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Gdansk street art – the biggest urban gallery in Poland

(Last Updated On: 09/05/2017)

When taking the train from Gdansk to Sopot or Gdynia you pass a big area with large blocks of flats. That’s Zaspa – one of the residential districts of the city. At first sight it looks pretty average, just another random place that you can find in this part of Europe. But when looking closer it turns out it is actually more than special! The majority of blocks is covered in huge murals, representing the best of what Gdansk street art can offer!


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Gdansk street art scene in Zaspa

The first mural in Zaspa was created in 1997 by Rafał Roskowiński. It shows two most iconic Polish citizens – Lech Wałęsa, the father of “Solidarność” movement that has changed the history of Poland and Europe at the end of the 20th century, and the Pope John Paul 2nd. The mural was one of 10 that were made to for the 1000th birthday of Gdansk. And that’s how the whole huge gallery of murals has started.

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Now there’s the annual street art festival taking place in the neighbourhood, the mural school and the Monumental Paintings Collection. There’re over 50 works spread all over the area, some better than others but together they make a wonderful collage of Gdansk street art. Apparently it’s the world’s biggest collection of murals located in such a small area! The artists that were invited to create on the walls of Zaspa came from all over the world – it’s easy to see the influence of artists from South America, Polish murals scene or members of Prague street art community.

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My impressions from exploring murals of Zaspa

I was lucky this summer I had to go from work to Gdansk. And since I had free 7 hours I thought it’s a perfect opportunity to explore Gdansk street art scene in Zaspa. I printed a map from their wesbsite and I expected it would take me some 2 hours to see all the work. Oh how wrong I was! 4 hours later I could hardly feel my feet, I was overwhelmed with the creativity I’ve witnessed and my head was about to explode from all the awesomeness around! Yet I still kept going, there were few more murals I wanted to see! I was especially impressed with those huge ones, created on the walls of 10-storeys blocks! My mind just couldn’t take it all in!

Gdansk street art in Zaspa – practical informations

You can easily get to Zaspa by city train (SKM) – you have to go to Gdansk Wrzeszcz station (then you’re on the eastern edge of the neighbourhood and exploring from there is much easier) or to Gdansk Zaspa (you’re in the middle). It is possible to go for the organized tour around. I’d have loved to do that but the timing wasn’t good. So I just printed the map from the website and walk around on my own. I also found couple of big maps around Zaspa neighbourhood, pointing where murals can be found. The official website of Murals Gdansk Zaspa is a perfect source of information about the works that can be found in the area!

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Gdansk street art – a photo gallery

Here you have pictures of most of the murals I’ve found! Aren’t they amazing?

Do you like murals too? Would you like to explore Gdansk street art?


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63 Comments

  • Reply
    Esther
    08/10/2015 at 15:05

    Great photos ;) I love murals! I’ve seen a couple in Krakow, but I would love to explore more of Poland. Such a great urban art scene.

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:13

      Thanks! Poland has become really big in the street art scene and I couldn’t be happier about that :) you definitely should explore more than just Kraków, every big city has some amazing murals!

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    Iza Zawadzka
    08/10/2015 at 19:35

    Fajny pomysł na betonowe osiedla, ale faktycznie można mieć przesyt…

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      16/10/2015 at 19:41

      nigdy się nie czułam sponiewierana muralami, a w Gdańsku mi się zdarzyło

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    Maria Cerejo
    08/10/2015 at 21:37

    What a great post! Can’t believe I went to Gdansk and missed all of this. I did see some great murals in Warsaw and Lodz though =)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      16/10/2015 at 19:50

      yes, Łódź is pretty big when it comes to street art! and Warsaw has its moments too! :D

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    Darek Sekula
    09/10/2015 at 08:52

    szał! :D

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      16/10/2015 at 19:50

      tak bardzo! :D

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    Monika Marcinkowska
    09/10/2015 at 08:54

    Ja na street art trafiam zazwyczaj przypadkiem, tylko dwa razy na wyjeździe zrobiłam sobie z tematyczną wycieczkę.

