Gdansk Culture & history

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Gdansk: Stutthof Concentration Camp Regular Tour

1. Gdansk: Stutthof Concentration Camp Regular Tour

Step back in time on this tour of the Stutthof Concentration Camp from Gdansk. Be moved by stories from the camps victims and see sights where past atrocities occurred.  Be picked up from your hotel in a comfortable and climate-controlled minibus. Relax on the drive to the Stutthof Concentration Camp. Meet your guide and begin your tour of the complex.  Visit to the old and new camp quarters, before moving on to see inside of the commander’s villa. Proceed to the gas chambers and crematorium, while hearing about the mass murder that took place here.  Pay your respects at the camp victims’ monument, before learning about the persecution and occupation of Pomerania. Later on, you will see the first Nazi concentration camp outside of German territory. Travel to Sztutowo, where there was a former camp. Take a 2-hour guided tour of the Stutthof Museum before returning to your accommodation in Gdansk.

Gdansk: Malbork Castle Regular Tour

2. Gdansk: Malbork Castle Regular Tour

Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world built with 12-15 million bricks it is even bigger than Windsor Castle. Malbork Castle is listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site and is visited by over 500,000 tourists each year. It is home to a museum with 40 thousand items including one of Europe’s largest collection of medieval architectural elements, a collection of artistic amber wares – unique all over the world, an impressive set of old weapons and military equipment, or the extensive coin collection, relating to the historic mints in Malbork. Your tour will begin when you are picked up from your hotel by an English speaking driver in a comfortable AC minibus, that will take to Malbork. Accompanied by a guide you will be able to enjoy sightseeing of Malbork Castle including a visit to the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Master, which was at one point the residence of the so-called Grand Master of the Teutonic Order and St. Mary’s Church. You will also be able to explore the castle’s various permanent and temporary exhibitions like a collection of weaponry, armor, flags and enormous Amber Museum. While you explore your guide will tell you all the interesting facts and stories of the castle. After your visit you will be taken back to your hotel.

From Gdansk: Half-Day Malbork Castle Tour with Audioguide

3. From Gdansk: Half-Day Malbork Castle Tour with Audioguide

Enjoy a visit to the largest castle in the world and discover the UNESCO-listed castle and fortress with an audioguide. The audio-guided tour will take you around the most important sights in the castle such as the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Master. Benefit from hotel pickup to make the experience hassle-free. Get picked up from your hotel in the morning by an English speaking driver in a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus. Travel to Malbork Castle, the enormous 13-century castle which is built with 12-15 million bricks and World Heritage-listed. At the castle, begin your tour with the audioguide which will take you to visit the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Master, which was at one point the residence of the so-called Grand Master of the Teutonic Order and St. Mary’s Church. Learn interesting facts and stories from your audioguide as you walk around the castle. Continue to explore the castle’s various permanent and temporary exhibitions like a collection of weaponry, armor, flags, and enormous Amber Museum. The castle museums are home to 40 thousand items including one of Europe’s largest collection of medieval architectural elements, a collection of artistic amber wares – unique all over the world, an impressive set of old weapons and military equipment, or the extensive coin collection, relating to the historic mints in Malbork. After your visit, you will be taken back to your hotel.

Gdańsk: City Sights and History Guided Walking Tour

4. Gdańsk: City Sights and History Guided Walking Tour

Please note that booking this tour you will be joining our general free walking tour (tour in which it is up to the guest how to reward his or her guide). In this case the amount you pay covers the reservation fee and the guide's payment. If you wish to join a smaller, private tour let us know and we will organise it for you! Discover the architecture and history of Gdańsk on a walking tour that covers the same route that was walked for centuries by the kings of Poland. Dive into local culture which was has Polish, Dutch and German influences. Meet your guide at the city's Golden Gate and make your way to the colorful merchant town houses that were destroyed by the war, but painstakingly rebuilt. Hear about how merchants made the town the richest city on the Baltic Sea. Walk thorugh Long Market and see the Neptune fountain. Admire St. Mary's Basilica's Gothic brick work and view the Zuraw treadwheel crane in the harbor which is the largest of its kind in the world and a symbol of the city. See the city's rivers and canals as you walk. Travel back in time as your guide tells you about how WWII started in the city and how the Solidarity movement heralded the fall of communism in the Eastern block.

