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Gdansk

See a different side to Poland in this Baltic city shaped by multicultural influences and a tumultuous past.

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Gdansk: City Cruise on Historical Polish Boat

1. Gdansk: City Cruise on Historical Polish Boat

Discover Gdańsk from the water on board a replica of a Polish river ship used for over 400 years. Used mainly in the 18th century, this intimate, wooden, and spacious 12-seater boat will take you to places large ships are unable to go and thanks to the low number of passengers, you'll feel at ease and special. Start the cruise from the former Gdańsk Shipyard that once was a workplace for nearly 18,000 people and unavailable to visitors for over 170 years. Gdansk Shipyard was established after 1945 in place of the former German shipyards. It was here that the "Solidarity" movement began in 1980, leading to the fall of communism in Poland. Next, cruise on Motława River in the center of the Old Town. You’ll see many tourist attractions, including the ruins of the Teutonic castle, water gates leading to the city, the famous wooden crane from the 15th century, charming old tenement houses, and their new setting. Follow a route that will also show you monuments and new buildings of Ołowianka and the Granary Island. This trip is also a unique and only opportunity to see up close specialist vessels, Gdansk port cranes that are the symbol of the city, and the internal quay of the Port of Gdansk.

Gdańsk: Motlawa River Yacht Cruise

2. Gdańsk: Motlawa River Yacht Cruise

Explore Gdańsk, Poland, on a yacht tour along Motlawa River. Sightsee monuments with friends or family from the water. During the cruise, learn about the history of the city's most famous monuments from a recording. Start your adventure from the water tram stop on the left bank of Old Motlawa at the Green Bridge extension of Dluga Street. The cruise route includes the Green Bridge, the Crane, the fish market, Brabank, Gdansk Marina, Vistula, Polish Hook, the shipyards, and then back to the Green Bridge. See the remains of the wall of Teutonic Castle, the Long Seacoast (Dlugie Pobrzeze) with water gates leading to the city, the famous 15th-century crane, Ołowianka Island, and Granary Island. On the way back to the Green Bridge at the end of the tour, stop by the Marina of Gdańsk.

Gdańsk: Sunset Cruise on a Historic Polish Boat

3. Gdańsk: Sunset Cruise on a Historic Polish Boat

Experience breathtaking views of the setting sun against the background of shipyard cranes. Discover Gdańsk from a water perspective onboard a replica of a Polish riverboat used for over 400 years. An intimate, wooden and spacious 12-seater boat will take you to places unavailable to large ships, and thanks to the low number of passengers, feel at ease and special. Start the cruise from the former areas of the Gdańsk Shipyard, which was unavailable to visitors for over 170 years. Next, go on a cruise on Motława - the center of the Old Town. See many tourist attractions, including the ruins of the Teutonic castle, water gates leading to the city, the famous wooden crane from the 15th century, charming old tenement houses and their new setting. Follow a route that will also show you monuments and new buildings of the Ołowianka Island and Granary Island. This trip is also a unique and only opportunity to see up close specialist vessels, Gdansk cranes.

Gdańsk: Motlawa River Sightseeing Catamaran Cruise

4. Gdańsk: Motlawa River Sightseeing Catamaran Cruise

Explore the sights along the Motlawa River in Gdańsk on this sightseeing catamaran cruise. Step back in time as you learn about the history of the city's most famous monuments from your audio guide. Admire sights like Polish Hook cape, Ołowianka Island, and Granary Island. Start your sailing adventure from the water tram stop on the left bank of the Old Motlawa district at the Green Bridge extension of Dluga Street. Get up close to the Green Gate and sail past the 15th-century crane attached to the National Maritime Museum. Cruise by the vibrant fish market and the modern apartment blocks in Brabank. Check out the old boats in the Gdansk Marina and see part of the Vistula river. Capture pictures of the Polish Hook cape and large industrial cranes in the Gdansk Shipyards. Go by the remains of a wall a Teutonic Castle and sail along the Dlugie Pobrzeze promenade. See how the warehouse ruins on Granary island have been redeveloped and take in views of Ołowianka Island. End your tour by returning to Green bridge.