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      16/10/2015 at 19:18

      gdzie? ja parę razy byłam na wycieczkach streetartowych z przewodnikiem, super sprawa! a tak to nawet nie chcąc wpakuję się w jakiś street arcik :)

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      Monika Marcinkowska
      16/10/2015 at 19:26

      Ameryka Poludniowa: La Paz w Boliwii i Valparaiso w Chile :)

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    Tatiana
    09/10/2015 at 09:55

    Beautiful! We have in plans Zaspa – next nearest time we visit Gdansk.

    • Reply
      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:15

      you definitely should do that! I’m sure you will love it big time!

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    Karolina Roszek
    09/10/2015 at 08:55

    Mój piękny Gdańsk <3

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    Dominika Sidorowicz
    09/10/2015 at 08:57

    Uwielbiam street art i zawsze, wszędzie go “zwiedzam”, a polski jest naprawdę bardzo niezły! :D

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      16/10/2015 at 19:18

      dokładnie tak :)

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    Maciej Marczewski
    09/10/2015 at 09:01

    A jak! Nasza gdańska Zaspa daje radę!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      16/10/2015 at 19:40

      zdecydowanie!

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    Ania
    09/10/2015 at 10:46

    Z takimi muralami jakoś da się znieść wielką płytę. Świetne! Jeździłam kiedyś często do Gdańska, do rodziny, bardzo lubię to miasto. Muszę się wybrać na dłużej :)

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:17

      ja jakoś nigdy do końca Gdańska nie czułam. Piękny i w ogóle, ale ciągle mi tam czegoś brakuje, chociaz pomału się przekonuję :) a murale na blokowiskach są najlepsze, zupełnie odmieniają takie miejsca! :)

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    Michał - Podróże Reportera
    09/10/2015 at 10:52

    Mieszkałem tam kiedyś i pamiętam tą twarz papieża :) Zaspa przodowała w polskiej sztuce murali, dziś fajne murale są też w innych miastach, ale te gdańskie mają piękną, długą historię.

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:18

      no rozchulała się Polska muralowo, praktycznie w każdym większym mieście można coś znaleźć! Ale te gdańskie mnie zachwyciły, chociaz ciut za dużo ich tam było. A papież troszkę przerażający wyszedł ;)

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    Marta Gawrychowska
    09/10/2015 at 10:03

    Cuda, uwielbiam murale ❤️

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      16/10/2015 at 19:42

      ja też!

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    Julia
    09/10/2015 at 11:09

    Kama, I’m impressed again. Want to see more and more street art on your blog!

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:18

      Thanks! There’s still plenty coming! :)

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    Tyna Julia
    09/10/2015 at 10:56

    Mega, tylko trzeba o ten street dbać – sprane po kilku latach murale nie wyglądają już tak fajnie – mamy parę takich przykładów w Poznaniu :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      16/10/2015 at 19:42

      ano niestety… ale dopóki jest moda powinno być dobrze

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    Kinga Bielejec
    09/10/2015 at 13:28

    Takie cuda u nas w Gdańsku! Rewelacja! :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      16/10/2015 at 19:40

      no mega dość!

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    Połącz Kropki
    09/10/2015 at 21:53

    Już wiem co będę robiła przy okazji następnej wizyty w Gdańsku;D

    • Reply
      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:19

      polecam bardzo!

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    Traveling Rockhopper
    10/10/2015 at 08:25

    Niesamowite, ile ich można znaleźć!

    • Reply
      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:20

      trochę w sumie przytłaczają ;)

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    Mirøslav Hristøff
    11/10/2015 at 06:49

    “The Future was here” – so strong message. I liked that most. And that one with number 29 on the building.

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:22

      “the future was here” is among my favourites too!

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    Magdalena Nieścierowicz
    12/10/2015 at 08:46

    Ile tych murali jest, super. Lepsze murale niż szarość bloków. Fajną sprawą jest też to, że są związane z historią.

