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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: Private Electric Boat Cruise on the Motława River

2. Gdańsk: Private Electric Boat Cruise on the Motława River

Soak up the highlights of Gdańsk's Old Town with a private cruise on the Motława River. Glide silently over the water without gas fumes aboard an eco-friendly, electric boat. Relax with comfortable seating, plush pillows, and blankets to stay warm. Hop aboard and embark on your sailing adventure. Have use of the radio and feel free to purchase a drink from the onboard mini-bar. Unwind, knowing that the ship is regularly maintained to the highest possible safety standards. Capture pictures as you sail past the city's historic water gates like St. Mary's Gate, Stragglers Gate, St. John's Gate, and the Holy Spirit Gate. Cruise by a red-brick crane that is over 700-hundred years old, the Soldek Museum, and the World War II Museum. Pass by the Olowianka Footbridge and admire how the old warehouses on Granary Island have been transformed into a chic neighborhood. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise.

Private transportation to the Malbork Castle from Gdansk

3. Private transportation to the Malbork Castle from Gdansk

The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A symbol of power and tradition, it is the largest Gothic brick castle in Europe. Visit this masterpiece of defense and residential architecture and explore the interior, including its interesting exhibitions. The 5-hour tour includes private transportation from your hotel in Gdansk or Sopot, with free time to explore the castle in Malbork and the surrounding area and return transportation. The driver is English-speaking and will help with buying tickets at the castle and organizing a castle guide.

From Gdansk: Malbork Castle Trip with Ticket and Audio Guide

4. From Gdansk: Malbork Castle Trip with Ticket and Audio Guide

Welcome to Malbork Castle, an extraordinary fortress steeped in history and grandeur! Located in northern Poland, Malbork Castle is the largest brick castle in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century, this medieval marvel is a true masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Upon arriving at Malbork Castle, you'll be transported back in time as you step into a world of knights, kings, and intrigue. Take a guided tour or rent an audio guide to explore the castle's rich history, fascinating legends, and incredible architecture. Learn about the rise and fall of the Teutonic Order, the castle's role in medieval warfare, and the lives of the knights who once inhabited its walls. One of the highlights of Malbork Castle is the Grand Master's Palace, the largest building within the castle complex. Marvel at its ornate interiors, including the Great Refectory with its beautiful ribbed vaults, the Grand Chapter Hall adorned with frescoes, and the opulent private apartments of the Grand Master. Admire the exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail in every corner of this magnificent palace. As you explore the castle's courtyards and gardens, you'll be greeted by breathtaking views of its massive fortifications and walls. Take a moment to appreciate the sheer size and scale of this medieval stronghold, which once guarded the lands of the Teutonic Order. Don't miss the chance to witness a thrilling falconry show, where you can see majestic birds of prey in action, just as the knights did centuries ago. The falconry shows are a mesmerizing display of medieval hunting techniques and the bond between man and bird. In addition to its fascinating history and architecture, Malbork Castle also houses various museum exhibitions. Explore the Amber Museum, which showcases exquisite amber artifacts, the Arms and Armor Exhibition, which displays an impressive collection of medieval weapons and armor, and the Archaeological Museum, which presents archaeological finds from the castle's grounds. Before leaving, make sure to visit the castle's gift shops, where you can find unique souvenirs, including replicas of medieval weapons, amber jewelry, and other castle-themed merchandise. Malbork Castle is a truly remarkable destination that offers an immersive experience into medieval history and architecture. Whether you're a history buff, a castle enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique and memorable experience, a visit to Malbork Castle will transport you to a bygone era and leave you with lasting memories of this remarkable fortress.

Spy-Themed City Game: Lockdown

5. Spy-Themed City Game: Lockdown

Public unrest is growing on the streets of Gdansk and the authorities have put the city into lockdown to prevent it from spreading further. Only authorised personnel can leave the city but, being foreign agents, you desperately need to find a way out before they come for you. An anonymous intel syndicate agrees to help but only if you help them first. Can you prove your worth to them and earn your ticket out? ;) During your mission, you will be asked to complete a series of different spy tasks at 8 points of interest, as well as keeping an eye out for some bonus features. If you play as one team, you'll have a points target to achieve in order for the mission to be a success. If you have enough people (8+) to divide into 2 or more teams, the one with the most points wins- easy! :D In this activity, we combine sightseeing & historical info on an attractive 3.5km route around town, with lots of good old-fashioned fun and a real spy atmosphere ;) It is ideal for groups of all shapes and sizes, and it is also totally family-friendly.

