Gdansk Tourist Attractions

Gdansk Highlights

Teutonic Knights Malbork Castle

Malbork is a picturesque town in the north of Poland abort 60 km from Gdańsk by Nogat river banks. The main touristic magnet of Malbork is Teutonic Knights Castle of the Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem. The construction of the castle started in 1278 when the knights come to Malbork area. The city was called Marienberg then. In 1997 the castle was AddOrUpdateed to UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Slovinski National Park in Łeba

It is one of 23 national parks in Poland. The park stretches along Baltic sea coast between Łeba and Rowy towns. It was created in 1967. The Slovinski National Park is famous for its moving dunes which are one of the biggest in central Europe. Some of the dunes are even up to 30 meters high.

Museum in Sztutowo (Stutthof)

Sztutowo (Stutthof) is a small town about 65 km from Gdańsk in which during WWII there was a Nazi extermination camp. The camp was functioning from 2.09.1939 till 9.05.1945. During WWII in the camp there were 110 000 prisoners and 65 000 were murdered. Stutthof camp was established as a first extermination camp at Polish area by Nazi Germany. The museum was created in 1962 to commemorates the victims who died in the camp.

Amber museum

It is one of the newest museum in the Tricity. It was opened in 2000 and covers a few-centuries-long tradition of extracting and processing of amber in the area of Żuławy Wiślane. The museum is located in a unique Gothic-Renaissance Długa street gate vestibule and a prison tower. Amber museum exhibits the way amber is made, its properties as well the methods of extraction and processing and how they changed along the years.

Artus Court

It is one of the most recognisable buildings on Długi Targ street, where the first tenement houses date back to Middle ages. The Artus Court was named after the legendary British leader King Arthur. Rich history of the building is a wonderful legacy for current generations. Today, apart from being a museum, the Artus Court has a representative function during important city, region and country events.

Westerplatte

It is an significant place in the history of both Poland and Europe. It was here, on 1 September 1939 at 4:38, where the World War II started. On that date the battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire at the same time giving the signal for the infantry to advance on Westerplatte. Today visitors can see the remains of the garrison and the barracks. It is one of six strongholds build in the area in 1930’s.

Uphagen’s House

Located at the very heart of Gdańsk, at Długa 12 street. It is one of few 18th century tenement house open to the public. The building is named after one of the owners, Johann Uphagen, who purchased the building in 1775. Today visitors can see living apartments, utility rooms, hall and a small trade shop.

Main City Hall

Located in the exact centre of the old town, at the crossroad of Długa and Długi Targ streets. Slick Gothic-Renaissance building together with its tower is a specific landmark for a tourists in Gdańsk, though the buildings’ beginnings reach back to the Middle Ages. During summer months visitors may climb the viewing tower, at 50 metres, to admire the city from above.

National Maritime Museum

The museum has a number of divisions in Gdańsk. They are Granaries on Ołowianka island, S.S. Sołdek (first ship build in Poland after WWII), Żuraw (15th century wooden port crane), Maritime Culture Centre, Dar Pomorza (1909 Sailing Ship), Fisheries Museum, The Vistula River Museum and The Vistula Lagoon Museum. The Graneries on Ołowianka, being the main seat of the museum, are the most often visited. The exhibition here is set up on four floors of historic granaries accessible by ferry from Żuraw.

SS Sołdek

At present it is a ship-museum. It is the first ship built entirely in Poland after World War II. Up until December 1980, when it finished its duty, it went on 1478 cruises and reached 60 different ports. Currently, it is docked opposite Żuraw port crane and is one of the divisions of National Maritime Museum. Tourists may reach SS Sołdek by ferry that takes passengers between Żuraw and Ołowianka island.

Żuraw

Located in the very centre of Gdańsk on the river Motława. This wooden port crane is part of National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk. The crane is first mentioned in documents as old as 1367. This one, however, was built between 1442 and 1444 and was used to load goods, beer mainly, on ships cruising Vistula river. Tourists may visit three exhibitions, one on each floor, as well as admire the lifting mechanism.

Cathedral and Monastery in Oliwa

Both built by Cistercians, who had been present in the area from 1186. The present shape dates back to 1350, when both the Cathedral and the Monastery were rebuilt after a great fire. In 1976 the Cathedral was raised to Basilica Minor by Pope Paul IV and in 1996 it became an Arch-cathedral. The Cathedral in Oliwa can be visited throughout the whole year and it is especially renowned for the organ music concerts and International Organ Music Festival that takes place every summer.