Gdansk: Cruise on Historical Polish Boat through Shipyard

5. Gdansk: Cruise on Historical Polish Boat through Shipyard

Discover Gdańsk from a water perspective onboard a replica of a Polish river ship used for over 400 years (mainly in the 18th century). Hop onto an intimate, wooden and spacious 12-seater boat that will take you to places unavailable to large ships, and thanks to the small number of passengers you will feel at ease and special. Start the cruise from the former areas of the Gdańsk Shipyard, which once was a workplace for nearly 18,000 people and unavailable to visitors for over 170 years. Find out about how Gdansk Shipyard was established after 1945 in the place of former German shipyards. It was here that the "Solidarity" movement began in 1980, leading to the fall of communism in Poland. During the trip, sail around Ostrów Island, on which there is the 5th largest ship repair yard in the world. This is a unique and only opportunity to see specialized ships, Gdansk cranes (port cranes as a symbol of the city) and the internal quays of the Port of Gdansk.

Gdansk: Pub Crawl with Free Drinks

6. Gdansk: Pub Crawl with Free Drinks

Looking for a great night out in Gdansk? Want to meet new people and party together? If so, the Gdansk pub crawl is an absolute must-do while in the north of Poland. It is the only regularly organized party tour in Gdansk, so don't miss out. Join a team of local guides who will show you the best bars and clubs in this part of the country, and party like a rockstar until late the next morning. During this 4 hour experience of pure fun, get together with an international crowd led by friendly local guides to explore the best bars and clubs in Gdansk. In each of the venues you’ll get a free shot, as well as 2 free drinks of your choice in one of the bars. Last but not least, you'll get exclusive entry to one the coolest clubs in Gdansk. So come on, join this party tour and make the most of your stay in Gdansk. Meet at 8:30 PM at the Neptune’s Fountain to come party until sunrise.

Gdansk: Olivia Star Observation Deck Sunset Dinner & Drinks

7. Gdansk: Olivia Star Observation Deck Sunset Dinner & Drinks

Your luxury experience begins with pickup from your hotel and transfer to Gdansk’s iconic Olivia Star building. Upon arrival, head up to the Observation Desk where an evening of dinner and drinks, music, and breathtaking views await. Dine on a delicious dinner from the deck’s impressive menu, accompanied by drinks made by some of the city’s finest bartenders. While you eat, listen to fabulous music and have a dance if you fancy it. After dinner, head out onto the terrace, which boasts panoramic views of the city and Gdansk Bay. Soak up the romantic atmosphere as you watch the sunset transform the sky with an array of colors. At the end of an unforgettable experience, enjoy complimentary drop-off back to your hotel.

Gdansk: Stutthof Concentration Camp Regular Tour

8. Gdansk: Stutthof Concentration Camp Regular Tour

Your tour will begin as your English-speaking driver picks you up from your hotel in a comfortable minibus. From here, you will depart for the Stutthof Concentration Camp, where you will begin your guided tour. You will start with a visit to the old and new camp quarters, before moving on to see inside of the commander’s villa. You will then proceed to the gas chambers and crematorium, whilst hearing terrifying tales of mass murder from your guide. You can later pay your respects at the camp victims’ monument, before learning about the persecution and occupation of Pomerania. Later on, you will discover the first Nazi concentration camp outside of German territory. After visiting, you will be taken to Sztutowo, where the former camp was, and where Stutthof Museum is now located. Once at the museum, you will visit for about 2 hours with an English-speaking museum guide.

