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!
Places to stay from £18 per night
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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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||10 zł = £2.05|
|Average weekend price||£54 per night|
|Average weekday price||£58 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
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.
Gdańsk seems to be one of the best Polish cities for the foreigners - so much history, tradition, and amazing views (with beautiful beaches nerby) in one place! Highly recommend visiting Tricity to anybody! :)
Easy to walk around, find places to eat, old town just marvellousl. Visited the World War 2, Amber and Emigration Museums. The Emigration and World War 2 were especially worthwhile even though the emigration one was in Gdynia. The architecture of the World War 2 Museum was just amazing and only an easy walking distance from my accommodation in the old town proper. Loved Gdansk! Clean, safe, easy access to train station to travel to Gdynia, street busker entertainment was often superb, lots of people around, street art, great ice-cream shops, "Lody," good places to eat , some very inexpensive! Loved the Germanic architecture and the amber shops- ended up buying a bit of amber, too! Nothing bad to say about the place- recommend it to anyone visiting Poland a must see, a Venice of the North!
It is enough to visit for 4 days. Many things are closed or working partly. I really missed some good dining it is pretty basic and mostly just european -italian cuisine. But the walks are nice, no mess in the streets. I liked the city.
Gdańsk is a great city. There are many interesting museums (like Polish Post museum or Spichlerze/żuraw) and there is always something to do at any time. There are different gastronomical options depending on your budget. The beach was not in its best shape because it was still not summer. There were still many swans on the seashore
Gdansk is a city with a history of trade and war. What is now the old town was all rebuilt after near total destruction following WW2. If you didn't know you wouldn't notice though, townhouses and other buildings have been beautifully rebuilt meaning the city has been able to retain a cozy and authentic atmosphere. Gdansk is more than the sum of it's parts and there are many modern cultural establishments like the EU solidarity museum and the WW2 museum. There are also numerous unique coffee and breakfast places and bars with outdoor seating which along with the nearby Baltic beaches makes it a perfect weekend getaway.
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