Romantic Gdańsk awaits: its history, monuments, cathedral and more!

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.

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Where to stay in Gdańsk

Old Town
Gdansk

Old Town

Known for Monuments, Historical Buildings, Museums

4.5/5(255 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 Artus Court might round out your trip.

Jelitkowo
Jelitkowo Beach featuring a beach as well as a small group of people

Jelitkowo

Known for Beaches, Cafés, Sea

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Jelitkowo is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Sopot Beach and Jelitkowo Beach.

Oliwa
Oliwa Cathedral showing interior views and a church or cathedral

Oliwa

Known for Natural Parks, Zoo, Swimming

5/5(2 reviews)

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

Wrzeszcz
Wrzeszcz, Gdańsk, Poland
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Wrzeszcz

Known for Universities, Friendly People, Shopping

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Travellers enjoy Wrzeszcz for its restaurants and shopping. Consider checking out Manhattan Shopping Centre while you're in the area.

Aniolki
Aniolki, Gdańsk, Poland
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Aniolki

Known for Cathedrals, Ports, Churches

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

Mlyniska
Mlyniska, Gdańsk, Poland
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Mlyniska

Known for Marinas, Museums

Travellers like the museums in Mlyniska, and Gdansk Shipyards is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Top hotels in Gdańsk

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Puro Gdańsk Stare Miasto
Puro Gdańsk Stare Miasto
4 out of 5
ul. Stagiewna 26, Gdansk, Pomerania
£52
per night
29 Oct-30 Oct

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is steps away from Marina Gdańsk and Green Gate. Neptune's Fountain and Artus Court are also within 5 minutes. Gdańsk Central ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,873 reviews)

"Area and general feeling of the hotel very relaxing and modern"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Puro Gdańsk Stare Miasto
Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Old Town
Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Old Town
3 out of 5
Lektykarska 4, Gdansk, Pomorskie
£56
per night
29 Oct-30 Oct

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Long Lane, Gdańsk Main Town Hall and St. Mary's Church. Golden Gate and Artus Court are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (412 reviews)

"Best location in old town. Comfortable bed and great shower. Everything worked. Helpful friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Old Town
Hampton By Hilton Gdansk Airport
Hampton By Hilton Gdansk Airport
3.5 out of 5
220 Juliusza Slowackiego Street, Gdansk, Pomerania
£57
per night
26 Oct-27 Oct

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (870 reviews)

"Close proximity to airport, car rental companies and low price with good resturant"…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019

Hampton By Hilton Gdansk Airport

Popular things to do in Gdańsk

Gdańsk Crane
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Gdańsk Crane

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Discover the history of Gdańsk’s maritime life and enjoy sweeping city views at this unique medieval crane that dominates the city’s waterfront.

Gdańsk Main Town Hall
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Gdańsk Main Town Hall

4.5/5(70 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.

Artus Court
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Artus Court

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Once a meeting point of luminaries and wealthy merchants, today this grandiose mansion is a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum.

Neptune's Fountain
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Neptune's Fountain

4.5/5(104 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(91 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.

Green Gate
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Green Gate

4.5/5(70 reviews)

At the eastern entrance to the Royal Route is this ceremonial archway, a onetime royal palace which now has galleries dedicated to exhibits of art and photography.

Top activities in Gdańsk

Gdansk Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Gdansk Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£15

Soak up the energy of seaside Gdansk and uncover the secrets of its colorful cobbled streets from a double-decker bus. Cruise around town to learn about the Baltic city's maritime history, and hop off whenever you want to get a closer look at a dockside brewery, a red-brick church, or a fascinating museum.

Private Old Town Highlights Tour with Tickets to Basilica
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Private Old Town Highlights Tour with Tickets to Basilica

£13

Experience the beauty of Gdansk with a private guide on a walking tour of the historic city center. Look inside the stunning Arthur's Court, learn about the Royal Way and see the highlights of the Gdanks Old Town.

World War II Tour - True History and Facts
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World War II Tour - True History and Facts

£33

During 4-hours World War II Tour you will learn about invasion of Poland by the military forces of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Listen how Polish army was fighting devoting life for freedom of Poland. Learn about Nazi death camps dedicated for Jewish and Polish nations.

Family Friendly Historic Old Town Tour - Little explorers
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Family Friendly Historic Old Town Tour - Little explorers

£22

Our common meeting point is under Upland Gate. You can choose the meeting location (for example railway station) and start time or optionally we can pick up you from Hotel in Gdansk Old Town.

Malbork Castle: 6-Hour Private Tour to The Largest Castle
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Malbork Castle: 6-Hour Private Tour to The Largest Castle

£66

Enjoy a 6-hour tour from Gdansk to Malbork Castle, the largest red brick Gothic castle in the world. Admire the beautiful architecture, learn about the history of the castle, and admire the “History of Amber” exhibition in the castle’s cellars.

Sztutowo Tour from Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia 2 Way
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Sztutowo Tour from Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia 2 Way

£55

During this tour you will be able to visit Stutthof concentration camp and village Sztutowo The tour includes transport from your hotel or apartments in Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. When you finish visiting the concentration camp after your stay, the driver will take you back.