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Gdańsk is the largest city and capital of Pomeranian Voivodeship in northern Poland.
A strategic and highly influential port for nearly a thousand years, Gdańsk was a stronghold of the Teutonic Knights, and later became an influential city within the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages.
Visitors arriving into Gdańsk will usually arrive at Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport (GDN), located 14km (8.8 mi) west of the city centre. The major airlines flying into the airport include Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Air Berlin, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Swiss, TAP Portugal, and Poland's national carrier LOT. Additional low cost airlines operating to and from Gdańsk include Ryanair and Wizz Air with many low cost connections to the British Isles because of recent emigration.
Transport from airport to city
Wałęsa Airport airport is serviced by the PKM rail service, with its Gdańsk Port Lotniczy station just outside the terminal. Most trains connect the airport directly to Gdansk Wrzeszcz, while others will continue to Gdańsk Główny rail station.
Gdańsk's city centre is relatively compact, with nearly all major attractions accessible on foot. Visitors wanting to explore the further reaches of the city can use the city's excellent public transport system, ZTM Gdańsk.
Trams and buses
Tickets can be single use or based on travel time. Stamp your ticket in the yellow machine on the bus or tram as soon as you board.
What to see
Gdańsk's main attractions are mainly confined to the Śródmieście district, the city's central quarter. Within Śródmieście, many locations are subdivided into the Main Town and the Old Town. Several major attractions are also outside of the immediate city centre.
Main Town (Główne Miasto)
Long Lane - One of Gdańsk's most popular places for tourists, the Long Lane has been one of the city's most principle streets since the Middle Ages, flanked by the Golden Gate on one end and the Green Gate on the other.
Long Market. Located between the end of the Long Lane and the Green Gate, this impressive square was once home to Gdańsk's elite in previous centuries, and is today a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike.
Main Town Hall. A Gothic-Renaissance building dating to the 14th century that formerly housed the city's government, this structure was expanded and remodelled over the next four centuries, becoming the structure seen today.
Neptune Fountain. Situated in the center of the Long Market, the Neptune statue dates to 1549, while the fountain originates from 1633.
Long Bridge - This long embankment along the Motława River is lined with picturesque brick buildings, apartments, and moored vessels. The embankment is a popular location both day and night for visitors.
Golden Gate. Built between 1612 to 1614 to replace an earlier 13th century city gate as the brainchild of Abraham van den Blocke, a Flemish architect who lived in Gdańsk in the early 17th century, the gate was constructed in a Dutch Mannerist style.
Green Gate - Situated between the Long Market and the Motława River, the Green Gate was built between 1564 to 1568 as the residence of the Polish monarchy in Gdańsk. Today, the Green Gate serves as one of the branches of the National Museum in Gdańsk.
St. Mary's Street. A narrow cobblestone medieval street in the heart of the Main Town, this street is entirely surrounded by old apartments, many of which are still residences or converted into pleasant restaurants and hotels.
Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre (Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski), ul. Wojciecha Bogusławskiego. Built over the site of a 17th century theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre opened to the public in 2014. Commemorating the historical legacy of Shakespeare in Gdańsk, whose plays were regularly performed in the city during the early 1600s.
What to do
Canoe-tour through the canals.
Guided Tours in Gdańsk, Szeroka 18/19. waling tours in English, the Grand Tour of Gdańsk, Lech Walesa and Solidarity, half-day excursions to Malbork Castle, Stutthof Nazi Camp, National Park near Łeba, Countryside Tours.
Sightseeing with an Architect. Tailor-made guided tours, shore excursions and sightseeing with an Architect incl. the Hanseatic Gothic and Renaissance heritage of Gdansk Old Town, Lech Walesa and Solidarity shipyard, Stutthof Death Camp Memorial, short pipe organ music concerts in Oliva Cathedral, the 19th cent.