Start May with a really long weekend!
The long May Day weekend is coming up. Conveniently, this year the holiday falls on Monday and Wednesday, so all we need for perfect happiness is good weather. Just in case, though, quite a few of the planned attractions will be weatherproof.
The May Day picnic with Hewelianum
For a start, something for anyone who loves science – whether young or old. The Hewelianum Centre plans to provide an array of opportunities for us to enjoy at the May Day picnic ‒ planetarium displays, sky watching and a spectacular science show, to name but a few! The youngest visitors have the chance to experience a real May adventure in Pan Kleks’ Laboratory, and enjoy the Jungle of Imagination. All these attractions are available from 29 April to 2 May.
Get to know the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre
You may also wish to visit another truly unique place – the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre. This is the only theatre in the world equipped with a folding roof (folding and unfolding takes 3 minutes) and is encased in 1,200,000 anthracite bricks. Why merely read about it? Visit this remarkable place and see for yourself! During the guided tour, which lasts around 60 minutes, you can explore the main hall, the historic exhibitions, the galleries and the terrace. Guided tours are offered exclusively from 3 to 30 April. Don't miss the chance! Regular tickets (PLN 14) and reduced tickets (PLN 8) can be purchased at the theatre cash desk or online.
Attractions offered by the Wisloujscie Fortress
On the occasion of the May Day picnic, the Gdansk History Museum is organising a number of special events at the Wisloujscie Fortress. Among the other attractions, everyone will have an opportunity to take part in reconstructions, competitions and guided tours, and even taste some food well known to the military.
Getting to the fortress from… water is yet another attraction! Gdańsk z Kajaka together with Historical Museum of Gdansk decided to use the “Year of Vistula” to organize a an extraordinary excursion to this amazing place. After conquering of the fortress and a sail around 4 bulwarks of Fort carre, participants will do a sightseeing tour with a guide. Thanks to permission from Port Gdansk, the route will take us through port areas, unavailable to kayakers on every day. Registration and more info here.
“Here the Vistula River ends”
If you enjoy exhibitions, you are not going to be disappointed. The Sobieszewska "Treasure" Island features an exhibition devoted to the Vistula river delta, including displays of old maps and photographs, as well as geographic descriptions by Wincenty Pol and a Vistula delta exploration diary by Ludwig Passarge. The exhibition is available until 30 June. Admission is free.
Tram Tour in Gdansk
Between 30 April and 3 May enjoy the historical trams owned by the local Gdanskie Autobusy i Tramwaje (GAiT) transport company running through the streets of Gdansk, with PTTK guides on board, stopping at the European Solidarity Centre, the Energa Gdansk Stadium, the park and beach in Brzezno, the Baltic Opera House, the Great Avenue, and many other places. The two historical GAiT trams, available to locals and visitors alike, will shuttle twice a day between the Fore Gate and the Lighthouse in the New Port.
Departures are at 11.15 and 13.15, with the special tickets purchasable from the tram driver just before departure. The ticket prices are: reduced ticket – PLN 4.50, regular ticket – PLN 6.00, and family ticket – PLN 15.00. Holders of Tourist Cards (issued by the Gdansk Tourism Organisation) may purchase tickets at reduced prices.
It is worth noting that all branches of the Gdansk History Museum will be open at their normal hours (from 10.00 to 18.00) during the long May Day weekend, as will the National Museum (please note that it is closed on Mondays).
Large-area stores and commercial centres will be closed on both 1 May and 3 May.