A must if you go to Gdańsk. The only part of the city that looks inviting and pleasant. We loved it!
I was travelling on the cruise ship Marco Polo. Gdansk was our last but very brief call.
Whoever formulated the itinerary was obviously completely unaware of its attractions and historical significance, for only a few brief hours were scheduled there, as it was some fifteen minutes by complimentary shuttle bus from the wharf.
The shuttle bus dropped us on a dual carriageway, the scenery mainly high rise residential and industry, where a delightful uniformed young English-speaking lady was handing out a map guide to the Old Town, less than five minutes away Unfortunately the text was in Polish but it was adequate..
Via a nondescript suburban street and the a wide footpath the next intersection was dominated by a towering structure with a spectacular spire, the Old Town Hall. A few more steps and the full glory of a very wide street with a nearby fountain, and lined with tall residential/commercial buildings originally owned by Hanseatic traders, their style similar to those found in quantity to those in Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
The appeal was that, unlike those cities, they were close-by and I could walk from the street to the front door as well as admire them from a distance. There was no vehicular traffic, no advertising hoardings, no glaring signage, no noise, the many street cafes uniform in plain rain protection.
I walked slowly towards the three arch gateway which leads to the Motlawa River, lined on the opposite side with old warehouses, maintained in immaculate condition to those on the Old Town,with the intrusion of the inevitable local sightseeing ships moored alongside.The remarkable strange-looking building with the bulbous overhanging brick structure (once a grain warehouse) was part of the maritime museum.So adsorbing was this that it took me over an hour. Unfortunately the experience was spoiled by the sight of a Ferris Wheel a short distance outside of the Old Town boundary.
I returned to my starting point and continued walking in the opposite direction towards the Golden Gate, a highly decorated ornamental archway which was the extremity of the Old Town, returned and then admired te=he magnificent all-brick architecture of St. Mary's church.
There was a lot more I would have liked to see, but my slow gait, greatly helped by a mobile walking frame, caught up with me and I returned to the shuttle bus pick-up point.
I was critical of the cruise company .for allowing such a short time visiting this remarkable city, allowing for travelling time only four hours were possible. Two whole days would have been more appropriate and then possibly not enough.
Very cosy and Amstermdam like. Maybe because of Hansa influence. Great food everywhere and people are so friendly.
We were still surprised at how beautiful the Old Town is despite the fact that many people had said how lovely it is. They have done a marvellous restoration of the original buildings. Fab.
The Old Town was meticulously restored to look like it did centuries ago. It is clean and not overrun by kitsch. Some great restaurants and cafes. Easily walkable, with no cars. One really feels like he is in some Northern German city.
Great little town with lots of character, history and traditional polish Food. Solidarity centre a must see, didn’t make it to the WWII museum but it’s on our list for next time as that also is apparently really interesting. Will definitely be visiting again.
Lots of restaurants and bars, cool architechture and plenty to do. Not too much shopping but lots of food choices
Old Town in Gdansk is the place to by. Youll find a lot of different stores, resturants and bars. A lot of beatifull buildings and a Great Main street
More and more beautiful Old Town with every year. If you are visiting Gdansk you just need to go and see some streets like Dluga, Dlugi Targ, Mariacka, Piwna, Dlugie Pobrzeze. Sit, drink and eat.
Gdanks is beautiful !!! You will be amazed, like I was. The Old City of Gdansk is marvelous, the buildings are amazing, lots of cozy places to eat, great food and worm and kind people. Gdansk is a must see on your Europe map.
We were so amazed that Gdansk is such a beautiful and cosy city. Lots of renovation still in process. The city center is very clean, lots of colours and beautiful churches. Beatiful restaurants with very good food and prices. To explore it not in a hurry, you have to spend here not less than 3 days.