Read our article on The Best Bike Trails in Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia.
Ascend Gradowa HillWe'll start with something easy. If you're up for a short physical challenge with the reward of a view at the end, your best bet is Gradowa Hill! This vantage point played an important role in the defence of the city in centuries past. These days the remains of the fortifications are home to an exhibition on the 19th-century fort that was built here and a science centre – the Hewelianum Centre. You’ll also find a huge cross which overlooks the city and can be seen from quite a distance away.
Covering an area of exactly 199.3 km², the Tri-city landscape park is a wealth of nature and trails that can occupy you for days on end. They have 6 trails that have colour-coded signage:
Take a hike in the Tri-city Landscape Park
• Wejherowski (red): Wejherowo - Sopot Kamienny Potok
• Zagórska Struga (black): Wejherowo - Gdynia (St. Maximilian Hill)
• Kartuski (blue): Sopot Kamienny Potok - Kartuzy
• Skarszewski (green): Sopot Kamienny Potok - Skarszewy
• Tri-city (yellow): Gdańsk - Gdynia
• Szymbarskie Hills (black): Sopot - Gołubie Kaszubskie - Royal House
Explore Redłowska Forest and BeachThe coastal trail between Sopot and Gdynia is a popular walk as well as being a highly-recommended as a cycling trail as well! While it is a rewarding journey and the the cliff lookout and a romantic-looking pier are great for photo opportunities, most people, however, will not venture off into the nature reserve to enjoy relative peace and solitude. You can also find a number of WWII-era bunkers and traces of the trench networks that connect them all.
From within Redłowska Nature Reserve, you can orientate yourself eastward and follow the trails down to the coast. Here the beaches are secluded and much less busy than the rabble hanging around Sopot. Young families and groups of friends like to start a single-use aluminium grill, available at Biedronka and Żabka, and cook some sausages. If you choose to pursue this option, please remember to take your trash with you.
Visit an Abandoned Castle in Kashubia
Despite what the name may conjure up, Łapalice Castle is not a medieval or renaissance construction. Construction started in 1979 by an eccentric artist who lied to get a building permit, one that specified a single-family house + studio building. What was actually proceeded has become one of the strangest sights in the whole of Poland - a Renaissance-style castle, complete with by towers, a chapel, and a subterranean area intended either for a pool or a lake basin. Most importantly, however, is the fact that the project was abandoned due to the ridiculous costs and financiers pulling out. Although it was ordered to be demolished in 2006, nothing has happened since then and it has become a popular site for Urban Exploration. We don't recommend that you enter the site, however, it's a fascinating visit! If you don't have access to a car, catch a regional train from Gdynia Główna out to Kartuzy, walk up to the cemetery in Bilowo and hike 5km through the picturesque Bilowo Forest. It should take you about 1.5hrs.