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Visit Gdansk - The Historic Polish City

Updated on July 3, 2016

Neptune's Fountain, Gdansk

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A Guide for Travelling to Gdansk

Gdansk is the capital of Pomeranian Voivodeship, the leading seaport of Poland and it is the hub of the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country. It is one of the most populated and largest cities in Northern Poland, and offers hundreds of attractions in and around the city.

St. Mary's Church

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Attractions in Gdansk

The OldTown is central to the city, features beautiful buildings, and it is studded with picturesque shops, eateries and bars. The OldTown is a must-see area if you ever visit Gdansk Neptune’s Fountain, located in Long Market is the famous landmark of Gdansk, having been built in 1617. The Archaeological Museum is located on the Mariacka Street, Gdansk and offers a striking collection of over 27,000 natural, archaeological, numismatic and ethnographical exhibits. The collection it has to offer would certainly take you to another era.

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Westerplatte

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Westerplatte

Westerplatte is an iconic historic site that marks the place of breakout of the World War II. It features a museum along with a towering monument commemorating the Polish soldiers who were killed at the site. This is a place you cannot think of not visiting, as it marks the beginning of the biggest war in history. If you are visiting the city with your family, make sure not to miss the Oliwa Zoo. It is located outside Oliwa, Gdansk, with the Tri-city Landscape park foliage all surrounding it to create a beautiful background. It would take around 4 hours to move around the entire zoo.

Cico on Piwna Street

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Gdansk Food & Restaurants

As Gdansk is a major city in Northern Poland, it offers a world of choices when it comes to meals. You can have a decent breakfast at the popular restaurant, Cico on Piwna Street, Stare Miasto, consisting of sausages, eggs, home made cottage cheese and ham with some bread and butter. Gdansk has a large number of restaurants offering Polish food for lunch and dinner. Salonik in Dluga, Kubicki on Wartka Street and the popular mon Balzac on Piwna Street are perfect lunch and dinner spots that offer local cuisine. If you want to enjoy seafood, Restauracja Targ Rybny, Dom Sushi and Restauracja Gdanska are the perfect places.

Lech Walesa Airport

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SKM Kolejka

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Transportation

When it comes to moving around the city, one of the best modes of transport is a rental car. The city has a number of professional car rental companies that offer all the leading European and American brands. You can rent a car right at the Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport that is located 12 km northwest of the city’s centre.

Gdansk is connected to the nearest big city centres Sopot and Gdynia by SKM kolejka, the commuter train network. This public transport system is affordable and trains are available almost every 10 minutes from 5 in the morning until 7 in the evening. Occasionally, the trains also run between midnight and 4 in the morning. However, you can use a rental car service to visit Sopot and Gdynia, as the cities are within a 23 km-radius.

Gdansk is a city that is filled with history and the hustle and bustle of modern life. If you visit Poland, this is one place you cannot miss for its rich history, food and leading attractions.

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