Poznań is located at the bank of the Warta river in west-central Poland, at the heart of Wielkopolska (Greater Poland) region, surrounded by picturesque countryside of lakes and forests. The city population is about 570,000.
It is one of the oldest cities in Poland and it is the historical capital of the Wielkopolska region. Currently Poznań is the administrative capital of the province called Greater Poland Voivodeship.
Nowaydays, Poznań is one of the largest Polish centers of trade, industry, sports, education, technology, tourism and culture. It is particularly important academic center, with about 130,000 students and the third biggest Polish university - Adam Mickiewicz University.
The city hosts regular international trade fairs (since 1921) and was the host city for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2008. Also, Poznań was one of the host cities for the association football tournament UEFA Euro 2012.
Some great number of various international festivals take place here, such as “Transatlantyk – Poznań International Film and Music Festival”, "Malta International Theater Festival", “The International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition” (the oldest violin competition in the world, is held in Poznań every five years).