Gdańsk

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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

Craft Beer Central Hotel
Craft Beer Central Hotel
4 out of 5
Podwale Grodzkie 4, Gdansk, Pomerania, 80-895
The price is £52 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Gdańsk. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (465 reviews)
"Excellent location to the train station. A very quick walk. Easy access to Old Town. Very clean, updated and fantastic craft beer."

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2022

Craft Beer Central Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk
Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk
5 out of 5
ul. Dlugi Targ 19, Gdansk, Pomerania, 80-828
The price is £63 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Gdańsk. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (987 reviews)
"Wonderful location on Long Market with access to great restaurants and sites. Quiet suite with spacious bathroom and shiny new features. A small negative is that the curtains were not fully blackout - needed a blindfold."

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2022

Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk
Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk
Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk
4 out of 5
Chmielna 10-25, Gdansk, 80-748
The price is £57 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Gdańsk. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (576 reviews)
Great location, small rooms
"Pros: great location, friendly and helpful stuff, tasty food. Cons: standard rooms are small, SPA was available only for 80 minutes per day and must be booked in advance due to COVID restrictions (which I learned only at arrival)."

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2022

Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk
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Elite Apartments Heart of the Old Town
Elite Apartments Heart of the Old Town
3.5 out of 5
Swietego Ducha 63/65, Gdansk, East Pomeranian Voivodeship, 80-834
The price is £62 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Gdańsk. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and cable TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their ...
3.9/5 Good! (95 reviews)
"The location was good, however one of the windows were broken. This meant that we couldn’t shut it and the room was cold. There was lots of mould on the ceiling and the shower was only hot for one person."

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Elite Apartments Heart of the Old Town
Grano Apartments Premium Old Town
Grano Apartments Premium Old Town
4 out of 5
3 Pszenna, Gdansk, Pomorskie, 80-749
The price is £71 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Gdańsk. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Popular attractions Green Gate and Historic Free Zone Museum ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great apartment in Gdańsk
"Staff was friendly, apartment was very nice, close to the river and the beautiful downtown, easy to get to"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2021

Grano Apartments Premium Old Town
Elite Apartments Granaria Luxury
Elite Apartments Granaria Luxury
3.5 out of 5
3 Chmielna, Gdansk, Pomorskie, 80-748
The price is £107 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Gdańsk. Enjoy free WiFi and a lift. Popular attractions Archeological Museum and Długie Pobrzeże are located nearby. Discover ...
Elite Apartments Granaria Luxury
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.

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