5 Reasons to Visit the City of Gdańsk in Poland

Gdansk

Poland and the City of Gdańsk

Poland continues to gain momentum in tourism as more and more travelers are visiting the country.  We have seen an increase in requests for travel to the country. We love the fascinating city of Gdańsk, one of the most beautiful and magnetizing cities in Poland, located on the Baltic Sea coast.  It is very popular among tourists from all over the Europe and it now starting to be discovered by more and more by US travelers.  It offers a rich culture, historic city centre, beautiful river, proximity to the Baltic Sea and much more for travelers.

 

1) City Centre, Historic Old Town and River Motlawa Area

These are the most popular places in the city, which is shown by the many visitors. Here you can admire buildings, which represent the most valuable historical monuments in Poland. The whole area is a part of the European Route of Brick Gothic. On its trail you can find Gothic churches, monasteries, gates and towers. The main sights on the way are the Golden Gate, Town Hall (which currently houses the History Museum of the City) the Prison Tower, Artus Court and Neptune’s Fountain.

Neptun fountain - City of Gdańsk
Neptune’s Fountain
 
Main town
Main Town
 
Old Townhall
Old Town Hall
 

2) St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church dominates the surrounding buildings, and is considered to be the oldest church in the world, built with brick. It’s 105m long and 66m wide sanctuary hides about 300 tombstones and a 15th-century astronomical clock. From the church tower, you can admire a panoramic view of the city. Walking along from the church to the River Motława don’t miss the Mariacka street which is one of the most romantic streets in Gdańsk. It contains stunning architectural buildings as well as many souvenir stalls with beautiful amber craft and amber jewellery. Then, just relax in one of the finest restaurants on the banks of the river Motława or just wander along the promenade.

St Mary Church
St Mary Church
 
Motława Area
Motława Area

3) Museum of the Second World War

The exhibition of the museum deeply shows the cruelty of war. The most spectacular elements of the exhibitions feature two tanks – one Soviet, and one American, a replica of the atomic bomb which was dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Many videos show interviews with people sharing their memories and experience. There are also two reconstructions of a Warsaw street.

Warsaw street reconstruction
Warsaw Street reconstruction
 
Photos in museum
Photos in the museum

4) European Center of Solidarity

It is a huge complex with great exhibitions, remembering the fight and victory over communism. Here visitors can also learn how life looked from behind the Iron Curtain.

You will be impressed by:
  • The big sign of Solidarity created with white and red chits
  • Films, 3D projectors, touch screens, interactive exhibition and real size exhibits like a big police truck
  • A room with a round table which symbolizes peaceful negotiation and led to the establishment of a democratic government in Poland and the final fall of communism in Poland and Europe
  • A separate room, where a museum is dedicated to Pope John Paul II
European Center of Solidarity
European Center of Solidarity
Truck
Police Truck
Round table
Round table

5) Entertainment and Fun

There are plenty of entertainment options for tourists. You can jump on a bike and discover the city by land, or hop into a kayak and admire the city from the water.  There are also other options such as the lovely Stogi beach, the Dominic’s fair (which is one of the biggest trade and cultural open-air events in Europe), or visit the Open’er Festival (in the sister city of Gdańsk – Gdynia, this year’s superstars are Gorillaz, Massive Attack, Bruno Mars or Depeche Mode).

 

We hope that you enjoyed the article and hopefully you learned about a new destination.  The great city of Gdańsk offers a lot for travelers.  What do you think about this destination?  Please share your thoughts with us!

     

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Comments

January 19, 2018
Gdansk looks amazing! I can't wait to visit someday.
dshorter
January 22, 2018
Thanks Hannah! You'll love the city!
January 19, 2018
First of all, these are amazing pictures! Those colours and angles are great. Secondly, this city looks amazing! I have heard great things about Poland, although it doesn't seem like a very famous destination. Would love to have a look one day!
Anna
January 23, 2018
Thank you Dann Castillo! Gdansk is really wonderful place, we can truly recommend it for your next trip! And what is important there is an international airport in Gdansk so you will not have any problems in getting there
January 19, 2018
Thank you for the information. I am planning to go to this town this summer.
Anna
January 23, 2018
Thank you Daniela! I can recommend you visiting Gdansk on the begining of August as then you can take part in St. Dominic’s Fair, which is one of the biggest trade and cultural open-air events in Europe.
Rebecca
January 19, 2018
Poland is beautiful! Reminds me a little of Iceland for some reason!
Anna
January 23, 2018
Hi Rebecca! Thank you for your comment, I agree with you.
Kristina
January 21, 2018
Looks like a very colorful city, shame I missed it on the few trips to Poland I've done.
Anna
January 23, 2018
Hi Kristina! What cities did you visit during your trips to Poland?
Clare
January 22, 2018
We would love to visit Poland! It looks so pretty and James' grandpa is from there :)
Anna
January 23, 2018
Hi Clare, Poland is a place full of surprises. You can use our form and we can help you to plan a trip!
January 23, 2018
I'd never heard of the European Centre of Solidarity and now i want to go, it sounds fascinating. I'll be checking Skyscanner later!
Anna
January 23, 2018
Hi Kelly! Both Euroepean Centre of Solidarity and Museum of the Second World War are really wonderful places and you can spend there whole day. European Center of Solidarity was opened in 2014 and the Museum of the Second World War was open in 2017. Just use our form and we can help you plan trip to Poland and Gdansk!
January 23, 2018
I'm so obsessed with architecture like that! Looks like such a beautiful city! I've honestly never even heard of that city.
Anna
January 23, 2018
Hi Kristin! There are so many places that we did not hear about! I recommend using our form and we can help you plan your next trip to Poland and Gdansk!
February 12, 2018
I've heard so much about Gdansk lately, and I have to say it again, I just love how vivid the city looks! I'll definitely bookmark your site :)

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