The Best Travel Guide to Gdańsk by BestTravelBook

Gdańsk is one of Poland’s most beautiful cities with a picture-perfect old town that boasts a rich maritime history that dates back to the 10th century.

The Best Travel Guide to Gdańsk is segmented into 4 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Gdańsk:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See;
  3. Some Top Tips / Good to Know;
  4. An insider guide

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town

Gdańsk’s Old Town was painstakingly reconstructed to its Hanseatic League glory after being levelled in World War II, is a highlight. The 14th-century Town Hall houses the city’s historical museum.  Making up part of the Baltic coast’s Tri-city area along with Sopot and Gdynia, the city has elegant buildings, river cruises and local brews on tap at waterside beer gardens.

Gdansk Waterfront
Gdansk Waterfront

Charming shopping streets, bustling restaurants, hip cafés and a lively beach scene. But the biggest draw is the gorgeous old city centre, packed with monuments from the days when Gdansk was one of the richest Hanseatic cities on the Baltic Sea.  The old town is the bustling heart of Gdańsk. Taking a stroll from your hostel to Długi Targ (Long Market) takes you to medieval merchants’ guilds or the marina, lined with cafés and shops. Around Ulica Mariacka, the pre-war terraces have been converted into artisan shops.

Gdansk Old Town
Gdansk Old Town

With its medieval brick churches and narrow eighteenth-century merchants’ houses Gdańsk makes for a delightful weekend break.  Gdańsk has a buzzing harbour-side location and is fast becoming one of Poland’s most exciting destinations.  In addition, Gdansk’s pristine sandy beaches make it a popular summer destination among both Poles and international visitors.

Gdansk
Gdansk

 

Gdansk Old Town
Gdansk Old Town

 

2. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See

What to See in Gdansk, Poland
What to See in Gdansk, Poland

St. Mary’s Basilica

St. Mary's Basilica, Gdansk
St. Mary’s Basilica, Gdansk

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • St. Mary’s Basilica is believed to be the largest brick church in the world.
  • The interior vault supports 37 windows, over 300 tombstones and 31 chapels
  • It can hold up to 25,000 people and you can climb 405 steps up the 78-metre tower for sensational views of the Gdańsk Old Town

 

Długi Targ

Długi Targ, Gdansk
Długi Targ, Gdansk

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Długi Targ is the main thoroughfare through the core of the Old Town and is flanked by beautiful medieval buildings which have been painstakingly renovated after the second world war
  • The 1618 Golden House, designed by Johan Voigt, has the richest facade in the city. It has 12 elaborately carved scenes interspersed with busts of famous historical figures, including two Polish kings
  • Also check out Neptune’s Fountain, with a bronze statue created in 1615 by Peter Hussen, dates from the 17th century
Gdansk Old Town
Gdansk Old Town
Gdansk Old Town
Gdansk Old Town

Artus Court

Artus Court, Gdansk
Artus Court, Gdansk

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Artus Court sits just behind the Neptune Fountain and is a symbol of the city’s power in the 16th and 17th centuries, served as an exchange and as the seat of St. George and the brotherhoods of rich patricians
  • Founded as a meeting place for merchants and dignitaries, it was named after King Arthur, of round table fame, and hosted many a noble guest

 

Gdansk’s waterfront

Gdansk Waterfront
Gdansk Waterfront

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • The waterfront is a beautiful area of Gdansk with historic shipping buildings, historical sights and some fantastic bars and restaurants
  • Learn about Gdańsk’s maritime history by joining a leisurely cruise that depart from the waterfront near the historic Crane
  • One of the operators runs a mock pirate ship and they provide a great overview of Gdańsk

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