Gdansk travel guide

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You're Going to Love Gdansk

The port city of Gdansk on Poland's Baltic sea coast is one of Europe's hidden gems. With it's bright medieval architecture, abundant natural beauty and affordable prices, thousands of tourists come to visit Gdansk every year.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Gdansk

1. Long Lane

This bustling pedestrian street is popular among tourists and is lined with bars, restaurants and colorful buildings.

2. Oliwa Cathedral

The Catholic church has many beautiful renaissance paintings inside and on occasion hosts free organ concerts for visitors.

3. Centrum Hewelianum

This science center has interactive exhibits and is located in an abandoned 19th century fort by the central train station.

4. Neptune's Fountain

The 17th century fountain, named after the Greek god of water, is surrounded by quaint cafes and historic houses.

5. Zoo Gdansk

Located near Park Oliwa, this zoo has a variety of woodland and jungle animals.

What to do in Gdansk

1. Długi Targ: A Tourist's Haven

Years ago, this long street was the main market of the city. Today, it's one of the most popular thoroughfares for visitors. Beautiful architecture and a number of hip restaurants and bars make this a must-see during your time in the city. You should keep in mind, though, that the prices will be a bit higher than in less touristy areas. That said, the area is worth a visit for the Golden House alone. Stroll through the streets and look for a facade with 12 intricately carved scenes from Poland's past.

2. Westerplatte: A Must-See for History Fans

This storied peninsula is the site of the beginning of the Second World War. As you make your way to the area, you'll pass monuments that commemorate the events of the Invasion of Poland. Polish authorities have chosen to keep certain historic areas of the park in the condition that the Battle of Westerplatte left them in, making it a top choice for those who are interested in European history. One of the guardhouses has been changed into a museum, which is open to guests throughout the year.

3. Europejskie Centrum Solidarności: Learn About Anti-Communist Agitation

This award-winning building is the place to go if you'd like to learn about Solidarity and the various opposition movements that sprang up in Central and Eastern Europe during Communism. As you enter, you'll note the incredible design which won the international architecture competition. Exhibits in Polish and English trace the history of the Polish opposition, detailing the sacrifices made by ordinary people in the face of totalitarianism. It's an inspiring place and an absolute must for anyone who wants to understand Polish (and European) heritage.

4. Żuraw w Gdańsku: Travel Back in Time

The Żuraw w Gdańsku is simply one of the most incredible historical sites in Poland, if not in all of Europe. This medieval crane hails back to the 15th century, when it was the largest crane in the world. As you visit, you'll learn about the surprising and innovative technologies that allowed early crane operators to lift over 4,000 pounds using only human power. Today's version is a complete restoration -- the original was bombed during the Second World War. It's been converted into a museum that details the history and progression of the shipping industry in Europe.

5. Hewelianum Centre: A Place to Take the Kids

If you're visiting with children, you simply must visit the Centrum Hewelianum. This science museum has dozens of hands-on, interactive exhibits that make it easy for kids to wrap their heads around topics in ecology, military history and science. The museum has an earth elevator and a hurricane zone in addition to virtual reality cannons. It's fun for the whole family.

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1. Długi Targ: A Tourist's Haven

Years ago, this long street was the main market of the city. Today, it's one of the most popular thoroughfares for visitors. Beautiful architecture and a number of hip restaurants and bars make this a must-see during your time in the city. You should keep in mind, though, that the prices will be a bit higher than in less touristy areas. That said, the area is worth a visit for the Golden House alone. Stroll through the streets and look for a facade with 12 intricately carved scenes from Poland's past.

2. Westerplatte: A Must-See for History Fans

This storied peninsula is the site of the beginning of the Second World War. As you make your way to the area, you'll pass monuments that commemorate the events of the Invasion of Poland. Polish authorities have chosen to keep certain historic areas of the park in the condition that the Battle of Westerplatte left them in, making it a top choice for those who are interested in European history. One of the guardhouses has been changed into a museum, which is open to guests throughout the year.

3. Europejskie Centrum Solidarności: Learn About Anti-Communist Agitation

This award-winning building is the place to go if you'd like to learn about Solidarity and the various opposition movements that sprang up in Central and Eastern Europe during Communism. As you enter, you'll note the incredible design which won the international architecture competition. Exhibits in Polish and English trace the history of the Polish opposition, detailing the sacrifices made by ordinary people in the face of totalitarianism. It's an inspiring place and an absolute must for anyone who wants to understand Polish (and European) heritage.

