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Gniew Castle

Castle in Gniew is the most monumental fortress of the Teutonic Order on the left bank of the Vistula. It was erected at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries, and it initially housed Teutonic commanders, to be the seat of governors in Polish times. It was altered many times in the 19th century, and it functioned as a granary and a prison then.

Castle History

The Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem made many efforts to finally cover the Gniew area with their rule in 1283, their first land on the left bank of the Vistula River. The town based on Chełmno law was established in 1297 A.D. near the conventual Castle, the edifice that; together with St. Nicholas Church, has been dominating the skyline over the southern part of Gniew. The Castle, as the seat of the convent and the commander in the times of the Order, was the main political and economic centre of the Teutonic Commander. Despite a far-reaching local town government autonomy, the Order authorities effectively monitored its municipal subjects.(more)

Currently, the following organizations have their seat within the walls of the fortress:

"Europejski Park Historyczny w Zamku Gniew" [European Historical Park in Gniew Castle] Foundation, Branch of the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk, "Schola Cantorum Genevensis" Choir, The Yellow Regiment of Gustavus Adolphus Infantry, Hussar Military Unit of His Grace, Mr Mieczysław Struk, Blacksmithing and Armouring Workshop "MORION". In the castle you can also find a four-star hotel.

Thanks to historical performances and shows, as well as, knightly tournaments that have been organised here since 1992, Castle in Gniew is perceived as one of the main centres of promoting the Medieval tradition in Poland. Conferences, conventions, scientific symposiums and formal dinners take place here all year round. In addition, the castle offers one-day or several-day stays for organized youth groups with "live history lessons", camp-fire, and a visit of the Ghost of the Castle.

Castle Hotel

Zamek Gniew - Hotel Rycerski is a part of a medieval castle complex and offers a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi in all areas. There is also a parking available on site, as well as a spa centre offering a variety of body and facial treatments. Elegant rooms at Zamek Gniew are tastefully decorated and equipped with an LCD TV, a desk and a wardrobe. Each comes with a bathroom featuring a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests at Zamek Gniew - Hotel Rycerski can enjoy playing billiards, as well as hiking or horse riding. They can also rent a bicycle at the property. There is a children’s playground and a souvenirs shop available on site. It is possible to order breakfast in the room at Hotel Rycerski and room service is also available. Restaurant Kolumnowa specialises in regional cuisine and drinks can be enjoyed at Karczma Zamkowa bar.