Poland's Tug-of-War City.
Gdansk is an historic port city with a multicultural atmosphere.
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Gdansk's strategic position has meant that it's a city much in demand. It sits on the Baltic sea at the mouth of the Vistula river, which also passes through Krakow and Warsaw. Founded in the 10th century by Poland's first ruler, Gdansk or Danzig in German, it has always been an important port. Gdansk had periods of Polish, Teutonic, Polish-Lithuanian, Prussian, Napoleonic and German rule. Poland took it back after WWII. The city has long been a melting pot, inhabited by merchants from many countries. These influences are clear to see in the architecture of Gdansk. Narrow merchant houses call to mind Amsterdam and other Northern European port cities. Indeed, Gdansk is quite different in style to other Polish cities.
Gdansk's popularity with travelers is on the rise. The city is an ideal stop on a multi-city tour of Poland. That's because it contrasts so much with other major destinations like Warsaw and Krakow. Take a pleasure cruise upriver or just relax at a dockside beer garden, restaurant or cafe. Maritime enthusiasts will enjoy the museums of Gdansk. Souvenir hunters will find plenty to catch the eye among the cobbled streets of Old Town and the central Long Market square. Local amber plays a significant role in many items on offer. Visiting Gdansk, you're ideally placed to explore the wider Tricity area that includes neighboring Gdynia and Sopot. Gdansk has played a role in two defining events of the last century. World War II broke out here, and the Gdansk shipyards were the birthplace of the Solidarity movement. This movement led to the end of Communism in Poland and neighboring countries.
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Where to stay in Gdansk
We have concentrated our hotel research in the historic center of Gdansk and the selection of hotels we offer there is second to none, with options in the three, four and five star categories. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Things to do in Gdansk
Historic Gdansk is a joy to wander around snapping photos, imagining times gone by but to gain a true understanding we advise taking a tour with a private guide. The nearby Westerplatte peninsula is where WWII broke out and history buffs will find much to occupy them here. If visiting in summer, we highly recommend a short train ride to Sopot, one of the other Tri-cities, where you'll find sandy beaches and a seaside atmosphere on the Baltic. Foodies should opt for a food tour in workaday Gdynia, a little further along the coastal railroad. You'll get a true taste for Northern Polish cuisine, both traditional and modern. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to included in your vacation package or consider for adding later.
What I love about Gdansk...
“You will see a very different side of Poland, as you explore what has always been one of the busiest and wealthiest ports on the Baltic, with its massive crane and Hanseatic merchant's homes (as well as the spot where WWII began). Once you've had your fill, we recommend getting to know the rest of the "Tri-City" region, from Gdynia's musuem ships and extensive murals, to Sopot, a beach resort largely built by a medic in Napoleon's army who fell in love with the place. A bit further out, you will find the beaches, lighthouses, and bunkers of Hel, and the world's largest castle in Malbork, built almost entirely of red brick by the Teutonic Knights.”
Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Gdansk
Spend some time in Gdansk on a tour that takes in other cities in Poland and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Gdansk and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.
This 10 day itinerary focuses on three very different Polish cities. You'll begin in Krakow, a city with a lot of history, a beautiful old town and one-time capital of Poland. Next up is the present-day capital Warsaw, rebuilt since then destruction of WWII. You'll finish up in Gdansk, a Teutonic merchant city on the Baltic sea. read full itinerary
Two week tour with overnight stays in Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Warsaw and Gdansk. See all the highlights of Poland at your own pace on this Poland Grand Tour. read full itinerary
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