Gdansk’s Main Town Hall is an impressive addition to the fine buildings all along Long Street, and is also home to the Historical Museum of Gdansk. You can see its soaring spire – the highest tower in the city – from across Gdansk.
Where to Stay near the Main Town Hall
There’s a good range of accommodation near the Main Town Hall. Stay in a cosy, family-run bed and breakfast in the centre and pick up tips from the owners on what to see in the city. If you want to do some self-catering, there’s a selection of three- and four-star apartment hotels, some of them in sleek new developments. There’s also the option of staying in one of Gdansk’s grand Baroque-style hotels within easy reach of the main sights.
The Story of the Main Town Hall
Dating from the late 14th century, the Main Town Hall has some of the most elaborate interiors in Gdansk, including ornate ceiling paintings and carvings. It’s also home to the Historical Museum of Gdansk, where its exhibits explain the city’s history and display re-creations of home interiors. If you want some of the best views of the city, it’s worth going to the top of the Main Town Hall’s spire for panoramic vistas.
The Main Town Hall’s highlight is the Red Room, a lavish space decorated with 25 paintings on the ceiling and a huge elegant fireplace. Unlike other parts of Gdansk that have been reconstructed, the Red Room’s interior is the original – it was dismantled and taken away in 1942 for safekeeping until the end of the Second World War.
What to See near the Main Town Hall
Staying near the Main Town Hall, you’re in a prime spot to explore the rest of Long Street and Long Market. This pedestrianised thoroughfare features Medieval gates as well as handsome Baroque facades and the bronze Neptune Fountain.
Head around the corner to Ulica Mariacka, one of the most charming streets in Gdansk. Narrow and cobbled, it’s lined with pretty cafes and is a popular place for people-watching. You’re also just a few steps away from the imposing St Mary’s Basilica, a massive Gothic-style church made of brick.