Gdansk Private Walking Tour: Legends and Facts

9. Gdansk Private Walking Tour: Legends and Facts

Learn the facts and legends of the historic city of Gdańsk on a private walking tour of the highlights and main attractions. Marvel at the former gates of the Old Town, including the Upland Gate at the start of the Royal Way. Hear how this route was only accessible to the powerful monarchs in former days. Continue to Long Market and the Town Hall. Then, pass Neptune Fountain and Arthur's Court (Dwor Artusa) to see the former meeting point of the city’s merchants, now a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum. Go inside the court, where the walls are covered with friezes of mythological and historical characters. Continue to the Green Gate overlooking the Motlawa River. Then, enter St. Mary's Church, the largest brick church in the world. End your two hours of sightseeing at the imposing Great Armory and admire one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the city. Listen to detailed descriptions of the architecture and discuss the city's medieval history and contemporary legacy. Choose the three-hour tour option to explore the other sides of the Old Town and the islands on the Motlawa River. Discover the adorable Spichrzow Island and admire the architecture and yachts in the area. See the Baltic Symphony Hall and its fantastic buildings. Extend your sightseeing to four hours and enter St. Bridget's Church to see the unique altar made of amber, the most important raw material of the region. Be amazed by the extraordinary embellishments on the roofs and walls, and enjoy included admission.  On the six-hour tour, embark on a full exploration of Old Town and Main Town. Your guide will tell you everything about the city, including interesting facts and fantastic legends. There will be enough time to discover every corner of the city, and to enjoy a special visit of the European Solidarity Center, one of the most modern museums in Europe. Wander through the moving exhibitions and informative installations on the history of Poland and Gdansk.

Highlights of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot 1-day Private Tour

10. Highlights of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot 1-day Private Tour

Start your sightseeing with pick up you from your hotel or apartment or from the port and visit to the tourist center of Skwer Kościuszki in Gdynia. Then, go for a walk along the pretty embankment to see the famous full-rigged sailing ship of the Dar Pomorza. Learn more about the history pf the city at the City of Gdynia Museum. Experience the most famous walkway and longest jetty in Poland with a stroll along Monciak street and Plac Zdrojowy in Sopot. See French-style gardens and exotic plants in Park Oliwski in Gdańsk and learn all about the Cistercian church of Oliwa Archcathedral. Enjoy an amazing view of the Tricity area from a stunning viewpoint. Then, you will go to the Old Town of Gdansk. Marvel at the former gates of the Old Town, including the Upland Gate at the start of the Royal Way. Hear how this route was only accessible to the powerful monarchs in former days.  Continue to Long Market and the Town Hall. Then, pass Neptune Fountain and Arthur's Court (Dwor Artusa) to see the former meeting point of the city’s merchants, now a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum. Go inside the court, where the walls are covered with friezes of mythological and historical characters. Finish the tour at the Green Gate overlooking the Motlawa River. This is an amazing tour for people, who want to visit the Tricity in one day, eat traditional Polish lunch - at your own expense - and have a great time.

Frequently asked questions about Gdansk

What top attractions are a must-see in Gdansk?

Planning Your Visit

  • Weather

    Although you should bring summer clothing if you're visiting Gdansk in the summer months, the Baltic chill can be fierce - bring a jacket, especially if you go out in the evenings!

  • Toilets

    In Poland, a circle on the toilet door indicates the ladies', and a downward-facing triangle means the gents'!

  • Twin cities

    Gdynia, 30 minutes westwards, is one of Gdansk's twin cities. It offers a large naval base and a long seashore.

  • Kaliningrad

    Although you're a couple of hours from Russia - Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave resting between Poland and Lithuania and you'll need a pre-approved visa to enter if you're not a citizen.

Good to know

  • Language
    Polish
  • Currency
    Polish złoty (zł)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +48
  • Best time to visit
    Summer is the most popular time to visit when the weather is at its best and there is a huge shopping festival from late June to August, along with other events to keep you entertained. If you would rather not share your sight seeing with the crowds then visit in the off season in spring or fall.

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What people are saying about Gdansk

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,810 reviews

The camp was very interesting and our tour guide was brilliant - she was very knowledgeable and had absolutely perfect English. Worth a visit!

Two of the nicest guys I have ever met. Their stories and conversation made the experience priceless. Cannot recommend high enough

We had a good time strolling around the city, listening to the interesting facts and the city's history.

It was amazing! Myself and my friends were impressed. Definitely worth it. 10/10 ☺️

Excellent transport and the guide was very knowledgeable. Would recommend