Best Day Trip From Poznan

Imagine a city that has a perfect location to arrange day trips to many interesting places. A place where you can find many landmarks nearby, that show history, and at the same time it gives the opportunity to go on a day trip to other amazing locations. This city is called Poznan. Here are some of the best ideas for the day trip from Poznan.

Day Trip From Poznan – Up to 2 hrs Drive At A Time

If you are not keen to travel long distances while on vacation, don’t worry, there is plenty to explore around Poznan.

Here you’ve got detailed short-distance trips with fascinating places to explore.

Poznan – Gniezno- Biskupin – Bydgoszcz (130 km one way)

Distance between each stop:

  • Poznan -Gniezno (60km) – 1hr by car,
  • Gniezno – Biskupin (40km) – 30′ by car,
  • Gniezno – Bydgoszcz (80km) – 1hr by car,

What To See During Day Trip: Poznan- Bydgoszcz

Gniezno – visiting time, 2hrs

The first stop on our trip is Gniezno. Not many know, that Gniezno was actually the first capital of Poland. As one of the oldest cities in Poland, and it has the history written all over it.

How to explore it? Follow the guided Royal Route, leading to the Cathedral. Along the route, you can admire fascinating sculptures of the first kings of Poland. At the Cathedral, see The Gniezno Door.

The Gniezno Door is a decorated bronze door at the entrance of the Cathedral. It dates back to the 12th century and is famous for the detailed sculptures. This door holds cultural and historical significance, and it is one of the first historical artifacts, that Polish children learn at school about.

Biskupin – Visiting Time, 2 hrs

Biskupin is an ancient, reconstructed prehistoric settlement, dating back to 500 BC (500 hundred years older than Colosseum in Rome).

It is showcasing wooden houses, defensive walls, and watchtowers. The on-site museum displays archaeological artifacts, and you can participate in interactive workshops.

It’s a must-visit historical place if you want to learn about the ancient civilizations of Central Europe.

Bydgoszcz Visiting Time, 3 hrs

Bydgoszcz Canal in Bydgoszcz, Poland

What can you do in this charming town? Take a stroll through the streets and colorful facades of the Old Town, especially the Old Market Square. Then, take in the beauty of the Bydgoszcz Canal by walking along its picturesque banks or even take a short boat trip, as Bydgoszcz is referred to as Polish Venice., due to the stunning views.

Finally, visit Mill Island, where you can enjoy lovely gardens and discover the historic mills transformed into museums. Take your time to unwind after the intense day in one of the local restaurants, and fill the laid back yet vibrant energy of the town.

Return time: Bydgoszcz – Poznan,1.5 hrs.

Poznan – Kalisz – Zielona Gora (240 km Round trip)

Distance between each stop:

  • Poznan – Kalisz (150 km) – 2hrs by car
  • Kalisz – Zielona Gora (80km) – 1hr by car,
  • Zielona Gora – Poznan (150 km) – 1:45 hrs by car

What To See During Day Trip: Poznan-Kalisz-Zielona Gora

Kalisz- visiting time, 4 hrs

Old town square with town hall in city of Kalisz in Poland

Kalisz is called the oldest town of Poland, however, there have been some artifacts discovered, that the settlements in this areas goes back to 2nd century AD. What to see in Kalisz?

  • Cathedral of St. Nicolas, built in years 1253-1257
  • Zawodzie – The first stronghold in Zawodzie was erected in the years 850-860. Reconstruction of the castle, surrounded by a defensive rampart, reaching 5 meters in places, is the main part of the archaeological reservoir.
  • Theater, built in 1801 at the City Park on the Prosna River. This cultural facility is the third-oldest drama theater in Poland. Among the locals, it is considered a cultural attraction.
  • Market Square – Kalisz has stunning old townhouses, a stroll along the streets will take you back in time.

Zielona Gora – visiting time, 4 hours

What to see in Zielona Gora?

