Gdansk Journals

The Thousand Years Old Gdansk

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A travel journal to Gdansk by MagdaDH_AlexH

Carne and the Motlawa river Photo, Gdansk, Poland More Photos
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A view of the city from the St Mary's tower Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Gdansk has a selection of accommodation for all budgets and has acquired some excellent hotels in recent years, especially in the centre of the Old Town. Many are located in sensitively refurbished old buildings, either merchant houses like the Radisson Blu and Hanza or riverside warehouses like the excellent Qubus. Lower-priced options in the historic centre include Gotyk House and Villa Litarion. Offering perfect views, Krolewski is away from the bustle but within walking distance of the Old Town. Scandic is a quality 4-star in a centrally located, modern building. The outlying suburbs of Gdansk also have some good accommodation options and possibly the best hotel in Gdansk, the 5-star Dwor Oliwski,...Read More
Gdansk panorama Photo, Poland, Europe
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Most British or American people who heard of Gdansk associate with Solidarity, Lech Walesa and shipyards: images of industrial grime, smoke-filled sky and communist-era concrete apartment blocks are a natural association.And while Gdansk has its own quota of concrete suburbs and several major industries, and the cranes of the shipyard are still visible if not exactly operational, the grim industrial image couldn't be further from the truth. The city is located in the north of Poland, at the mouth of the Vistula river and on the Baltic sea (in the Bay of Gdansk). Gdansk (often known under its German name of Danzig) is and old city, first mentioned as far as 997 AD b...Read More

The Tourist Sights of Gdansk

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Carne and the Motlawa river Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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The main sights of Gdansk are located within the central area of town, and perhaps surprisingly, concentrate in what technically is known as the Main Town, but which everybody calls the Old Town anyway - Staroovka in phonetically rendered Polish. The best way to get the feel for Gdansk is to start by walking what is called the Royal Way - the way that Polish kings used to take when they visited the city. If you arrive by train, walk (or take a tram one stop) along the busy Waly Jagielonskie and then Okopowa street and don't get tempted to dive into the interesting looking streets to the side. Get off by the Upland Gate, an imposing Renaissance stone structure just by the busy ...Read More

Entertainment and Nightlife in Gdansk

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Gdansk, Millennium Tree Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Gdansk has a thriving cultural scene, and a number of permanent cultural institutions as well as recurring festivals and events. The best-known event in Gdansk is the St Dominic's Fair, a 750 year old, annual fortnight of crafts, bric-a-brac, tourist tat, street performances, music and visual arts. Annual Sea Days bring a parade of sailing ships to the Bay of Gdansk as well as smaller gatherings into the heart of the city itself. The city has several multiplex cinemas, showing current international releases (most films are subtitled, so accessible to anybody knowing the languguage of the original). Teatr Wybrzeze is the town's and region's principal rep theathre, with the main and studio stages, as we...Read More

Dining and Cafes in Gdansk

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Pod Lososiem restaurant Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Gdansk has plenty of dining options, from numerous snack and fast-food places scattered around the tourist areas to casual eateries to expensive fine dining. The quality can be variable, but there are some reliable places for most tastes and pockets. In the very centre, Czerwone Drzwi offers consistently high quality of Polish and European cuisine. Targ Rybny is best for imaginatively prepared fish. Still on the aquatic theme, the traditions of Pod Lososiem go back 400 years (the Gdansk liquier Goldwasser was apparently invented here) and the restaurant is still one of the top choices for fine dining and possibly the most famous restaurant in Gdansk. Goldwasser, in a hotel of the same name...Read More

Beaches in Gdansk

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There is no beach in the centre of Gdansk, but the city is well served by extensive stretch towards Sopot, including beaches at Przymorze, Zaspa, Brzezno and Jelitkowo, of which the best are the beaches at Brzezno and Przymorze (both accessible by tram from the centre of Gdansk).

On the other side of the city towards the Vistula Sandbar, there are also decent stretches of sand - Stogi beach is popular among the locals, and further out there is a lovely beach near the nature reserve Ptasi Raj on the Sobieszewo Island. For yachties, Gdansk has a new marina, located pretty much in the centre of the Old Town.

Gdansk Zoo

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Gdansk Zoo Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Oliwa Zoo (Zoo Oliwskie - pronounce zohoh ohleevskieh) is the municipal zoo for Gdansk. It's located on the outskirts of the suburb of Oliwa, and can be reached by bus from Oliwa SKM train station or the Oliwa tram terminus. The zoo car park is located few hundred yards from the entrance (and costs 4PLN - 1GBP). The zoo was founded in 1952 and it has been growing and developing ever since. Originally, and for quite afew years afterwards, the cages for carnivorous animals and the primates were still rather 19th century - small, cramped and clearly making the animals very stressed; although the herbivores and woodland animals always had rather huge enclosures. Nowadays the zoo is...Read More

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Gdansk Zoo
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Gdansk, Poland
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