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  • 1 Long Market Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dlugi Targ PL - 80-828 Gdansk

    This square was once the centre of activity in Gdansk: the main market, popular festivals and performances were held here. The typical houses with sculpted front stoops above cellar entrances have been restored. In the centre of the square, the Neptu..

  • 2 The Royal Way Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dluga PL - Gdansk

    Linking the Upper Gate to the Green Gate and running perpendicular to the River Motlawa, this is the city's main artery, historically used by the kings of Poland as a processional way on their annual visits to Gdansk. Herlded by the "long street..

  • 3 Golden House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dluga PL - Gdansk

    Two gables to the right of the Artus Court (n°41), the fine façade of this 1609 house is striking on account of its rich ornamentation, notably the twelve friezes created between 1609 and 1818 by Rostok artist Johann Voight, separated at each storey ..

  • 4 Medieval Crane Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Ul. Szeroka 67-68 PL - Gdansk

    Originally used to unload cargoes, this wooden crane has a majestic silhouette. The largest medieval machine of its kind in Europe, it is today the symbol of Gdansk. Rebuilt in 1444 after a fire, it was enhanced in the 17C with the addition of an upp..

  • 5 Oliwa Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Bpa Edmunda Nowickiego 5 PL - Oliwa

    Danish Cistercian monks founded their abbey here in 1188. A basilica with three naves was erected in the 13C, but was burned down in turns by the Prussian pagans, four times by the Teutonic Knights and in 1577 by the Protestant population of Gdansk. ..

  • 6 Oliwa Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Bpa Edmunda Nowickiego 5 PL - Oliwa

    Danish Cistercian monks founded their abbey here in 1188. A basilica with three naves was erected in the 13C, but was burned down in turns by the Prussian pagans, four times by the Teutonic Knights and in 1577 by the Protestant population of Gdansk. ..

  • 7 Town Hall of the main town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - 80-831 Gdansk

    This is a lovely building with both Gothic and Renaissance elements. A gilded statue of King Sigismund Augustus tops the belfry. Inside, visit the Gdansk History Musuem and numerous staterooms.

  • 8 Ulica Mariacka (Notre-Dame Street) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Mariacka PL - 80-833 Gdansk

    With its façades and front stoops, gutters and gargoyles, this street turns a page back in time to the Gdansk of yesteryear.

  • 9 Notre-Dame Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Podkramarska PL - 80-834 Gdansk

    Built between 1343 and 1502, this vast brick church symbolised the powerful bourgeoisie of Gdansk. The central panel of the triptych on the impressive main altar represents the Coronation of the Virgin Mary. The astonomic clock, 14 metres high, was b..

  • 10 Gdansk Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Gdansk

    Only the town hall survived the ravages of the Second World War. Note the monument to the defenders of the Polish post, erected in 1979 to commemorate postal workers killed resisisting the German invasion of 1 September 1939. Behind St Catherine (und..

  • 11 Wisloujscie Fortress Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stara Twierdza 1 PL - Gdansk

    Controlling access to the Vistula estuary (and consequently to the whole of Poland!), which ships had to enter to reach Gdansk, this fine fortress lapped by water was originally a tower-lighthouse (1482), around which were built fortifications in 157..

  • 12 Grand Arsenal Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piwna PL - Gdansk

    Standing at the end of Piwna Street, this elegant building shows Flemish Renaissance influences. Built between 1600 and 1605, it remained in service until the 19C. Below the statue of Minerva is an opening for munitions. The ground floor has a modest..

  • 13 Town Hall, Gdansk Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Korzenna 33/35 PL - Gdansk

    Built between 1587 and 1595, the building is associated with the famous astronomer (and brewer) Jan Heweliusz (1611-1687). The headquarters of Soviet forces in 1945, it today houses Gdansk's cultural centre. Upstairs the large council chamber is wort..

  • 14 Long Quay Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dlugie Pobrzeze PL - Gdansk

    Before being relocated in the second half of the 19C, the port of Gdansk stretched along the Motlawa. All streets perpendicular to it opened onto the river through fortified gateways. Beyond, wooden wharves allowed ships to moor. An increase in shipp..

  • 15 National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Toruñska 1 PL - Gdansk

    Sited in a former Franciscan friary, the museum's ground floor displays Gothic statuary, religious goldware and fine examples of metalwork. Upstairs the focus is on pictures: the masterpiece is unquestionably a famous triptych, the Last Judgement alt..

  • 16 Road to Freedom Exhibition Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Wały Piastowskie 24 PL - Gdansk

    This multimedia exhibition sited at the entrance to the old Lenin dockyard tells the story of trade union Solidarity which embarked on its famous strike on 14 August 1980. The Road to Freedom trail leads to a building now converted into a museum, whe..

  • 17 Central Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Ołowianka 9/13 PL - Gdansk

    The collections evoke the port and river life of Gdansk and maritime events along the Baltic coast, from the earliest times to the present, including the Battle of Oliwa (28 November 1627) against Sweden, the age of discovery and Polish emigration, p..

  • 18 Court of the Fraternity of St George Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Gdansk

    Adjacent to the Golden Gate (Zlota Brama), this Gothic, brick manor is crowned with a 16C spire with a replica of a statue of St George slaying the dragon (the 1556 original is in the National Museum in Gdansk). Built between 1487 and 1494 by Hans Gl..

  • 19 St Nicholas' Church, Gdansk Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Świętojańska 72 PL - Gdansk

    Considered one of the city's oldest churches, it is thought to have existed in wood in the 12C. Rebuilt in brick by the Dominicans, who arrived in 1227, its current appearance came about in 1340-1380 (it was largely untouched by this latter conflict)..

  • 20 St Catherine's Church, Gdansk Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Wielkie Mlyny PL - Gdansk

    St Catherine's, one of the oldest churches in Gdansk, was founded in the late 12C, but its construction dates back to the 14C and 15C. It was here, in 1985, that the tombstone of astronomer Jan Heweliusz (1611-1687) was identified; his epitaph is als..

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