Hewelion the Lion Trail
Gdansk walking tours with Hewelion are attractive not only to the youngest. Hewelion is a hero of the trail initiated and developed by Gdansk Tourism Organisation. A little happy lion with a bag full of interesting urban stories can be found in different spots of Gdansk. Attributes of consecutive Hewelions are connected to the places where lions are to be found and stories they have to tell. The author of bronze lions is Tomasz Radziewicz, a Gdansk artist.
Until now Hewelion has fancified the ZOO, Energa Gdansk Stadium, pier in Brzeźno, Gdańsk Toursit Information Centre, Gdansk Airport, Hewelianum Centre, Great Mill, Ołowianka Island, Długie Pobrzeże (Long Embankment) and Gdansk Shakespearian Theatre.
The name Hewelion is a connection of the surname of a Gdansk astronomer, Johannes Hevelius, and the word “lion”. But why a lion? Just look at the Gdansk coat of arms!
How does it work?
The trail of Gdansk Hewelion has its mobile app, iLeo, which is free. Download it on one of two operating systems (iOS or Android), turn on Bluetooth in your phone and get array of interesting informations from our little lion. How is this possible? When you bring your phone near the sculpture of a lion, a communication – a text combined with audio – through which the lion tells the story of a given place, appears on your screen. The narration is kept in such a way, that the youngest receivers get as much precious information about Gdansk as possible.