Gniezno is located in central-western Poland, in the Greater Poland voivodship, 48 km northeast of Poznan. It is at the centre of the Gniezno Lakeland, with a population of almost 70,000 and a total urban and suburban area of 40,89 km2. Although Gniezno is a small city, it makes up for its size in history and local attractions.
Rated as one of the oldest towns in Poland, Gniezno maintains a unique place on the country’s map. Nearly all historic buildings within its walls can trace their origins to the earliest period of the Polish state. Recently a number of these buildings have been renovated, helping to revive the visible historic importance of the town in Poland. Gniezno is also recognised as a significant place of worship of Saint Adalbert, the first bishop of Prague.
The single most unmissable thing to see in Gniezno is the 14th-century Gothic Cathedral, with its priceless Gniezno Doors, memorabilia, relics, and the tomb of Saint Adalbert that draws Catholics from all over Europe. The Cathedral witnessed the coronation of the first five Polish kings, and one can also visit the archive containing several of Poland’s earliest manuscripts. There are also several Gothic churches to see in this history-laden town, and the Archdiocesan Museum and the Museum of the Origins of the Polish State are well worth a visit.
When you grow weary of museums, galleries and exhibitions, consider a stroll around the tranquil Lake Jelonek. Recently redeveloped, the area around the lake is one of the best places to view the splendour of the old town of Gniezno or simply follow Gniezno Royal Trail and chase the Rabbit.
For more details see: gniezno.home.pl/________PLAKATY/przewodnik_2018_korektaEN.pdf
Arriving in Gniezno
Bus service: There is a reliable bus service in the city with frequently running buses on the most important routes. On boarding the bus, one needs to punch a ticket and keep it in case a ticket collector comes and wants to check it. On frequent travels by bus it is worth considering taking out a season ticket.
How to buy a ticket:
For bus schedule see: http://rozklad.com/maps/index.php?IDKlienta=GNIEZNO_MPK
Identification documents must be carried at all times. If you don’t want to carry your passport, make a photocopy of it plus have the school address and phone number at hand. Police can stop you in the street and ask for your identity papers. Just show the ID to the officer.
Polish supermarkets are generally situated locally. Most of them are open very long hours, on Sundays most shops are closed. There are some 24-hour-7-day-a-week shops for emergencies in the city. On the outskirts there are two large shopping malls: Galeria Gniezno and Galeria Piastovia.
Summers are relatively hot. Winters are rather cold, though the temperatures of expected minus 10 Centigrade are not often recorded.
The Polish language
A few helpful phrases (phonetically):
Enjoy your time here!