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  • JSTrip_77
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunningly Picturesque
    Europe is dotted with picturesque “old town” areas but there was something about Old Town Gdańsk that I just could not get enough of. It will take me forever to sort through all of the pictures I took. We spent time in Old Town both day and night in order to capture as much of the ambiance as we could and never got tired of it. Even on my last day it town, I jogged through in the morning just to feel the ambiance one last time. It is free to be there and there are endless restaurants, shops, and entertainers as well as museums.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming Old Town
    The Old Town in Gdansk is very charming with many restored buildings and paintings. The streets and walkways are very wide and well maintained. Lots of good restaurants, shops, bars and architecture to see. We spent a lot of time popping our heads into stores, taking pictures and trying food when we visited Gdansk.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 May 2023
  • Michael H
    Cavendish, United Kingdom14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful city but don’t be fooled as it’s not so nice after midnight.
    Stag weekend which overall was fantastic, it’s a beautiful place with plenty to do and not far from the beach. Loads of restaurants, bars & cafes. Just be aware later at night there is a very sinister side that comes out. Spiked drinks and constant pressure to get you into clubs which then rip you off
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Chris M
    Wetherby, United Kingdom1,308 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not as old as it appears but maintains a vibrant atmosphere and worth visiting
    During a tour of Gdansk, our guide took us to this area entering by the "Green Gate" into the busy Long Market. The area is very attractive giving the appearance of being very old. However, most of the buildings have been rebuilt since being badly damaged during WW2, but the original style has been faithfully and successfully retained. As the name suggests there are a large number of market stalls as well as shops down each side of the wide thoroughfare and the narrow streets to the side. This results in a very busy and vibrant environment, well worth a visit..
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2023
  • TheDumbuser
    Dudelange, Luxembourg41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old town
    Old town like a old town should be. With many amazing old buildings, historycal sightseeings, some modern shops, high prices and tourist crowds. Definately worth the walk.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Kylie Hatton
    Edmonton, Canada4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Romantic Cobblestone Streets
    Old Town in Gdańsk is a must do when you’re in the city! The cobblestone streets are beautiful and there’s tons of restaurants, local merchants, and shops to check out! It’s very busy during the weekends so I suggest going during the weekdays if you’re able to!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Happy Traveller
    Sydney, Australia5,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous
    Wow I really liked this place . Had a great tour guide who was full of great info. Plenty of free time to wander. Great main streets full of history. Beautiful church. Great canals. 👍👍
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Robyn-and-John
    2,314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit
    The old town is always alive with people wandering around. There are dozens of sidewalk cafes and souvenir shops. It's a must to see and soak up the atmosphere. There are lots of cobblestone streets and the old buildings are spectacular.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Susanna
    Gdansk, Poland2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a very nice city. I really liked it.
    It's a very nice city: beautiful architecture, friendly people, and exciting entertainment. I really liked it. Prices for food and services are not high. I highly recommend the fish restaurant and massage on Rybny Targ Street
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 September 2023
  • kitd1275
    Bergen, Norway215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating town
    The Gdansk Old Town is very nice. It has museums, a street market, lots of shops, pubs, bars, and restaurants. We went in December, so there was a Christmas market, and it was actually very nice to see. There were lots of Christmas-themed shops, and they even had a stage for some presentations along with plenty of Christmas decorations and lights.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 December 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
So far I've visited 4 cities in Poland - Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow and Gdansk.
While all of them are beautifully restored after WWII devastations, I found Gdansk to be the prettiest of them.
First, geography and topography put Gdansk on top of that list, as it's surrounded by water. The city is set along the Motlawa river, close to its confluence into the Baltic sea, so you have beaches 15 min drive away from downtown. In the very center there're two small river islands along Motlawa, as well a canal little bit north connecting Motlawa with Vistula river and in that way Gdansk with Warsaw.
Second, the old town is compact and so beautiful. All old town streets are lined with Mannerism style houses in different pastel colors. It's a pleasure to walk them and admire beautifully restored Baroque and Rococo houses. It reminds much on Holland and Belgium. On these two downtown islands are new modern apartment buildings also built in that manner, but as a modern version which perfectly blend with old ones in terms of style, height and width.
Third, Gdansk has several important Churches and two outstanding must see museums. In vicinity are also several WWII historic sites.
Count on at least 2 days to see this fab city properly, 3 days with out of town excursions.
Written 3 April 2024
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Top City Tour Gdansk
Gdansk, Poland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
Just amazingly beautiful! If you are in Gdansk you will be amazed by its beauty, specially in this area. Culture, pasion, history... And an important tip, dont miss your tour with the golf carts, very close to Neptune Fountain😉
Written 12 March 2024
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Rasa N
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The Gdansk police is tragic and not polite to visitors from other country.
We visit Gdansk old town with the car. And there is a zone that you are not allowed to go to the old town with the car if you don't have premmisions live here or have a booking in the hotel.
The fine is from 500 pln. They lied to us that fine is 5000 PLN. There is only one sign and it wrote only in PL language.
The Police man was very rude and as he said "This is a GIFT from Gdansk to us!"
Also in the internet there is only one post about that in polish language with the map about districtions.
Don't go here. They ar making money from turists in easy way.
Also they don't execpt money with card, also they don't give you a document that you could pay in the bank.
You have to pay right away in cash.
Not recommended at all as basically you have to learn language if you wanna be there without fines.
We had to pay 200 pl which is 57 eur in the bankomat on the street.
Written 27 February 2024
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catherine_sweet_M
Gdansk, Poland5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Old Town Square in Gdansk is simply fabulous, especially at night. I recommend for a romantic walk with your partner. You can feel like you are in Venice.
Written 22 February 2024
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Jakub K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Really beautiful, great place fir a walk and to see monuments. Many restaurants and cafes with various dishes. Amazing architecture and fabulous views.
Written 8 February 2024
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gary c
Burnley, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
old town Gdansk really nice place to visit we went for the christmas market had great time also nice walks up and down the riverbank and through the old back streets etc
Written 23 January 2024
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Christine O
Ireland20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Beautiful city....not cheap and everything is in Zloty currency. I would recommend bringing Zloty with you or having a Revolut card. We were surprised at how expensive coffee shops and drinks were. Meals out are reasonably priced!

