Gdansk: Oliwa Walking Tour, Gdansk

Oliwa is an attractive place for tourists in Gdansk. Its main features are a cathedral, the New Abbots' Palace and a park. Gdansk Zoo is close to the historic center of Oliwa. With this self-guided tour you will enjoy this significant part of Gdansk that is worth a special visit:
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Gdansk: Oliwa Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Gdansk: Oliwa Walking Tour
Guide Location: Poland » Gdansk (See other walking tours in Gdansk)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: vickyc
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Oliwa Park

1) Oliwa Park (must see)

Park Oliwski is a beautiful park in Oliwa town, Gdansk. It surrounds the Oliwa Cathedral and the Abbot's Palace. It consists of several parts. There is a Botanical Garden, palm houses, ponds and streams. You can see swans swimming and fish are close to the surface of the ponds in the park.
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The Abbots' Palace in Oliwa

2) The Abbots' Palace in Oliwa

The Abbots' Palace in Oliwa (Pałac Opatów w Oliwie) is a roccoco palace in Oliwa, a quarter of Gdańsk (Danzig). The first portion of the palace, the "Old Palace" was constructed in the 15th century. Later, in the first half of the sixteen hundreds a "New Palace" was added, which served as the residency of the then abbot of the Cistercians, Jan Grabiński. The final additions to the palace were made between 1754 and 1756, and were funded by another Cisterian abbot, Jacek Rybiński.

Since 1989 the palace contains the Department of Modern Art of the Polish National Museum in Gdańsk. In February 1990 a special gallery devoted to contemporary Polish art was established. Permanent exhibitions include works by Polish artists from 19th and 20th century (painting, sculpture and ceramics). Some of the artists whose works are on display include Zbigniew Pronaszko, Jan Cybis, Henryk Stażewski, Andrzej Wróblewski, Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Nowosielski, Alfred Lenica, Jan Lebenstein, Teresa Pągowska, Zdzisław Beksiński, Edward Dwurnik and Władysław Hasior. It also houses the "Promotional Gallery" which exhibits works by young artists.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ethnographic Museum at the Abbatial Granary

3) Ethnographic Museum at the Abbatial Granary

The Ethnographic Museum is part of the National Museum of Gdansk. It is housed in the eighteenth-century building of the Abbatial Granary. There, you may see artifacts, such as furniture, ceramics and textiles, belonging to various ethnic and cultural groups that once lived in Poland. There's also an old non-European exhibition that survived WWII and is currently presented at the museum.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday:9 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm;
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Oliwa Cathedral

4) Oliwa Cathedral (must see)

Oliwa Cathedral is dedicated to The Holy Trinity, Blessed Virgin Mary and St Bernard. The archcathedral in Oliwa is a three-nave basilica with a transept and a multisided closed presbytery, finished with an ambulatory. The façade is flanked by two slender towers, 46-metres tall each with sharply-edged helmets. It is enlivened by a Baroque portal from 1688, as well as three windows of different sizes and three cartouches. The crossing of the naves is overlooked by a bell tower, a typical element of the Cistercian architecture. The cathedral is 17.7m high, 19m wide and 107m long (97.6m of the interior itself), which makes it the longest Cistercian church in the world. It holds works of art in Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classical style of great artistic value.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gdansk Zoo

5) Gdansk Zoo (must see)

Oliwa Zoo in Gdansk is listed amongst the largest zoos in Poland. It offers fun and education, and accommodates 220 animal species in beautiful, natural surroundings. Many of these animals are endangered. Here you can see deer, penguins, hippos, and Hungarian cattle (which look like bison). There's a mini-zoo, designed especially for children, that houses domestic animals. The zoo also has a bird exhibition.

Walking Tours in Gdansk, Poland

Create Your Own Walk in Gdansk

Create Your Own Walk in Gdansk

Creating your own self-guided walk in Gdansk is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Walking Tour in Gdansk

Shopping Walking Tour in Gdansk

Gdansk offers an exceptional shopping experience, especially because of its local treasure -- amber. Various things can be made from this gem: jewels and souvenirs are just a few. In the center of Gdansk you can drop into numerous amazing small shops. Take this self-guided tour to discover the following most popular shopping spots of Gdansk:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Gdansk is one of the most beautiful cities on the Baltic Sea. It's one of the main cities of the so-called Tri-cities of the Baltic shore. It is a city of magnificent old architecture and the amazing, almost fairy-tale atmosphere of the streets. There are many landmarks, such as churches, fountains and monuments. Take this tour to discover the most famous places in Gdansk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Churches Walking Tour of Gdansk

Churches Walking Tour of Gdansk

Gdansk has a long history of Catholicism, hence the many impressive churches found in the city. In Gdansk you will see some of the most spectacular medieval religious sites, such as St. Mary's Church, St. Nicolas Church, and other churches that distinguish themselves as part of the urban landscape. Take this self-guided tour to discover the old historic churches of Gdansk:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Art Galleries Walking Tour of Gdansk

Art Galleries Walking Tour of Gdansk

Gdansk is a city that can pride itself as the home place of many talented modern artists. Also, The Gdansk National Museum displays famous religious paintings, such as "the Last Judgment" by Hans Memling. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most famous local art centers and into places where you can contemplate the works of outstanding world artists:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Museums Walking Tour of Gdansk

Museums Walking Tour of Gdansk

Gdansk is a very beautiful city in Poland, located on the seashore, that boasts beautiful old architecture. Its numerous museums are lodged in these majestic historic buildings. There are some museums that reflect the unique culture of this country, like, for instance, the Museum of Burgher Culture. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most famous museums of Gdansk.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Gdansk for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Gdansk has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Gdansk, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.