Right in the centre of Gdańsk’s Długi Targ (Long Market) sits an instantly recognisable fountain with a statue of Neptune above it. A bronze sculpture dating back to the seventeenth century, Neptune’s Fountain is an absolute icon of Gdańsk and it would be hard to miss it when traipsing through the centre of the city.
A trip out to the Westerplatte peninsula will fulfil the interests of all history buffs, as it was here that the Germans launched their attacks on September 1, 1939. These days, the peninsula is a huge outdoor museum and memorial to the events that occurred during World War II.
Down by the riverfront in Gdańsk at the National Maritime Museum, you will notice a black building sticking out among the others. This will be The Crane. It is no longer functioning, but worth checking out and reading the information boards inside the lower gates.
Translated into English as ‘Long Lane’, Ulica Długa is the main street and hub of Gdańsk. Enjoy the views, get snap happy and eat and drink in the many bars, cafes and restaurants all around. This is one of the prettiest streets in all of Poland.
Attractions all their own and accessible by tram or the local SKM trains, the murals in the neighborhood of Zaspa are something to behold. Nearly all the outer walls of the school and apartment buildings in this community have large, well-designed paintings on them. There are over 60 murals to admire. Zaspa, which is also where Lech Wałęsa hails from, is still an ‘off the beaten path’ tourist attraction, so make sure to visit before it gets overrun.
One of the newest and most recommended attractions in Gdańsk is the World War II Museum. It opened in March 2017 and is home to one of the most graphic interpretations of Poland and Europe during the war. Check the official website for upcoming events and exhibitions.
One attraction not to be missed (but one that often gets overlooked), is an original Fahrenheit Thermometer. If you’re wondering why it’s residing in Gdańsk, the guy who invented it, Daniel Fahrenheit, grew up here. Blink and you might miss it. It sits almost directly opposite Neptune’s Fountain in Długi Targ.
You can get a feel for the military history of Gdańsk at the Great Armoury, which used to store weapons. Now it functions as a building with intermittent exhibitions. It’s main function these days is to be admired; so if you’re passing by, spend a few moments taking photos and selfies.
If you are lucky enough to be in Gdańsk in summer, do not miss the excellent St. Dominik’s Fair. The streets come alive with market stalls and food stalls. With nightly music, entertainment and a real festive atmosphere, this is a festival that you will remember for years to come. It is held on various streets in and around the city centre.