The town was established in the 11th century. The name originates from the Polish word "żnieja", meaning harvest or a harvester.
Żnin sits on the Gąsawka river between two lakes – the Żnin Great Lake and the Żnin Small Lake. Both these and the nearby forests are popular tourist attractions.
The Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport is 45 km (28 miles) to the north of Żnin. Once you are in Bydgoszcz (possibly via Warsaw or London), you will need to catch a local bus or taxi to take you into Żnin.
There is also the Poznań-Ławica Airport in Poznań approx. 100 km (62 miles) south-west of Żnin.
Several companies dealing with public transport serve Żnin with bus services connecting the town with all major cities of the region (Bydgoszcz, Gniezno, Inowrocław, Poznań, Toruń, Wągrowiec) and also with Wrocław.
The expressway S5 runs from Wrocław via Poznań, Gniezno to Bydgoszcz and Świecie. It is about an hour's drive from Bydgoszcz and about 45 minutes drive from Gniezno.
The regional road no. 251 (droga wojewódzka nr 251) running from Inowrocław to Kaliska near to Wągrowiec is another major road connection. It is about 45 minutes drive both from Inowrocław and Wągrowiec.
- 1 Gothic Town Hall Tower. The gothic town hall tower dates back to the 15th century and is one of the main sights of the town. It houses the Museum of the Pałuki Land.
- Ride the narrow gauge rail Żnińska Kolej Powiatowa[dead link] to Biskupin and Wenecja and visit the museums located there
- Visit Western Town Silverado City