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.
Places to stay from £10 per night
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.
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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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From £56 per night
|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||10 zł = £1.89|
|Average weekend price||£52 per night|
|Average weekday price||£48 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
I have been visting Gdansk for the last 25 years and it keeps evolving. Initially it was the main centre Old Town that was the attraction and the nearby riverside, The workmanship, skill and dedication to rebuild this area after WW2 to its original design is a credit to those involved. The opposite bank of the river was all bomb damaged buildings and ruined warehouses, now again the transformation is exceptional, it's a modern hub of accommodation and restaurants with a real vibe about it. I was initially worried that this huge development would ruin the old town but in my opinion it sympathetically enhances it.
Huge history and very beautiful architecture. Promenade by the river in the old town has nice view. Near Gdansk is nice beach where you can spent one hole day, if you enjoy long walks and sound of the sea.
Awesome weather and fantastic places to visit here in Gdansk and in the area - Sopot, Gdynia, Hel. Great value to money compared to for instance, places in Cornwall, UK. And not that congested. Hel is quiet in particular, I loved it!!! Gdańsk is beautiful and whole area is just such a energising, regenerating place.
An hidden gem in Poland! Very recommended, also for connecting flights. Worth a 2 days visit. Old town is stunning. Middle-european style mixed with Baltic heritage. Food is great (and cheap). Also recommended street art in Zaspa area.
The old town and its marina are really special. Two full days might be a good start for a first meeting but surely not enough for what it can offer. Not mentioning that Sopot is just about 15 km away.
The old town was great for strolling round and very interesting. It is small enough to get around on foot. The visit to Malbork Castle is a must, you can get there under your own steam or there are lots of tours which can get you there.
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