Fot. Dominika Kaźmierska

Living in the city, we do not really have that much contact with nature. And yet, there are alternatives to binge-watching Netflix and relaxing indoors – all you need to do is visit the Poznań zoo, or go to Cytadela[1] with a blanket and be bathed in sunlight… But how to enjoy those opportunities when it’s raining? Or it’s unpleasantly windy? The simple answer is Palmiarnia[2] – the Poznań Palm House, that is a small piece of the real tropical jungle near the Wilson Park.

A seemingly small building can attract visitors with its aura and mysteriousness of all the plants for half a day. Before I reveal what you can see there, I’d like to tell you very briefly about the history of that charming place.
 


Fot. Dominika Kaźmierska

The history of the Poznań Palm House goes back to 1911, when the its first version was established on the grounds of the contemporary botanical garden (now the Wilson Park). A considerable extension was built before the Polish General Exhibition in 1929. Having been reconstructed after World War II (the bomb was dropped at the building in 1941), the palm house was open until the late 70s. Due to poor technical condition, it must have been moved to a new building. To protect the plant collection, the new palm house was built around the already existing one, after which old walls were demolished. Ever since the opening in 1992, the palm house has been running uninterruptedly to this very day, and, for almost 25 years, it was visited by approximately 4 million guests!
 


Fot. Dominika Kaźmierska

That many people have been to ten pavilions, the most impressing of which are the ones with the tropical and subtropical flora, as well as the one with water plants that often come from the hot climate zone, too. That is the piece of the jungle in the middle of the city, but also an opportunity for a little relaxation during cold and unpleasant days. A charming café is hidden between the pavilions – a perfect place for an evening out, with coffee or wine.
 


Fot. Dominika Kaźmierska

If you’d like to pay a visit to the Poznań Palm House, taking a camera is a must! Photos taken there are atmospheric and extraordinaire!

 

[1] Park Cytadela (Polish for citadel) is a large park on the site of Fort Winiary, a 19th-century fortified area north of the city centre.

[2] Polish for palm house.

 

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