If you’re looking for a great destination in Poland – choose Gdańsk! It is a city of turbulent history and a unique mix of cultures and nationalities. It is a place where the World War II started and also the place of city rebirth after nearly total destruction. Apart from that, Gdańsk is one of the largest ports of the Baltic Sea. With an appearance combining colourful architecture of Copenhagen and Amsterdam blended with traditional Polish atmosphere, Gdańsk is an exceptional city worth your attention!
Let me share with you 5 amazing reasons to visit Gdańsk!
1. Długi Targ Square
Rows of colourful houses, superb Neptune fountain, elegant City Hall, Długi Targ would be a perfect illustration for a fairy tale. This square is a heart of the city and its most picturesque spot.
2. The Gdańsk Crane
(reasons to visit Gdańsk)
One of the cool symbols of the city, the impressive structure is the largest medieval shipyard crane in the world. Definitely a must-see!
3. The Museums
Gdańsk is a city of culture and there are numerous interesting museums to choose from. Lovers of the sea will be delighted to visit the Maritime Museum boasting a real warship. History aficionados will be impressed by the rich collections of National History Museum and Museum of Archeology. If you’re interested in Polish history, then Solidarity Center is a place for you to be!
4. St. Mary’s Church
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The biggest brick church in the world doesn’t cease to impress. From the impressive interior dotted by splendid artefacts and a beautiful organ to the breathtaking views from the top of the tower, it is a Gdańsk must-see
5. The sea
Gdańsk enjoys a perfect location near the Baltic Sea and it opens numerous possibilities to enjoy the coast. Head to Orłowo for beautiful cliff views, visit Sopot to feel the atmosphere of Polish Baltic Riviera.
Check my One Day Sightseeing guides for Polish cities:
- One day in Krakow, Poland: sightseeing guide
- One day in Warsaw, Poland: a sightseeing guide
- One day in Rzeszow, Poland: a sightseeing guide
- One day in Przemysl, Poland: a sightseeing guide
For more reasons to travel to Poland read my articles on:
- 7 amazing reasons to visit Krakow
- 5 amazing reasons to visit Poznan
- 5 Reasons to visit Wroclaw
- 9 great things to see in Warsaw
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Very good article, Pavlo. I’m glad you liked Gdansk, because I feel this great city is somewhat underrated in Europe. Yes, it does resemble Amsterdam and Copenhagen a little. And there lots of interesting places near Gdansk. If somebody is staying there and has a little more time, I would recommend a day trip to the Hel Peninsula or to the Slovincian National Park with huge sand dunes. Cheers!
Thanks for the comment, Tom! I always love coming back to Gdansk. And I love the sunsets there