Rumoured to be the world’s largest brick church, St. Mary’s can hold up to 25,000 people. For a breathtaking view of the city, climb the 405 steps to the top of the 78-metre tower. Inside the church, you’ll find a 14-metre astronomical clock. Pop by at noon to see Adam and Eve tolling a bell atop the clock.
At the gates of the Gdansk shipyard, this 42 metre tall steel monument commemorates the shooting of dock workers during a strike in December 1970. More than 1,000 workers were injured and 42 killed when the communist government authorized the army to fire at striking workers.
This peninsula, north of Gdansk, is the site where World War II began, when Nazi German battleship Schleswig-Holstein fired at a Polish garrison on the coast. Visitors can now visit the ruins of the peninsula’s barracks and blockhouses, one of which has been converted into a museum.
This cathedral, located in a tranquil park in the outskirts of Gdansk, holds beautiful artworks in several different styles, such as Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classical style. The organ is something in itself. If you happen to be there when it is played on, don't miss to take a look at the moving wooden figures on top of it.
Finally in 1950, this opera house could open up its doors, after a war period when all opera and theatre stages in Gdansk were destroyed by the Red Army. Since then it has been well visited by a cultural interested crowd. Several different music and dance performances are held here every year.
Most visitors of Gdansk just wander right into this beautiful fountain it when strolling around the city. The square where it is located, is almost always crowded and this is not only a must photo shoot for tourists but also a popular meeting spot for the locals.
This is said to be the oldest restaurant in Gdańsk and during the interwar period this place was one of the trendiest places in the city. Today it has a more classic and elegant setting and guests can feel the old days in the ambience. The food is traditional Polish and since this is a very popular restaurant it is recommended to book in advance.
Gdanski Bowke is situated right by the harbour and guests can enjoy the view of beautiful ships and water. The old-time-ambience is raised to the top with waiters wearing old fashioned clothes and the menus looking like old newspapers. The food here is well-renowned and there is a wide selection to choose from.
Sempre Pizza e Vino has two outlets in Gdansk and both of them serve delicious pizzas. At Sempre Targ Rybny, guests can not only enjoy the good food but also a lovely view from the seating outside over the river. Italian music is played to enhance the Italian atmosphere.
This bar and club is the perfect spot for the crowd that want to avoid the electronic music played on today's lists. Good old tunes from the Beatles and Doors are played by the DJ and if you don't feel like dancing there is plenty of room to sit down and enjoy a cold beer together with old and new friends.
Piekni Mlodzi i Bogaci, or as it is also called The Beautiful Young and Rich, is one of the most exclusive clubs in Gdansk. Here you will see the absolute top of the top when it comes to the young and wealthy in the city. Put on your fancy clothes and step into the mystic of The Beautiful Young and Rich.
Poland can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
The summer months, June through August, are the high season, which means both warm temperatures and larger amounts of tourists. To escape the slew of visitors, plan your trip for just before (May) or just after (September) the peak season, when temperatures are still pleasant but the area significantly less crowded.
Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport is about 10 kilometres from downtown Gdansk. It also serves Gdynia and Sopot, as well as the rest of the Pomeranian region. City bus line 210 will get you to the city in about 35-50 minutes. Tickets are PLN 3,40 one way and are bought at news stands or from the driver. There is also an airport shuttle bus (MPA Poland) that takes travellers directly in to the city centre. The journey takes about 25-30 minutes and tickets can be bought on the bus. A taxi rank is situated outside the arrivals hall. A cab ride to the city will set you back slightly more during the nighttime. Beware of private cabs! Stick with taxis that have telephone numbers on the sides and a big light on the roof. You’ll also find rental car agencies in the arrivals hall.
The ZTM operates Gdansk’s local transport system, which consists of tram and bus lines. Tickets can be bought from the drivers or in vending machines and the fares are either based upon number of journeys or travel time so you have to estimate how long your trip will take before buying a ticket. If you’re planning a busy day of sightseeing in the city, splurge on a day travel ticket (valid on all trams, buses and night buses for 24 hours). Don’t forget to validate your ticket by sticking it in one of the orange or brown boxes located all around the stations or on the bus or tram. Commuter rail SKM is a good way to travel between Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot. Trains leave from Gdansk’s main train station, Gdansk Glowny.