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Gniew

Practical information on Gniew

  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Castle and fortress
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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
One hour south from Gdansk by car
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Gniew

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

Gniew is an interesting place to visit along the Teutonic knights trail in lower Vistula. A pretty town sitting on a hill, it contains medieval streets and two large red-brick buildings, the church and the Teutonic castle.

My suggestion:
It's possible to stay in a 17th-century palace in Gniew, namely the neo-Gothic looking Marysienski Palace. Lying between the castle and the Vistula, it offers an unusual and out-of-the-ordinary place to stay.
My review

Gniew is one of those little towns of the lower Vistula that contain an astonishing amount of medieval heritage left behind by the Teutonic knights, whose state once extended over the whole region. The places in which the northern Germanic architecture from this era has been preserved, with its heavy use of red bricks and its Gothic styling, are exceptionally charming in character.

The most famous site in Gniew is the Ordensburg, a medieval castle constructed from red bricks and which was once one of the bastions of the Teutonic knights. The castle here is similar to the one at Malbork, which was the knights' capital. To visit it is to immerse yourself in the medieval period of this curious order of crusaders who established a state in Poland. Its inner courtyard, covered by a very well-integrated modern glass roof, is very pleasant.

Additionally, there are the lovely and well-preserved little medieval streets in the centre of Gniew to visit and the Gothic church of Saint-Nicholas, which is a veritable architectural jewel. Atop its little promontory above the Vistula, Gniew has thus clearly managed to preserve its old-world charm, which is much in evidence in the town. It really makes for a pleasant place to visit.

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