Gdańsk: Tasting Polish Vodka and Traditional Appetizers

5. Gdańsk: Tasting Polish Vodka and Traditional Appetizers

Head to an authentic tavern to taste 6 shots of vodka with this experience in Gdańsk. Savor three different dishes that have been selected to compliment your dinks. Listen as your knowledgeable guide reveals the secrets of Polish vodka to you. Meet your host at waterside tavern. Make your way to the vodka tasting table to delight your senses with 6 types of vodka. Learn about these vodka brands and the history of vodka in Poland from your local host. Have a complete Polish experience by pairing your vodka with three small plates of food that is typically served while drinking. Let your host regale you with tales from Poland's communist past.

From Warsaw: Tour to Malbork Castle and Gdansk or Sopot

6. From Warsaw: Tour to Malbork Castle and Gdansk or Sopot

Depart Warsaw and journey to the delta of the Vistula River to visit Malbork Castle, founded by the Knights of the Teutonic Order and the largest castle complex in Europe by land area. Look inside the castle complex to admire the courtyard and cloisters of the High Castle, and discover where feasts where held at the Summer Refectory. Admire the Gothic architecture of the Grand Masters' Palace in the Middle Castle. Continue to the historic city of Gdansk to take a walk around the Old Town, and pass the Coal Market (Targ Węglowy) where the annual Christmas Market is held. See the Amber Museum, housed in the former Prison Tower, and walk through the richly decorated Golden Gate to enter Long Market leading to Green Gate. Journey back to the Middle Ages at Artus Court, where wealthy merchants would gather in the evenings in former times. Spot the colorful Dutch House (Dom Holenderski) and take a break at Neptune’s Fountain at the entrance to Artus Court. Visit the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and admire the largest brick church in the world. Alternatively, you can visit the seaside resort town of Sopot if you prefer. Take a walk along the pedestrianized promenade of Bohaterów Monte Cassino ("Heroes of Monte Cassino Street") and cast your eyes on the famous ”Crooked House.” Go for a stroll along the longest wooden pier in Europe, and admire the Sopot Lighthouse, built in 1903-1904 as a part of the Balneological Institute. Go to the top of the lookout tower for a beautiful view of the city and sea.

Gdansk: Private Communism Tour with Solidarity Center Museum

7. Gdansk: Private Communism Tour with Solidarity Center Museum

"Do you know what happened on August 31, 1980? Learn about the greatest civic success in the modern history of Poland - the victorious Solidarity movement. Embark on a Communist-themed tour of Gdansk and discover the history of the revolution that led to the fall of the Communist Bloc. During the 2-hour tour you will learn in depth about the Communist-era Poland and the birth of democracy in the Eastern Bloc. Visit the European Solidarity Center (ESC) with skip-the-line tickets that let you beat the crowds. Inside this modern museum, you will walk step by step through the history of Solidarity. You will see the original Tables of 21 Postulates - the written demands that the strikers at the Lenin Shipyard (now Gdansk Shipyard) made against the authorities in 1980, as well as other documents and photographs that document the trade union’s fight for freedom - the strikes, the 1989 round table talks, and first pluralistic election in Poland since 1947. Learn about Lech Walesa, Anna Walentynowicz, and other heroes who led the revolution. Your Private Guide will help you to understand the exhibitions and the historical context behind the Solidarity strikes and their legacy on the rest of Eastern Europe. Choose the 4-hour option to learn even more about the Polish People’s Republic (commonly known as PRL) and communism. See the Solidarity Square and hear the tragic story behind the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970. Visit the historic site where the “Gdańsk Agreement” of 31 August 1980 was signed - the Center of worker protection of Gdansk shipyard, also known as Sala BHP. The last stop will be Gdansk Shipyard (Stocznia Gdansk), where 17,000 ship builders began the civil resistance against the communist regime in 1980. In the tradition of PRL, we will also invite you for a shot of Polish vodka."

