Gdansk

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Top attractions in Gdansk

7 must-see sites in Gdansk

Although much of it was destroyed by war, Gdansk has emerged as one of the most beautiful Baltic cities. Its history of changing between Prussian and Slavic rule has made way for a rich cultural experience for anyone who visits.

  • Long Market

    1. Long Market

    This is the closest thing to a main square that Gdansk has and is distinguished by its tall, colorful Mannerist buildings.

  • Neptune Fountain

    2. Neptune Fountain

    Located at the center of Long Market, this statue survived World War II. Rumor has it that it once flowed with Goldwasser, the local liqueur. Like the rest of Long Market, the statue has a rather Dutch influence - it was built by Flemish artist Peter Husen.

  • European Solidarity Center

    3. European Solidarity Center

    The Solidarity movement, led by Lech Walesa, sought to bring down the Communist regime. Let this museum educate you about events that would change the face of Europe.

  • Shakespeare Theater

    4. Shakespeare Theater

    For a multilingual Shakespeare experience, visit this theater, which has occupied the same site in different forms since the 17th century.

  • Stutthof Concentration Camp

    5. Stutthof Concentration Camp

    This was the first Nazi concentration camp built outside Germany. Respectfully reflect on the conditions and events of Stutthof on a guided visit to the grounds and the museum.

  • Polish Post Office Museum

    6. Polish Post Office Museum

    The theory goes that the post office in Gdansk was a front for the Polish government's intelligence. The museum shows history of the 18th century - from German annexation in 1939, to its present-day use as a post office.

  • St. Mary's Church

    7. St. Mary's Church

    One of Europe's largest buildings constructed in the Brick Gothic style, the unusual flat roof of its tower and the huge black organ against the white walls make it a very imposing church.

Frequently asked questions about Gdansk

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Planning Your Visit

  • Weather

    Although you should bring summer clothing if you're visiting Gdansk in the summer months, the Baltic chill can be fierce - bring a jacket, especially if you go out in the evenings!

  • Toilets

    In Poland, a circle on the toilet door indicates the ladies', and a downward-facing triangle means the gents'!

  • Twin cities

    Gdynia, 30 minutes westwards, is one of Gdansk's twin cities. It offers a large naval base and a long seashore.

  • Kaliningrad

    Although you're a couple of hours from Russia - Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave resting between Poland and Lithuania and you'll need a pre-approved visa to enter if you're not a citizen.

Good to know

  • Language
    Polish
  • Currency
    Polish złoty (zł)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +48
  • Best time to visit
    Summer is the most popular time to visit when the weather is at its best and there is a huge shopping festival from late June to August, along with other events to keep you entertained. If you would rather not share your sight seeing with the crowds then visit in the off season in spring or fall.

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What people are saying about Gdansk

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,181 reviews

We kayaked 6+km in light rain. It was good exercise and fun. Piotr was very patient and a gracious guide. I would do this tour again and would recommend this to anyone that is at least a little fit. You will have fun! There is a little shop near the kayak spot where you can buy cheap drinks and snacks too.

It was an absolute delight! Our guide Veronica was very personal about her city, told us a lot of stories both historical and contemporary. She provided umbrellas when rain was pouring. Would repeat it when in Gdansk. Recommend it when traveling with kids!

Good starting place and nice captain of the boat A good angle to see Gdansk from water, like a private tour informative brochure was helpful and guided trough the ride

beautiful city, beautiful cruise, length was just right and we got to know some interesting news

Excellent guide. Touching story about the camp and the guide had a lot off knowledge.