Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.
Gdansk is a city of many gates. In fact they are quite big buildings. Unfortunately many were destroyed.
Fondest memory: I live in a nearby Gdynia and Gdansk is a place I rest in very often. I love strolling in the Main and Old Town, I often visit Stogi beach in summer.
We arrived in Gdynia by Cruise ship in July, 2011.
As usual, quite a few people are on deck, checking out what our new Port looks like, and to watch the Ship dock. These big Ships do this very easily.
All the Buses were lined up, and we noticed a Brass Band. When the Ship had finally docked, we were welcomed with a lovely marching Brass Band, really great and appreciated!
Poland was the only country who gave us a welcome like this.
THANK-YOU for a wonderful start to our day in Gdansk!
Gdansk is situated at the mouth of the Motlawa river which is also known under its German name Mottlau. The Motlawa has a length of almost 65 km and has several branches in the city of Gdansk.
The banks of the river invite tourists for a stroll along the nice buildings. Further outside of the city centre the arms and canals of the river are lined with industrial estates.
As Gdansk used to be one of the most important Hanseatic towns in medieval times, it had many architecturally interesting edifices which were built by the wealthy merchants and burghers.
Unfortunately, 90% of the city was destroyed during WWII, but its historical city centre has been completely restored. Today you will find buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Roccoco style.
Just keep your eyes open when wandering around the Old Town and its side streets.
The roofs of Gdansk, with their unbelievable forms , get that in evening you may see great views of the "skyline" %c+
Los tejados de Gdansk , con sus formas increíbles , consiguen que al atardecer se vean unas grandes vistas del "skyline"
Favorite thing: Spires of gothic churches are visible just entrancing Gdansk older part. The longest spire is a part of Mariacki Cathedral. Gdansk old town is a mix of various architectural styles – gothic, renaissance, baroque, but the most visible, I should say, is gothic, because almost all big, fundamental building were constructed at gothic era. There are only few churches of other styles.
Gdansk, as well as whole Western Poland, still has remains from the rule of Teutonic Order and Prussia. It is visible from architecture of places around – the same Gdansk with German style houses, gothic churches, Malbork with castle from Teutonic Knights era and so on. Actually it easily differs from, lets say, area around Krakow.
The rule of Teutonic Knights started from 1309, at 1440 city Gdansk accessed to the Prussian league.
Favorite thing: I have heard some phrases before, that “if you don’t have possibility to visit Amsterdam, Gdansk is nice choose”. I think it is not just nice phrase, but true as well. The old part of city has numerable examples of Dutch architecture, including main city gates, Arsenal. Other thing, that is a basis to tell Gdansk is similar to Amsterdam, is channels of city (let say, Motlava Channel).
Gdansk by night is well worth seeing, because most churches and historic buildings in the Old Town are beautifully illuminated.
So don't miss a night stroll along Long Street (ul. Dluga), the Long Market (Dlugi Targ) and the side streets in the Old Town.
The Monument to the fallen shipyard workers and the shipyard gate look fascinating in darkness as well.