4. Żuraw w Gdańsku: Travel Back in Time

The Żuraw w Gdańsku is simply one of the most incredible historical sites in Poland, if not in all of Europe. This medieval crane hails back to the 15th century, when it was the largest crane in the world. As you visit, you'll learn about the surprising and innovative technologies that allowed early crane operators to lift over 4,000 pounds using only human power. Today's version is a complete restoration -- the original was bombed during the Second World War. It's been converted into a museum that details the history and progression of the shipping industry in Europe.

5. Hewelianum Centre: A Place to Take the Kids

If you're visiting with children, you simply must visit the Centrum Hewelianum. This science museum has dozens of hands-on, interactive exhibits that make it easy for kids to wrap their heads around topics in ecology, military history and science. The museum has an earth elevator and a hurricane zone in addition to virtual reality cannons. It's fun for the whole family.

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Where to Eat in Gdansk

Pierogarnia Mandu serves traditional dumplings among other local Polish dishes in the Oliwa district. Average meal prices cost between PLN20-PLN25.

When to visit Gdansk

Gdansk in September
Estimated hotel price
€9
1 night at 3-star hotel
Gdansk in September
Estimated hotel price
€9
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit the city is in the late Spring and Summer months between May and August, when the weather is mild and there are a plethora of outdoor concerts, festivals and cultural celebrations.

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How to Get to Gdansk

Plane

Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport is the city's international airport located 12km outside of the city center. One-way tickets from London to Gdansk start at PLN100.

Train

The Gdansk Glowny Train Station has daily routes to other European cities. A fare from Gdansk to the Polish capital of Warsaw costs roughly PLN70.

Car

The A1 motorway connects Gdansk to the southern Polish cities of Toruń and Łódź.

Bus

GoEuro and PolskiBus both offer routes from various European capitals to Gdansk starting at PLN20.

Airports near Gdansk

Airlines serving Gdansk

United Airlines
Good (2,840 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (2,153 reviews)
KLM
Good (350 reviews)
Air France
Good (399 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (3,051 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,325 reviews)
SWISS
Good (454 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (1,418 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (278 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (312 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (320 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (539 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,671 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (439 reviews)
LOT
Good (342 reviews)
Wizz Air
Good (372 reviews)
Icelandair
Good (138 reviews)
Norwegian
Good (62 reviews)
Croatia Airlines
Good (21 reviews)
Wizz Air UK
Okay (40 reviews)
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Where to stay in Gdansk

Stare Miasto - The old town of the city has many museums dedicated to the city's medieval architecture and shipyard past.

Popular Neighborhoods in Gdansk

Oliwa - This green district of Gdansk houses the Oliwa Cathedral, Oliwa Park and Gdansk Zoo.

Główne Miasto - This area is popular with tourists for its open-air markets, beautiful bridges, arches and boutique shopping opportunities.

Most popular hotel in Gdansk by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Gdansk

Most booked hotels in Gdansk

Puro Hotel Gdansk
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
€60+
Rezydent Sopot MGallery Hotel Collection
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
€53+
Sheraton Sopot Hotel
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
€80+
Sofitel Grand Sopot
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
€81+
Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
€68+
Hilton Gdansk
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
€85+
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How to Get Around Gdansk

Public Transportation

There are many buses, trams and trolleys in Gdansk. Passes can be bought at the kiosk stations, with a single ride ticket costing PLN3.2.

Taxi

The starting tariff of taxis in Gdansk is PLN6, with an average fare around the city center around PLN15.

Car

Daily rental vehicle prices start at PLN50 and can be picked up at either the airport or one of several downtown Gdansk locations.

Car hire agencies in Gdansk

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The Cost of Living in Gdansk

Shopping Streets

The Long Lane pedestrian street is popular among tourists for its bars, restaurants and small local shops selling traditional Polish crafts and souvenirs. Madison Shopping Gallery is the most central and popular mall.

Groceries and Other

Tesco and Piotr i Pawel are the two main supermarkets for food shopping. A dozen eggs costs PLN6.2.

Cheap meal
€5.09
A pair of jeans
€68.51
Single public transport ticket
€0.82
Cappuccino
€1.89