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The Oliwa Zoo, or how to spend a day among wild animals


It is located in Oliwa, one of the charming districts of Gdansk. It was established on May 1, 1954 in the Tricity Landscape Park and occupies almost 125 hectares today.

Fot. Gdańska Organizacja Turystyczna

How did it all start?

Let us go back to 1954 for a moment; it was then that the Gdańsk Zoo was established among beautiful landscapes of the Leśny Młyn valley and animals lived there in a natural environment. The beginnings were tough, e.g. due to the lack of funds, and the institution cared for 43 animals during the first months of its operation. The first exotic animals were gifts from sailors. One year after the opening of the Zoo, a single-humped she-camel walked there as well as the first lion called Bim; in the 1980ies, about 800 animals representing 176 species lived in the Zoo. The number of animals has been increasing systematically since the 1990ies and numerous changes have been introduced. A Mini Zoo is established; it is the only place in the Zoo where one can come close to animals – the peaceful and small ones, of course. One can feed and stroke a goat or a rabbit. First investments include the construction of an aviary, reptile house, monkey house, a new enclosure for giraffes and lions. The Zoo currently takes care of nearly 200 species, or 1004 animals including a green tree frog, Nile crocodile, yellow anaconda, Andean condor, jackass penguin, bongo antelope, cheetah, pygmy hippopotamus, Katanga lion, maned wolf and a giraffe.

Hewelion lion

The Hewelion lion from Gdańsk, or a bronze statue of a small lion wearing a cap and a backpack appeared among the animals living in the Gdańsk Zoo in the autumn last year. It was the first statue that appeared in the city but not the last one! The number of statues increases every month in the route of Gdańsk Lions. We can find them, e.g. by the Energa Stadium, in the Airport, the Gdańsk Tourist Information Centre in the Długi Targ 28/29 or in the Hewelianum Centre. For more info about the route, see www.i-leo.visitgdansk.com. You can also upload the I-Leo mobile application and listen to the little Hewelion telling stories about Gdańsk and his travels.

How to explore?

Of course, you have to buy a ticket before entering. In addition, we recommend reading about the Tourist Card offer. The Card makes it possible to purchase packages including the free access to the Zoo and, at the same time, allows you to plan an interesting stay in Gdańsk and save even 50% on admission tickets to various attractions. Additionally, you can take advantage of attractive 20% discounts for services rendered by Card Partners.

Tourist Card:
24h: discount – PLN 30, normal – PLN 50
72h: discount – PLN 50, normal – PLN 80
120h: discount – PLN 80, normal – PLN 120

Single-use tickets:
from 1.04 to 29.04: discount – PLN 10, normal – PLN 15
from 30.04 to 30.10: discount – PLN 15, normal – PLN 25
from 31.10 to 31.12: discount – PLN 10, normal – PLN 15

We recommend checking the opening hours of the Zoological Garden as they may change depending on the season.

Opening hours:
January – March: 9:00 – 15:00
April: 9:00 – 17:00
May – September: 9:00 – 19:00
October: 9:00 – 17:00
November – December: 9:00 – 15:00

What attractions await?

Additionally, you can see the Zoo from a comfortable seat on the Retro train, ride a horse, hire a four-wheeler to make the sightseeing easier for the youngest family members and if you need a break test yourself in a ropes course. To gain strength before walking further, you can stop for a tasty snack in one of the catering stations available in all parts of the Zoo.

How to get there?

There are a few options; firstly, it is best to reach Gdańsk – Oliwa (from Gdańsk Główny, Sopot or Gdynia on the SKM train); after that, you can have a walk (2.3 km), take the bus number 179 (throughout the year), 622 (April-October), G (May-October, only on Sundays and holidays) to reach the Zoo gate or drive your car to the Spacerowa Street. There is a spacious car park by the Zoo and there will be no problem with leaving your car in a safe place.
Read more here: www.zoo.gda.pl