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.
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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||October–December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||10 zł = £1.86|
|Average weekend price||£62 per night|
|Average weekday price||£64 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Gdansk is one of my favourite European cities. The city's architecture is a fascinating blend of old and new, and there's an incredible amount of significant historical sites to explore. If you're interested in history (especially of WW2), this is a must-visit city. Personal highlights: Museum of the Second World War; Hans Memling's Last Judgement at the National Museum; Free City of Danzig Historical Zone Museum. You'll also find lots of great food and bars across town! If you fancy quiet time by the sea, hop on the train to Sopot (it takes about 20 mins).
I would not Fault Gdansk,The Atmosphere is fantastic, the Old Town is Beautiful and very Historic,the Riverside Restaurants are wonderful, and the River Cruises are very Enjoyable, Gdansk is one of my favorite Places in the World,and the People are Very Friendly, I always Enjoy it and Return again and again.
Currently my favorite city in Poland. I love walking through old town, it feels like I've been transported to another time in history. Absolutely stunning architecture and well maintained! If you are a foodie (like me!) the restaurants and cafes are absolutely fantastic in Old Town, every place you go has a different atmosphere and the food is so varied and delicious! I definitely recommend visiting a restaurant called Chmielna by Grzegorz Labuda for a taste of Polish food done differently then you've ever experienced! The only thing one has to watch out for is the restaurant hecklers during tourist season. They do get annoying very quickly and usually the restaurants they promote aren't the best.
Beautifull old town, great restaurants and cafe shops, iconic amber jewellery galleries and shops, lots of attractions and opportunities for a romantic walks, I would highly recommend visiting outside of peak seasons
The old town is nice but not very big. There are 2 museums that are wonderful if you are interested in 20th century history: solidarnosk and ww2 (this last one is just incredible - we didn’t manage to see it all but the part from ww1 to ww2 and the war itself is amazing.) The weather was not perfect so we didn’t go to the sea in Sopot and we did not have enough time to see other museums. There are a lot of restaurants. The only thing is that the historical part of the city feels a bit like a museum with a lot of tourists and not so many local people
It is a very important city historically, I learned a lot about Poland and the politics surrounding it that led to WWII. I came backe more educated and aware of the European history. Polish people seemed really nice and friendly btw.
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