Biskupin archaeological site

by Maciek Bogdanski

Biskupin is a small village between Poznan and Bydgoszcz. In 1933 Polish archaeologist discovered the remains of a settlement, which turned out to be a settlement of the Biskupin group of the Lusatian culture dated back to the 8th century. It is the best-preserved and one of the most important archaeological sites in Poland.

Now Biskupin houses an open-air museum, where you may see the rebuilt settlement and exhibition showing the history of excavation here. There is also an exhibition of items that have been discovered during excavations.

If you have more time, you may take a boat trip around the Biskupin Lake, having the possibility to see the site from a different perspective.

Biskupin archaeological site museum
Biskupin archaeological site museum

Getting to Biskupin from Poznan

By car

This is the easiest and the fastest way to get from Poznan to Biskupin. The trip lasts about one hour, and the route leads mainly through new, wide roads. There is a parking just in front of the entrance – leaving the car for the whole day costs 6 PLN.

By public transport

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to get from Poznan to Biskupin using public transport. However, if you decide to make a one-way trip, you may see more than just Biskupin.

Beware, this plan does work only Wednesday to Friday in July and August.

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First go from Poznan to Gniezno

There are frequent local or regional trains from Poznan to Gniezno, but the one leaving Poznan at 7.51 is the latest that suits our needs. The trip lasts about 45 minutes and the ticket costs about 15 PLN. Gniezno is the first capital of Poland and if you have time you should sightsee on your way back from Biskupin.

Then go from Gniezno to Gasawa

You may only go by bus leaving Gniezno at 9.40. The trip costs about 12 PLN and lasts about 1 hour.

Walk from Gasawa to Biskupin

Unfortunately, the narrowtrack train leaves just before you arrive from Gniezno. You therefore need to walk about 2km (25 minutes) toward Biskupin. You will see the archeological site on your right.

Biskupin archaeological site
Biskupin archaeological site

Sightsee the archeological site in Biskupin

This should result in you being at the archeological site about 11 am. Reserve about 3 hours to visit the site.

Go from Biskupin to Znin

Having seen the site, get on the narrow track train towards Znin. The train should leave Biskupin at 2.10 pm, but make sure to check the schedule. You’ll pass through picturesque lakes and landscapes. Look around in Wenecja – there is a museum of the narrow track train. If you have more time, it is worth visiting the museum and nearby castle tower. Your destination is Znin, the last station. You should get there at 3.05 pm, and the ticket should cost about 10 PLN (may be bought onboard).

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Narrowtrack train from Biskupin to Znin
Narrow track train from Biskupin to Znin

Go from Znin to Gniezno

3.20 pm the last bus from Znin to Gniezno leaves from the Znin Bus Station (Towarowa street, very close to the train station). The trip to Gniezno should last about an hour and cost about 15 PLN.

Sightsee Gniezno

You should get to Gniezno about 4.30 pm, and the last train to Poznan leaves at 8.22 pm (there are some trains even later, but those are ridiculously expensive Intercity trains). This means you have about 4 hours to have dinner and walk around the first capital of Poland.

Biskupin Archaeological site opening hours

Biskupin Archaeological Site Opening Hours

May-September9 am - 6 pm
November-March9 am - 4 pm
April, October9 am - 5 pm

Biskupin Archaeological site ticket price

The entrance fee is 17 PLN. English/German/Dutch/Russian guide is available (150 PLN) if reserved 7 days in advance.

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