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:23

      zgadzam sie :)

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    Jenna
    12/10/2015 at 10:34

    I love street art! Looks like you found some great murals! I would love to explore Gdansk and find these–can’t believe how many murals you found–the seem to be everywhere!!

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:24

      They were everywhere, at some point I just felt overwhelmed with them! And Gdańsk is amazing, not only when it comes to street art so I hope you will get to see it one day!

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    antonette - we12travel
    12/10/2015 at 20:20

    I loved Gdansk although I didn’t really recall so much murals and street art. How long was it ago, about 5 years I guess, since we met there? Had a really good time, also loved Sopot near the sea …

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:25

      yes, 5 or 6! Time flies so much! Back then I wasn’t even interested in street art :) Gdańsk is great, the whole 3 cities area is! You definitely should come back!

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    Lauren
    12/10/2015 at 23:16

    Wow! I would spend hours here. They are all so beautiful and it’s amazing how these murals are across such huge buildings! I would love to walk all over the place here.

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:26

      I’m sure you’d love it, it’s an amazing place! And I was so impressed with those huge murals, I really can’t imagine how someone can paint such an amazing things!!

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    Za miedzą i dalej
    14/10/2015 at 16:51

    Nawet nie wiedziałem, że w Gdańsku jest tyle street artu! :D

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:29

      ja do niedawna też nie :) niesamowite miejsce!

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    Ron Robbins
    21/10/2015 at 19:57

    Holy cow – those are some massive murals! I’d love to spend some time just walking around and taking photographs of the city. I really like the one with the rubber cube…so interesting. Which one was your favorite?

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      kami
      15/11/2015 at 12:39

      I’m sure you’d enjoy Gdańsk, it’s a wonderful city anyway and all these murals just adds up to the overal great place! I can’t really say which one was my fave as I was impressed with every second one but the rubber cube is among my faves too!

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    Marissa Tejada
    21/10/2015 at 20:42

    Amazing street art! Such creativity. Nice post :D

    • Reply
      kami
      15/11/2015 at 12:44

      Thank you!

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    Shing
    26/10/2015 at 17:12

    Oh wow Kami! I’m getting wanderlust just looking at these photos! I would love to spend a full day just getting to know Gdansk through its street art. The size and location of these plastered against flats reminds me of Lodz so much! Poland is one of my favourite countries, I need to get my Polish fix soon!

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      kami
      15/11/2015 at 12:42

      You definitely should come again! Have you been to Warsaw? I’d love to show you around! Funny I haven’t really explored the street art scene in Łódź but I can imagine Gdańsk is similar in that matter! You’d love it for sure!! And Gdańsk itself is pretty amazing too!

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  • Reply
    Erin
    12/02/2016 at 20:22

    So many great articles on Poland. Thanks for directing me here. Unfortunately I wont be making it this trip but I will get here someday!

    • Reply
      kami
      15/02/2016 at 22:19

      I’m glad you enjoy posts and I hope you will make it here one day!

  • Reply
    Epepa
    16/02/2016 at 10:37

    Oh, it’s really great! I’m impressed! Long time no see Gdańsk, I was there only once actually when I was a kid and I don’t remember much from this trip.

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      kami
      23/02/2016 at 08:18

      you definitely should go back, you will be surprised how beautiful and cool the city is!

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    Szymon | Znajkraj
    13/07/2016 at 09:39

    How cool is that! :)

    Ale dawno nie widziałem już ich wszystkich. Ale fajnie przeczytać tyle dobrego o własnym mieście i czasem swoich kolegach :)

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      kami
      21/07/2016 at 21:36

      cieszę się, że się spodobał wpis :) mnie te murale bardzo wymęczyły, tak ich duzo na tak wielkim terenie, głowa mi niemalże eksplodowała od nadmiaru wrażeń :)

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    joe lee
    04/04/2017 at 10:08

    Loving the streetart! May have to revisit Poland, it’s been over 14 years since my big trip over there. I’m sure thing’s have changed!

    thiswayup world / Joe

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      kami
      17/04/2017 at 19:42

      you definitely should come back, you will love it! And the street art scene in Poland is amazing!

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