The facility is located on Góra Szubieniczna, between Sobieskiego and Traugutta streets in Gdańsk Wrzeszcz. It was built in 1911 in the form of a reinforced concrete monolith, which at the beginning of the 20th century was an impressive achievement. Set on a circular plan with a diameter of 50 m, it consists of several concentric spaces forming a surprising underground maze.

— visit the reservoir

How to get there? Book a visit

June – SeptemberEntry charge:
9 PLN

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— ABOUT THE RESERVOIR:

The facility contained 5,000 m3 of water (2 * 2,500 m3, because the “water” space of the reservoir consists of 2 independent chambers). The total volume of the facility is almost 2/3 larger (8 238 m3), which makes this reservoir the largest in Gdańsk.

The only external element of the building is the huge (12.8 x 6.3 m) front wall of the gate chamber in the neoclassical style. The rings – corridors are almost 7 m wide and 5.5 m high. The specific design gives an amazing sound effect – according to experts, the acoustics of the Sobieski reservoir is a sensation on a national or maybe even European scale.

SURPRISING
UNDERGROUND

LABYRINTH

BUILT ON A WHEEL PLAN WITH A DIAMETER OF 50 M AND SURFACE 1860 M2

CUBATURE

8238 M3

SIGNIFICANTLY OUTSTANDING CAPACITY (5000 M3)

CONSTRUCTION AND ACOUSTICS

SHOW RESEMBLANCE WITH AN AMPHITHEATRE

SOUND PROPAGATES TO 200 M DISTANCE AND CAN RETURN IN UP TO 7 SECONDS LONG ECHO

UP TO THIS DATE, THERE ISN’T ANOTHER UNDERGROUND RESERVOIR WAS IN GDAŃSK, WHICH COULD COMPARE IN TERMS OF ARCHITECTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION GRANDURE WITH SOBIESKI.

— EXHIBITION

Inside the Stary Sobieski you will find an exhibition on the history of Gdańsk’s waterworks, presenting the history of Gdansk from the perspective of water supply – from the time of the Teutonic Order and first wooden pipelines to modern waterworks known to us today. An amazing acoustic experience awaits guests, including an echo effect known as the “whispering gallery”, allowing a whispered conversation over a distance of 200 meters.

— GALLERY

— HOW TO GET THERE?

The exact address of the facility is 4, Sobieskiego St., 80-219 Gdańsk. It is located on Mount Szubieniczna in the park behind Gdańsk’s University of Technology.

— PUBLIC TRANSPORT

At the WRZESZCZ PKP stop, take bus 168 towards “Kiełpino Górne” or 199 towards “Wały Piastowskie”. Get off at the “Siedlicka” stop. Follow Traugutta Street towards Gdańsk’s University of Technology. At the intersection, cross the street and turn into Sobieskiego Street. After about 130 m, on your left a path leading up the hill will appear (the beginning of the path is marked with a sign – “Zbiornik Wody Stary Sobieski). Follow the path up the hill until you reach the reservoir. The path does not exceed 200 m, and the walk from the bus stop to the Reservoir takes about 20-30 minutes.

At the DWORZEC GŁÓWNY PKP stop, take bus 199 towards”Oliwa PKP”. Get off at the “Siedlecka” stop. Head along Traugutta street towards Gdańsk’s University of Technology. At the intersection, cross the street and turn into Sobieskiego Street. After about 130 m, a path leading up the hill will appear on your left ((the beginning of the path is marked with a sign – “Zbiornik Wody Stary Sobieski). Follow the path up the hill until you reach the reservoir. The path does not exceed 200 m, and the walk from the bus stop to the Reservoir takes about 20-30 minutes.

— CAR

FROM GRUNWALDZKA AVENUE: take turn into Do Studzienki street and drive until you reach Traugutta street. Leave the car in a nearby parking lot. From there you need to go on foot, heading up Sobieskiego Street. After about 130 m, a path leading up the hill will appear on your left (the beginning of the path is marked with a sign – “Zbiornik Wody Stary Sobieski). Follow that path up the hill until you reach the reservoir (approx. 200 m).

FROM SOBIESKIEGO STREET : Reach the intersection with Traugutta street and park your car at the nearby parking lot on the right side or look for another parking space nearby. From there you need to go on foot, heading up Sobieskiego Street. After about 130 m, a path leading up the hill will appear on your left (the beginning of the path is marked with a sign – “Zbiornik Wody Stary Sobieski). Follow that path up the hill until you reach the reservoir (approx. 200 m).

— BOOK A VISIT

Tours take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10, 11:30, 13, 14:30 and 16.

ATTENTION! After signing up, we’ll send you an email asking for confirmation.
Remember to confirm the reservation by clicking on the link in the email. That is a final step in the signing up process and required to successfully book a visit.

In response to the spread of COVID-19, we have changed the operative rules during visit. It is required to cover your mouth and nose, disinfect your hands, use provided shoe cleaning mats and adhere to the principles of social distancing (safe distance of at least 2 m). More information about the health and safety measures can be found in the tour’s Terms and Conditions. Safety rules apply during your visit.

A guided tour takes place in a group of up to 15 people. Entrance charge – 9 PLN.

Guided tour takes about 60 minutes. Inside, there is a specific, humid microclimate with a constant, average temperature of 10ºC. We suggest putting on comfortable footwear, and bringing a coat even on a hot day.

Throughout the year you can admire the panorama of Gdańsk from the neighbouring viewpoint called Antoni.