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After visiting Warsaw and Krakow, we were in on the secret: Poland is incredible. Our time in Gdansk, Poland solidified the fact – the country of Poland is completely underrated as a travel destination. Just like Warsaw and Krakow, Gdansk has a storied past, stunning architecture and amazing museums. But unlike the the two other cities, Gdansk has a coastline on the Baltic Sea featuring miles of sandy beaches. In our time exploring the city, we filled our days with the best things to do in Gdansk and created a 3-day Gdansk itinerary to help other travelers experience the highlights of the city.
3-Day Gdansk Itinerary
Our 3-Day Gdansk Itinerary includes the top things to see in Gdansk. We have also added brief descriptions of each sight and a link to the sights on Google Maps. At the end of the post, there are Gdansk tips for your trip, like where to stay and tips for Gdansk day trips.
Day-by-Day Itinerary of Things To Do in Gdansk
Our list of the best things to do in Gdansk is organized in a 3-day itinerary.
Day One: Gdansk Old Town and WWII Museum
On the first day of your 3 days in Gdansk, start by seeing Gdansk highlights in the Old Town then delve into the history of World War II at a state-of-the-art museum. End your day with a scenic view over the city and a classic Polish meal.
The Royal Route
The Royal Route through the heart of Gdansk Old Town was the path taken by kings (as well as the route for city ceremonies and parades). The short walk passes by several Gdansk tourist attractions.
Upland Gate (Brama Wyzynna): Built in the 16th century as part of the city’s fortifications, the Upland Gate now houses the Gdansk Tourist Information Office.
Prison Tower and Torture Chamber (Wieza Wiezienna): Built in the 14th century, the Prison Tower and Torture Chamber were originally part of the city walls. When the new city walls were constructed in the 16th century, the building became of prison, court and torture chamber. Today, it houses the Amber Museum.
Golden Gate (Zlota Brama): The 17th century Golden Gate leads directly onto the city’s most popular street: ulica Dluga. The gate features 8 figures representing Peace, Freedom, Wealth, Fame, Agreement, Justice, Piety and Prudency.
Long Street (Dluga): The picturesque Long Street is the main thoroughfare through Gdansk Old Town. The pedestrian-only street, which had to be almost completely rebuilt after World War II, features colorful and ornately decorated facades. Tall, slender buildings are found throughout the city, but the ones on Long Street are the most beautiful. Numerous cafes, bars, restaurants and ice cream shops line Long Street; strolling up and down Long Street with an ice cream cone in hand is one of the top Gdansk activities in the summertime.
Pro Tip: Ice cream (Lody) shops are found on every street in Gdansk – but not all ice creams are equal. We prefer scooped ice cream to soft-serve and found two places we think have the best ice cream in Gdansk. Paulo Gelateria uses natural ingredients – and recipes from the 2015 Polish Champion of Ice Cream – to make unique flavored ice cream (like the creamy and delicious avocado ice cream I tried there!). However, our favorite ice cream shop (for both the ice cream and the cones!) is Slony Karmel, which also makes ice cream from natural ingredients. Our best advice: try them both!
Gdansk Town Hall (Rathaus): On Long Street, at the opposite end from Golden Gate is the unmissable Gdansk Town Hall and its rising spire. The building dates to the 14th century and today houses the Gdansk History Museum. Visitors can climb to the top of the Town Hall Bell Tower for stunning views of the Old Town (Fee: 5zl)
Long Market (Dlugi Targ): Where Long Street ends, Long Market begins. The wider street dates to the 13th century and once was home to the city’s most affluent citizens.
Neptune Fountain (Fontanna Neptuna): The historic Neptune Fountain dates to the early 17th century and stands proudly in front of the Artus Court.
Artus Court (Dwor Artusa): At Dlugi Targ 44 is the Artus Court (named after legendary King Arthur). The building, which dates to the 14th century, was a place of meeting, socializing and entertainment for the noble and wealthy. Now, as part of the Gdansk History Museum, visitors can take a peek inside.
Green Gate (Brama Zielona): The Green Gate marks the passage from Long Market to the Motlawa River. The gate was built in the 16th century as a royal residence (but no royalty ever stayed there). Today, the National Museum resides in the Green Gate – and Polish President Lech Walesa used to have an office in the building as well.
