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    Tourist Attractions in Gdansk

    The most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions in Gdansk. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Gdansk

    In the past, Gdansk was one of the richest cities on the Baltic coast due to the active maritime trade. In memory of that era, magnificent merchant houses belonging to influential guilds have been preserved in the historical center. Their magnificent facades have been decorating city streets for centuries.

    In Gdansk, every tourist will find something to their liking. In summer, a rich excursion program can be diluted with a rest on the city beach, because even the harsh Baltic Sea sometimes gives people a few days of sunny weather. The Catholic churches of Gdansk are classic examples of medieval Gothic, and the city mansions and many administrative buildings are works of art in the Renaissance and Baroque style.

    Top Tourist Attractions in Gdansk

    The Royal Highway

    The road of the Polish kings begins at three city gates – Golden, Villainous and High. It runs along Dluga Street and leads to Dluga Targ Square past the elegant facades of city houses. Along the Royal Highway there are many buildings that are real architectural masterpieces. Today, the Royal way has become the most popular tourist route in Gdansk.

    The Royal Highway
    Fountain of Neptune

    Fountain of Neptune

    The fountain is located on the Dlugi Targ Square (translated from Polish, this name means "long market"). The sculptural composition is considered a symbol of Gdansk. It embodies the inextricable connection of the city with the sea. The fountain in the Flemish style was created by the sculptor A. van der Blok in the XVII century. Later, decorative elements were added to the sculpture – a figured lattice and a Rococo bas-relief depicting sea monsters.

    Artus ' Yard

    The Artus Courtyard is a complex of buildings on the square in front of the city Hall. The name of the place goes back to the legend of King Arthur. In the Middle Ages and Modern Times, city authorities met in the buildings of the Artus Courtyard, merchants concluded their deals, and eminent citizens held meetings. The complex was built in the XIV century. At the end of the XV century, it burned down and was later rebuilt in the Gothic style.

    Artus ' Yard
    Town Hall of the Main city

    Town Hall of the Main city

    The Town Hall was built in the XV century according to the project of G. Hetzel. The first building was built in the Gothic style. After the fire of the middle of the XVI century, it acquired the features of mannerism. The Town Hall tower is crowned by the figure of King Sigismund II, created in 1561. The best masters of that time worked on the interior. The building houses the city museum with an interesting historical exposition.

    Mariatskaya Street

    A pedestrian street with a special atmosphere, which is considered one of the most picturesque corners of Gdansk. Previously, wealthy citizens settled here, today workshops, souvenir shops, galleries and cafes are located in former residential buildings. Unfortunately, most of the historical buildings of Mariatskaya Street were destroyed during the Second World War. Everything that a tourist sees today is the result of careful restoration.

    Mariatskaya Street
    The Abbey Palace in Oliva

    The Abbey Palace in Oliva

    The Rococo palace, rebuilt from a Gothic castle of the XV century at the expense of the abbot of the Cistercian monastery Ya. Rybinsky. After the partition of Poland in the XIX century, the building passed into the possession of the noble German Hohenzollern family. By the end of the century, it came under the jurisdiction of the city authorities. In 1945, the palace completely burned down. The restoration took place in the 1960s. Today one of the departments of the Pomeranian Museum is located there.

    Olive Cathedral

    A picturesque Catholic church of the XIV century, built in the Gothic style. It has impressive dimensions – two symmetrical towers reach a height of 46 meters, the length of the cathedral exceeds 100 meters. Inside there is a magnificent organ of the XVIII century and 23 marble altars created in Rococo and Baroque styles. A museum has been opened at the temple, where works of church art of the XIV-XVI centuries are exhibited.

    Olive Cathedral
    St. Mary's Church

    St. Mary's Church

    The temple is the largest brick cathedral in Europe, built in the Gothic style. Its construction lasted 150 years and stretched over three centuries. The tower of the church reaches a height of more than 77 meters. The interior is decorated with Baroque statues and a magnificent 16th-century altar by M. Schwartz. The attention of tourists is attracted by the astronomical clock fortified on the facade, created by G. Duringer in the XV century.

    St. Nicholas Church

    St. Nicholas is the heavenly patron saint of seafarers and fishermen. The church in his honor is considered one of the oldest in Gdansk. In the XII century it was built of wood, in the XIII century it was rebuilt of stone in a Gothic manner. The interior of the church is made in a luxurious Baroque style. The building was not damaged during the Second World War, so its historical appearance has reached our days almost unchanged.

    St. Nicholas Church
    Golden Gate

    Golden Gate

    The Golden Gate is located on Dluga Street in the historical center of Gdansk. They were erected at the beginning of the XVII century instead of the old Gothic gates, which were part of the system of city fortifications. The structure was built in the style of Dutch Mannerism according to the project of A. van der Blok. In the 1940s, during the war, the structure was destroyed, as well as many other attractions. In 1957, it was restored to its former appearance.

    Green Gate

    The first mention of the Green Gate dates back to the middle of the XIV century. The brick structure in the style of Dutch Mannerism was erected already in the XVI century according to the project of G. Kremer and R. Amsterdam. The gate was built as a royal residence, but the monarchs who arrived in Gdansk almost never stopped here. Since the 2000s, a branch of the National Museum has been located in the building.

