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A fifteen minute walk from Stary Rynek will lead you to the Citadel: a vast park popular with the locals for various outdoor activities. Originally the Citadel was a vineyard over which, in the early 19th century, the Prussians built a huge fortress. The fortress was destroyed in 1945 and only a few pieces of it remain. On the southern side of the park you'll find cemeteries for Polish, British, Soviet and Commonwealth soldiers. Remember that movie, The Great Escape? The graves of the people on whom the movie was based lie in the Old Garrison Cemetary. Citadela is the largest park in Poznan and nearby are the Museum of Weapons and the Museum of the Poznan Army.
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Stuart Kemp from United Kingdom Reply
I would like to know how many british dead there are at the Poznan citadel war graves, I am going there on dead peoples day and would like to place candels at their grave to show my appreciation of the sacrifice they made for freedom. please if anyone can help. please.
J. Cranston from United Kingdom Reply
A poignant place of reflection. Certainly worth a look....
Ronny Andersson from Sweden Reply
A nice area, but also a place for sorrow. 18.000 young men died here during WW2, and none much over 21 years old. I take my hat of in rememberance, every life lost is a dream lost. A very good museum, but with a lack of english/international description. The outdoor exhibition is left with no comments.
Satya from India Reply
This is one huge park with cemetries of soldiers. I lost my way in Citadela and finally managed to get out after wandering for an hour or two.
Nord from United States Reply
This place is so gigantic that you can always find a quiet corner. Me and my friend met some people playing frisbee and they demanded that we join, so it was an ultra-fun day at the park...