Despite the fact that Gdansk was bombed to pieces during World War II, many historic buildings have since been rebuilt as the “originals” were. The city itself is beautiful and has a lot of interesting things for history lovers. It is an experience in itself to walk around the city, but it can also be worth taking some of the most famous sights in Gdansk when you first take the trip. Here we have gathered some of the most famous sights in Gdansk.
According to DigoPaul, the main street in Gdansk has for several centuries been the “King Street” itself. This is the road up to the castle in the city, and was consequently used as the main road up to it. As a tourist, a walk up here is almost mandatory, and you will experience many sights and interesting stops nearby.
The market in Gdansk
Also seek out what is called the “Long Market”. Once upon a time, this was the most important marketplace in Gdansk, while today a lot of tourist-friendly and local goods are sold here. Behind the market square you can see typical buildings from the 18th century, and you can also see the famous Neptune Fountain in the middle of the market square.
The old town
The only building that survived World War II was the City Hall in Gdansk. But many other buildings in the old town have been restored since then, including several churches. In this part of the city you get a historical insight by walking around the streets, but also many museums are housed here.
One of the most visited tourist attractions and most venerable buildings in Gdansk is the Grand Arsenal. It was built in the early 17th century and combines architecture from several eras, including the Renaissance. Inside the building is a gallery house, so even art lovers will enjoy a visit here.
Church of Mary
The Church of Mary (Kosciól Mariacki) in Gdansk was started in 1379 and is the world’s largest stone church. It is 105.5m long and can accommodate an impressive 25,000 people. The church was badly damaged during World War II, but has since been restored. The church is an impressive sight and well worth a visit.
Museum of World War II in Gdansk
Poland is known to be deeply involved in World War II, and Gdansk has a brand new museum to tell the stories of the terrible war. It was opened as late as March 2017, in a building that more or less must be able to be described as an architect’s masterpiece – the building is a sight in itself. Large parts of the exhibitions are made interactive, which makes the whole experience far more exciting than reading text from a wall while looking at an old object. Definitely a museum you should stop by.
Oliwa Park is the most popular park in the city, and it is located in the Oliwa area, which by the way has many sights that are worth a visit. The park is not very big, but with descriptions such as “the nicest park I’ve been to” from tourists, it is definitely something you should bring with you. Oliwa Park is rarely well maintained and has something historic about it, with several historic buildings and museums as part of the scenario. Once you decide to see the cathedral, you should also take a walk through the lush park. Both parts are located some distance from the old town.
River promenade along the Motlawa River
The Motlawa River flows through Gdansk, and the city in particular has an area that is really worth taking a walk along. It is the river promenade in the center, which with its beautiful buildings and views is probably the most characteristic street in the city. Here you will also find lots of restaurants and pubs with outdoor seating, while there is plenty of space to walk down the riverbank. In addition, there are lots of activities here, with tourist boats, kayak rentals, touring boats, motor boats and so on. There is always a lot going on in this street on a fine weather day, and you almost only have to take a walk down here once you are in Gdansk.
The Westerplatte peninsula in Gdansk has a very special history, as it was here that the first attack by the Germans came during the outbreak of World War II in September 1939. On the peninsula, a monument was erected on the peninsula in the post-war period, which is a powerful sight. In addition, some of the ruins from the guardhouses have been turned into a museum, with interesting exhibitions and stories from what was the first military battle in Europe. If you only have a hint of interest in history, then this small peninsula is definitely a place you have to visit. It is also possible to get to the peninsula by boat, which is really recommended on a sunny day.
Escape rooms Gdansk
Escape rooms in Gdansk are perfect for those who are a little tired of the traditional sights and want to try something completely new and exciting. In short, escape rooms is a mystery game where you are placed in a room full of riddles that you have to solve together. As the puzzles are solved you advance in the game and the main goal is to be able to break out of the room before the deadline is out. Escape Rooms in Gdansk is well made and has different themes that are well suited for the city. Suitable for families and couples who want to trim their brain cells a bit.