GdańskPoland

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Visit Gdańsk

Explore medieval streets lined with narrow townhouses in this Polish port city, which has been shaped by centuries of maritime trade and a pivotal role in World War II.

Gdańsk was catapulted onto the world stage as the first battlefront of World War II. Now mostly reconstructed, this port city today is known for its quaint cobblestone streets, plazas and cafés.

Tour the Old Town for a glimpse into Gdańsk’s medieval past. Each block is crammed with narrow, red-roofed townhouses. Walk along the plazas and cobblestone streets and look for the whimsical gutter spouts, which often resemble dragons.

The Old Town also features Gdańsk’s landmark buildings. Walk north from Dluga Street along the Motlawa River to find the mammoth Gdańsk Crane. Built in the 14th century, this enormous cargo-moving apparatus was the most powerful crane in medieval Europe. Follow Dluga Street west to reach the majestic Golden Gate, which was originally built as one of the city gates in the early 1600s. While in Old Town, you can’t miss St. Mary’s Church; it dominates the Gdańsk skyline. Climb the church tower for aerial views of the city.

Outside of the medieval city center, Gdańsk bears marks of its more recent history. The Westerplatte, a peninsula at the very north of the city, is where Hitler began his invasion of Poland. The epic battle that ensued was the first of World War II. See the ruins of the barracks and the towering memorial to the 180 Polish defenders who for seven days held off 3,500 German attackers.

In summer, take a daytrip by car or bus to Krynika Morska. This beach resort town an hour east of Gdańsk lays on a thin spit of land between the Baltic Sea and the vast Vistula Lagoon. Sunbathe on the beaches and walk along the forested paths that offer panoramic views of the Gdańsk Bay.

Gdańsk is located on Poland’s northern coastline. Arrive by air or road or take the scenic four-hour train ride from Warsaw. Since the main attractions in Gdańsk are located in a small area a car is unnecessary but can be helpful for daytrips into the countryside.

Where to stay in Gdańsk

Old Town
Gdansk

Old Town

Known for Monuments, Historical Buildings, Museums

4.5/5(149 reviews)

The great bars and beautiful river views are top of the list for many visitors to Old Town. A stop by Gdańsk Main Town Hall or Artus Court might round out your trip.

Jelitkowo
Jelitkowo featuring a beach and general coastal views as well as a small group of people

Jelitkowo

Known for Beaches, Cafes, Sea

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Jelitkowo is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Sopot Beach and Jelitkowo Beach.

Oliwa
Oliwa Park showing a garden

Oliwa

Known for Natural Parks, Zoo, Swimming

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Oliwa is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Zoo Gdansk and Oliwa Cathedral.

Wrzeszcz
Breakfast and lunch on The go. No fuss healthy food on the go. Great selection of sandwiches , pastas, muffins, cocktails. Everyday different soup!
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Wrzeszcz

Known for Universities, Friendly People, Shopping

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Travelers enjoy Wrzeszcz for its restaurants and shopping. Consider checking out Manhattan Shopping Centre while you're in the area.

Aniolki
The silhouette of cathedrals during a beautiful sunset in the former free city of Danzig
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Aniolki

Known for Cathedrals, Ports, Churches

4/5(1 review)

Aniolki is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like MOSiR Stadium and Baltic State Opera.

Mlyniska
Both historically and architecturally extremely interesting !
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Mlyniska

Known for Marinas, Museums

Travelers like the museums in Mlyniska, and Gdansk Shipyards is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Top Hotels in Gdańsk

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Gdansk - City Centre
Holiday Inn Gdansk - City Centre
4 out of 5
Chmielna 1 Street, Gdansk, Pomerania
$54
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)

"Very good location. Hotel is new and very tidy. The beat thing they have is warning system on toilet floor."…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Holiday Inn Gdansk - City Centre
Puro Gdańsk Stare Miasto
Puro Gdańsk Stare Miasto
4 out of 5
ul. Stagiewna 26, Gdansk, Pomerania
$55
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is steps from Marina Gdańsk and Green Gate. Neptune's Fountain and Artus Court are also within 5 minutes. Gdańsk Central ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,966 reviews)

"Great location. Interesting hotel and nice relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately the rooms are controlled by a tablet which has a few problems for me - 1. The tablet battery was often dead. 2. The tablet in my first room couldn't communicate with the air conditioning and it was far too hot. The staff ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

Puro Gdańsk Stare Miasto
Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk
Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk
4 out of 5
Chmielna 10-25, Gdansk
$57
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Historic Free Zone Museum of Gdansk, Green Gate, and Marina Gdańsk. Neptune's Fountain and Artus Court are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (102 reviews)

"Lovely staff. Comfortable bed! Very good view from the restaurant. Easy to get there, walking distance to the old town. A few restaurants just downstairs"…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk

Popular things to do in Gdańsk

Gdańsk Crane
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Gdańsk Crane

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Discover the history of Gdańsk’s maritime life and enjoy sweeping city views at this unique medieval crane that dominates the city’s waterfront.

