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GdańskPoland

Explore medieval streets lined with narrow townhouses in this Polish port city, which has been shaped by centuries of maritime trade and a pivotal role in World War II.

Gdańsk was catapulted onto the world stage as the first battlefront of World War II. Now mostly reconstructed, this port city today is known for its quaint cobblestone streets, plazas and cafés.

Tour the Old Town for a glimpse into Gdańsk’s medieval past. Each block is crammed with narrow, red-roofed townhouses. Walk along the plazas and cobblestone streets and look for the whimsical gutter spouts, which often resemble dragons.

The Old Town also features Gdańsk’s landmark buildings. Walk north from Dluga Street along the Motlawa River to find the mammoth Gdańsk Crane. Built in the 14th century, this enormous cargo-moving apparatus was the most powerful crane in medieval Europe. Follow Dluga Street west to reach the majestic Golden Gate, which was originally built as one of the city gates in the early 1600s. While in Old Town, you can’t miss St. Mary’s Church; it dominates the Gdańsk skyline. Climb the church tower for aerial views of the city.

Outside of the medieval city center, Gdańsk bears marks of its more recent history. The Westerplatte, a peninsula at the very north of the city, is where Hitler began his invasion of Poland. The epic battle that ensued was the first of World War II. See the ruins of the barracks and the towering memorial to the 180 Polish defenders who for seven days held off 3,500 German attackers.

In summer, take a daytrip by car or bus to Krynika Morska. This beach resort town an hour east of Gdańsk lays on a thin spit of land between the Baltic Sea and the vast Vistula Lagoon. Sunbathe on the beaches and walk along the forested paths that offer panoramic views of the Gdańsk Bay.

Gdańsk is located on Poland’s northern coastline. Arrive by air or road or take the scenic four-hour train ride from Warsaw. Since the main attractions in Gdańsk are located in a small area a car is unnecessary but can be helpful for daytrips into the countryside.

Where to stay in Gdańsk

Gdansk Main Town Hall which includes heritage elements

Gdansk City Center

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

Gdansk City Center is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by St. Mary's Church and Neptune's Fountain while in the area.

Gdansk City Center
Gdansk featuring city views and street scenes

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(329 area reviews)

The great bars and beautiful river views are top of the list for many visitors to Old Town. A stop by Gdańsk Main Town Hall or Neptune's Fountain might round out your trip.

Old Town
Oliwa Park featuring a park

Oliwa

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

Oliwa is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Zoo Gdansk and Oliwa Cathedral.

Oliwa
Wrzeszcz, Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Wrzeszcz

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Visitors to Wrzeszcz like its restaurants and shopping, and Manhattan Shopping Centre is a sight worth a stop.

Wrzeszcz
Aniolki, Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Aniolki

Aniolki is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like MOSiR Stadium and Baltic State Opera.

Aniolki

Top hotels in Gdańsk

Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk
Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk
4 out of 5
Chmielna 10-25, Gdansk
The price is £81 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Located in Gdansk City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Green Gate, Neptune's Fountain and Gdańsk Main Town Hall. St. Mary's Church and Gdansk ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (393 reviews)

"Fantastic location, brand new modern hotel, very friendly staff, nice pool area. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk
Scandic Gdansk
Scandic Gdansk
4 out of 5
Podwale Grodzkie 9, Gdansk, Pomerania
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £42 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Gdansk City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Johannes Hevelius Monument and Gdansk Old Town Hall. St. Mary's Church and Gdańsk Main ...

4.3/5Excellent! (845 reviews)
Out of time

"Handy for rail and bus travel to other parts or Poland and local area. Don't assume it's quick and easy to get too and from airport via public transport, a taxi costs a max £ 20. Hotel is handy for old town and 20 mins to riverside. Very clean , staff friendly and will look after your cases. Check ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2020

Scandic Gdansk
Hampton By Hilton Gdansk Airport
Hampton By Hilton Gdansk Airport
3.5 out of 5
220 Juliusza Slowackiego Street, Gdansk, Pomerania
The price is £53 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Located in Matarnia, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Lezno Palace, Manhattan Shopping Centre and Papugarnia. Gdansk University of Technology and Medical ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)

"Nice hotel, clean, nice breakfasts and staff was very helpful. Kudos to the deputy GM helping the F&B breakfast time and making sure people use face mask, despite sometimes getting rude replies form other guests"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Hampton By Hilton Gdansk Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Gdańsk

Old Town Aparthotel by Welcome Apartment
Old Town Aparthotel by Welcome Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Tobiasza 6-7-8, Gdansk, pomorskie
The price is £88 per night from 24 Nov to 25 Nov

Located in Gdansk City Center, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Polish Post Office Museum, St. Mary's Church and Gdansk Old Town Hall. Neptune's ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Fantastyczne miejsce."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2020

Old Town Aparthotel by Welcome Apartment
City Center Apartments SPA & Wellness by Apartmore
City Center Apartments SPA & Wellness by Apartmore
4 out of 5
Jaglana 6E/4, Gdansk, Pomeranian Voivodeship
The price is £50 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Located in Gdansk City Center, this spa aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Route, Neptune's Fountain, and Gdańsk Main Town Hall. St. Mary's Church ...

