Poznań is a city on the Warta river in the region Wielkopolska (Greater Poland). The city population is around 550,000, while the continuous conurbation with Poznań County, along with several other communities and students is around 1.1 million people.
Poznań is among the oldest cities in Poland and was one of the most important centers in the early Polish state in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The first city center was Ostrów Tumski, the natural island on the Warta river. The first rulers of Poland were burried in cathedral located on the island. It also served as the capital for a short time in the 13th century, hence the official name: The Capital City of Poznań.
Today Poznan is on the largest Polish centers of trade, industry, sports, education, technology, tourism and culture. It is a particularly important academic center, with about 130,000 students and the third biggest Polish university - Adam Mickiewicz University.
Poznań was one of the host cities for the association football tournament UEFA Euro 2012. The city also hosts a number of rowing world cup events by Malta lake (for example "ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships" in 1990, 2001, and again in 2010). Also, a great number of various international festivals takes place in the city - Transatlantyk – Poznań International Film and Music Festival, "Malta International Theater Festival", "ANIMATOR (festival)" and Maski Festival to name just a few. In addition, the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, the oldest violin competition in the world, is held in Poznań every five years.
More detailed information can be found at: www.poznan.pl