Gdansk is a Polish city on the Baltic coast, it is the main port of Poland and the center of the country’s fourth largest metropolitan area. The City has a population of 460,000 inhabitants, making it the largest city in the Pomeranian region of northern Poland. At the beginning of modern times, Gdansk was a royal city and was considered to be the richest and largest city in Poland, before the rapid development of Warsaw.
Gdansk is today considered one of the most cosmopolitan but also the most beautiful cities of Poland along with Krakow and Warsaw. For Poland’s standards Gdansk is an expensive city and a very popular tourist destination that every year more and more people visited, as it has begun to enter the tourist map of many travelers.
The Polish currency is Zloty and 10 Polish Zloty’s equals to approximately 2,4 Euros.For the latest updated exchange rates visit the XE Currency Converter page.
What To See...
Gdansk’s main road is Dluga Street. Your walk in this street will be unforgettable, as the painted facades of the surrounding houses, the musicians, the magicians, are in every corner of the road and make up a magical setting.
Crossing the road next to the canal will take you to the Middle Ages, as the oldest town houses, a large mill and a wooden crane date back to that era. Along the street you will find many restaurants and cafes overlooking the canal.
Old Town Of Gdansk
Gdansk is a beautiful city and is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway if you are in Poland. Although it is not the city with many attraction, we believe that you will love it mainly because of the very romantic atmosphere that the whole city has, and especially in the area around the river, which is really an unforgettable experience.
Gdansk is located in the northernmost point of Poland and we would say that the options for short trips are very limited. A very beautiful excursion that you can take by car or bus from Gdansk is the Malborg Castle. The castle is a typical example of a medieval fortress and when it was completed in 1406 it was the largest brick castle in the world. It was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997 under the title “Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork”. Malbork Castle is 67 km away from Gdansk, about 1 hour by car or bus.
What To Eat
Polish cuisine has some very interesting things that definitely deserve a try. Pierogis are Polish pasta filled with ingredients such as meat, garlic, mushrooms and seasonal fruits as strawberries, blackberries and cherries, cottage cheese or boiled potatoes with fried onions, and are traditionally served on Christmas period. Goulash certainly comes from Hungary, but the Polish recipe is a little bit different. It is served in a ”bread pot” with potatoes and vegetables, while garnished with fried onion and peppers.
We will recommend you two of the best restaurants and cafes that we ate quite cheap but at the same time the food was excellent. The first is the Bar Pod Ryba, which is located in one of the busiest streets of Gdansk, and here you will find amazing potato pancakes in many variables but also incredible stuffed potatoes which are baked in the oven with the ingredients of your choice.
The second one we recommend you is right opposite from the first one and it serves the best breakfast in the city. The Retro cafe is a very nice place where you can eat your breakfast or just have a cup of coffee and relax. Here you will find nice cold sandwiches with ingredients such as salmon and different types of cheeses, as well as very tasty sweet choices such as the incredible banana and peanut butter oatmeal that we recommend unreservedly.
How to move
Gdansk is a relatively small city and almost all of the sights are in the old town, which it very easy to see them all within a day. The transportation are quite good but it will only help you to get from and to Gdansk Airport, which is approximately 25 minutes from the city center around 15 km.
Where to stay
Accommodation in Gdansk is relatively expensive compared to the rest of the country, as Gdansk is now a very touristic place and one of the most expensive in Poland. Nevertheless, a very good double room in the center of Gdansk starts at about 150 zł (35 euros). Most rooms are entire apartments with home comforts such as a kitchen, laundry room, and are in excellent locations just a breath away from the main attractions. Our suggestion is to stay in the old town of Gdansk or in an apartment overlooking the harbor. You can make your reservations via Booking.com
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