Gdańsk

Radziejowski (Belfry) Tower

This being a castle fortress, there are a few towers and it's important that you note which is interesting and which is important. The one in the south-west corner is the more interesting and is known as the Radziejowski Tower in honour of the Bishop who restored it in the late 17th century. Originally built at the end of the 16th century, the tower was destroyed in WWII and rebuilt in the early 1970s. Over the centuries the tower has served as a bell tower; observation tower and lighthouse. What it did not serve as though was as an observation platform or workshop for Copernicus. That is believed to be the tower in the north-west corner of the complex.

Inside is a small but rather good planetarium equipped with precise Carl Zeiss machinery that projects images of the sky onto the eight-metre domed ceiling. There are shows during the day, for which you will need to buy a ticket, and although these were only with Polish commentary, we found the experience of sitting gazing at the stars rather interesting. Above the planetarium you’ll find a replica of Foucault's pendulum from 1851, a large ball swinging from the ceiling which demonstrates that the earth is in a state of permanent rotation.

On these lower levels of the tower you’ll also find a rather peculiar collection of modern art on the walls. Skip past these and up the steps to the 70m viewing platform which provides wonderful views of the town below and the Vistula Lagoon (German Frisches Haff), a 90km long lagoon which separates the Polish coastline here and the Russian coastline a little further north from the Bay of Gdansk. Look to the north-east and you’ll just about see the Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian territory formerly part of East Prussia which had Koenigsburg as its capital. Koenigsburg is just 80km away by road while the border is a mere 20km.

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Open

Open 09:00 - 16:00.

Last entrance 30 minutes before closing.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 8/5zł, sky show 10/6zł.

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