Gdansk Private WWII Tour with Museum of the Second World War

8. Gdansk Private WWII Tour with Museum of the Second World War

During your tour of Gdansk, you will get to hear of the facts, legends, opinions, and consequences of World War II for Gdansk, Poland, Europe, and the rest of the world. You will visit the most important places connected with Gdansk history during the war, and your guide will tell you the stories about brave heroes, victims, and crime. The purpose of this trip is to help you forge your own opinion on the course of the war and its consequences, based on new information. You will visit the Polish Post Office Museum, which was a symbol of the Polish heroic resistance in 1939, at the beginning of World War II. The museum aims to educate you about the patriotic activity of Poles in war-torn Gdansk, as well as the cultural achievements of the "Free City" citizens. Select the extended option, and you’ll also visit the World War II Museum, the newest and most visited museum in the city. Journey 15 meters underground to the museum’s permanent exhibition. At almost 5,000 square meters, the museum is the largest historical museum in Poland. Experience a guided tour which will delve into the war’s causes and consequences, as well as the perspective of its victims, perpetrators, heroes, and common folk.

Gdansk: Basic Bike Tour

9. Gdansk: Basic Bike Tour

As a local Guide , I can show you everything and more, and more. As a person born in Gdańsk, I have to offer you a real story told by real people; Discover the benefits -Sightseeing service at a reasonable price -Exclusively Customized for You -A relaxing atmosphere will make you feel good because you are on vacation -Real human guides will provide you with an authentic cultural experience. -Original Polish cultural experience, Slavic lifestyle and way of thinking -Visiting service at a reasonable price that cannot be provided by any other Gdańsk Tourist Office. My guided tours are just for you

Gdansk Private Walking Tour: Legends and Facts

10. Gdansk Private Walking Tour: Legends and Facts

Learn the facts and legends of the historic city of Gdańsk on a private walking tour of the highlights and main attractions. Marvel at the former gates of the Old Town, including the Upland Gate at the start of the Royal Way. Hear how this route was only accessible to the powerful monarchs in former days. Continue to Long Market and the Town Hall. Then, pass Neptune Fountain and Arthur's Court (Dwor Artusa) to see the former meeting point of the city’s merchants, now a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum. Go inside the court, where the walls are covered with friezes of mythological and historical characters. Continue to the Green Gate overlooking the Motlawa River. Then, enter St. Mary's Church, the largest brick church in the world. End your two hours of sightseeing at the imposing Great Armory and admire one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the city. Listen to detailed descriptions of the architecture and discuss the city's medieval history and contemporary legacy. Choose the three-hour tour option to explore the other sides of the Old Town and the islands on the Motlawa River. Discover the adorable Spichrzow Island and admire the architecture and yachts in the area. See the Baltic Symphony Hall and its fantastic buildings. Extend your sightseeing to four hours and enter St. Bridget's Church to see the unique altar made of amber, the most important raw material of the region. Be amazed by the extraordinary embellishments on the roofs and walls, and enjoy included admission.  On the six-hour tour, embark on a full exploration of Old Town and Main Town. Your guide will tell you everything about the city, including interesting facts and fantastic legends. There will be enough time to discover every corner of the city, and to enjoy a special visit of the European Solidarity Center, one of the most modern museums in Europe. Wander through the moving exhibitions and informative installations on the history of Poland and Gdansk.

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What people are saying about Gdansk

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 548 reviews

This museum is one of the best we have ever visited. We booked a private tour, which we recommend for anyone wanting the best experience. The museum is very large and so many things to see and learn about. Our guide Elvira was very good, knowledgeable and informative and made the experience even better. She could answer all of our questions and gave us very good insight of the history.

Exciting visit to Stutthoff. Our guide was knowledgeable and good at English. Can be recommended if you are interested in the Second World War and the history of Poland.

Amazing castle! We had a wonderful tour which was engaging and informative and our Mr Shuttle transfer was smooth and our driver Simon was lovely. Very recommended

A stop-gap dose of history, led by an excellent guide. A suitably long tour and relevant in a concise and informative format. A lot to see. I recommend visiting.

Great tour with a great guide 100% recommend to anyone going to Gdańsk!