The City of Gdansk in 1 Day – Attractions
I am rarely unlucky with the weather and my trip to Gdansk fell into that bad luck. Almost all day it rained a little rain, which was replaced by a downpour. In addition to the rain added to the Baltic climate, so if yesterday I wore only a T-shirt and was able to sunbathe, today I was freezing, even in a jacket. Here’s an example of the previous day in Gdynia, which is only 20km to the north.
As a result all the pictures look very dim. One might get the impression that it is not worth going here, but it is not. There are a lot of positive reviews of Gdansk on the Internet and even more sunny pictures.
How to get to Gdansk
: get to Gdańsk by cab for about € 30-40 or get on the public transport and take a bus for € 3,4PLN (€ 0,8), there are also trains for € 1,5-2. : Buses from Warsaw cost only 0,5PLN (€0,5) with early booking, standard price about 10€, tickets here and here.
I’ve put all the sights I’ve seen on the map during my visit to Gdansk. Plus Oliwski Park and Mol Brzezno on the edge of the city.
What to see more you can buy a ticket to the sightseeing bus Hop On Hop Off for 15 € or as I did to save money by taking public transportation.
What to see in Gdańsk
When you arrive in the city for 1 day you usually start from the main railway station. Then you go to the center and then the suburbs, if you have enough time.
Gdańsk train station
I arrived at the central station from Gdynia, but immediately took public transportation to the edge of the city. To see the furthest sights and from them to move to the center.
The decision for this was the weather, the forecast promised heavy rains by the middle of the day. In the center of the city it is easier to survive than on the outskirts. So the decision was made to go as far away as possible and to be in the center when it rained. On the one hand we benefited from the fact that we got less wet and less cold. But on the other hand, the pictures of a wet Gdańsk were very mediocre.
Apart from the train station itself, the memorable thing was the monument to the children with the suitcases. It’s a monument to the Jewish children who were taken to England to be rescued from the Nazis. The situation was so desperate that parents had to part with perhaps 10,000 children forever. This mass move was called Operation Kindertransport.
As it happens, we’ll continue the World War II theme at the next location. Next to the train station is the stop of the 106 bus we took to the terminus of Westerplatte.
This is a small peninsula, where was the Polish military garrison. The place was famous for heroically holding the defense for 7 days, but eventually it capitulated. Now this place has become a big open-air museum, the entrance to which is free.
This fortress is located near Westerplatte. Take any bus and get off after a few stops at Twierdza Wisloujscie. The ticket to the fortress cost 15PLN, which was not in my plans. So there will only be a picture of the outside.
St. Barbara’s Church
After the fortress we went to the center of Gdańsk. We took the 106 bus again and got off at the Szafarnia stop. After getting off the bus, do not immediately run across the bridge into the historic city. We can turn around and see the Church of St. Barbara.
After the church, cross the bridge over the river and go under the gate. This is the starting point of the old town.
At this point, it started to rain heavily as predicted by the weather forecasters. The pictures below will either be blurry or with water droplets on the lens.
After the gate, we will get to “Storage Island”. Named so because of the granaries that were once stored there. At that time, the island was a solid construction site, so we walked it along Stagiewna Street to the next bridge.
The second bridge has the best views of the city of Gdańsk.
The Green Gate
On the bridge, called Green, there is a small market place where mostly tourist souvenirs are sold, and right behind the bridge there is a building called Green Gate because of the arches and the bridge. This building was built in 1568 as a residence of the Polish kings in which none of the kings have not visited.
Dlinny Rynek Street
The old city has almost a square street structure similar to that of modern U.S. cities. Except that instead of street numbers the streets have real names. Now we will begin to zigzag through these streets from one end of the old city to the other. The first such street is called Long Market or in Polish Dlugi Targ.
In addition to the fact that the street itself is an attraction, it has a number of separate attractions.
Netun’s Fountain and the Court of Artus
Somewhere in the middle of Dlugi Targ Street will be the Neptune Fountain, behind which is the Dwor Artusa Museum building. The description inside is a collection of paintings, furniture and crockery, but apart from all this, the building itself can be considered a museum, both inside and out. Admission to the museum costs 10PLN and is free on Tuesdays.
