Gdańsk is a beautiful, vibrant seaport on the Baltic coast of Poland. Like Warsaw, the city was destroyed during World War II. Fortunately, Gdańsk was very carefully rebuilt by dedicated citizens over several decades.
The city’s pretty waterfront, picturesque Old Town, narrow cobblestone alleys, historical buildings and overall easy-going attitude combine to give Gdańsk a unique charm that sets it apart from other Polish cities. If you’re in this part of the world, a visit to Gdańsk is well worth your time.
Dluga and Dlugi Targ Streets
Dluga and Dlugi Targ Streets are two of the most beautiful streets in Gdańsk. Together they are known as the Royal Route, a path that once hosted royal processions, parades and celebrations. Both are lined with richly-decorated houses and several of Gdańsk’s most famous landmarks.
The impressive Upland Gate on Dluga Street marks one entrance of the Royal Route. Follow the road through a second gate, the Golden Gate, towards Dlugi Targ (the Long Market) and admire the Neptune Fountain that sits in the square.
Behind the fountain is Artus Court, a magnificent building that once served as a meeting place for visiting luminaries and home for Gdańsk’s guilds.
If you get hungry, take a break at any of the numerous cafes or restaurants along the route. Or just continue on until you come to the other end of the Royal Route and exit through the Green Gate.
St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary’s Church is the largest brick Gothic church in the world. The church can hold about 25,000 people inside. Construction of St. Mary’s started in the 14th century and was completed in the early 16th century.
The interior includes an impressive Baroque organ, plus a number of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque paintings and other works of art. Climb up 400 stairs to the viewing gallery at the top of the main tower for a spectacular, panoramic view of Gdańsk.
Take a trip just south of Gdańsk to visit the imposing Malbork Palace, the largest brick Gothic castle in the world. The palace was built during the early 14th century by the Teutonic Knights.
Inside the palace are numerous exhibits featuring medieval weapons, the lifestyle of the Teutonic Knights and impressive amber displays. Malbork Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.
SAS makes it easy to fly to Gdańsk. Simply book your tickets online and you’re on your way.