Following the Gdansk view points
Have you ever thought what Gdansk looks like from the height of over 100 metres? Or perhaps you like climbing and you want to see the city from somewhat different perspective? For active people, it will be an interesting idea to sightsee the city by climbing the highest peaks of which there are quite a few in Gdansk!
One of the most beautiful lighthouses over the Baltic Sea, 27 metres high, commissioned in 1894, showed entry to the port of Gdansk up to 1984. The lighthouse was also a pilot tower and had an extraordinary instrument on its top - a time ball. When it went up and down on each noon, ship captains could adjust their clocks precisely. The New Port lighthouse became a part of history when on 1 September 1939 with shots from the lighthouse followed by shots from the “Schleswig-Holstein" battleships towards Westerplatte the Germans started World War II.
In 2004 the lighthouse was opened to the public.
Inside you can admire well preserved historic optical devices and a great exhibition of lighthouse equipment. It is also worth remembering that it was the first lighthouse on the Baltic Sea that used electricity. Also the view from its top is enchanting over the Port of Gdansk, Westerplatte and the entire Bay of Gdansk as far as Gdynia and Hel. In 2008 the famous 19th century time ball on the Lighthouse was renovated and today shows the time at noon, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm with the accuracy of 1 second in 200 thousand years!