  • Ethnographic Museum Ochla – you can visit here the eighteenth-century wine tower with a small vineyard and old accessories for wine production. There is also a lovely wine cellar.
  • Botanic Garden – there is a mini zoo in there as well. Good place to relax, after a long trip.
  • Market Square, and promenade – colorful tenement houses, numerous cafés and funny Bacchus figurines will make you stay here for longer.

Return time: 1hr 45 min

Poznan – Kórnik – Wielkopolski National Park

Distance between each stop:

  • Poznan – Korniki (25 km) – 30 min. by car
  • Kornik – National Park (24 km) – 30 min. by car
  • Nationla Park – Poznan (20 km) – 30 min. by car

What To See During Day Trip: Poznan-Kórnik – National Park

Kórnik- visiting time, 2 hrs

Castle in Kornik near Poznan in Poland in autumn robe

Kornik is mostly known for its beautiful castle, that is located in a beautiful landscape, and is surrounded with lakes. Another amazing thing to see in this town is the arboretum – one of the oldest and largest collections of trees in Poland.

Wielkopolski National Park – visiting time, 6 hrs

This is a perfect chance to spend a day with nature. Park is not far from Kornik, so you can arrive here before lunch, and explore this stunning place.

View points, lakes, walking trail, nature paths, all available to you. It is especially nice to visit this place during autumn and see the forest when leaves turn gold and red.

Day Trip From Poznan – Long Distance

Poznań – Berlin (270km) 3,5 hrs drive

Here are some of the main landmarks to visit in Berlin:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Unter den Linden boulevard and Museum Island
  • Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery
  • Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint Charlie Museum
  • Topography of Terror
  • Alexanderplatz
  • Enjoy dinner in Kreuzberg or Prenzlauer Berg.

Poznan – Wroclaw (180 km) 2 hrs drive

Wroclaw is a breathtaking city, with diverse culture, stunning architecture, buzzing with social life, young people, and a lot of green squares to break out from the city noise.

There is so much to do, and explore in Wroclaw, that one day might actually not be enough. Here are the must-visit sites:

  • Market Square 
  • Tenement House at Rynek 5
  • Plac Solny
  • Witches Bridge
  • St Elizabeth’s Church
  • Panorama Raclawicka
  • Wroclaw Gnomes 
  • Ostrow Tumski Wroclaw
  • Grunwald Bridge
  • Wroclaw’s Oder Boulevards
  • Japanese Garden

There is so much more to see in Wrocalw, here are other articles that will tell you more about this city.

Poznan – Szczecin (265 km) 2 hrs 40 min by car

Szczecin is a city located north from Poznan with a close distance to the Baltic Sea, and some of the most attractive summer resorts in Poland. The Szczecin alone has a charming market square, but make sure toi visit also the 44 islands and Swinoujscie.

Must- visit places

  • Szczecin
  • Swinoujscie
  • Miedzyzdroje
  • Crooked Forest
  • Wolinski National Park

Articles with more read about attractions in the area:

Poznan – Lodz (200 km) 2 hrs 30 min by car

The city of Lodz, played a big role in the economic development of Poland in the nineteenth century. There are many landmarks that stand as proof to it.

One of them is an old factory turned into the most popular shopping center in Lodz. In these article you can find all the interesting attractions in Lodz and nearby it –> best places to visit near Lodz.

Poznan – Warsaw (311 km) 3 hrs 30 min by car

It is a bit of a longer drive, but it is definitely worth it. There is a highway connection between the two cities, so the traveling is actually very convenient.

There is so many things to do and see in Warsaw, that I recommend to actually stay over the night there. How to get the most out of your day in the capital of Poland? I have already prepared an itinerary trip in Warsaw for you. And here are some interesting reads, regarding the city:

Poznan – Krakow (450 km) 4 hrs 30 min by car

You must have heard about Krakow. And while you are in Poland, arrange at least a day to visit this place. I recommend giving it at least two days, to explore and get to feel the vibes of Krakow, but even one afternoon at the Old Town Market Square is with the travelling. What to see in Krakow:

  • Old Town Market
  • Wawel Castle
  • Kazimierz Quarters
  • Sukiennice

And, of course, here is more of explanatory for you to plan your trip to Krakow – one of the world’s best cities to be.

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