Citybreak in Gdansk, what sights you must see
Gdansk, the most recognizable city on the Polish coastline, what does it have to offer besides beautiful, wide beaches? When going to Gdansk, it is worth knowing that many important historical events took place here, such as the creation of "Solidarity", the attack on Westerplatte or the famous shipyard strikes. Gdansk is undoubtedly an interesting city, moreover, it dazzles with its beauty - it is full of renovated houses, cobbled streets and monuments. In a word, it is the perfect place for a short city break!
The most important monuments in Gdansk
On the royal route
You must start your citybreak in Gdansk with a walk along the Royal Road. This is an extraordinary route whose name refers to the ceremonial entries of Polish monarchs. The tradition was started by the King Casimir Jagiellon himself in 1457. It opens with the Renaissance Upland Gate from the late 16th century. Immediately after it you will see the Prison Tower, which was built even earlier, as in the 14th century. It was one of the elements of the medieval defense system of the city. Entering Dluga Street, you will pass the Golden Gate, and behind it will appear a representative promenade with beautiful townhouses and eating establishments.
The only market of its kind
Długa Street will lead you to one of the most beautiful squares in Poland, the so-called Długi Targ. It serves as a market square - it is tightly filled with colorful tenement houses, and its characteristic and unique oblong shape is due to the location of the city under Lübeck law. From the west, the square is enclosed by the Main Town Hall, while from the east it is enclosed by the Green Gate leaning against the bed of the Motlawa River, the river flowing through the city. On the square, look out for the distinctive statue of Neptune and the magnificent spectacular Artus Court.
Phoenix from the ashes
Through the Green Gate and then the Green Bridge you can cross the Motlawa River to find yourself on Granary Island. The name of this place comes from the granaries and warehouses that began to be built here as early as the 13th century. Unfortunately, almost all of the historic buildings were destroyed at the end of World War II. Fortunately, Granary Island has been revitalized and, as a result, brand new buildings have been built (and are still being built!), most of which are reminiscent of the old bourgeois houses in style and volume. They are occupied mainly by hotels, developers and offices, and their ground floors are occupied by catering establishments. A citybreak in Gdansk cannot take place without going to one of the many pubs on Dlugie Pobrzeze. Sitting outside, you will see countless amber stores and beautiful monuments in Gdansk. Wandering your gaze from left to right you will see the Chlebnicka Gate, the House of Naturalists, St. Mary's Gate, the Gate of the Holy Spirit, and further on the Crane Gate, which is one of the architectural symbols of the city.
Behind St. Mary's Gate you will enter the... charming St. Mary's Street, which, among the numerous "amber boutiques," leads to St. Mary's Church. It is the largest brick-built temple in Europe. The mighty three-nave hall with a disjointed spatial layout is a clear dominant feature in the city skyline. The effect is enhanced by a massive tower on the west side and numerous, slender, even fine turrets on the east side. The stark white interior lends spaciousness, and despite the apparent emptiness, you'll see many fine works of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art here.
Citybreak w Gdańsku brzmi jak idealny plan dla każdego! Lot do Gdańska trwa znacznie krócej niż podróż pociągiem, do tego ceny biletów są zbliżone, dlatego zachęcamy do skorzystania z tej opcji. Pakuj plecak i baw się dobrze!