Gdansk Holiday Guide

Gdansk Travel Information

The amazing city of Gdansk on the picturesque coast of Poland is full of rich culture and heritage. Being the main shipping port of Poland, the town has a long maritime history and eye-catching architecture that dates back to the 10th century. With so much to explore, from museums, galleries and cathedrals to fine restaurants and lively bars, it is no wonder Gdansk is becoming a popular travel destination with tourists.

Within the old town there is much to see; beautiful Dluga street is lined with magnificent architecture and historic monuments. From there Dluga street turns onto Dlugi Targ, which is also known as Long Market. Here you will find Gdansk-styled houses with tall gabled roofs and elegantly designed buildings. To the east of town is the church of St Catherine, which is a great example of gothic architecture. To pack everything in, many tourists take a tour of Gdansk.

Gdansk Tourist Attractions

With so much history in the city, the numerous museums and galleries do not disappoint. For historic art the National Museum is fantastic, while the Maritime Museum offers a wealth of interesting and educational displays on the region's shipping history. The city's town hall, Ratusz, is a combination of spectacular architecture and design, featuring much of Gdansk's history in exhibits and photographs.

Heading out of town you'll find the suburb of Oliwa, where one of the biggest zoological parks in all of Poland is on show. With more than 220 different types of animals and a special section of the zoo where you can touch and feed some of the more friendly animals, it makes for a perfect place to take the kids.

Not far from Oliwa, is the perfect Sopot beach. During the summer months the beach is alive with people and activities, and features many restaurants and bars. For excitement at night, Sopot has several clubs and discos where you can dance the night away.

Transport Around Warsaw

Getting to Gdansk is very easy with daily direct flights from most European and UK airports. Gdansk's Lech Walesea Airport is situated only three miles from the centre of town. Travelling by road is possible but the roads to Gdansk are not the best; unfortunately Poland also has the highest road accident rate in Europe. Being home to a major shipping port, taking a ferry is also an option, with ferries sailing between Gdansk and Sweden. The train station in town is only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, and trains run regularly from most European cities.