Top attractions in Gdansk
Although much of it was destroyed by war, Gdansk has emerged as one of the most beautiful Baltic cities. Its history of changing between Prussian and Slavic rule has made way for a rich cultural experience for anyone who visits.
This is the closest thing to a main square that Gdansk has and is distinguished by its tall, colorful Mannerist buildings.
Located at the center of Long Market, this statue survived World War II. Rumor has it that it once flowed with Goldwasser, the local liqueur. Like the rest of Long Market, the statue has a rather Dutch influence - it was built by Flemish artist Peter Husen.
The Solidarity movement, led by Lech Walesa, sought to bring down the Communist regime. Let this museum educate you about events that would change the face of Europe.
For a multilingual Shakespeare experience, visit this theater, which has occupied the same site in different forms since the 17th century.
This was the first Nazi concentration camp built outside Germany. Respectfully reflect on the conditions and events of Stutthof on a guided visit to the grounds and the museum.
The theory goes that the post office in Gdansk was a front for the Polish government's intelligence. The museum shows history of the 18th century - from German annexation in 1939, to its present-day use as a post office.
One of Europe's largest buildings constructed in the Brick Gothic style, the unusual flat roof of its tower and the huge black organ against the white walls make it a very imposing church.
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!
In Poland, a circle on the toilet door indicates the ladies', and a downward-facing triangle means the gents'!
Gdynia, 30 minutes westwards, is one of Gdansk's twin cities. It offers a large naval base and a long seashore.
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.
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- 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
Couldn't believe the approach to where we were to board - the amazing old shipyards and warehouses - which set the scene perfectly for our trip. It really is well worth walking there to sample a slightly different more off-the-beaten track bit of Gdansk. The whole cruise was excellent and our guide, Piotr, was really well informed and answered all our questions and expanded on so much that we wanted to know. It was a fantastic boat in excellent condition and we were taken further up and down the river than we imagined we would be able to go. You get to see such a lot from a different viewpoint and our guide's English was excellent so we found it a really enriching experience overall.
Our guide Michał was easy to communicate with before, during and after our all-day tour with him. He was punctual, friendly and very straightforward; wonderfully easy to talk to. Thanks to his worldliness and inexhaustible knowledge of Gdańsk and its surroundings, our stay in the area was enriched beyond measure. And rather than merely tell us things about Gdańsk that might be found in any given copy of Lonely Planet, he helped us discover amazing stories and places that others might never know.
The trip was excellent, fortunately for us there were only 4 of us on the excursion which made it like we were just out some some friends. The guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and relaxed and even took photos throughout the trip. Our guide was called Simon (I think ). He even helped one client back when she got tired by attaching a tow rope! Seeing the city from the river have a really nice and different perspective and I would highly recommend this trip and guide.
Robert was a fantastic representative who went the extra mile to ensure our visit to Poland was over and above the excursion we were expecting. He was informative, giving us lots of interesting facts about the different places we travelled through. He squeezed in a tour of Gdansk and ensured a prompt return to our ship. The Stuttof Concentration camp tour guide, who grew up in the area, was both passionate and knowledgeable. A worthwhile, moving experience.
Having been to Gdańsk many times before, we were amazed that our tour guide Gabriella was not only able to enhance our knowledge of a truly wonderful part of the world, but also our appreciation, making for an unforgettable experience. We highly this tour and our incredible guide.