Park and Zoo in Oliwa

The park is one of few remaining city gardens. Visitors may visit the botanic part of the part with Palm and Alpine gardens. The present park and palace dates back to 18th century. It is a perfect place to send time in the open air. The Visitors may also spend their time in 120 green-covered hectares of Oliva’s zoo, where they can admire animals from all the continents. Oliva zoo has been functioning non-stop from 1954.

St. Mary’s Church

It is one of the most recognisable buildings in Gdańsk. With its sheer size it is towering over the old town. Its full name reads Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Basilica was built between 1346 and 1506 in Gothic form. In its history, it was both catholic and protestant church. Today the visitors may marvel on the Middle-age décor of the interior.

Three Crosses Square

A square in downtown area, near historic Number 2 gate leading to Gdańsk Shipyard. Thee monumental, 42-metre high crosses commemorate the victims of changes in political system of December 1970 in Poland. The uneven, cracked surface is covered with relief picturing the life of shipyard workers. At the top, crosses are joined with anchors symbolising hope. Visits to the Three Crosses Square is usually connected with broadening the knowledge of Solidarity movement.

St. Bridget’s Church

St. Brygida’s Church in Gdańsk is located in close proximity to the centre of the old town, right behind St. Catherine’s Church. The very first chapel in this place was built in 1350. One of the main attraction of the church, apart from its historic shape, is an amber altar (currently under construction). Its project is 11 metres high and 12 metres wide. At this stage, the composition covers 120m2.

Pier in Sopot

It is the longest pier on the Baltic Sea. Stretching nearly half a kilometre inside Gdańsk Bay it is one of the main attractions of Sopot. The Pier is open throughout the whole year, only the very last part of the pier is closed for Winter. Current construction dates back to 1928, however the very first pier was built on that spot in 1827. In 2005 it has been named after John Paul II. A marina was AddOrUpdateed in 2011.

Gdynia Aquarium

Located at the South Pier in the very heart of Grynia. A Modernistic building of the Aquarium offers an amazing view over the Kościuszki Square, Gdynia’s beach and Gdańsk Bay. The Aquarium is also a museum operated by National Marine Fisheries Research Institute as well as a zoo. It was opened as a museum in 1971. Visitors may see extraordinary species of fish, reptiles and amphibians from all over the world. The Aquarium exhibits four main habitats: coral reef, oceanic depths, Amazonian tropics and the Baltic Sea. There are approximately 1,500 specimen, representing 250 various species, living in the Gdynia Aquarium.

Hel Seal Centre

It is definitely a tourist attraction, however it is not its sole purpose. Protection of the species and spread of knowledge of this most cute inhabitant of the Baltic Sea have always been the main objective of this station. The visitors can learn about preserving the Baltic Sea and experience a close encounter with the animals. Tourist may watch how Seals are trained and fed and discover their fascinating abilities. The activity of the centre also covers breeding the animals and setting them free in the Baltic Sea.

Cruise to Karlskrona

Visiting the Tricity gives you as a tourist a remarkable opportunity to take a trip to a picturesque city of Karlskrona in the south of Sweden. Enjoy the charms of real sea-cruise with exquisite cuisine, disco and SPA offered on the ferry. It takes off from the port in Gdynia and gives you a wonderful panorama of the city from aboard. Karlskrona stuns the visitors with its remarkable costal formation, unique architecture and its modern National Naval Museum.

Hel Water Tram

It is an amazing and inexpensive opportunity to go on a cruise between the Tricity and Hel peninsula and to enjoy the charms of Gdańsk Bay. The trams run in the Summer season and a one-way cruise takes about an hour. Passengers can go from Gdańsk and Gdynia as far as Jastarnia. It is one of the most attractive sea-side town and Polish windsurfing centre.

Hewelianum Centre

A modern science centre based in historic military buildings. Hewelianum Centre promotes science with interactive and multimedia exhibitions. Visitors may find here physics, astronomy, history and biology displays. The fortress-museum is also an excellent viewing point to enjoy the panorama of the city.

Road to Freedom Exhibition

It is the first exhibition by European Solidarity Centre. The exhibition displays history between 1956-1989. It tells the history of social and political movement – Solidarity. The exhibitions is dedicated to people who struggled for Polish sovereignty. It is comprised of 7 rooms showing the way to the phenomenon of Solidarity movement.

Gdańsk Shipyard

Gdańsk shipyard built over 1,000 fully equipped ships, however it is more commonly known for the events of 14 August 1980. On that day, in the morning hours the shipyard workers begun their strike. A strike that became a symbol of fight with communism in Poland and marked the beginning of Solidarity trade union. Visitors may take either a walking or a bus tour of the former shipyard with guides speaking English, German, Russian, Spanish or Hungarian.