Beautifully located on five hills among lakes, this town was the original capital of Poland. While this in itself is reason enough for its attractiveness as a tourist destination, Gniezno is also the most important town of the Piastowski Route which links places connected with the origins of the Polish state. Visitors to Gniezno admire the town’s many historical objects dating back to Mieszko I, Dabrowka, Boleslaw Chrobry and Saint Adalbert.
Rated as one of the oldest towns in Poland, Gniezno maintains a unique place on the country’s map. Nearly all of 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.
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 over 70,000 and a total urban and suburban area of 40,89 km2.
Gniezno is one of the most important towns in the history of Poland. It was the first capital of the nation, and bore witness to many crucial events during the establishment of the Polish state. Gniezno is also closely entwined with the origins of Christianity in Poland.