Gdansk’s Green Gate is one of the most impressive of the main town’s old fortifications and marks the eastern end of the Royal Way.
Visit the Green Gate
This beautiful four-arched gatehouse was built in classic Flemish style in the 1560s and was intended to be a royal residence. But while the exterior is a splendid piece of architecture, the interior wasn’t quite plush enough for the kings, so it was never lived in. Centuries later, former president and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa adopted it as his office.
The gate is now home to the National Museum of Gdansk, which features paintings of Gdansk created from the 16th to the 20th centuries. There’s also an exhibition of furniture and valuable sacred and secular objects. Another branch of the museum holds the Gdansk Photo Gallery, which has more than 8,000 historical and modern photographs on display.
Where to Stay near the Green Gate
Book a Gdansk hotel or stay in a three- or four-star apartment by Gdansk’s riverside and you could be in Baroque-style accommodation with attractive views of the river. You could opt for an upmarket modern hotel a couple of streets away or choose an affordable hostel that’s within easy reach of the main town’s sights.
What to See near the Green Gate
The Green Gate marks the eastern end of the Royal Way and faces the River Motlawa. The rejuvenated waterfront is one of the most appealing parts of Gdansk, with colourful Baroque-style buildings looking out over the river. Relax at one of the many cafe terraces and soak up the lively scene. You could also stop for a drink or a bite to eat in one of the floating restaurants moored on the river.
Walk further north along the river and you reach the little foot ferry that takes you across to the National Maritime Museum. Here you’ll also spot the unmistakable sight of the Gdansk Crane, one of the emblems of the city which forms part of the museum.