and decorative items from past eras.

Dla zainteresowanych we wtorki wstęp do muzeum jest darmowy. Bezpłatny wstęp jest jednak tylko na stałą ekspozycję.

Drugi zamek w Poznaniu

There are actually several castles and palaces in Poznań. Most of them are, in a sense, hidden from the eyes of the average citizen. The most interesting ones certainly include:

Zamek Cesarki w Poznaniu
Zamek Cesarki in Poznaniu
  • Zamek Cesarski (Imperial Castle) – cultural center
  • Pałac Górków (Górka Family Palace) – the Archaeological Museum is located there

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