4.2/5Very Good! (161 reviews)

"I have to pay extra 130PLN for cleanning - it was mandatory, but on your website was no information about it. I had never take this hotel if i had see the price for cleanning."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

City Center Apartments SPA & Wellness by Apartmore
Dom&House - Apartments Waterlane Island
Dom&House - Apartments Waterlane Island
3.5 out of 5
Chmielna 63, Gdansk
The price is £61 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Located in Gdansk City Center, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Long Market, Neptune's Fountain and Gdańsk Main Town Hall. St. Mary's Church ...

4.3/5Excellent! (12 reviews)

"I loved the property, beautify decorated and all new with access to local amenities and 5 min walk to the old town. However, the company didn't include the price in the listing, so upon arrival we found out that we hadn't paid extra £30 for the cleaning. I expect that fee to be included in the price ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2019

Dom&House - Apartments Waterlane Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Gdańsk

Neptune's Fountain
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Neptune's Fountain

4.5/5(128 reviews)

Visit this monument to the Roman god of the sea, which is shrouded in local folklore and surrounded by architectural masterpieces.

St. Mary's Church
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St. Mary's Church

4.5/5(114 reviews)

Gaze in amazement at the magnitude of this almost 700-year-old church beautified by ancient art, dozens of chapels and a soaring clock tower.

Gdańsk Main Town Hall
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Gdańsk Main Town Hall

4.5/5(90 reviews)

Look over Gdańsk’s rooftops from the tower of this magnificent 14th-century landmark, which is also the main branch of the Gdańsk History Museum.

Stadion Energa Gdańsk
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Stadion Energa Gdańsk

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Catch an event at Stadion Energa Gdańsk during your trip to Gdańsk.Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply savour its lively bars.

Golden Gate
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Golden Gate

4.5/5(130 reviews)

Walk through this colonnaded gateway, which is an entrance to Gdańsk’s architecturally impressive Old Town. Pause to admire its ornate statues.

Long Market
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Long Market

4.5/5(62 reviews)

During your trip to Gdańsk, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Long Market. Savour the area's restaurants and bars.

Top things to do in Gdańsk

Gdansk: Highlights Old Town Tour with ticket to Amber Altar
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Gdansk: Highlights Old Town Tour with ticket to Amber Altar

£23
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Best of Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot: Private 7-hour TriCity Tour
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Best of Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot: Private 7-hour TriCity Tour

£269
Per adult
Gdansk: Traditional Food Tour with Old Town Sightseeing
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Gdansk: Traditional Food Tour with Old Town Sightseeing

£38
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Old Town Highlights Tour with Tickets to Basilica
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Private Old Town Highlights Tour with Tickets to Basilica

£104
Per adult
Gdansk: 3-Hour Royal Route Private Tour
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Gdansk: 3-Hour Royal Route Private Tour

£100
Per adult
Wolf's Lair private tour from Gdansk
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Wolf's Lair private tour from Gdansk

£292
Per adult

Reviews of Gdańsk

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
212
5 - Excellent 84.8%
4 - Good
34
4 - Good 13.6%
3 - Okay
3
3 - Okay 1.2%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.4%
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5/5 - Excellent

Basia

10 Mar 2020

Great pedestrianised area so very relaxing to walk around

5/5 - Excellent

TG

22 Feb 2020

Loads of great places to eat and drink, beautiful architecture, nearby beach and good museums. Plenty for everyone to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Feb 2020

Beautiful city, so much history, some very sad. Architecture is very photogenic. The people are welcoming and kind. 10/10 city break location.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Feb 2020

Lovely clean city. Lots to do. Plenty bars & restaurants & museums & a shopping centre.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

Sopot is nice . Remember you are a tourist so stick to the old town Beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Jan 2020

Very good prices for a city,very up and coming,good choice of restaurants food and beer cheap,wine more like british prices but everything we tried was good,very nice pizzas in the san marco restaurant

Cities near Gdańsk

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Gdynia

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Sopot