Cathedral Island has for centuries been home to scores of colourful and prominent people who lived and worked there. They included dukes and kings, artists and art patrons, politicians and diplomats, all of whom contributed to the growth of the Polish state and its culture. Some of them were controversial figures with questionable characters, and some were at times even hostile to Poland. All can be examined in great detail on Cathedral Island. Despite their diversity, there is one thing they share: each of them pursued an important mission. They set their goals and consistently sought the achieve them.

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Coming from the train station, you can reach Cathedral Island directly by tram: get on at the Poznań Główny or Most Dworcowy stops and get off at the Cathedral or Rondo Śródka stops.

How to pay for public transit.

The Poznań Electronic City Card (PEKA).


The city’s pay parking zone does not extend to Cathedral Island.
Access from the Old Town: take Stefana Wyszyńskiego Street, turn right on ul. Wieżowa Street.
Access from Rondo Śródka: take Stefana Wyszyńskiego Street, turn right on Ostrów Tumski Street.


While in Porta Posnania, take advantage of our “combined ticket”. You can use it to obtain a reduced entrance fee to displays on the history of Cathedral Island

ul. Gdańska 2
(Tue.-Fri. 9am-6pm; Sat.-Sun. 10am-7pm; Mon. closed)
ul. ks. Ignacego Posadzego 3
(Tue.-Thu. 10am-4pm; Fri. 11am-6pm; Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 10am-3pm admission free)
ul. Jana Lubrańskiego 1
(Tue.-Thu. 10am-5pm; Sat. 9am-3pm, Sun. closed)

At the Cathedral Lock (Porta Posnania, entrance on Dziekańska Street), you can rent an audioguide (available daily in summer and on weekends in the winter season). The audioguide will guide you through the most fascinating parts of Cathedral Island, the Cathedral and its cellars.

The Cathedral and its cellars are open to visitors (other than during holy services) in:
March-October 9am-6pm
November-February 9am-4pm
The Cathedral cellars are closed on Sundays. Cellar admission at a charge.
Holy services in the Cathedral are held year round:
daily at 8am; on Fridays and Saturdays: additionally at 6pm.
w niedzielę o g. 8, 10, 12.15, 19, 20.30
Sundays at 8am, 10am, 12:15pm, 7pm and 8:30pm.

The sights of Cathedral Island

Porta Posnania – Porta Posnania is Poland’s first heritage interpretation center. It is a perfect starting point for a tour of the Royal-Imperial Route.

Archcathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul – the first on Polish soil cathedral, in which were buried the first Polish rulers.

Archeological Reserve Genius Loci – a unique display of the Poznań settlement’s defensive embankments, which were an impressive feat of 10th-century engineering and technological design from the time of Prince Mieszko I.

Archdiocesan Museum – among the rich collections, deserves special attention the sword St. Peter. This weapon has the longest recorded history of any relic in Poland.


Planning a tour of Cathedral Island? Explore our publications. They will provide you with a wealth of information on the area’s most fascinating attractions.

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Brama Poznania z lotu ptaka
Ostrów Tumski z lotu ptaka
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