Gdańsk Main Town Hall
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Gdańsk Main Town Hall

4.5/5(64 reviews)

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.

PGE Arena Gdansk
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PGE Arena Gdansk

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Catch an event at PGE Arena Gdansk during your trip to Gdańsk. Wander the area's riverfront or simply enjoy one of its lively bars.

Artus Court
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Artus Court

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Once a meeting point of luminaries and wealthy merchants, today this grandiose mansion is a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum.

Neptune's Fountain
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Neptune's Fountain

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Visit this monument to the Roman god of the sea, which is shrouded in local folklore and surrounded by architectural masterpieces.

St. Mary's Church
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St. Mary's Church

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Gaze in amazement at the magnitude of this almost 700-year-old church beautified by ancient art, dozens of chapels and a soaring clock tower.

Top activities in Gdańsk

Malbork Castle: 6-Hour Private Tour to The Largest Castle
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Malbork Castle: 6-Hour Private Tour to The Largest Castle

$82

Enjoy a 6-hour tour from Gdansk to Malbork Castle, the largest red brick Gothic castle in the world. Admire the beautiful architecture, learn about the history of the castle, and admire the “History of Amber” exhibition in the castle’s cellars.

World War II Tour - True History and Facts
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World War II Tour - True History and Facts

$40

During 4-hours World War II Tour you will learn about invasion of Poland by the military forces of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Listen how Polish army was fighting devoting life for freedom of Poland. Learn about Nazi death camps dedicated for Jewish and Polish nations.

Family Friendly Historic Old Town Tour - Little explorers
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Family Friendly Historic Old Town Tour - Little explorers

$27

Our common meeting point is under Upland Gate. You can choose the meeting location (for example railway station) and start time or optionally we can pick up you from Hotel in Gdansk Old Town.

Private Westerplatte Tour by Cruise - The Beginning of WWII
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Private Westerplatte Tour by Cruise - The Beginning of WWII

$62

Tour Description: This tour is designed to give you an insider's view of the area's tumultuous past, while at the same time, showing you its current beauty. You are going to meet your private guide near the Golden Gate in Gdansk.

Tricity ( Gdansk -Sopot-Gdynia ) Private Tour
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Tricity ( Gdansk -Sopot-Gdynia ) Private Tour

$57

Explore the Tri-City area on an 7-hour sightseeing tour that includes a visit to Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. Discover beautiful beaches, enchanting middle ages old town and city from the sea and dreams.

Gdansk Airport Transfers : Gdansk Airport GDN to Bydgoszcz in Luxury Car
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Gdansk Airport Transfers : Gdansk Airport GDN to Bydgoszcz in Luxury Car

$67

Airport pickups include 60 minutes of free wait time, - 60 minutes parking fees and handling charges, - luxury Car with our Professional Driver behind the wheel Meet & Great in Arrivals Hall, - Mercedes-Benz S-class Long (panorama roof, electric seats in the back an in the front, air condition), - one-way private transfer, - transport by air-conditioned car, - transport by private car, - bottled water, - hotel drop-off.

Reviews of Gdańsk

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5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 25, 2019

Gdańsk is a very pleasant and quaint spot that everyone should visit at some point! It is FILLED with history and by visiting the new Second World War Museum, you can spend 2-3 hours immersed in a book of history where history occurred

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 26, 2019

Both the National Maritime Museum and the World War II Museum are fantastic places to visit and should not be missed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 23, 2019

Fantastic holiday in Gdansk! Fantastic Malbork Castle tour, fantastic shipyard tour, fantastic Solidarity Museum Tour. If taking trains, ask hotel staff to help because train depot employees do not speak English so it is hard to troubleshoot.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 4, 2019

We had a wonderful small bus tour of the historical post office, Gdansk shipyard, monument of fallen shipyards workers and European Center of Solidarity.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 16, 2019

Take time to just sit and enjoy the atmosphere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 9, 2019

Great food. Comfortable feel. Very walkable. Close to the Baltic Sea.