Poznań, the capital of the region of Wielkopolska (Great Poland), one of the oldest (established in the mid-10th century) and biggest (0.6 million inhabitants) cities in the country, is an important centre of science (120.000 students), culture, industry and trade of international importance.
Poznań belongs to the selected group of cities that boast examples of all architectural periods - from the Romanesque, through Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque to the eclectic and the modernist. In addition many museums, galleries, theatres, and concert halls wait for visitors. Nature lovers may enjoy the prospect of visiting 2 zoological gardens, a botanical garden and arboretum, a palm house, and numerous parks and nature reserves. As many as 4 lakes are located within the city borders.