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Classical Gdańsk

If it is your first visit to Gdańsk make sure you see a few flagship places, symbols of the city. If you have been living here for years you have probably passed them on your way home many times. Perhaps it is worthwhile to stop and see them afresh? Every reason is good to have a walk to the Main Town and the Old Town and rediscover the hidden gems of architecture; this is why we invite you for a journey through classical Gdańsk.

The Crane (10/12)

The Crane
The Crane
Fot. Gdańska Organizacja Turystyczna

Along with the Fountain of Neptune, the Crane has become the greatest symbol of Gdańsk, frequently shown on postcards or souvenirs. Located on the Motława River, it was the largest medieval harbour crane of Europe. Back then, it was used for the reloading of commercial goods and the raising of sails on the mast while, at the same time, it was also a city gate. Today, the Crane is a branch of the National Maritime Museum and houses a reconstructed and operational wooden wheel drive, traditionally operated with the power of the human feet. The wooden structure is almost 30 metres high. Historical granaries located on the nearby Ołowianka Island are also related to the Crane and the commercial function of Gdańsk.