Top attractions in Gdansk
7 must-see sites 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.
1. Long Market
This is the closest thing to a main square that Gdansk has and is distinguished by its tall, colorful Mannerist buildings.
2. Neptune Fountain
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.
3. European Solidarity Center
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.
4. Shakespeare Theater
For a multilingual Shakespeare experience, visit this theater, which has occupied the same site in different forms since the 17th century.
5. Stutthof Concentration Camp
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.
6. Polish Post Office 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.
7. St. Mary's Church
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.
Planning Your Visit
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.
Good to know
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- 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
We kayaked 6+km in light rain. It was good exercise and fun. Piotr was very patient and a gracious guide. I would do this tour again and would recommend this to anyone that is at least a little fit. You will have fun! There is a little shop near the kayak spot where you can buy cheap drinks and snacks too.
It was an absolute delight! Our guide Veronica was very personal about her city, told us a lot of stories both historical and contemporary. She provided umbrellas when rain was pouring. Would repeat it when in Gdansk. Recommend it when traveling with kids!
Good starting place and nice captain of the boat A good angle to see Gdansk from water, like a private tour informative brochure was helpful and guided trough the ride
beautiful city, beautiful cruise, length was just right and we got to know some interesting news
Excellent guide. Touching story about the camp and the guide had a lot off knowledge.