The 7 Best Things to Do in Gniezno, Poland

December 8, 2017 Renato Branum

Gniezno ([ˈɡɲeznɔ] ( listen); German: Gnesen) is a city in central-western Poland, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Poznań, with about 70,000 inhabitants. One of the Piast dynasty's chief cities, it was mentioned in 10th-century sources, possibly including the Dagome Iudex, as the capital of Piast Poland. The Roman Catholic archbishop of Gniezno is the primate of Poland, making it the country's ecclesiastical capital. It has belonged since 1999 to the Greater Poland Voivodeship, and is the administrative seat of Gniezno County (powiat).
Restaurants in Gniezno

1. The Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Laskiego, Gniezno, Poland +48 61 428 40 80
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

The Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reviewed By Coffeecup1390 - Chicago

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Adalbert is one of the most important historical monuments of the region --- where St Adalbert is buried as well as the coronation church for many Polish kings. Among them are the first Polish coronations in history: Boleslaw Chrobry (the Brave) and Mieszko II, both in 1025; and, Boleslaw the Bold in 1076.
Built in the 10th century, reconstruction was done in the last half of the 11th century providing the three-aisle Romanesque stone basilica with two towers.
The church had two fires, 1600s and 1700s. The towers were completed with Baroque roofs.
There are many steps to climb to get to the church, the silver sarcophagus, and the bronze doors ... worth the climb.

2. Archdiocese of Gniezno Museum

ul. Kolegiaty 2, Gniezno 62-200, Poland +48 61 426 37 78
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Archdiocese of Gniezno Museum

Reviewed By mzmelly77 - Galveston, Texas, United States

We were here to research some of our family history. Staff was amazingly helpful and takes such loving care of the records under their protection. It was amazing to see the actual marriage records of my great and great-great grandparents.

3. The Museum of the Origins of Polish State In Gnesen

Prof. Jozefa Kostrzewskiego 1, Gniezno 62-200, Poland +48 61 426 46 41
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The Museum of the Origins of Polish State In Gnesen

Visiting The Museum open Tuesday till Sunday from 9.00a.m. till 5.00p.m. The Museum is friendly for the disabled. There is a free parking site for cars and coaches in front of the Museum. The History of the Museum The establishment of the museum in Gnesen is connected with the archaeological research held there from 1948 in order to learn the history and obtain the relics proving the origins of the state of Poland and its first capital. The results of the discoveries gave an impulse to founding the Gnesen Branch of the Archaeological Museum in Posen with its seat at 9 sw. Jana Street where mainly the relics from the excavations were presented. In 1966, the idea of erecting a monument to Mesko I and Boleslaus the Brave, the first historical sovereigns of Poland, appeared. A complex of buildings consisting of a museum and a secondary general school became that monument. The realization started in 1973 to the design created in the State High School of Fine Art in Posen. The building of the monument gave an opportunity to build a self sustaining museum unit in Gnesen. As an institution, the Museum of the Beginnings Origins of Polish State was established in 1973. A change of the museum profile from the archaeological type to the one with many departments took place then. The archaeological part remained vastly developed and the departments of history and history of art were added. From the mid-70s, preparations to the main permanent exhibition took place, which was to be the summing up of the then state of research on the shape of Polish statehood. In March 1983, a ceremonious opening of the permanent exhibition called "The origins of Polish state" took place in the new building at 1 Kostrzewskiego street. The Museum of the Origins of Polish State is an institution dealing with the heritage of Polish Middle Ages and the history of Gnesen and the region. It has archaeological, art, historical and archival collections. It carries on scientific, research and publishing work together with educational activity organizing museum lessons. Apart from permanent Exhibitions which are systematically enriched with new exhibits, the museum organizes various cross-sectional temporary Exhibitions depicting the relics from prehistoric period through the Middle Ages and modern times up to the contemporary period.

Reviewed By macieii - Warsaw, Poland

Huge building with a lot of empty space inside... boring movies showing too much of talking heads. Small exhibition.... Don't waste your time, go to Katedra Gnieźnieńska (Cathedral in Gniezno) or Ostrów Lednicki instead.Thank you for your honest opinion. In the future, we will change the main exhibition and we hope that you will give us a second chance.

