Climbing the Bell Tower of St. Mary’s Basilica Gdansk

St. Mary's Basilica

If you want the best view of Gdansk Poland, you’ll need to head to the top of its most famous church! Climbing the Bell Tower of St Mary’s Basilica is one of the main attractions in the incredible city of Gdansk, and everyone should experience this piece of history in Poland. Here are some quick tips to know before you go!

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History of Gdansk Poland and St Mary’s Basilica

St Mary’s Basilica is a Roman Catholic church located in the heart of Gdansk, Poland. Construction started on St. Mary’s way back in 1343, but it still retains its beauty almost 700 years later. It is believed to be the largest brick church in the entire world, and fits an astounding 25,000 people inside!

One of the most stunning features of this house of God is a giant bell tower that looks over the city. When visiting Gdansk, you are able to climb to the top of this immaculate structure for a birds-eye view.

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The Climb Up St Mary’s Basilica

While the view from the top of this Gdansk Poland church is spectacular, it is certainly not for the faint of heart! Climbing the bell tower of St Mary’s Basilica will take you up a winding set of steep stairs, with a staircase so tight there is barely enough room to pass by the people coming back down.

There are approximately 400 steps to the top of the bell tower, and it should take you about 15-20 minutes. Make sure to wear shoes and bring your 10 Polish Zolty for the entrance fee.

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View From the Top of the Gdansk Poland Church

Once you make it to the top of the bell tower you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Gdansk. From here you can really see how special the architecture is of this glorious city. The colors seem to pop out at you as you look across the skyline, especially on a clear day.

The craziest thing I noticed from the top is how truly big St Mary’s Basilica is. It seems to stretch on forever underneath you and blends in with the rest of the city. Take your time to enjoy the view and all the sights and sounds of this Gdansk attraction!

→ Gdansk Poland Guide: Things to Do & Top Tips for Your First Visit

St. Mary's Basilica View Gdansk

Gdańsk Poland Church

Have any questions about climbing the bell tower of St Mary’s Basilica, or want to share more of your favorite Gdansk attractions? Let us know in the comments below!

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

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Where to Stay in Gdansk Poland

Ultra Luxury – Hilton Gdansk – The Hilton Gdańsk is perfect for anyone looking for an upscale stay during their visit to Poland. This hotel offers a prime location, modern comforts, and a beautiful pool to relax in after a day of exploring. 

Fun Vacation – Hotel Hanza – Elegant rooms make this warm hotel right on the Motława River a great choice for any traveler looking for the perfect hotel to wind down. Located right in the heart of old town you’ll be steps away from the St Mary’s Basilica, and all the action that Gdansk has to offer. 

Hostel Life – Five Point Hostel – Within walking distance of all the old town Gdansk Poland history, five point hostel offers a bright and clean budget friendly stay. 

For more places to stay in Gdansk you can explore the latest prices here!

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Poland Travel Planning 

Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for hundreds of activities around the country. Book a Chopin Concert in Old Town Warsaw, skip the line at the Wawel Castle in Krakow, or enjoy Zakopane with Hot Bath Pools

 Flights: We always find great flight deals using Skyscanner and Kayak. This way you can plan your trip around the cheapest and most direct routes.

 Accommodation: Compare multiple sites to get to the best deal such as Booking.com and Agoda! Also,  Hostelworld should be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget. 

Rental Car: We use Discover Cars to rent vehicles on our travels. In Poland, there are many beautiful cities and mountain towns to experience. 

 Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without being covered! We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.

 Packing Lists: Find all the inspiration you need with our Amazon packing lists. Including our electronics and camera gear, must-have medical items, and long flight essentials

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