How to Spend a Weekend in Gdansk, Poland
Perched on the Baltic coast of Poland, Gdansk is a perfect city break destination for anyone wishing to explore one of Eastern Europe’s finest cities. Far from just being a port, Gdansk offers visitors an array of awesome experiences, culture and delicious culinary delights that will fill your weekend trip and leave you wanting more. Take a look at our top ways to spend a perfect weekend in the city:
Head Around Old Town
Walk around the old town and enjoy the historic city centre and see some of Gdansk’s famous residents, its historic gargoyles that line many of the streets. You wont have to spend too long until you spot your first one on the many impressive buildings of this wonderful city! If music is your thing, head through the weaving streets to listen to the many buskers that perform all around the old town – from traditional polish melodies to contemporary signers, Gdansk has an eclectic mix of vibrancy and talent that will please any ears.
Explore Long Market
Once home to the elite of Polish society, Long Market has now become a popular visitors destination to enjoy some of Gdansk’s best architecture. Take a look at some of the many (and impressive) buildings that are filled with local artists studios, independent restaurants and the famous Two Window Theatre that draws large crowds everyday. Tickets range from free up to about five euros with their shows incorporating contemporary dance, film screenings and classic theatre that always thrills the eagerly awaiting crowds.
See Neptune’s Fountain
While wandering around Long Market, don’t forget to look out for Neptune’s Fountain. Neptune is one of the twelve Olympian deities who has now found his home in the historic centre of Gdansk. This masterpiece was created by Abraham van den Blocke almost 400 years ago and a testament to Gdansk’s historic relationship with the sea.
Drink Some Gold!
Gdansk has so many amazing restaurants that will rouse any visitor’s curiosity. Head to the trendy Goldwasser for some typical Polish cuisine and some Goldwasser herbal liquor that actually has flakes of gold inside. Delicious.
See Some Landmarks
Situated on the waterfront and now part of the National Maritime Museum, the Gdansk Crane is testament to the spirit of the Gdansk’s citizens who re-built the crane after World War II. The Gdansk Crane now stands as the world’s only fully restored relic of its kind and a much-loved sight to visitors and locals alike.
Get Some Amber Jewellery and Art
Referred to as Baltic Gold, Amber is one of Gdansk’s favourite items. Technically not a metal, or a precious stone, Amber is made from the resin of ancient trees – which the people of Gdansk have historically crafted into ornate jewelry and art. Head to the picturesque Mariacka Street where you will find an array of studios and jewellers that craft some of Gdansk’s most beautiful jewellery and art.
Head to the Beach
Once you’ve explored the city itself, why not take advantage of the sunshine and visit one of Poland’s white sandy beaches. Sopot is a mere 4km away from Gdansk, with it’s own promenade and pier that jetties out into the Baltic Sea. Take a towel, some sun protection and a bucket and spade to enjoy the natural beauty of this amazing coastline.