One of Gdansk’s most striking buildings, Artus Court has been a meeting place for centuries and is one of the highlights of the Royal Way.
The Story of Gdansk’s Artus Court
Built in the 14th century, Artus Court was used as a guildhall by merchants for hundreds of years as well as a meeting place for important visitors passing through Gdansk. Its elaborate facade was created in the 17th century, with more Gothic touches added after a fire in 1841.
Like most of Gdansk, Artus Court was destroyed at the end of the Second World War, and its reconstruction is thanks to detailed historical records and old photographs.
Step inside the Gothic main hall of Artus Court and admire the paintings and graceful granite columns. You can’t miss the sight of the Renaissance tiled stove, which the tallest of its kind in Europe and has 520 tiles. Head to the upper floors, where there’s a fascinating exhibition showing how the hall looked in its prime.
Hotels near Artus Court
There’s a wide range of accommodation near Artus Court. One option is to stay in a three- or four-star apartment hotel, where you’ll be able to do some self-catering using the fresh produce from Gdansk’s food markets.
Choose an elegant hotel in the similar Baroque style found in the main town, or a modern business hotel with conference facilities. Or you could book a cosy bed and breakfast in the centre, with the major sights on your doorstep.
What to See near Artus Court
Artus Court is only one of many sights along the Royal Way, the wide pedestrianised thoroughfare that is made up of Long Market and Long Street. Along the way, you’ll pass through imposing Medieval gates and wander past elaborate Baroque facades, the ornate Town Hall and the 16th-century bronze Neptune Fountain. Cafes terraces are everywhere, adding to the lively atmosphere.
Once you reach the eastern end of the Royal Way, relax at one of cafes on the waterfront promenade. Check out the shops and small galleries before catching the little foot ferry to visit the National Maritime Museum on Olowianka Island.