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Although much of it was destroyed by war, Gdansk has emerged as one of the most beautiful Baltic cities. Its history of changing between Prussian and Slavic rule has made way for a rich cultural experience for anyone who visits.

Long Market

Long Market

This is the closest thing to a main square that Gdansk has and is distinguished by its tall, colorful Mannerist buildings.

Neptune Fountain

Neptune Fountain

Located at the center of Long Market, this statue survived World War II. Rumor has it that it once flowed with Goldwasser, the local liqueur. Like the rest of Long Market, the statue has a rather Dutch influence - it was built by Flemish artist Peter Husen.

European Solidarity Center
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European Solidarity Center

The Solidarity movement, led by Lech Walesa, sought to bring down the Communist regime. Let this museum educate you about events that would change the face of Europe.

Shakespeare Theater
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Shakespeare Theater

For a multilingual Shakespeare experience, visit this theater, which has occupied the same site in different forms since the 17th century.

Stutthof Concentration Camp

Stutthof Concentration Camp

This was the first Nazi concentration camp built outside Germany. Respectfully reflect on the conditions and events of Stutthof on a guided visit to the grounds and the museum.

Polish Post Office Museum

Polish Post Office Museum

The theory goes that the post office in Gdansk was a front for the Polish government's intelligence. The museum shows history of the 18th century - from German annexation in 1939, to its present-day use as a post office.

St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church

One of Europe's largest buildings constructed in the Brick Gothic style, the unusual flat roof of its tower and the huge black organ against the white walls make it a very imposing church.

Planning Your Gdansk Visit

Weather

Although you should bring summer clothing if you're visiting Gdansk in the summer months, the Baltic chill can be fierce - bring a jacket, especially if you go out in the evenings!

Toilets

In Poland, a circle on the toilet door indicates the ladies', and a downward-facing triangle means the gents'!

Twin cities

Gdynia, 30 minutes westwards, is one of Gdansk's twin cities. It offers a large naval base and a long seashore.

Kaliningrad

Although you're a couple of hours from Russia - Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave resting between Poland and Lithuania and you'll need a pre-approved visa to enter if you're not a citizen.

Good to know

  • Language
    Polish
  • Currency
    Polish złoty (zł)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +48
  • Best time to visit
    Summer is the most popular time to visit when the weather is at its best and there is a huge shopping festival from late June to August, along with other events to keep you entertained. If you would rather not share your sight seeing with the crowds then visit in the off season in spring or fall.

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What people are saying about Gdansk

Gdańsk old and new brought to life by our charismatic guide

Having been to Gdańsk many times before, we were amazed that our tour guide Gabriella was not only able to enhance our knowledge of a truly wonderful part of the world, but also our appreciation, making for an unforgettable experience. We highly this tour and our incredible guide.

Gdańsk Private Walking Tour: Legends and Facts Reviewed by Jamie, 10/11/2018

Monika was a great guide - we enjoyed the tour with her very much

Our guide knew so much about the city, she organised the visit in the best way, we saw the most important sights and got a vast understanding of the city’s history. We had a great time with Monika

Gdansk: 3-Hour Royal Route Basic Tour Reviewed by Alice, 07/21/2018

A moving, informative and worthwhile experience.

Robert was a fantastic representative who went the extra mile to ensure our visit to Poland was over and above the excursion we were expecting. He was informative, giving us lots of interesting facts about the different places we travelled through. He squeezed in a tour of Gdansk and ensured a prompt return to our ship. The Stuttof Concentration camp tour guide, who grew up in the area, was both passionate and knowledgeable. A worthwhile, moving experience.

Stutthof Concentration Camp: Private 5-Hour Tour Reviewed by Lindsey, 06/16/2018

We had an amazing 3 hour guided tour by Weronica :-)

Weronica was a brilliant guide, her knowledge about the city was amazing. Very good English and we had a magnificent time. Thank you from Ingelise & Per and Karin and Allan

Gdańsk Private Walking Tour: Legends and Facts Reviewed by Allan, 04/24/2018

Great sightseeing tour. Everything was arranged and easy for us.

Our driver was prompt and informative. We enjoyed the drive to Malbork Castle. Our tour guide to the castle was amazing. She was friendly and informative and knew so much about the castle and the Knights. We had a great time.

From Gdansk: 5-Hour Malbork Castle Tour Reviewed by Gregory, 05/29/2016