The Polish coast of the Baltic Sea is facing a real wave of foreign tourists.
Gdansk airport offering direct flights from dozen of European cities (check the connections here), low prices (especially for those who earn in Euro) and above all, the rich tourist offer makes the Swedish, German or English more than common on Tricity streets. Tricity? Yes, this is how we, Poles are calling a metropolitan area by the Baltic Sea Coast consisting of three cities in Pomerania: Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot.
If you are planning your trip to Gdansk, read my post and squeeze out the best from it. I am sure that my Polish perspective will help you to plan great stay.
GDANSK – best destination for history lovers, people who like marine atmosphere, fresh sea fishes at its best and sightseeing without a strict plan
I like this city for its complexity and brick architecture. You really don’t need detailed plan for sighseeing, because within the Old City on every corner you have something inspiring to do, see and discover. Smell of the baltic fresh fishes paths you to many great places to eat, people are very friendly and prices are not so high. I really like these marine atmosphere here!
There are many things to do in Gdansk. Among others, be sure you don’t miss few of my recommendations.
- Choose accomodation in the area of the Old Town. You will find there many good offers for hotels, hostels and Airbnb. Gdansk Old Town is beautiful and full of life.
- Big history happened in Gdansk! From the Middle Ages to the present, the city was always important point on the map of Europe. The latest history is reflected by two wonderful museums – Museum of the Second World War and European Solidarity Center. To the second one I dedicated separate post, which you can read here. Being in Gdansk really consider visiting at least one of these places. Both are located next to the Old Town, but go there not because of the location, but because it’s just very interesting!
- If you’re really interested in the history, don’t miss Westeplatte – a peninsula in Gdansk where the opening shots of World War II happened.
- Put attention to located in the heart of the Old Town St. Mary’s Church. Often called the “Crown of Gdansk” is Europe’s largest temple built of brick! Its powerful walls and towers rise high above the city skyline and the vast surroundings. It was built at the turn of the 14th and 16th century. The tower of the church is obviously a great viewpoint, which you can visit.
- I would not be myself If I didn’t recommend you to run in Gdansk. The coastline is located several kilometers far from the Old Town, so while living in the center, the coast is not a natural choice for a running route. But in Gdansk there are many cool terrains for running, especially around the Martwa Wisla River and around the Gdansk Shipyard – place crucial to the origins of democratic transformations in Europe at the end of XX century. I really recommend you to get interested in this topic! Go to run around Gdansk Shipyard, feel this atmosphere and even better – visit European Solidarity Center, about which I mentioned a few lines above.
- To enjoy the Baltic Sea Coast, take a taxi and go to Gdansk Jelitkowo beach. But if you want to spend your free time mostly by the sea, consider Gdynia or Sopot for your accomodation. This cities are much more orientated to the sea than Gdansk.
- What to say! The Baltic Sea cuisine is delightful and you don’t need deep search to find a good restaurant, bar or cantine in Gdansk. Just follow your instinct and search for a smell of fresh fishes coming out from the restaurant to the street. Of course, cod is the king. But if you want my recomendations, try restaurants Zafishowani and Szafarnia10 or bar Rybka Na Wartkiej. For more inspirations, check great website about Gdansk culinary map Gdansk Flavors.
- We are crazy in Poland about craft ice creams. In Gdansk I tried best ever salty caramel in Slony Karmel ice cream parlor. My boyfriend confirms my opinion! 😋😋😋
- Dluga, Piwna and Dlugie Pobrzeze streets mark the skeleton of the Old Town and are full of great bars and pubs. For good drinks before the party visit for example cocktail bar Flisak ’76, but it’s also a good idea to make a tour from bar to bar located on this streets.
One important comment at the end. Remember that the coast of the Baltic Sea is not Mediterranean coast 😉
Good weather is a lottery here and let’s be honest, a lot depends on good weather. I’m Polish and I’m used to the windy Baltic. It even has a unique charm for me. But let’s agree that for tourists the sun is better than the rain 🙂 🙂 🙂 Remember that in the case of bad weather, you have a rich museum and cultural offer in Gdansk. You will not be bored for sure.
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