More Old Town Gdansk Sights
St. Mary’s Basilica: Officially the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, construction of the church began in the year 1343. The Catholic church is one of the largest brick churches in the world and can accommodate 25,000 people. The interior of the church (which was being refurbished during our visit) is stark white and features few paintings or decoration (most of the valuable pieces were removed before the war and some have not been returned). The 15th century Gdansk Astronomical Clock stands inside the church. The tower, which is the tallest in the city, is now a viewing platform (Tower Fee: 8zl).
St. Nicholas Church: With a history that dates to the 12th century, St. Nicholas is one of the oldest churches in Gdansk. It is also one of the only churches not to sustain damage during WWII. Inside, beautiful baroque altars decorate the church.
The Crane (Zuraw): A port crane has existed on the same site as The Crane since as early as 1367. At a time, it ranked as the largest crane in the world. It was instrumental is the workings of the port – aiding in raising ship masts and loading/unloading goods on/from ships. Suffering major damage during the war, The Crane was reconstructed after WWII and became part of the Maritime Museum. As a symbol of the city, The Crane is one of the top Gdansk things to see.
Motlawa River Promenade (Dlugie Pobrzeze): The promenade that follows the river at the edge of the Old Town is one of the top Gdansk places to visit. Lined with restaurants and shops, the walkway provides views over the river and harbor. Several Gdansk boat tour operators dock along the promenade.
Mariacka Street: The pleasant Mariacka Street runs from St. Mary’s Basilica to St. Mary’s Gate, which leads to the river. The charming lane is lined with houses that have raised entrances and carved stonework. Many amber shops are located on Mariacka Street.
Piwna Street: Running parallel to Long Street is Piwna Street. Once home to a local brewery, there are several bars and cafes located on the street (more on Gdansk bars in a minute!)
Monuments: Throughout the Old Town there are several monuments and statues. While we wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to locate specific monuments, you might see these two monuments while exploring the city:
- Four Quarters Fountain: The city of Gdansk was once divided into four quarters – Wide (Szeroki), High (Wysoki), Fish (Rybacki) and Ship (Kogi) – and the Four Quarters Fountain is located at the point where those districts came together (today, at the corner of Gwietego Ducha and Grobla I streets, north of the cathedral). Each quarter is represented by a lion statue.
- Fahrenheit Monument: Daniel Fahrenheit, creator of the Fahrenheit temperature scale, was born in Gdansk in 1686. To honor him, a glass-encased thermometer sits on Dlugi Targ (opposite the Neptune Fountain).
Lunch: Milk Bar (Bar Mleczny)
Get your first taste of true Polish cuisine by eating lunch at a classic Milk Bar. Known to be inexpensive, the generous portions of ‘home cooked’ Polish dishes are served to the masses at cafeteria-style Milk Bars. Popular during the communist era, most Milk Bars have a daily menu (usually written on a chalkboard, no English translations) and little décor. In Gdansk, we ate at two Milk Bars – Bar Turystyczny and Bar Mleczny Neptun.
Bar Turystyczny is located in the northwest section of the Old Town and has an authentic feel to it. We waited in a line that stretched out the door for platters of schawoby (fried pork chop) and placek po cygansku (an omelet filled with tender beef and covered in sauce) – each meal costing about 15zl ($4.25 USD).
Located in the heart of the Old Town in the middle of Long Street, Bar Mleczny Neptun attracts a few more tourists and charges a bit more for their meals (each meal here cost about 20zl ($5.75 USD), but still retains the classic Milk Bar appeal. As a bonus, there is outdoor seating right on Long Street, which is fantastic for people watching…and there is a good chance street musicians will be performing nearby to provide a soundtrack for your meal.
Across the Motlawa River (east of Green Gate) is Granary Island. At one time, the island was the center of business in Gdansk with an entire complex of granaries to store goods brought from afar by ship. In the 17th century, Gdansk had more than 300 granaries – and boasted the largest harbor on the Baltic Sea. Only three buildings survived the war and the island was left in shambles for years, only recently getting a facelift. During our visit, construction workers and cranes were busy putting up new buildings, but we could still walk around the perimeter of the island for views back toward The Crane and Gdansk.
Olowianka Island and Soldek
Just north of Granary Island is Olowianka Island, which is home to the Central Maritime Museum, the Royal Granary and the Philharmonic building. Docked in front of the Maritime Museum is the gargantuan Soldek, the first steamship built in the Lenin Shipyards after the war. Converted into a museum, visitors can explore the ship’s interior.