Gdansk: Oliwa Zoo with Tickets and Roundtrip Transportation

6. Gdansk: Oliwa Zoo with Tickets and Roundtrip Transportation

"Don’t worry about any organizational troubles to experience one of Top Attraction in Gdansk. Jump out of the city to explore wild world of animals, see on your own one of the last species on Earth and enjoy huge facility designated with love to animals. Use skip-the-line tickets and avoid long useless queue. The driver will pick you up at you accommodation and bring you straight to the Oliwa Zoo. Oliwa Zoo in Gdansk is one of the best zoo area in whole Poland located in picturesque Tricity Landscape Park. It's 125 ha big zone where you will find most of recognizable animals, but also these one that no longer exist in their natural environment! See on your own unique bongo antelopes, pygmy hippos and much more. Enjoy funny alpacas, majestic lions, lovely orangutans, fantastic african elephant or grave crocodiles! See different worlds in one place. After amazing adventure in zoo, which lasts around 5 hours the driver will wait for you in front of the gate. Just sit back and he will drop you off to your accommodation or any other location in Gdansk if you want to sightsee more.

Private Tour of Gdansk Old Town for Kids and Families

7. Private Tour of Gdansk Old Town for Kids and Families

Do you know where to find the lions of Gdansk? Join a Local Guide on the streets of Gdansk’s Old Town to discover the legends and fairytales from Pomerania, and learn about the medieval amber route and maritime history. Enjoy a fun and educational tour tailored to children of any age. Let us take you on an exciting family adventure in Gdansk! Choose the 2-hour option to see the best highlights of the Old Town and learn about Polish history and culture through fun activities, tasks and games for children. Meet important historical figures and fictional characters as you explore the historic streets and embankments lined with colorful tenement houses, churches, old warehouses and gates. Follow the ancient Royal Route that passes by the High Gate and the Golden Gate, and feel the lively atmosphere of the Long Market with all its trendy cafes, restaurants and shops. During the tour you will hear the legend of the Neptune’s Fountain and learn about the merchants who gathered at the Artus Court during the Middle Ages. You will also discover interesting facts about amber and the medieval trading route as you walk along the Motlawa River Embankment. Highlights include the amazing ships moored in the port, and Żuraw, the oldest, existing medieval crane in Europe. The final stop will be the Basilica of St. Mary, which is one of the largest brick churches in the world. In addition to an ornate altar, organ set, and a royal chapel, your children will be captivated by the basilica’s astronomical clock, which starts moving every day a few minutes before 12 pm. For an additional fee you can also visit St. Mary's Tower and enjoy the amazing view over the Old Town. Choose the 3-hour option to learn more about the importance of amber in the Baltic region by visiting the Museum of Amber. Skip-the-line tickets are included to save time. The museum is housed in an old mill and offers informative and interactive exhibits that illustrate how amber is naturally formed, how it is extracted, and how it is used in medicine, as a magical stone and as an artistic material. Both adults and children will be delighted with natural and handmade treasures made out of amber, such as the prehistoric ‘sunken lizard’ or a full-size guitar. Choose the 4-hour option to also play and learn more about Polish maritime history in the Ośrodek Kultury Morskiej, a branch of the National Maritime Museum. It’s a must-do for active kids who like to learn through play as the hands-on exhibits are both fun and educational. Let your kids’s imagination run wild as they play with computer simulators and remote-controlled ships, and listen to amazing stories about maritime life. There will be no time for boredom, and with skip-the-line tickets you can avoid the long lines to the ticket office.

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What people are saying about Gdansk

Great tour of the city and beyond. Took us to places we wouldn't have seen on our walks around. Lots of really interesting information and great to do a boat tour in a smaller group. Very friendly and easy going. Great value.

An enjoyable trip. Because the group is small, you can hear easily and ask questions. The guide was knowledgeable and it was great to see Gdansk from another perspective. Recommended.

Good! Everything as described in ad. Barely made it! We were late and the boat had already left the dock a few meters but the crew was kind enough to head back to pick us up.

To find the meeting point is difficult so reserve enough time. A sing showing the direction would be a good idea

Good fun, knowledgable tour guide and a great way to see the city from the water.