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Botanical and Zoological Gardens of Poznan

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Parks are not the only green spaces in Poznan. There are also other areas where one can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. These are the botanical, dendrological and zoological gardens. They are perfect venues for education and relaxation, thus, they are certainly worth seeing.


Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden, established in 1925, has been a public park and a university research institution. It is a perfect venue for relaxation after sightseeing the city. After walking along the paths to admire the 8,000 species typical of various climate zones from all over the world, one can sit on the benches and have a rest.

The other part of the Botanical Garden is the Adam Mickiewicz University Research Centre where the acclimatization properties of plants and their potential use in the city's green spaces are tested. It is really a delighful place with the magic touch of nature. Come and see for yourself!

Address: 165 Dabrowskiego Street
Open from May 1st till October 31st
Opening hours: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Admission is free of charge


Dendrological Garden

Dendrological Garden, covering the area of 4 ha, was established in 1920. Before World War II as many as 900 species and varieties of trees could be seen here. Since the Garden was open to the public, most of the vegetation had been devastated. Only about 200 species survived.

In 1958 the Agricultural University of Poznan came into the possession of the Dendrological Garden. Thanks to their efforts, the pre-war collection of trees has been restored. Moreover, new trees and shrubs have been planted here. Nowadays, there are as many as 700 species and varieties of trees and shrubs.

The Garden is still an educational and research institution, however, in summer it is open to the public. The best time to admire the garden beauty is in the spring and early summer, when most plans are bloom, or in autumn to see the golden Polish autumn. Come and discover its treasures!

Address: 71D Wojska Polskiego Street
Open all year round from Monday till Friday
Opening hours: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission is free of charge


Zoological Gardens

Poznan is one of the few cities which boasts as many as two zoological gardens: the Old Zoological Garden and the New Zoological Garden.

The Old Zoological Garden former, situated in Zwierzyniecka Street, dates back to 1871. Its origins are quite peculiar as they are connected with the Bowls Club members who used to meet in the nearby railway station. On the 50th birthday anniversary of the club chairman, they presented him with livestock (a monkey, a peacock, a goat, a tamed bear, etc.) The animals, kept in the garden close to the station, became the city attraction. Then, the inhabitants of Poznan brought more and more animals here. This is how the first Poznan zoo came into being. One of its most interesting part is the early 20th-century bird of prey aviary.

The zoo has developed over the years. Till World War I, apart from its basic educational role, the zoo played an important cultural function. A lot of concerts, shows and other events took place in the old zoological garden. Even Strauss, the last descendant of the famous Vienna waltz family, performed here twice. In 1974, on the old zoo's centennial anniversary, a new zoo was open to the public.

The New Zoological Garden is situated close to Lake Malta (Jezioro Maltanskie).  It occupies the area of 113 ha, which makes it the largest zoo in Poland. It is home to about 150 animal species. Its modern enclosures and pavilions in which the animals are kept are aimed at creating the natural habitat conditions. 

The original idea was to move the whole Old Zoo to a new ground, however, since it was registered as a historical monument in 1976, it has to be kept. Thus, nowadays Poznan has two zoological gardens. Both zoos have developed since then. In the old one new pavilions presenting fish, reptiles and amphibians have been open to the public.

The new zoo has also undergone a lot of changes in the past few years to transform into a 21st-century attraction. One of them is a launch of the New Zoo train which is a perfect way of getting around the zoo grounds. Come and see for yourself!

The Old Zoological Garden Address: 19 Zwierzyniecka Street
The New Zoological Garden Address: 81 Krancowa Street

Both zoos are open all year round

Opening hours:
November – February 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
March and October 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April – September 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Admission: PLN 9.00 (full)/PLN 6.00 (concessions)/PLN 25.00 (family ticket)

Children up to 3 years of age – free admission

The New Zoo train runs ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays from May till September (10 a.m. till 3 p.m.). Ticket price: PLN 3.00.

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