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Ostrów Lednicki

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Ostrow Lednicki (pronounced as Ostroof Ledneetsky) is a place in Greater Poland, in Poland. It's an island on Lednickie Lake, appr 16 km westwards of Gniezno and 40 km eastwards of Poznan, about 3 km north of the train line and road linking two mentioned cities. The whole island is on the area of Lednicki Landscape Park.

Get in

By bus - an independent travel to Ostrow Lednicki seems to be quite challenging - there are just few daily connections to village called Dziekanowice, from where the island is accessible on foot. There are 3 buses to Poznan, 4 to Gniezno and 2 to some other surrounding villages, which have no meaning for tourists. It's much easier to get to the bus stop Dziekanowice-skrzyzowanie (pol. : crossing) which is located at the main road number 5, but from there one must walk more than 2 kms to the island.

By train - numerous connections (depending on the day - up to 14 daily) to Lednogora (34 km from Poznan and 17 from Gniezno, 38 and 17 minutes ride respectively), from where one must walk appr. 3,5km. It's essential to know, that accelerated and Inter-Regio trains do not stop at the station (that's why the number of connections to lednogora is smaller than to Gniezno).

By bike - cyclers can get in to Dziekanowice using a Piast Cycling Trail, starting in Poznan just next to the crossing of Jana Pawla str and Baraniaka str, nearby the shore of Malta Lake. cycling time (depending on speed and e.g. wind) 3-4 hours. An interesting option is to take your bike to train with you one way and come back by bike - all trains stopping at Lednogora are traditional electric traisn with a big compartment for bikes.

By car - use the country road number 5 from Gniezno or Poznan, turn northwards at the monument of three ancient knights toward Dziekanowice, in the village - follow signs, soon on the left-hand side you'll see a big parking - 10 zlotys for coaches and 5 for cars.

Get around

From the parking you have to pass the ticket office, decline a little bit to the lake shore and use a ferry to get to the island. On the island it's allowed only to walk - no motor vehicles are let in.

See

The main attraction is the archeological complex on the island. The ferry, that take you there operates is the museum opening time from mid April till the end of October. On the Island you will find :

  • the model of the ancient Lednica fortress from Xth-XIth cent
  • the old hostel, now used only by archeologists
  • the accevations (coverd with a modern roof) : the remnants of the duchal Palace from 960s (the epoque of the first polish ruler : Duke Mesko I, burried in Poznan) with a chapel and batistry - a similar baptistry has been discovered as well in the undergrounds of the Poznan cathedral, and the ruins of early Piast-dynasty palaces have been found in Poznan, too and in Giecz.
  • the remnants of a fortress chapel from the turn of Xth and XIth cent with tow shallow graves, often identified as graves of two sons of the first polish king Boleslaus the Brave.
  • the northern parts of Lednica ramparts with a flag in their highest point
  • the remnats of two brigdes, which used to link the Island with other parts of the early-Piast-country : the Poznan-bridge (430m long) and the Gniezno-bridge (200m long, just next ti the ferry line), both destroyed during the attack of the Cezch prince Bretislav in 1038.

On the mainland you'll find Natomiast na stałym lądzie znajduje się tzw. Mały Skansen z kilkoma wiatrakami (w tym najstarszym - koźlakiem z Gryżyny k/Kościana z II połowy XVI wieku, z replika poznańskiego kościoła św. Jana Jerozolimskiego, w którym urządzono wystawę precjozów, broni oraz naczyń znalezionych w rejonie Ostrowa Lednickiego.

Bilety : na Ostrów Lednicki i do Małego skansenu wstęp kosztuje 8 złotych (ulgowy 4), tylko do Małego Skansenu : odpowiednio 4 i 2, bilet łączony wraz z Wielkopolskim Parkiem Etnograficznym : odpowiednio 12 i 6. Do tego należy doliczyć koszt parkingu : autobus 10 złotych, samochód - 5.

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