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Gdańsk Main Town Hall

Look over Gdańsk’s rooftops from the tower of this magnificent 14th-century landmark, which is also the main branch of the Gdańsk History Museum.

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

The Gdańsk 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 Gdańsk History Museum. Gaze up at the soaring tower, crowned by a statue of King Sigismund II Augustus.

A major highlight is the building’s stunning interior, most notably the authentic Dutch Mannerist-style Great Council Hall (or Red Chamber). Here, councilors met to create the city’s codes of conduct. Marvel at the decorative ceiling, adorned with 25 frescoes surrounding Isaac van den Blocke’s The Glorification of the Unity of Gdańsk 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 Gdańsk and its people, including the city’s destruction by the Red Army.

Be sure to climb to the viewing gallery at the summit of the town hall’s tower, which offers panoramic views of the Old Town and Motława River. Spot significant city landmarks, including Artus Court and Gdańsk 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.

Gdańsk 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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4.6
of 5, from 205 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.

$80
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ul. Dlugi Targ 19, Gdansk
4.7
of 5, from 172 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.

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3.9
of 5, from 47 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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Hotel Almond Business & SPA

Hotel Almond Business & SPA

ul. Torunska 12, Gdansk
4.6
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4.0 out of 5.0

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Hotel Sadova

Hotel Sadova

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4.5
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Situated in Gdansk, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marina Gdansk and Green Gate. Artus Court and Gdansk Main Town Hall are also within 15 minutes.

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Hilton Gdansk

Hilton Gdansk

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4.6
of 5, from 231 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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.

$53
Dom & House - Apartments Waterlane

Dom & House - Apartments Waterlane

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4.1
of 5, from 21 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Marina Gdansk, Artus Court, and Gdansk Main Town Hall. Gdansk Crane and Green Gate are also within 10 minutes.

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Qubus Hotel Gdansk

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4.4
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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.