Poznań, Poland

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Poznań is located on the Warta River in west-central Poland. It’s the country’s fifth largest city and one of its four historical medieval capitals. It’s a major centre of trade, sport, education, technology and tourism. There’s a wonderful variety of running in Poznań, from its historic Old Town to numerous parks, lakes, and forest areas.

A signature run in Poznań is our ‘runseeing‘ tour of Stare Miasto and the small parks ringing the city. Combine with scenic, hilly Citadel Park & Sołacki Park, or run them separately. Also near the centre are 4 km of paths along both sides of the Warta River, and a 5.4 km loop around Malta Lake. South of the city, we love the run combining John Paul II Park & Dębińskii Forest. For another forest park, check out the 16 km of paths in Marceliński Forest. Additonal lakeside running can be found at Lake Swarzędzkie east of the city, and paths along Rusałka Lake & Kiekrz Lake.

For getting around, there’s an extensive tram and bus system. Runners should be aware that Poznań winters can be cold and snowy, but summers are among the sunniest in Poland.

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Poznań has cold winters and warm summers, and has among the sunnier climates in Poland. In summer, temperature are pleasant, with highs in the 24C (75F) range, and nights that cool off. Winter highs and lows are on either side of freezing, and rarely frigid. There can be snow. Winters are drier than summer.

Try to stay inside the city center, between the river to the east and the train tracks to the west. This provides out the door access to several wonderful running opportunities.


There’s a good number of outdoor and running-centric stores in Poznań. See the overview map on the Poznań home page.


Poznań has three Parkrun locations. See the overview map for locations & information. Saturdays, 9am.

Running event calendar.

Poznań Marathon. October.