Gdansk, Pomeranian, Poland.
Both the Teutonic Prussian and Slavic Poland past shaped a city of un-Polish architecture. Largely destroyed during the Second World War, and beautifully rebuilt afterwards. Travel to Gdansk in order to feels its diferences from the rest of Poland.
In fact, it resulted as one of Europe’s most beautiful port cities. Admire the huge red-brick churches, the elegantly slender buildings and mysterious museums. Even dare to swim in the Baltic Sea.
How To Get To Gdansk
- By car. Gdansk is linked to the Polish highway network by the E75 highway.
- By train. Gdańsk Główny is the main train station. It is beautiful brick 19th century structure located a few minutes from the city center. Check PKP Intercity for schedules and destinations.
- By bus. Visit PolskiBus for both national and internationals bus rides.
- By plane. Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport is connected to the city centre by bus. They depart every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays.
What To See & Do Guide
- Main town (Główne Miasto) is an area to enjoy Gdansk’s shops, restaurants and cafés. Start by the Golden Gate, walk the Long Lane, admire the Neptune Fountain and the Main Hall. Stop by the Long Market and cross the Green Gate in order to arrive to the Motława River.
- Religious buildings. As many as you want. Don’t miss St. Mary’s Church, completed in 1502 and considered the largest brick Gothic church in the world. Nearly 20.000 people can fit inside. Worth a visit too: St. Nicholas Church and St. John’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church and Oliwa Cathedral.
- Old Town (Stare Miasto). Check the Old Town Hall and the Polish Post Office Museum.
- Baltic Sea. Brzeźno and Jelitkowo are a two nice sandy beaches accessible with public transport. Have in mind water is cold and weather don’t usually invite for a swim.
- Malbork Castle, located 60 km from Gdansk, a classic example of a medieval fortress.
- It’s the Centre of the Tricity, a 1.4 million metropolitan area including also the cities of Gdynia and Sopot.
- Climate: Gdansk has an oceanic climate with moderate winters and mild summers. It has frequent showers and thunderstorms, 162 average precipitation days per year. Average daily temperatures range from -1 to 17.2 °C (30.2 to 63.0 °F), but it can get as hot as 30°C in July/August or as cold as -15°C in winter.
- Poland Travel Guide: Poland Lonely Planet