Enjoying local cuisine is a typical component of congress entertainment and, therefore, it is worth indicating that Poznań is an important stop on the culinary map of Poland. There are nearly 800 eat-out destinations in Poznań (316 restaurants, 156 cafes and over 300 bars and pubs). Restaurants offer a variety of dishes of oriental, European, vegan and vegetarian cuisine, as well as a great selection of traditional Polish dishes.
There are a few dozen museums and historic sites in Poznań and its vicinity. The following venues are worth recommending: The National Museum in Poznań (www.mnp.art.pl/en/) with its interesting collections of art. Its other departments worth visiting are Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of the History of Poznań, Museum of Musical Instruments or Ethnography Museum (located in the building of the former Masonic Lodge); Archeological Museum (www.muzarp.poznan.pl/en/), Porta Posnania ICHOT (bramapoznania.pl/en/), Archdiocese Museum (www.muzeum.poznan.pl)
Academic libraries of the city of Poznań – the University Library, Kórnik Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Library of the Poznań Society of Friends of Sciences and the Raczyński Library, as well as the archives – The State Archive and The Archdiocesan Archive, will prepare a special offer for the Congress guests, who will have a chance to see some rare manuscripts and rare collections.
It is worth noting that The University Library has the largest collection of Masonic prints, whereas the Library in Kórnik owns prints from the famous chess library of Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa.
The city centre is located just 2 km from Lake Malta. Near the lake there is Poland’s second largest zoological garden, an all-year ski slope, a swimming pool and sauna complex (Malta Thermal Baths www.termymaltanskie.com.pl/en/)and rope parks. One can go bowling, play billiards or mini golf on the lake shore or use a roller coaster and toboggan track. The area of the lake is frequented by cyclists, joggers and skaters.
There are four lakes within the city boundaries – Malta, Rusałka, Strzeszyn and Kiekrz – each offering swimming areas, beaches and active leisure facilities, which make them a perfect location for walkers, cyclists and water sports enthusiasts.
Educational institutions in Poznań offer a variety of activities for children (up to 7 years) and teenagers (7-15 years). City games organized by the TRAKT Tourist Culture Centre seem to be particularly interesting (www.poznan.pl/mim/trakt/) and the offer of Porta Posnania ICHOT (www.bramapoznania.pl ) is also worth considering. All activities, be it sport or educational, will be conducted in English.