Town Hall of the Main City
Still stomping around the fountain. To the left of the fountain is the town hall with the strange translation “Town Hall of the Main City”. Now in a building rebuilt after the war is the City Museum.
Admission to the museum costs 12PLN and is free on Tuesdays. There’s a tourist center across from the Town Hall, so those who don’t already have a tourist card would do well to stop by.
After the town hall, we quickly walked to the end of the street, as we were already well soaked from the rain and were looking for a place to warm up. We walked so fast that we missed the Uphagen House, although looking at pictures on the web later we realized that it did not really stand out among the other houses.
The torture chamber – Katovnya
After passing under the golden gate we came to the red building with the grim name Torture Chamber. Originally it was a defensive building, and only later it became a prison. The prison gave it such a sinister name.
Today there is a museum of amber. Admission for adults is 12PLN, and on Tuesdays, as well as in most museums of Gdańsk, admission is free.
Elevated Gate or Brama Wyzynna
Another gate on the Royal Route is located near the Torture Chamber. As many people write in reviews – the architecture of this gate is very different from the architecture of the old city.
If you literally translate the name of the gate, it turns out the Elevated Gate, which somehow does not sound well and where not searched for information, the name or do not translate or write Brama Wyzynna. Now this gate is converted into a tourist center.
Having warmed up a bit in the tourist center, we went further, and since the historic city ends here, we had to look again for the entrance from another street. This entrance turned out to be the Great Arsenal building, through which you can walk through and get to Piwna Street or Beer Street.
On the side of the arsenal there is a small defensive tower with a fragile name for such a destination – the Straw Tower.
The big arsenal
It is hard to believe that a building with such facades was actually used as an arsenal. Today its purpose is more suited to its exterior, as the Academy of Fine Arts is located inside.
I’m not sure if this is the building that houses the academy, as the entire building has been turned into one big ART exhibition of contemporary art. Admission to all 3 floors is free and that was another reason to get warm.
Church of the Virgin Mary.
After leaving the Great Arsenal and walking a little bit down Beer Street, we came to the main church of Gdańsk – the Church of Our Lady. The church, which now has the title of a cathedral, was built for several centuries and finished in the 16th century.
Entrance to the church is paid 4PLN and 8PLN to go up to the observation deck of the church.
At one time this cathedral was a kind of record holder in narrow circles, it was the largest Lutheran Church. But for average citizens such small records are not interesting and not noticeable, but guides have something to fill their stories.
Speaking of guides, you can rent a 3-hour audio guide in Russian for 7.2 €.
Let’s continue our collection of Gdańsk Gates and the next one will be the Mariátz Gate. Exit to the gate through the Mariatica Street of the same name, which begins from the Church of the Virgin Mary. It would have been more correct to turn to Bread Street, where there is another Bread Gate, but somehow we missed this turn.
Like many gates in the historic part of the city, it is not really a gate, but a residential building with a large arch in it. Inside the building is the Archaeological Museum.
Walking out of the gate to the water you can see two tourist attractions – the Ferris wheel and the Pirate boat. I have already written in my Gdynia story that almost every major port on the Vzspora has such an attraction.
From the gate, we walk left to the Old Crane, one of Gdynia’s landmarks. It has a middle name Crane. By the size of this crane you can understand how busy and in demand the seaport was from the 13th to the 18th century.
Almost opposite to the old crane there is a small island Olovyanka, which can be freely called a cultural center of the city. There is a Maritime Museum and the Baltic Philharmonic of F. Chopin. With the name of the composer in Poland is associated a lot, because it is his homeland. But if you want to know more about his works, it is better to do it in Warsaw, in the Frederic Chopin Museum, about which I have written a separate story.
The ship Soldek, moored next to the museum, is part of the Maritime Museum. Also on the island is the former building of the Royal Granary, which is now a hotel with the proud name of Royal Hotel and surprisingly with a low price for such a location and name.
By this point we were well soaked and even more cold from that. We started in such a hurry that we missed a couple of historic streets and came right to the end of the route. It was Jacek’s tower on the edge of the historic part of town.
St. Catherine’s Church and the Great Mill
There were only two streets from the tower to the train station, which we ran. Also on the run we took pictures of the last two sights, St. Catherine’s Church and the Great Mill.
The last thing that saw us off in Gdansk was the Love Bridge with locks from lovers and tourists.
