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Gdańsk Main Town Hall

Look over Gda\u0144sk\u2019s rooftops from the tower of this magnificent 14th-century landmark, which is also the main branch of the Gda\u0144sk History Museum.

Take a step back in time and discover the ancient history of Gda\u0144sk at the Gda\u0144sk Main Town Hall (Ratusz Gl\u00F3wnego Miasta Gda\u0144ska). Once the seat of the city\u2019s council, today this monumental building is home to the Gda\u0144sk History Museum (Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Gda\u0144ska). Browse the striking interior rooms, which host exhibits dedicated to art, period furniture and the city\u2019s trading heritage. Enjoy unrivaled views of the Old Town from the building\u2019s tower.

The Gda\u0144sk Main Town Hall is thought to date back to the 1300s, originally built as a Gothic-style palace. It has witnessed several design changes since then. Renaissance features were added following a fire in 1556. Reconstruction work took place after World War II bomb damage. In 1970 it became the site of the Gda\u0144sk History Museum. Gaze up at the soaring tower, crowned by a statue of King Sigismund II Augustus.

A major highlight is the building\u2019s stunning interior, most notably the authentic Dutch Mannerist-style Great Council Hall (or Red Chamber). Here, councilors met to create the city\u2019s codes of conduct. Marvel at the decorative ceiling, adorned with 25 frescoes surrounding Isaac van den Blocke\u2019s The Glorification of the Unity of Gda\u0144sk with Poland. Stroll through lavish halls and spot work by European masters including Hans Vredeman de Vries.

On the upper floor, find a series of museum exhibits. Learn about past glories and struggles of Gda\u0144sk and its people, including the city\u2019s destruction by the Red Army.

Be sure to climb to the viewing gallery at the summit of the town hall\u2019s tower, which offers panoramic views of the Old Town and Mot\u0142awa River. Spot significant city landmarks, including Artus Court and Gda\u0144sk Crane. A 37-bell carillon tops the tower.

The town hall stands in the center of the Old Town. It is part of the old Royal Route and a short walk from the ceremonial portals, Green Gate and Golden Gate.

Gda\u0144sk Main Town Hall and its museum are open from Tuesday to Sunday and there is an admission fee. Admission is free on Tuesday. Rent an audio guide for an extra cost.


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Lodging Near Gdansk Main Town Hall

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Qubus Hotel Gdansk $83
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ul. Chmielna 47/52, Gdansk
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,053 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Green Gate, Artus Court, and Gdansk Main Town Hall. Golden Gate and Neptune's Fountain are also within 15 minutes.

    Hilton Gdansk $114
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    Targ Rybny 1, Gdansk
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 1,236 reviews
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      Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gdansk Crane, St. Mary's Church, and Green Gate. Gdansk Main Town Hall and Artus Court are also within 15 minutes.

      Puro Gdańsk Stare Miasto $82
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      ul. Stagiewna 26, Gdansk
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 989 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Green Gate, Artus Court, and Neptune's Fountain. Gdansk Main Town Hall and Gdansk Crane are also within 10 minutes.

        Hotel Almond Business & SPA $80
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        ul. Torunska 12, Gdansk
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 576 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum in Gdansk, Artus Court, and Gdansk Crane. Green Gate and Neptune's Fountain are also within 10 minutes.

          Celestin Residence $56
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          ul. Straganiarska 19, Gdansk
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 247 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Market Hall and Gdansk Crane. Artus Court and Gdansk Main Town Hall are also within 10 minutes.

            Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk $96
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            ul. Dlugi Targ 19, Gdansk
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 1,102 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Historic Free Zone Museum of Gdansk, Artus Court, and Gdansk Main Town Hall. Green Gate and Neptune's Fountain are also within 5 minutes.

              Hotel Number One $73
              Hotel Number One

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              Jaglana 4, Gdansk
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 243 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Green Gate, Artus Court, and Gdansk Main Town Hall. Gdansk Crane and Neptune's Fountain are also within 15 minutes.

                Scandic Gdansk $76
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                Podwale Grodzkie 9, Gdansk
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 504 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Gdansk hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Roads to Freedom, Gdansk Crane, and Golden Gate. Gdansk Main Town Hall and Artus Court are also within 1 mi (2 km).