Museum of the Second World War
Visiting the Museum of the Second World War is one of the top Gdansk, Poland things to do. The museum, which just opened in March 2017, details the events of World War II, which began on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland at Westerplatte (less than 6 miles from Gdansk Old Town).
Both interactive technological displays and personal items are featured in the museum that tells the story of the horrific war. There are three sections of the museum that guide visitors through the build up to the war (The Road to the War), the events of the war itself (The Horror of the War) and the aftermath (The Long Shadow of the War). The exhibits in each section are educational and gripping.
We highly recommend renting an audio guide during your visit to the museum – as the information presented can be slightly overwhelming. We spent four hours at the museum (and could have stayed longer!) and think it is one of the best things to do in Gdansk. Information on opening hours and tickets can be found on the official Museum of the Second World War website.
Polish Post Office and Memorial
At the same time Westerplatte was being attacked, German troops were also targeting the Polish Post Office near the Gdansk Old Town. The workers held off the Nazis for 17 hours before surrendering. In front of the post office there is a large memorial – and behind the post office is a moving display of the postal workers who were captured and shot to death.
West of the Old Town, across the railroad tracks, is Gradowa Hill – part of an old fort complex. Buildings half-covered in earth display exhibits that are part of the Hewelianum Center Museum and at the north end of the park is the 50-foot-tall Millennium Cross. Following one of the trails to the top of Gradowa provides panoramic views of the Gdansk Old Town and shipyards – and is a fabulous place to watch the sunset.
Dinner: Pierogarnia Mandu Centrum
Raved as one of the best pierogi restaurants in Gdasnk, Pierogarnia Mandu is a must when visiting the city. We liked the pierogis so much, we ate here twice. The variety of pasta dumplings (which are created by hand by the kitchen staff behind the glass wall at the entrance of the restaurant) are boiled (traditional) or baked. We tried – and loved! – both.
Pro Tip: Try the craft beer (bottled) made special for Mandu by Brewery Bytow.
Polish Craft Beer in Gdansk
Among the many reasons we have fallen head-over-heels for Poland is their superb production of craft beer. Small brewers dedicated to making experimental and tasty beers have sprung up all over the country in recent years. The rise of craft beer in Poland has created the need for multitaps – or craft beer bars – that boast multiple choices of local craft beer on draft. Use our Gdansk pub guide to help navigate your way to the best craft beer bars in the city:
Café Lamus, Lawendowa 8 and Pulapka: These three bars, located at the east end of the Market Hall, are what we called “Craft Beer Corner.” With sidewalk seating in front of each bar, it was clear this is a top-spot for craft beer lovers to enjoy a pint in the late afternoon as the sun slips behind the Old Town. The atmosphere is similar in each of the small bars, but we found the staff to be most friendly and helpful with recommendations at Café Lamus.
Cathead Multitap: Cathead is a bigger establishment with a wider selection of beer (24 taps). They also have a large balcony overlooking the river, which provides a lovely view for sipping brew.
Labeerynt Multitap: The subterranean Labeerynt Mulitap sits inconspicuously beneath Polskie Kino Pub on Szeroka Street in the Gdansk Old Town. While the dimly lit space would be inviting in too hot or too cold weather, we enjoyed our beers outdoors at one of the patio tables.
Note: There are a few local breweries in Gdansk, like Brovarnia and Browar PG4, which brew beer on-site, but (from what we could tell) stick to the traditional beers of the region – light, dark and wheat – rather than the IPAs and other experimental beers we found at the multitaps.
Map for Day 1 of Things To Do in Gdansk
Day 2: Day trip to Sopot
On Day 2 of your 3-day Gdansk itinerary, head north to the resort town of Sopot for a day of seaside fun.
Visit Sopot, Poland
The quaint seaside town of Sopot is one of Poland’s top tourist destinations. Sopot, along with Gdansk and Gdynia, are part of the Tri-City Region. With only a few ‘sights’ the real reason to visit Sopot is for the sandy beaches and laid-back vibe.
The main pedestrian street in Sopot is Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino – but the locals refer to it by its former name, Monciak. Lined with restaurants, cafes and pubs, the street leads directly to the city’s famous pier.
Crooked House (Krzywy Domek)
Built in 2004, the Crooked House on Monciak can’t be missed. The design was inspired by a fairytale and the building is part of a shopping center.