BONUS – Sunset on the Gdansk Bridge
From the train station, we left to bask in an apartment rented in Gdynia with a view of the sea. But I wanted to end my story in a more positive way. So I will tell you where you can ideally end your day in Gdansk, especially if you are luckier with the weather than I was.
The best way to get to Molo is to take streetcar number 3. Get on at the train station and get off at the terminal. From the terminal to the breakwater it’s a short 1.5 km walk, but it will be a pleasant walk along the shoreline or along the beach.
I came here the next day, when the weather changed for the better and I saw my best sunset on the Baltic Sea.
Have a nice weather, Ms.Natalina.
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A large seaport in northern Poland attracts tourists with the centuries-old history. What to see in Gdansk a tourist? Among the worthy of attention are the Church of St. Mary, the World War II Museum, Olive Cathedral and the City Hall.
What to see in Gdansk in 1 day
Since its inception, the city has experienced a lot of events. It had to rebuild after its near-total destruction in 1945. Merchant houses with magnificent facades testify to the era of active maritime trade. There are no less interesting Catholic churches, made in the Gothic style. There are enough free places in the city, where you can learn a lot of new information and have a pleasant experience.
Town Hall of the Main City
It was built according to the project of Heinrich Hetzel (15th century). Originally a Gothic building, after a fire in 1556 it was reconstructed in the manner of Mannerism. The building features a tower 81 m high, a carillon with 14 bells and the Red Room with an exhibition of 25 paintings by Isaac van den Block. The tower spire is decorated with a statue of King Sigismund August.
Address: 46 Dluga str.
Working hours: Every day except Monday (10:00-16:00).
How to get there: from the railway station take streetcars 3, 6 or buses 123, 178.
The project for the erection of the fountain was selected through a competition, the winner was Abraham van den Block. The bronze sculpture depicting the god Neptune is considered a symbol of Gdańsk. It was opened in 1634. Subsequently it was reconstructed several times.
Address: Central Square.
Getting there: Take streetcars 8, 9 from the train station or bus line 112.
This is a famous Catholic church which belonged to the Cistercians. The facade is made in the form of two 46-meter towers. Inside the structure there are 23 altars. The pride of the cathedral is the organ, which consists of 7896 pipes. Every year the organ concerts are held there, using the musical instruments of the 18th century.
Address: Novitskogo street, 5.
Working hours: every day.
How to get there: Take streetcars 2 and 6 or by car.
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Its oldest part dates back to the 15th century. Later the building was expanded to its current size. After the partition of Poland the palace was owned by the German Hohenzollern family. At the end of the 19th century the structure came under the jurisdiction of the city. Nowadays the Contemporary Art Department is located there, where thematic exhibitions are held.
Address: 18 Cisters Street.
Working hours: Every day except Mondays (5:00-23:00).
How to get there: by streetcar 6, 12.
St. Mary’s Church
It is considered to be the largest brick church in the world. Its length is 105 m and the vaults are 29 m high. It can accommodate about 25,000 parishioners at a time. Because of the partial destruction during the battles, the church has been reconstructed. The main attractions of the church are the sculpture of Madonna of Gdańsk, the altar of the Ferbers and the triptych “The Last Judgment” by Hans Memling.
Address: 5 Podkramarska Street.
Working hours: every day until 18:00.
How to get there: from the train station you can take bus 112, streetcars 8 and 9.
The Green Gate
Built as a royal residence (16th century). However, the building was used only once, when Maria Luisa, the bride of Vladislav IV, stayed there. The front part has four aisles. Today the building is a branch of the National Museum, where exhibitions, presentations and conferences are regularly organized.
Address: 24 Dlugi Targ str.
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (except Mondays).
How to get there: Tram 2, 6, 9 and bus 112.
A burgher stone building from the 18th century owned by the merchant Johan Uphagen. In 1911 the house became a museum, but it was destroyed during the war. Ten years later the restoration of the burgher interior began. The famous place is open for all comers.
Address: Dluga street, 12.
Working schedule: 10:00-16:00 (closed on Tuesday).
How to get there: from the station take streetcars 2, 6, 9.
Medieval place of interest that was part of the fortress wall. Functioned as a place of torture and execution of prisoners. Today’s tower is a branch of the amber museum, where you can see sculptures, icons, figurines and jewelry.
