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Taking pride of place in Long Market opposite Artus Court, the Neptune Fountain is one of the symbols of Gdansk and a popular meeting point.
Given Gdansk’s importance as a trading port, it’s not surprising that the Neptune Fountain pays homage to the god of the sea. This rococo bronze statue, designed by Abraham van den Blocke, was completed in 1633 and stands in the Long Market. A year later, a wrought-iron gate was erected around the fountain, and a collection of stone sea creatures was added in the 18th century.
Unlike most of the main town, which has been reconstructed, the Neptune Fountain is the original. After it was damaged during the Second World War, it was taken away for safekeeping and brought back in the 1950s after it was repaired. It then had a thorough facelift in 2012.
Book a family-run bed and breakfast within easy reach of the main town’s sights. If you want the freedom of having your own kitchen – particularly if you’re travelling with children – there’s a large selection of centrally located three- and four-star apartments and two-star hostels. If you want to push the boat out, stay in a luxury modern hotel with views across the river and Gdansk.
If you’re standing by the Neptune Fountain, then pop into the Artus Court Museum directly in front. This striking building dates from the 14th century and was used as a guildhall by Medieval tradesmen. Now it holds a fascinating exhibition showing how Gdansk looked centuries ago.
Afterwards, carry on along Long Market and absorb the lively atmosphere coming from the many cafe terraces along this pedestrianised thoroughfare.
Discover Gdansk’s rich past by visiting the Historical Museum of Gdansk, which is in the ornate Main Town Hall. The Red Room, a lavish interior done up in elaborate Dutch Mannerist style from the 16th century, is its highlight. The climb up the town hall’s tower is worth the effort for the panoramic views. Follow Long Market to its eastern end and you reach the Foregate, which includes the Amber Museum before heading back to your accommodation near the Neptune Fountain.