Sopot Pier (Molo)
The Sopot Pier ranks as the longest wooden pier in Europe – and extends a quarter of a mile into the Bay of Gdansk in the Baltic Sea. The pier dates to 1827 and was extended to its current length in 1928. At the end of the pier there is a restaurant and marina, as well as the departure points for entertaining bay cruises. During the summer season, a ticket is required to enter the pier (8zl).
Lunch: Fishing Harbor
Located three-quarters of a mile south of the pier on the Karlikowo Shore is the Sopot Fishing Harbor. Fishermen sail out each day in Kashubian boats and return mid-day, ‘beaching’ their boats right in the sand…hopefully with a fresh catch! Hungry visitors can order platters of fresh or smoked fish for lunch at the Harbour Bar.
Pro Tip: Alternatively, head north from the pier to Bulaj, a popular Slow Food restaurant right on the beach.
To the north and south of Sopot pier are miles of wide, sandy beaches. Kick off your shoes and walk with the sand between your toes (or use the paved pedestrian/bike path that lines the beach), take a dip or catch some rays. The sandy beach in Sopot is a place to relax and enjoy!
Dinner: Burgers or Pizza
Take a break from Polish cuisine and join the local youth for a burger or pizza. SurfBurger is a small Polish chain serving real beef burgers made of natural and fresh ingredients. Their burgers are seriously so good, we had them twice (once in Sopot and once in Gdansk). For pizza, try Prosto (Pizza i Piwo), where they crank out delicious pizza pies in an easy-going atmosphere. Or, for an inexpensive ‘pizza’ (or after bar snack), get a zapiekanki (a half baguette with ham, mushrooms, cheese and ketchup) at the corner of Monciak and Jana Jerzego Haffnera.
Top Tip: Not in the mood for burgers or pizza? There are plenty of restaurant choices on Monciak. Read reviews on the top-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor.
Polish Craft Beer in Sopot
There are a few places along Monciak that offer craft beer, but beer aficionados will want to make the extra effort to find Konsulat Dobrego Piwa, a craft beer bar just outside the Old Town (easy to get to on a short walk). The small, cozy bar features eight taps of craft beer and a fun beer garden.
Getting To Sopot
Hop on an SKM train bound for Sopot and arrive in the city in 20 minutes flat. Trains run frequently, but check the Gdansk-Sopot train timetable at the station. Tickets (one-way) cost 4.20zl ($1.25 USD). Alternatively, take the ferry boat from Gdansk to Sopot – check the schedule here.
Map for Day 2 Gdansk Day Trip to Sopot Activities
Day 3: Westerplatte and/or Oliwa and Solidarity Museum
On Day 3 of your 3 Days in Gdansk, take a short trip out of the city and then spend the afternoon at the Solidarity Museum.
Built in the late 1800s, the Gdansk Market Hall looks more like a train station than a market. Inside, there are three levels of market stalls. The meat, fish and dairy sellers are found on the lower level – along with the unearthed discovery of the foundation of a Romanesque church. The Green Market (fresh produce) stalls are on the plaza to the south of the Market Hall (along with an underground archeological museum). Pick up items, like traditional kabanos, at the Market Hall for an afternoon picnic lunch.
Pro Tip: Paczki, Polish donuts, are a must-eat when in Gdansk! Start your day with a sugary breakfast of paczki from Stara Paczkarnia. Fresh donuts at the corner kiosk cost 3zl (less than $1 USD). We recommend the chocolate cream-filled paczki (czekolada).
Half-Day Trips from Gdansk: Westerplatte or Oliwa
Choose between one of these trips from Gdansk: Westerplatte or Oliwa.
From the Gdansk Old Town, the Motlawa River merges with the Martwa Wisla and then flows into the Baltic Sea. At the mouth of the river is the long Westerplatte peninsula, which is known worldwide as the site where World War II officially began on September 1, 1939. When the Polish military fort on Westerplatte came under attack of German troops, a battle ensued that lasted seven days. Although they surrendered, the 7-day resistance of the Polish soldiers, who were outnumbered and under-armed, gave hope and inspiration to the people of Poland. Today, the Polish Coast Guard occupies part of the peninsula, but visitors can learn more about the events that transpired on Westerplatte in a small museum (Guardhouse Number 1), as well as on informational plaques located along the well-marked route.
Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte
The 82-foot-tall granite Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte stands on a 72-foot hill, making it visible from afar.
Nowy Port Lighthouse
Across the river from the Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte is the Nowy Port Lighthouse. Dating to the late 1800s, the lighthouse (which was modeled after a lighthouse on Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio) was fitted with a Time Ball to aid in sailors’ navigation. However, what puts the lighthouse in the history books is the fact that at 4:45am on September 1, 1939, Germans (who had overtaken the lighthouse the previous night) fired the first shots at Westerplatte from the Nowy Port Lighthouse, thus beginning World War II.
Getting to Westerplatte
Without a car, there are three options to get from Gdansk to Westerplatte: boat, bus, bike.
- Gdansk Boat Trip to Westerplatte: Cruise from Gdansk on a ferry or tourist boat to Westerplatte. Check timetables at the docks, as they vary by season. Note: This was our first choice of transport, but a mis-translation in the ferry boat sign resulted in us using the bus instead.
- Bus from Gdansk to Westerplatte: Bus 106 transports passengers from Gdansk to Westerplatte in about 30 minutes. Check timetables here.
- Bike from Gdansk to Westerplatte: There are a few bike rental shops in Gdansk. Rent a bike and pedal your way to Westerplatte following this route.
Oliwa, a suburb that lies between Gdansk and Sopot, has its own fascinating history of a monastery, battles and peace treaties. Although rich in historic facts, the reason we visited Oliwa was simply to enjoy nature.
While the park’s origins are somewhat of a mystery, it is known that in the late 18th century the Abotts of Oliwa began adding detailed elements that survive in the park today. Tree-canopied walkways, pristinely manicured hedges, streaming water, hidden gardens and colorful flowerbeds are featured throughout the park. A few museums and the Oliwa Cathedral are also part of the Oliwa Park complex.
Consecrated in 1594, the Oliwa Cathedral is striking both inside and out. From the front façade, the slender spires stand close together – as the church is rather narrow (but long). Upon entering, visitors can see the entire length of the church and the decorative high altar, which is made to look like a heaven of angels hovering above it. However, it is for the organ, which sits over the entrance, that many people visit Oliwa Cathedral. Built in the 1700s (over a period of 30 years), the organ has more than 7,800 pipes. Short 20-minute concerts are played several times daily.
Rising to the west of Oliwa Park is Pacholek Hill. The forested area has several walking/biking trails, a few of which lead to a hill-topping viewing platform that provides 360-degree views over Oliwa to the sea.
Find a spot at Westerplatte or Oliwa to enjoy the picnic you assembled at the Market Hall in the morning. Alternatively: there is a fast-food kiosk at Westerplatte and a restaurant in Oliwa Park.
Top Tip: We recommend the leisurely traveler choose between visiting Westerplatte or Oliwa (and, if we had to choose just one, we would pick Oliwa). However, an ambitious traveler could squeeze both into one day. To do so, take the 9:24am 106 bus to Westerplatte (or the 9:23am ferry, if it is running). Spend an hour at Westerplatte and be on the 11:28am bus back to the Gdansk main station. From there, catch the next train to Oliwa and spend 2-3 hours in Oliwa, allowing enough time when you return to Gdansk to visit the Solidarity Museum (hours vary by season, but in the summer, the museum stays open until 7pm on weekdays and 8pm on weekends).
Solidarity – or Solidarnosc – is a Polish trade union that formed in August 1980 in opposition to the working conditions at the Lenin Shipyards. It was the first labor union in the Soviet-bloc. The name, Solidarity became a social movement and many people attribute the movement to be the beginning to the fall of communism in 1989. The permanent exhibition at the European Solidarity Center details what led to the formation of Solidarity and its impact on Poland. The museum is one of the Gdansk top attractions.
Dinner: Pyra Bar
Load up on more carbs with a final meal at the Polish potato Pyra Bar. With every dish dedicated to the tuberous, starchy vegetable (in the form of casserole, potato pancake or baked potato), it might sound bland – but we can assure you, it’s not! Glorious, caloric amounts of cheese and meat are combined with potato in platters of comfort food.
Piwna Street Bars
After three days of sightseeing, end your time in the city at the popular Old Town bars on Piwna Street, which is a hot spot for Gdansk nightlife.
- Jozef K – a unique, retro-themed bar with a nice variety of beer.