4. Old Market Square

Rynek, Gniezno, Poland
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Old Market Square

Reviewed By Grzegorz P

Bywam to zawsze gdy jestem W Gnieźnie. To miejsce miewało swoje lepsze odsłony, teraz nie poraża. Widać, nieustannie coś tu próbują robić. W zimie lodowisko, w lecie plaża, tylko fontanna jest stała.

5. Historic Rail Engine House

ul. Skladowa 1 | ul. Składowa 1, Gniezno 62-200, Poland
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Historic Rail Engine House

Reviewed By Martin_GW22

You don't have to be a trainspotter to enjoy this. It's a bunch of old railway buildings, a locomotive and a few other odds and ends, run by enthusiastic volunteers on an absolute shoestring.
The guide walks groups around, explaining the background (Polish only, take someone to translate if you can) and demonstrating a few things that still work. Nothing has been renovated, the place is falling apart (I'm serious about the shoestring), and that's really the charm. It's as if you've climbed the fence into an abandoned shunting yard.
Go if you like trains, abandoned places or enthusiastic hobbyists. And leave a donation if you can, they deserve it.

6. Museum of Antiques of Technology Culture

Ul. Wrzesinska 49B/4, Gniezno 62-200, Poland +48 608 156 369
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Museum of Antiques of Technology Culture

Reviewed By Tomasz J - Poznan, Poland

Miejsce stworzone przez pasjonatów tego, co kiedyś było świetnością polskiej motoryzacji, a zostało zniszczone przez wojnę. Magiczna wycieczka dla fanów motoryzacji. Miejsce, jedno z nielicznych w Gnieźnie, gdzie można doświadczyć czegoś ciekawego.
Trochę trudno trafić, ponieważ muzeum znajduje się w dość niepozornym budynku na terenie byłej jednostki wojskowej na ul. Wrzesińskiej.
Tematem przewodnim jest Sokół - Polski motocykl produkowany przed wojną, i gdyby nie jej wybuch, mógł z powodzeniem konkurować na rynkach międzynarodowych z innymi, renomowanymi markami motocykli.Znałem tą markę, ale nie wiedziałem o niej tyle ciekawych rzeczy, dopóki tu nie trafiłem.
Wystawa poza odrestaurowanymi motocyklami zawiera ciekawe zdjęcia związane z ich historią i nie tylko, stare telefony, a także co zasługuje na podkreślenie kilka modeli sprzętów w dwóch odsłonach - w stanie sprzed odnowienia i po odnowieniu. To bardzo dobrze obrazuje nakład pracy jaki trzeba włożyć aby odzyskać blask takich perełek.
Latem, lub przy okazji takich imprez jak rozpoczęcie lub zakończenie sezonu motocyklowego w Gnieźnie , organizowane są dodatkowe atrakcje na terenie przyległym do muzeum.
Miejscem opiekują się zapaleńcy, którzy posiadają ogromną wiedzę na temat ogólnej historii Polski, więc warto odwiedzić to miejsce.
Wstęp kosztuje 6 zł, więc tak na prawdę, te niewielkie środki pozyskane z biletów służą utrzymaniu tego miejsca i podtrzymaniu rodzimych tradycji - brawo za inicjatywę!

7. Nasza Zagroda Alpaki i Przyjaciele

Kleckoska 73, Gniezno 62-200, Poland +48 506 105 749
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Nasza Zagroda Alpaki i Przyjaciele

Do You like to spend time with animals? Do You love alpacas and dogs? Would You like to rest, while Your child is playing with animals on fresh air? Nasza Zagroda Alpaki Gniezno is a place for You! We are located near Cathedral, so You cannot miss our place when visiting Gniezno. We are open for guests for a whole year.

Reviewed By Maciej W

Nie można odwiedzić Gniezna i nie odwiedzić alpak! Bardzo miłe i profesjonalne przyjęcie. Wspaniała atrakcja dla dzieci i dorosłych! Niedaleko centrum Gniezna i katedry.

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