Amazing cafes, bars and restaurants. Beautiful people who are so kind and polite to tourists.

Fantastic museum's with anazing public transport.

We got snow in the New Year for all our stay...stunning!!!

We felt very safe there with our family.
Written 8 January 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,900 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Gdansk is a fairly old city known since the 10th century. He grew up and became rich in the grain trade, which was delivered along the Vistula. However, the Old Town of Gdansk (in Polish Stare Miasto, in German Altstadt) is historically not at all in the place that all tourists are sure of. Arriving at the beautiful pseudo-Mannerist railway station, you are already on the territory of the Old Town. And it is necessary to go further not to the south, but to the east. The Main City is located in the south. The old Town is located in the northern part of the city center. The church of St. Brigitte and the Raduni Canal can serve as a landmark. But why do tourists studiously avoid this area and call the Old Town the Main City? Because there is nothing old left in the Old Town. During the war, it was heavily destroyed. The fact is that the Red Army was advancing not from the east, where the defense prepared by the Wehrmacht was waiting for it, but from the rear from the west, having previously surrounded Danzig. The German 4th Panzer Division and its attached units fiercely defended Danzig, including the Old City. In order to minimize losses, the Red Army had to use large-caliber artillery, including jet and Il-2 attack aircraft. Many houses were mined and blown up by the Nazis themselves to make it difficult for tanks and self-propelled guns to advance. As a result, the Old City as well as the Main One were largely destroyed. However, due to the presence of historically significant structures on the Royal Road, the Main City was largely restored, and the ruins of the Old City were simply demolished and new residential and administrative buildings were built. The old city has disappeared, but the holy place is never empty. Tourists have assigned the Main City to the role of the Old Town. And there's nothing you can do about it...
Written 3 January 2024
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Ilovetravel
Birmingham, UK374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We visited Gdansk on a cruise and so were only here for 8 hours but what an incredibly beautiful city with so many superb bars and restaurants.
The city has a fascinating history too, particularly the Hanseatic League days, check it out.
Will definitely return for a long city break.
Written 30 December 2023
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rtdood
Manchester, UK225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
A small area, but with plenty to see. From the Waterfront to the High Gate there are plenty of cobbled streets and old historical buildings to marvel at, some being the town hall, Zolta Brama, Marys gate and the granary crane among others. All are located close by and a easy walk from one another. Because of this and its central location within Gdansk it is certainly a tourist hot-spot with lots of restaurants and souvenir shops dotted around too, including Amber jewellery merchants. Despite the touristy nature it didn't disappoint - you can escape down narrow side streets which still give the old town feeling to get a different view or angle which you hadn't seen before.
Written 20 December 2023
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