Address: Targ Weglowy 26.
How to get there: from the railway station take streetcar 2, 6.
A historic building, part of the Gdansk defensive system. Several architectural styles, due to its restoration after repeated demolitions. In the center of the fortress there was a lighthouse in the form of a cylindrical tower with the officers’ houses adjoining it.
The address is: Stara Tverdza 1.
How to get there: take bus number 158.
Monument to Jan III Sobieski.
Jan III Sobieski was initially erected in Lvov in 1965 according to the project of F. Baronczy and then taken to Gdańsk. The sculpture depicts Polish king in national costume, sitting on a horse. The statue is made of bronze. It weighs 7 tons. It is included in the list of tourist attractions worth seeing.
Address: Targ Drzewni, 9.
How to get there: take streetcar 1, 2.
The Lion’s Castle
Built on the site of a Gothic building, which, according to one version, belonged to a nobleman (16th century). At the entrance are two sculptures of lions, preserved after the destruction of the previous building. The castle was first owned by the Chirenberg family, later by the Black Forest family. Ball and social events were held there, and King Vladislav IV was present at one of them.
Address: Dluga str. 35.
How to get there: from the railway station take streetcars 2, 6, 9.
Church of St. Nicholas
It is made in Neo-Gothic style (12th century). St. Nicholas is revered as the patron saint of fishermen and sailors. The first building was made of wood, later it was built of stone. The church almost completely survived the war. What else should tourists visit in Gdansk? Near the church there is a monument to Prince Svyatopolk II the Great.
Address: ul. Svetoyanska, 72.
Opening hours: 6:30-19:00.
How to get there: by streetcar 6 and 9.
Medieval stone complex with the Neptune Fountain next to it. In the beginning it served as a meeting place for prominent citizens and representatives of the authorities. Lavish celebrations, concerts and theatrical performances were organized there. The peculiarity of the yard is a five-tiered stove, which was more than 10 meters high. Tiles with images of famous personalities, mythological characters, coats of arms, angels and heavenly bodies were used as decoration.
Address: 43-44 Dlugi Targ.
Opening hours: 10:00 – 16:00, except Tuesdays.
How to get there: streetcars 8, 9.
Where to go in Gdańsk for a tourist, places of interest
The city is rich with tourist sites and beautiful streets, which tell a lot about the life of local residents. Where should I visit if I decide to spend my vacation in Gdańsk? Fans of history, culture and traditions will love the museum tours. Lovers of natural beauty should definitely take a walk through the city’s parks.
It is the oldest cultural institution in Poland, founded after the merger of two museums – the City Museum and the Arts and Crafts Museum. Among the most interesting is the collection of Jacob Kabrun, containing thousands of paintings by artists of the 15th-19th centuries. Located in the building of the Franciscan monastery.
Address: 1 Toruńska Street.
Working schedule: 9:00-17:00 (except Mondays).
Getting there: Take buses 106 and 111.
A large research institution with over 30 thousand exhibits. Located in an old Renaissance house. The entrance is decorated with sculptures – stone women symbolizing the deities of the Middle Ages. Branches of the museum are located in different parts of Gdańsk. It organizes educational events, performances and knightly tournaments.
Address: ul. Marijacka 25.
Open daily except Mondays (10:00-17:00).
How to get there: from the train station take streetcars 8 and 9.
The main theme of the exhibitions is the maritime history and shipbuilding of Poland. Existence of the most popular museum began with an exhibition (1958). Currently housed in several buildings. As exhibits are models of river and medieval ships, fragments of equipment, weapons and navigational instruments.
Address: the island Olovyanka, 9/13.
Working schedule: from 10:00 to 16:00 (Monday is the day off).
How to get there: first you can get there by buses 106, 111 or streetcar 8 and then take the bridge or the ferry.
World War II Museum.
The opening dates from 2017. A must visit for those interested in Poland’s role during the war and its historical features. Has 18 themed rooms. On request, visitors can watch documentaries and archive footage.
Address: located at Władysław Bartoszewski Square 1.
Opening hours: 10:00-16:00 (except Mondays).
How to get there: by bus 130.
