Spend a luxurious day in Gdansk
A luxurious cruise ship, 357-day cruise, 7 continents and a port stop in Gdansk: this is the itinerary offered by one of British tour operators.
On 24 June 2017 a cruise ship with tourists from around the world will dock at the port of Gdansk. They will need to decide on what is worth seeing or doing during their one-day visit.
We've come up with a handful of ideas to make this easier.
A city with tradition
The history of this old Hanseatic city is best reflected in the parts of Gdansk which used to be the primary areas of commerce, meetings and discussions over a cup of coffee. No visitor should skip the Main Town, a place that used to be full of patricians' riches, teeming with merchant business and bustling with harbour life.
Gdansk has always been inextricably connected to water, both by sea and by rivers. It was a major port centre, and Długie Pobrzeże Street is still a key location on every tourist map. It is also the departing harbour for tourist ships that cruise to Westerplatte, around the bay and to Hel.
If you would like to get some respite while looking at the city from different perspectives, try some of the restaurants on the banks of the Motława River. Take a seat on the terrace of “Całe Naprzód” restaurant on the upper floor of the National Maritime Museum to have a thrilling look around the old harbour area, including the Motława River, the Long Bank and the Granary Island. This is definitely a good introduction to your Gdansk experience. For an alternative view go to the “Szafarnia 10” restaurant on the other bank. From this side of the river, a modern marina, which is the mooring point for yachts visiting the city, can be seen beside the well-known Granary Island. And with the boat rental service, you can experience Gdansk while on the water for yet another perspective of the city. Click here for “Cała Naprzód” restaurant menu; “Szafarnia 10” menu is available here.
Want to experience the amazing atmosphere of Gdansk? Take a walk around its atmospheric streets. Note that Długa Street and Długi Targ Street used to be part of the Royal Road and set its main axis. Think of the past, when kings with their retinues would follow this route, and feel its unique atmosphere. You can stop by one of the cafés located in the renovated tenement houses to take a closer look at the old Gdansk over a cup of coffee. Then visit one of the museums that proudly occupy the most stately buildings of the city. These include Gdansk Main Town Hall and the Artus Court, both situated near Neptune's Fountain. They were seats of the highest officials in the city, who decided on both political and commercial matters.
Amber, the gold of Gdansk...
As you walk down Mariacka Street between St. Mary's Gate and St. Mary's Basilica, it's impossible to ignore its largely original buildings featuring external staircases. You can find many boutiques selling unique, hand-crafted amber jewellery in the basements on both sides of the street. The Amber Museum in the Fore Gate Complex nearby presents the exquisite craftsmanship of amber art developed by local amber jewellers for centuries. Amber is the treasure of Gdansk, and Gdansk is the world capital of amber.
...and actual gold in bottles
Gdansk is the only place where you can find out what 23 karat gold tastes like. Goldwasser, an amazing root and herbal liqueur which dates back to the 16th century, when Ambrosius Vermoolen started its production, contains small flakes of gold. It's definitely worthwhile buying a bottle for later.
Looking at Gdansk from above gives an altogether new perspective. But how can you do this without arduous climbing? Just enter a cabin on Amber Sky, a Ferris wheel located on the Granary Island, and view the Old Town and the new districts of Gdansk from 55 metres above the ground. You can even take a VIP cabin with air conditioning and a glass floor at PLN 250 for a 30-minute ride. Check out this article to learn more about the Ferris wheel.
If you'd like to try a new, unconventional way to explore Gdansk, tour through the city on a Segway. A Segway is a two-wheeled electric scooter steered by balancing the body. You can rent one for a full day. The rental fee includes a guide, who will ensure your tour around the Main Town and the Old Town is swift, easy and enjoyable. Rental rates depend on how long you'll want to ride: 30 minutes, 1 hour, or maybe more? The full-day rental fee is PLN 350.
The modern face of Gdansk
The European Solidarity Centre is another must-see attraction in Gdansk. The distinctive shape of the building, with its glazed, slightly sloping interior walls, blends perfectly into the industrial landscape of the surrounding shipyard, which is a testament to the past, and provides a dynamic backdrop for the Monument to the fallen Shipyard Workers commemorating the Solidarity uprising in Gdansk. The ESC is both an education & exhibition centre, it is also a conference centre. It features a permanent multimedia exhibition to present the contemporary history of Poland, the origins of the Solidarity Union and its subsequent development. The centre also has two gardens: the all-season indoor garden and the summer garden on the viewing terrace on the sixth floor, an excellent spot for observing the city at work while sitting on a bench on warm summer days.
Click here for more details.
Another must-see place is the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, the world's only theatre with a roof that can be opened. With its black brick exterior and wooden interiors, it makes a bold statement against the backdrop of the Gothic architecture of the city. You can take a guided tour to explore the theatre's many passages, stairs and halls while learning about the history of its construction. Note that the theatre has operated as a cultural institution even before the building itself was constructed.
Click here for more details.
Football enthusiasts will not find Gdansk lacking in attractions, either. The “Amber Stadium”, as it is known, should be a must-visit spot on your sightseeing list. Guided tours are available for visitors. The most beautiful stadium in Europe, it was built for the Euro 2012 tournament. Both its shape and colour resemble amber. The stadium has almost 42,000 seats. It also houses the 9000-sqm Fun Arena, which has a Zoltar arena for playing electronic paintball, a go-kart track, a platform for bungee jumping, and many more attractions. And when you've had your fill of excitement, climb the viewing point for a stunning panorama of Gdansk from the Dead Vistula side.
Click here for more details.
Stay for longer...
...because just one day is far too short a time to give you the full experience of our beautiful city.
Visit our website for more inspiring ideas for your holiday in Gdansk.
More details about the cruise: http://www.mundycruising.co.uk/