5.3 miles from city centre
Oliwa’s a green, foresty getaway from city life. Here, courting couples clamber up Pachołek Hill to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Gdańsk. Families flock to Oliwa Zoo to walk and talk with the animals. If you’d rather do little but chill, give Eskimo Lody café a whirl – their homemade ice cream has churned out happy customers for forty years.
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5.2 miles from city centre
It’s all go-go-go in Jelitkowo. By day, this seaside area draws outdoorsy types: from windsurfers to water skiers, and cyclists that whiz through Jelitkowski Park. Even in winter, you’ll spot die-hard swimmers take a dip in the chilly Baltic. At night, crowds of clubbers go bananas at Plażowy Beach Club – they keep the pace, if not the peace!
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3.8 miles from city centre
Life’s a beach in Brzeźno! Its sandy stretches go on for miles. Local life centres on the pier, where lovers amble arm-in-arm and sporty young mothers jog with their kiddie strollers. At Gruba Ryba bar, down a cool Polish pilsner in between bouts of swimming and sunbathing. Then tuck into a grilled fish lunch at the seafront Restaurant Kawior.
Places to stay from £21 per night
This historic harbour city showcases Baltic beauty through its eye-catching architecture, charming old town and expansive sandy beaches. Gdansk is sometimes referred to as the amber capital of the world, due to the abundance of the semi-precious stone sourced in the surrounding areas. You'll find plenty of shops selling amber souvenirs, with some even containing preserved insects.
Take a stroll through the city's time-honoured centre and you'll be charmed by the numerous canal bridges, cobblestone streets lined with colourful houses arts and craft stores, and St. Mary's – the oldest brick church in the world. The area is also home to the Royal Way, where Polish kings were once paraded, and the iconic Neptune Fountain in the centre of the Long Market. There's also a number of great museums worth checking out, like the European Solidarity Centre, Artus Court Museum and the National Maritime Museum.
Just a short tram ride away from the city centre are the popular beaches of Stogi and Brzeźno, catering to water sports enthusiasts or those just wanting to relax on the sandy shores. The months of July and August provide the best weather for beachgoers but this time of year also sees the traditional Saint Dominic’s Fair and annual Shakespeare Festival held in the city.
Most flights arrive at Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport, situated 14 km west of the city. The easiest way to travel between Gdansk and the airport terminals is by using the PKM rail line.
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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||10 zł = £2.06|
|Average weekend price||£56 per night|
|Average weekday price||£58 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Gdansk is a very interesting city to visit. Full of history, but very relaxing too. A favourite activity is to sit at one of the numerous outdoor cafes enjoying a beverage and watching the world go by. Whatever the season there is something magical about being in this wonderful old city. Compared to some European cities, Gdansk is a relatively inexpensive place to visit. Linger over the numerous market stalls where silver and baltic amber are shaped into exquisite pieces of affordable jewellery. Treat yourself to some cosy knitted items of clothing or unique leather and wooden crafts. There is lots to see in Gdansk, from the awe inspiring cathedrals to the unmissable Solidarity museum, there is much to learn about Gdansk's recent history. A weekend break is not long enough, you will want to return!
There are some great old german/hansa cities populated by someone else now. This usually means not so great upkeep, but many of the places are reviving now and becoming unique in their own right :)
The harbor was my favorite place at night. In fact I and my wife had a fantastic dinner at Basia Ritz. The polish women who won Poland Best Chef. If i could for-fill my dream, I would defiantly move to Gdansk.
Гданьск- город, в который хочется возвращаться снова и снова. Один из прекраснейших в Польше! Всего полчаса на трамвае и ты на берегу моря Балтика- сурового, но прекрасного и неповторимого в любую погоду! Гданьск - ❤️
Piękne miasto , jestem pod ogromnym wrażeniem. Akurat trafilismy na coroczny jarmark wiec było bardzo klimatycznie . Myśle , że miasto Gdańsk powinno być na liście godne i warte zobaczenia 👍 Tym bardziej , że kilka dni temu byłam w Poznaniu, Warszawie , Toruniu , Olsztynie i żadne z tych czterech miejsc nie urzekło mnie tak jak GDAŃSK . Serdecznie polecam ❤❤❤
The magic about Gdansk is the old town and the near of the others cities. If you want Castle (for example) you have to go to Malbork... if you want beaches, Sopot. It's amazing place for vacations.
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