    Green Gate
    A large arsenal

    A large arsenal

    The impressive building of the Grand Arsenal was built in the Renaissance style by V. VanderMeer and V. van der Blok. It is an outstanding architectural monument of the beginning of the XVII century. Until the XIX century, the premises were used for storing weapons and ammunition. Nowadays, the Academy of Fine Arts is located on the second floor, the first one is given over to a shopping center.

    The Big Mill

    The old mill was built in the XIV century by the knights of the Teutonic Order. At that time, it became the largest in Europe. Surprisingly, the structure was used for its intended purpose until the end of the Second World War until it was seriously damaged. It survived only one major modernization in the 1830s. After the restoration, the mill continued to operate until the early 1990s. In 1993, it was converted into a shopping center.

    The Big Mill
    Prison Tower

    Prison Tower

    In the XIV century, the Prison Tower was part of the fortress wall. The building underwent several reconstructions in the XV and XVI centuries, as a result of which its appearance changed. The tower has been used for torture and detention of prisoners since the beginning of the XVII century. A place for execution was organized nearby. Nowadays, the Amber Museum is located in the building, where icons, jewelry, figurines and other products made of this material are exhibited.

    Crane on Motlav

    The Crane on Motlav is a maritime museum located in the original building of the XIV century. Previously, it served as a crane for loading ships, and also served as a gate and a defensive structure. The roof of the structure is crowned with a copper figure of a crane, which gave the name to the whole complex. Today's building is a modern building from the 1960s. The medieval original was destroyed during the war.

    Crane on Motlav
    European Solidarity Center

    European Solidarity Center

    A museum complex telling about the history of the legendary Solidarity movement. This association was formed as a trade union in the 1980s. Just a few days later, its members moved on to a confrontation with the communist government of Poland. In a short time, about 80% of working citizens joined Solidarity. In fact, the European Solidarity Center is one of the "anti–Soviet" museums that exist in every former ATS member country.

    National Museum of Gdansk

    The museum exposition is located in a 15th-century building that once belonged to the Franciscan monastery. It consists of valuable collections of jewelry, paintings, sculptures and ceramics created in the period from XV to XX centuries. One of the most valuable exhibits of the collection is G. Memling's painting "The Last Judgment". There is also a large collection of paintings by the famous painter A. Meller.

    National Museum of Gdansk
    World War II Museum

    World War II Museum

    The museum opened in March 2017 and immediately won the title of the largest in Poland. The main goal of its creators is to highlight the role of Poland in World War II, as well as to focus on the features of Polish history. The museum consists of three large blocks divided into 18 thematic halls. With the help of modern multimedia equipment, visitors can watch documentaries and archival footage.

    Westerplatte

    Memorial complex on the peninsula of the same name. The Second World War began with the shelling of the armory, which was located here since 1924. The Westerplatte garrison held out for seven days, after which it was taken by German troops. A monument has been erected on the peninsula in memory of the heroic defenders of the warehouse. There are also ruins of barracks and one of the guard posts.

    Westerplatte
    Weikselmunde

    Weikselmunde

    Fortification of the XV century in the riverbed of the Vistula, once part of the defensive system of the city. Several architectural styles were mixed in the appearance of the fortress, as the structure was repeatedly completed over several centuries. Until the middle of the XVIII century, a lighthouse was located in the round central tower. Veikselmunde is recognized as an architectural monument of national significance.

    Gdansk Railway Station

    A large passenger hub that serves many intercity destinations. The station is located in a picturesque Renaissance–style building built in the late XIX - early XX centuries. The facade of the building is made of red brick, which gives it an elegant and festive look. A clock tower with a height of 50 meters rises above the structure. Inside, the station looks much more modest.

    Gdansk Railway Station
    PGE Arena

    PGE Arena

    A football stadium designed for 44 thousand spectators. It hosted the matches of the Euro 2012 Cup. The arena was built in 2011. In addition to football games, music concerts and festivals are held here, as the design of the stadium allows for events of various formats. Such bands as Pet Shop Boys, Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi performed here. The arena also hosted a performance of the Cirque du Soleil.

    Gdansk Zoo

    The city zoo is considered the largest in Poland. It is located on an area of more than 130 hectares. The vast territory of the menagerie is home to a wide variety of animals and birds. It is impossible to get around the entire zoo in one visit, as it will take at least 4-5 hours. Tourists are offered various routes, each of which is designed for about 30-40 minutes, as well as special transport that goes around the territory in an hour.

    Gdansk Zoo
    Ferris wheel

    Ferris wheel

    The Gdansk Ferris Wheel is considered the tallest in Europe. It was installed in 2014 in the north of the island by pushing it on the shore of the Maltava. The design was assembled in Germany. The attraction reaches a height of 55 meters, weighs 350 tons and consists of 43 cabins. The wheel makes a full turn in about 30 minutes. A magnificent panorama of the city opens from its highest point.

    Yelitkovo Beach

    Despite the fact that the Baltic Sea cannot boast of warm water, there are still many people who want to swim in its waves and sunbathe on the golden sand. In Gdansk, for these purposes, there is a city beach of Elitkovo, perfectly equipped for a relaxing holiday. There is a park, jogging and bike paths, cafes (most are open only in the summer season) and entertainment areas for children.

    Yelitkovo Beach