Official language: Polish
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Złoty (PLN)
The city panorama and Gdansk Bay can be both observed from the summit of Mount Gradowa (Góra Gradowa), but also from the towers of St. Mary’s Church and the town hall in the Main Town.
Gdansk has two main districts with two town halls. The historic old town with its biggest tourist attractions (such as Neptune’s fountain) is the Main Town (Główne Miasto). The second district is called the Old Town (Stare Miasto), next to the train station.
Gdansk together with two neighboring cities forms an agglomeration, called Tricity (Trójmiasto). Hop on the famous SKM train and go see the Sopot pier and calm beaches in Gdynia.
Every season is good to visit Gdansk with its monuments, history of the Solidarity union (Solidarność) and the beautiful and majestic coast of the Baltic Sea. In summer, the weather is perfect for sunbathing. In spring and fall, during the storms, it’s best to walk around the historic streets and along the shore of the rough sea, while in winter, the city enhances to visit museums and warm up in one of the cozy coffeehouses.
The main attraction of Gdansk is the historic old town, the Main Town. It’s worth entering it through the intricately decorated Golden Gate (Złota Brama), which opens to the most popular Długa street. It’s here where the Dominik’s Fair (Jarmark Dominikański), the biggest outdoor event in Poland, takes place every August. Also here are the most interesting boutiques with souvenirs. You can’t miss the Long Market (Długi Targ) – one of the most beautiful places in Europe – with Neptune’s fountain, Artus Court, Golden Tenement House (Złota Kamienica), and the impressive town hall. Another spot is the St. Mary’s Church (Bazylika Mariacka), the largest brick-built temple in Europe. In the evening, take a stroll along the Motława River (Długie Pobrzeże), which is one of the most picturesque places in the city.
An indispensable element of the city landscape is the shipyard. You will discover the history of Solidarność and Lech Wałęsa by visiting the modern building of the European Solidarity Center. But we warn you – the place is so fascinating and well-designed that you could spend a long time there! If you’re a fan of the contemporary architecture and art, go to the Shakespeare Theater built from the black brick and the Zespa district, where you can find the impressive collection of murals painted on the walls of old buildings.
When being on the Baltic coast, you have to try the fried fish. The best restaurants serving herring, cod or mackerel can be found by the Motława River or in the downtown. If you prefer slow food cuisine, visit the well-known Wajdelota (Wrzeszcz district) or Straganiarska (city center) streets. For a romantic dinner – especially at night – choose one of the restaurants located in old tenements on Mariacka street.
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