City trip Gdansk Poland: sights in Gdansk

Gdansk is one of the most important tourist port cities in Poland. The city is located on the Baltic Sea, where the western branch of the Vistula River reaches Danziger Castle. The city has a total of 462,000 inhabitants and is a major tourist attraction in modern times. The city is a popular destination because of its buildings from the Hanseatic period, such as the Artushof, the Green Gate and the Golden Stockturm. Gdansk has an extensive nightlife and many cafes, terraces and other entertainment options. For travelers, this city is definitely worth a visit.

History of Gdansk Poland

The history of Gdansk goes back more than 1000 years. Located at a crossroads of major trade routes, both on land and sea, Gdansk has served as a meeting place of different cultures, faiths and nationalities for centuries. This can be seen in the architecture of the city, and in the population living in the city. Over the years, Gdansk has fallen victim to occupation several times, both by Germany and Russia, which has left its mark. After the Second World War, Poland made efforts to restore the city, making it one of the most beautiful cities in the country. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the city turned into a true tourist destination.

Gdansk sights

Gdansk is still known as one of the most beautiful Baltic cities to visit. The city is home to several tourist destinations, such as the famous Street of Polish Kings, historic cathedrals, medieval harbors and beautiful cafes.
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The Neptune Fountain

This fountain is located on the Dlugi Targ. According to Polish legends, it was this fountain that one day started spouting Goldwasser, the famous drink from Gdansk, instead of plain water. The statue in the fountain was made by Peter Husen in the early 17th century and is one of the oldest monuments in the country.

St Dominic’s Fair

The St. Dominics fair dates back to the year 1260 and was founded by Pope Alexander IV. It is a cross between a festival, a fair and an annual fair and takes place in the last three weeks until the last Saturday of July. The fair’s biggest attraction is a huge market selling products such as antiques, handmade items, clothing and more. A series of cultural events take place every three weeks. During the St. Dominics Fair there are concerts, parades, street theater, sporting events and special competitions. The event attracts more than 5 million visitors and more than 1,000 traders, artists and artisans every year.

The European Solidarity Centre

The European Solidarity Center is a relatively new museum located in the port of Gdansk. The building is made of steel and designed to give the impression of a ship, making it a feast for the eyes for architecture lovers. The museum features exhibitions of trade treaties and the Solidarity movement in a series of history lessons designed to provide food for thought.
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The Dlugi Targ (long market)

This street used to be the location of the large city market, but has since turned into a true tourist attraction. The street is a typical example of old Baltic architecture and very popular among travelers and photographers. Dlugi Targ is home to several monuments and special buildings, including the Neptune Fountain and the Golden House, a 17th-century building with 12 historical scenes depicted in the house.

The Shakespeare Festival

The Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk is an annual festival that takes place in the last week of July or the first week of August. It is an international event that attracts visitors worldwide. The festival combines theater with artistic events, sessions with theater directors and special workshops. The Shakespeare festival takes place in a theater built on a special historic site, where in the 17th century there was a theater for English actors passing through.

Mariacka Street

Mariacka street, also called Ullica Mariacka, is one of the most beautiful streets in the city of Gdansk. In addition to a wide range of shops, cafes and souvenir stalls, the street has beautiful architecture. It is a very romantic street that lights up beautifully in the evening. Ullica Mariacka is ideal for a romantic walk by moonlight or a glass of wine among colorful old Polish houses.

St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church is a Roman Catholic church built in the 14th and 15th centuries. The building is famous for the fact that the church is one of the largest brick buildings in the world. Both the exterior and interior are of interesting architectural design, and one of the highlights is the enormous 15th-century astrological clock. It is a climb of 400 steps to the top of the church, but this is highly recommended because of the beautiful views of the city from the brick tower.

The Sounds of the North festival

The Sounds of the North festival is held every two years in July. It is the perfect opportunity for anyone who loves music to get acquainted with the traditional music of Poland and other countries in the Baltic region. A total of ten countries are represented annually: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark, Ireland, Greenland, Russia, Norway, Sweden and of course Poland. The Sounds of the North festival combines traditional folk music with modern instruments and sounds and is definitely worth seeing and listening to.

Traveling to Gdansk from the Netherlands

Traveling from the Netherlands to Gdansk can be done in different ways. You can travel by car, plane or public transport. Currently the fastest way to get to Gdansk is by plane. A direct journey takes about two hours. By car, the total distance between the Netherlands (Utrecht) and Gdansk is approximately 1,140 kilometers. There are trains from Amsterdam and Utrecht central, such as the City Night Line. The travel time with this express is approximately 18 hours.