Mogilno is a county town located in south-western part of Cuiavian-Pomeranian voievodship on a Mogileńskie lake. Local monastery, one of the oldest in Poland, is one of main attractions of the historic Piasts’ Route and Camino Polaco.
Mogilno was one of major centres in early Poland, with a strategic location on a trade route from Gniezno to Kruszwica. In 11th century it was awarded to Benedictine monks that build a monastery here. With time town and monastery lost its importance, and Mogilno became a small town in Greater Poland. With the first partition of Poland Mogilno was taken over by Prussia and got secularised. With the construction of the railroad and creation of county (pol. powiat) council, town gained some importance. Until 1950 it was a part of subsequent forms of Greater Poland.
Mogilno is not a very touristy place, so expect that virtually all information will be in Polish. Some people, especially younger generations, may speak English, but be aware that the level of proficiency will be usually lower than in bigger cities.
Major orientation point is the Mogileńskie lake. The town is located at its northern end. Centuries ago the lake was bigger, and the historic core of Mogilno with the monastery was on a peninsula. Today, the strict centre is located east from the lake, around two squares: Plac Wolności (Liberty Square) and Rynek. At the northern tip of the lake, west from the centre, is located Town Park and behind it – historic villas’ district with the town hall, county council, hospital, railway and bus stations. All major roads of the town begin in Liberty Square, except Tadeusza Kościuszki street.
Mogilno is located in midway between major Polish cities with international airports – Poznań and Bydgoszcz. It takes more or less than 1h to come from both cities by train. You can check the Bydgoszcz and Poznań airports websites for actual schedule.
Near the railway station, 150m south, there is a bus station. There are many buses that go to other local towns and villages and the station serves as a local transportation hub. Timetables are available here.
Mogilno is located few kilometers away from major road DK 15 that connects Poznań (80 km) and Wrocław (230 km) with Toruń (70 km) and Olsztyn (250 km). From Bydgoszcz (60 km) you can drive the regional road 254.
Mogilno is a small town and you can easily walk around it on foot. The distance from the railway/bus station to the monastery is 1,5 km, or about 20 minutes. To get there you cross the park and the centre along the Mogileńskie lake.
There are some taxis available, and the taxi stop is just in front of the railway station.
Some of suburban buses have additional stops in other parts of the town, so you can use them if you really need it.
If you came by train or bus, you will start your visit in Dworcowa street. Take Narutowicza street, where you can admire 19th century town hall. After crossing Kościuszki street you will be in the Town Park. Take one of paths that go south, to the lake. Walk along its eastern shore, and take one of tiny streets, like Wawrzyniaka one, that will take you to the strict town centre. Turn right and after passing Rynek square you will find st. Jacob the Older church. If you will go further south Benedyktyńska street, after a couple hundred meters you will arrive to the monastery.
After the visit, go back in northern direction Benedyktyńska street on the right side. After Rynek square take Sądowa street. Couple minutes later you will be in the Wolności square – the biggest in the city. It is located in the place of former city gate. Take the Aleja Niepodległości (Independence Alley), soon you will be back in the Town Park. Go along the western shore of the lake and enjoy the panorama of the town and monastery. Before the cemetery, go to the Kościuszki street, and take one of small streets between old villas heading west, to the Dworcowa street and the station.
This walk takes around an hour, without stops.
There are many shops in the town, including chemist’s, groceries, library, supermarkets. There are cash mashines in the centre as well. Main post office is located on the Rynek square.
ABRUZZO Grill & Pizza
There are few more fast food places as well.
The monastery offers an accomodation as well. A stay costs around 40 zł (~10€), and small children under 7 can sleep for free. Reservations: +48 663 101 855 (call before 10pm), [email protected]
There is a youth hostel open in summer on Piłsudskiego street 18 (in a school building). +48 52 315 26 83
There are several accommodation possibilities near the town as well.
There are other interesting towns and sites near Mogilno, mainly along the Piasts’ Route:
There are many less important historic sites in the area as well.