- Jopengasse – an underground cellar bar with snippets of history.
- Flisak 76 – a cellar bar serving up hand-crafted cocktails.
- Browar Piwna – a microbrewery brewing on-site with plenty of outdoor seating.
Map for Day 3 Gdansk Sightseeing
Tips for your Trip to Gdansk
Looking for more ideas of things to do in Gdansk? We have a few more tips!
More Day Trips from Gdansk
We’ve already listed our favorite day trips from Gdansk (Sopot, Oliwa and Westerplatte), but here are a few more options:
Set sail on a Gdansk river cruise for an afternoon of fun. There are a few boats to choose from, but the Pirate Ship boat seems to be a favorite for many tourists.
Visit Gdynia, Poland
Gdynia is the northern city of the Tri-City Region. Originating as a modest fishing village, Gdynia is now a modern seaport town. Search for things to do in Gdynia on TripAdvisor– or join a tour of the Tri-City Region and see the highlights of Gdasnk, Sopot and Gdynia in one day!
Just a train ride from Gdansk is the town of Malbork and the famous Malbork Castle. Built in the 13th century by Teutonic Knights, the Medieval castle is the largest brick castle in the world. Private tours to Malbork Castle can also be arranged.
Gdansk on a budget
In general terms, Gdansk is an affordable city to visit. Many city museums offer free days to visit (check online prior to your trip) and the Gdansk Tourist Card covers entry into many sights. The cost of eating out in Gdansk can be incredibly inexpensive – and we’ve included affordable dining recommendations in this Gdansk guide, rather than fine dining establishments (of which there are several; see Gdansk restaurant reviews on TripAdvsior).
Gdansk Tourist Card
The Gdansk Tourist Office offers three money-saving cards: Family, Sightseeing and Active, all of which are available for 24, 72 or 120 hours (1, 3 or 5 days). Go to the Gdansk Tourist Card website for more information.
Getting To Gdansk
Gdansk can be reached by plane, train, bus or car. The official name of the Gdansk Airport is the Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport and it is located 7.5 miles from Gdansk. We flew into the Gdansk Airport from Frankfurt and out to Helsinki, as our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!). When we need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner.
Gdansk Airport to City
There are a few ways to get from Gdansk Airport to Gdansk: taxi, uber, private transfer, train or bus. For information on using public transportation (including best routes and timetables), visit the Gdansk Tourist Office in the Gdansk Airport.
Gdansk to Warsaw
There are flights between Warsaw and Gdansk, but without connecting to/from somewhere else, taking a bus is probably the best option.
Visitors wishing to travel from Gdansk to Stockholm will want to check overnight ferry schedules for Gdansk-Nynashamn (and then organize travel to Stockholm from Nynashamn).
Where to Stay in Gdansk
The best area to stay in Gdansk is in or near the Old Town. During our visit to Gdansk, we stayed slightly outside the city center in an awesome Airbnb apartment. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!)
There are also many Gdansk hotels in or close to the city center. Some of the best places to stay in Gdansk Old Town (based on customer reviews!) are:
Where to Stay in Sopot
We highly recommend staying in Sopot if it fits into your Gdansk itinerary! We spent 2 nights in Sopot at the charming Villa Sedan Hotel, which was ideally located near the main pedestrian street and pier. The poshest place in town is the beachfront Sofitel Grand Hotel. Check Booking.com for availability at the Sofitel and other hotels in Sopot.
Poland Itinerary Tips
What to See in Gdansk in One Day
If you trying to see Gdasnk in one day, we recommend following Day 1 of this Gdansk itinerary. However, we don’t think one day in Gdansk is enough! With just two days in Gdansk (still not enough time in our opinion!), follow Day 1 of this itinerary and then choose between a half day trip to Sopot, Westerplatte or Oliwa and spend the afternoon at the Solidarity Museum. For more than three days in Gdansk, add a day trip to Malbork and/or a longer stay in Sopot.
Visit Krakow and Warsaw
Before You Go to Gdansk
- Gdansk is a walkable city…but only if you have the right shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
- We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos (that can later be beautifully compiled into a travel photo book). We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
- It’s easy to get turned around in any foreign city…and especially Gdansk! Make sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook before arriving.
- We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.
We want to know: What do you think of our list of things to do in Gdansk, Poland? What would you add to our Gdansk itinerary? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments below!
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