Energa Arena stadium
Year of construction – 2011 (before the European Championship). It can accommodate about 44 thousand visitors. Now the training of the city’s soccer club “Lechia” takes place there. Group tournaments, concerts, festivals and circus performances are also held there. The bands Bon Jovi and Pet Shop Boys performed here. For children there are equipped playrooms. Nearby there is a go-karting.
Address: Pokolen Lechii 1.
How to get there: Take streetcar 8, 10 from Gdańsk city center.
Initially the authorities were against the creation of such a park, but later agreed to allocate more than 120 hectares of land in the Valley of the Great Mill (1954). The collection of the zoological garden was gradually replenished with new inhabitants. Most of the animals were brought by sailors. Interesting places can be seen in 4-5 hours. For the convenience of visitors, there is a transport rental.
Address: 3 Karvenska Street (Oliva district).
Mode of operation: 9:00-19:00.
How to get there: Bus 169, 171 from the center, streetcars 5, 6.
AmberSky Ferris Wheel
The Ferris wheel is 55 meters high and was installed in 2014. It was made in Germany. The wheel has 43 air-conditioned cabins, one of which is designed for 8 people (VIP) – equipped with leather seats and a TV. A full turn of the wheel makes for 15-20 minutes.
Address: 1 Olovyanka str.
Working hours: Every day (10:00-22:00).
How to get there: from the center you can take streetcars 8 and 9.
Forum Shopping Mall
Opened in 2018. The total area – 62 thousand square meters. The largest shopping mall in the historic part of the city. Where to go on its territory? There are stores, entertainment facilities, a nine-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes. Nearby there is a parking lot for 1,100 cars.
Address: Targ Sienny 7.
Opening hours: 9:00-22:00.
How to get there: by streetcar 4, 10.
Year opened – 2006. Named in honor of the former president of America. The park has a small size (40 hectares). The main attractions are the monuments to Reagan and Pope John Paul II, located nearby. Where else can visitors go? The park has bicycle paths and playgrounds for children.
Address: Piastovska street (Primorye district).
Working hours: 24 hours a day.
How to get there: by buses 127 and 158.
Pirate ship “Black Pearl”.
It has an archaic appearance and cruises on the waters of the Gulf of Gdańsk. Inside it is equipped with modern amenities. Visitors can enjoy the ride, sitting at cozy tables. On shore, guests are greeted by a man in a pirate costume. The ship can accommodate about 180 passengers. Tours are organized from May to October.
Address: Dlugi Pobrezhje, 11.
Working hours: 10:00-19:30.
How to get there: Take bus 100.
It is a branch of the Historical Museum. Opened to the public in 2006. It is located in an old Gothic building at the intersection of tourist roads. The main theme is the emergence, properties of amber, features of mining and processing. You can see samples of various shapes and a rich collection of amber articles.
Address: Targ Weglowy 26.
Working schedule: every day from 10:00 to 16:00.
How to get there: take bus # 106, 111.
Originally existed as a public garden. Thanks to the efforts of the Abbey Palace abbots it became a park area (18th-19th centuries). The total area is 10 hectares. There is a landscaped greenhouse with exotic plants, where the whole family can take a walk. Animal lovers can bring nuts to feed the squirrels. An alley leads from the park to the National Museum of Art.
Address: J. Rybinskogo Street.
Working hours: every day until 20:00.
How to get there: by streetcar 6, 12.
Beautiful places to visit in Gdańsk
The city fascinates not only with architecture and objects of cultural significance. What is Gdansk famous for? The Motława River with its beautiful embankment and Gradowa Mountain with its breathtaking panoramic view are counted among the main attractions.
In the territory of Gdańsk it flows into the Vistula flowing through the old district. The river is 65 km long. It is divided into the New Motława, the Old Motława and the Motława branch. You can walk along the central embankment, admiring the views. For tourists canoeing is organized.
Address: Dlugi Pobřežje, 5.
How to get there: take buses 112 and 186 from the train station or streetcars 3, 6, and 9.
An important geomagnetic point of the Gulf of Gdańsk. It is considered the oldest place where power is concentrated. The altitude is 54 m above sea level. The hill was chosen by Pomeranian princes to build a castle. The mountain was used as an object of defense of the southwestern borders of the city. The Cross of the Millennium is erected here. Also an interactive children’s center Heveliusz was erected.