The Poznan International Ladies Club organized a tour of the former Imperial Castle with an English speaking guide. I hadn’t seen much of the interior, so this seemed like a great opportunity. If you want to do this, book the guide in advance. The cost is 120zl.
|I’m a sucker for a gilded mosaic ceiling|
Our guide was fantastic. He told us the history of the building and the many ways it has been used over the years during our 1.5 hour tour. The castle (or palace) originally built for the German Kaiser is now a cultural center and the larger rooms are used for events and exhibitions, so the rooms are empty, not furnished as they would have been in the past.
The imperial interior was destroyed by the Nazis as they prepared it to be an official residence for Adolph Hitler. Much of the interior has been kept as the Third Reich left it. Parts of the structure that the Nazis did not have time to refurbish have recently been transformed into modern, state of the art theaters with an airy cafe covered by a glass ceiling. This transformation has been a joint venture between Poland and the EU.
|Great views from the windows|
|Poznan’s history captured in brass|
|Love the view from the back balcony|
|Many of the rooms are now offices, some housing foreign consulates|
|The old and the new|