Olivia Star is marketed as Poland’s tallest building at the Baltic Sea – and in fact, the 180m high skyscraper is one of the tallest ones in the country. The area is a commercial district – but the 32nd floor observation deck has also become one of the latest tourist attractions in Gdansk. During my September 2021, my wife and I have been curious about this place and visited the building located between Gdansk and Sopot.
Olivia Star Gdansk – Location & Admission
Olivia Star is located Northwest of Gdansk. The building, which is located in a commercial area close to the University is thereby closer to the center of Sopot than to Gdansk Old Town. We took a taxi from Gdansk Old Town, which is about 35 PLN / 8 Euro. If you don’t have a car, the alternatives are the nearby train station Gdańsk Przymorze-Uniwersytet or the tram. The lines 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 12 stop at Tetmajera 01 on the rear of Olivia Star. The observation deck is located on the top of a business building. The access to the observation tower is nicely signed, so that you definitely cannot miss it.
During weekdays, the deck is open from noon to 22:00 hrs. Saturday opening times are 11:00 to 23:00 hrs and Sundays from 11:00 to 20:00 hrs. Regular admission is 20 PLN at the gate and 18 PLN online (which is a ticket with a fixed time slot). Tickets are cheaper when bought three days in advance. We had a combined ticket with the Museum Of The Second World War, which is 30 PLN and an absolute recommendation. Both places used time slots to control Covid-19 and the number of visitors. The combined ticket is not having a time slot – so I am not fully aware how it is working out on peak times.
Olivia Star Gdansk – The Observation Deck
We changed our two-museum ticket into a plastic card admission, which allows you to enter the route to the elevator and also call the elevator, when you are at the top and want to go down. At ground level, there was airport-style security, which felt to be rather rude and bad in English. Overall, the process was very quick. The tower is surrounded by restaurant tables and bar seating. However, there are always spots to have a nice view. In the key direction, facing towards the Baltic Sea and offering views of Polsat Plus Arena Gdansk and the harbor area, there is a glass-terrace-alike structure, which gives you a beatiful view – I also liked the way the building reflected the area. Even though the place feels to become more “hip”, it was a very pleasant visit and not packed at all.
Olivia Star Gdansk – Food & Services
There are two restaurant options for Olivia Star visitors. The posh one, Arco by Paco Perez, is only opening on selected evenings. We went for a pizza (the other key dish are antipasti / tapa plates) enjoying the lovely view. The quality was really good, the prices were absoutely reasonable regarding the view.
There is an area for children to play, but interestingly, there is no souvenir shop or a similar service.
Views from Olivia Star Observation Deck
Last, but not least, here are some views from the Olivia Star Observation Deck:
Olivia Star Gdansk – My View
The location is unfortunately not really in focus of the touristic Gdansk and the ground service is a bit of rude – but apart from that, we really enjoyed our trip to Olivia Star Gdansk. You got a really nice view (maybe a location closer to Old Town would just be more touristic) and the food is nice. I would thus rather recommend to opt for this place later the day, having a cocktail and a bite, enjoying the view. Nice addition to the Tri-City touristic portfolio.
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