Gdansk in winter – what to do?
You were thinking about when to visit Gdansk (check our tips here) and decided to go in winter? No problem. Winter in Gdansk also can be really charming. If there’s snow and the temperature is below zero Baltic coast looks like the North Pole and you can enjoy winter sports: skiing or ice-skating. During Christmas time you can visit Dluga street and Oliwa Park which are beautifully decorated and illuminated with lights.
Gdansk in winter – Ice-skating
You can try ice skating in Gdansk from November till March on the covered ice skating rink near the city centre.
How to get there?
The ice skating rink is located on “Plac Zebran Ludowych” Square and it’s within walking distance from “Gdansk Glowny” train station.
Tuesday 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00
Thursday, Friday 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00, 20:30
Wednesday 14:30, 16:00, 17:30
Saturday-Sunday 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00, 20:30
Regular/reduced ticket 13 PLN/ 9 PLN
Ice skates rental 10 PLN
The entrance is for the one-hour ride and no reservation is needed.
Tickets may be also bought online
Skiing in Gdansk
Although some Gdansk districts are located on hills, there is no ski resort in Gdansk. But there are at least four places where you can ski on small hills close to Gdansk. You can go to Sopot, Wiezyca, Przywidz and Trzepowo. Outside the city, there’s always more snow so check the weather conditions – even if there is no snow in Gdansk, the ski lifts in Wiezyca may still work. Each place offers ski and snowboard rental, restaurant and parking. There are also ski instructors available if you want to learn. There are no ski passes, only one ride ticket which costs 1,5-2,50 PLN.
In Sopot, “Lysa Gora” slope is easy to reach from SKM train station “Sopot PKP” – it’s about 20 minutes walk. If you don’t want to go on foot you can take the 144 bus from “Sopot PKP” to “Osiedle Mickiewicza”. The ski-lift is only 286 meters long and it’s in the city so this is usually the first slope to close when the spring comes.
Przywidz offers 800 m run with two ski-lifts. The slope is flat so it is perfect for learning. Unfortunately, the most reasonable way to get there is by car. You also need a car to get to Trzepowo which have two ski-lift, 300 m long each.
Wiezyca is the nearest to Gdansk ski resort which consists of Koszalkowo and Kotlinka slopes – both 300 meters long. There’s also a snow tubing. Since it’s the most popular place, it’s often overcrowded, and that results in long queue for the equipment rental and to the ski lift.
To get to Wiezyca from Gdansk you can go by car or by train. SKM/PKM train leaves from “Wrzeszcz Glowny” station and goes to “Krzeszna” which is 800 meters from Wiezyca. To get to Gdansk Wrzeszcz you can take SKM train from the city centre – “Gdansk Glowny” station. A one-way trip takes about 1h15min.
In case there’s no snow during winter, what happens often because of the mild climate, check our article on what to do in Gdansk on a rainy day