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Goodgo, a young and energetic team, offers outstanding tourist activities showcasing the best that Poznań has to offer, from cultural to culinary events. The Goodgo guided tours are a unique and one-of-a-kind way to see Poznań. Don’t just visit Poznań – become part of it!
Four guided tours have been especially designed for the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science:
For information and reservations, please visit www.ipsa.goodgo.pl
Participants of the 24th IPSA World Congress have been invited to choose one of three complimentary guided tours of their choice. Each tour is about 2 hours long and brings you deeper into the history of Poznań.
In order to be able to participate in one of these tours the participants need to be register. We also kindly ask participants to select only one of the three free tours, in order to give as many participants as possible a chance to take advantage of it.
In the XIII century the city of Poznań was relocated to the left bank of the Warta River, while its centre – the Old Market Square and the Town Hall – became the symbols of the city’s self-government. Przemysł I, the ruler of Greater Poland, moved his seat to Przemysł Hill, an area above the city, which later became a place of residence for Polish kings visiting Poznań. Inhabitants of Poznań were very proud of Fara Church having the highest steeple in the town. Numerous wars and fires caused the old temple to be dismantled and the city parish moved to the Baroque post-Jesuits church. Its monumental façade and interior are probably the most beautiful representation of Polish Baroque.
It is a fact that Poznań fortified settlement dates back to the 10th century. It was situated on Ostrów Tumski – an island on the Warta River, where the first Polish Cathedral was built. Ostrów Tumski was also the seat of first Polish rulers – Duke Mieszko I of Poland and King Bolesław Chrobry.
A number of settlements developed around the city. The oldest was Śródka – a trading village on the right bank of the river. Little farther there was the Commandery, ruled by the order of the Knights, later known as Knights of Malta. Now near the old chivalrous church is Malta Lake and a large recreational complex.
Germans ruled Poznan from the late 18th century until the mid 20th century. They planned the urban layout of the city in the 19th century (today Wolnosci Plaza).
On the initiative of the German emperor Wilhelm II a bold urban project was carried out from 1902 to 1913 in Poznań. With Professor Joseph Stubben as the leader of the project the entire district was built new. The area of the former fortification was meant to become the residential heart of the imperial city. The castle was built by Franz Schwechten and it met the expectations and suited the taste of the emperor. From the very beginning, the castle was meant to be a dominant element of the new district. In addition, a group of monumental buildings with matching styles but different purposes were erected. They were designed to be used for administration (Colonization Commission), infrastructure (Post Office Headquarters), banking (Credit Zemstvo, Raiffeisen Bank), science (the Royal Academy), culture (the Opera House) and even religion (the Protestant House). The project included well-designed and aesthetic green areas, with a circular avenue, where the former rampart called the Ring was located. Furthermore, practical urban planning made it very functional. Stubben’s project is considered to be one of the most original of the 20th century Europe.