One of Poland‘s best zoos, set in the forests of Oliwa and at a fraction of the price of visiting a western zoo. On show are a host of wild animals with the kids‘ favourites being the elephants, hippos and chimpanzees. The zoo has invested a lot in recent years in updating the animals’ accommodation with the monkeys and zebras having benefited in recent years from investment in new spacious enclosures while giraffes and, most recently, lions have been added in new purpose-built enclosures. On a pleasant day it is quite possible to spend most of the day here as the park makes for a pleasant and quite exhausting walk and there are additional attractions such as staggered feeding times, a train tour of the whole park (in summer) and a central food area with some small kids’ rides for the kids (not in winter). There is also stuff for the grown-ups with a really challenging high ropes course which also offers one for the kids. In addition to the cheap fast food outlets in the zoo, the nearby Oliwa district offers a couple of very decent food and drink options including the city’s best pizzas at Margherita Pizza and more upmarket dining at Palac Opatów (the Abbot’s Palace) in Oliwa Park. Both of these places are in the shadow of the beautiful Oliwa cathedral. Bus N°179 runs from the Oliwa Pętla stop all the way to the front gate.