20 Must-Visit Attractions in Gdańsk, Poland

Artus Court, Gdańsk
Artus Court, Gdańsk | © Diego Delso / WikiCommons
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11 December 2017

Gdańsk is a gorgeous harbour city on Poland’s stunning Baltic Coast. The city has continued to grow year-on-year with new museums, cafes, bars, restaurants and attractions opening all the time. You’ll want to keep up-to-date with the best of what the city has to offer. If you’re pushed for time, this quick ‘must-visit’ list will help you choose which of Gdańsk’s gems to enjoy.

Gdańsk | © pp_sp1/Pixabay

St. Mary’s Basilica (Bazylika Mariacka)

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St. Mary's Basilica (Bazylika Mariacka
St. Mary's Basilica (Bazylika Mariacka | © Thomas Quine/Flickr
The magnificent St. Mary’s Basilica in Gdańsk is a huge Roman Catholic church dating back to 1343. It is rumoured to contain more red bricks than any other church in the world and is listed as one of the world’s largest brick churches. You’ll not want to miss it. Head up the long series of steps to the top for scintillating views of Gdańsk.

Stadion Energa

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Stadion Energa, Gdańsk
Stadion Energa, Gdańsk | © Yanek / WikiCommons
Stadion Energa is an immense stadium that hosts the local football team, Lechia Gdańsk. The stadium was purposely built for the 2012 European Championships, which Poland hosted. It’s a massive arena that seats 43,615 and was beautifully designed to represent the Amber trade in the Pomerania region.

City Hall (Ratusz)

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Gdańsk Ratusz
Gdańsk Ratusz | © Northern Irishman in Poland
With its distinctive Clock Tower, torn history, prominent location and lookout point (from the top), the Ratusz is as good as it gets for any tourist visiting Gdańsk. It is not only a town hall, it also is host to a history museum. Stop by for a tour and an interesting history lesson.

National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe)

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As a travel tip, the National Museum in Gdańsk offers free entry every Friday and houses one of the most incredible paintings in Poland. It was painted by a German in the fifteenth century and is known locally as ‘Sąd Ostateczny’, which means ‘The Last Judgement’. Aside from this, the museum has many rooms dedicated to both local and national history.

Zaspa’s Murals

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.

Zaspa, 80-001 Gdańsk, Poland

European Solidarity Centre (Europejskie Centrum Solidarności)

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European Solidarity Centre
European Solidarity Centre | © Justyna Malinowska / WikiCommons
The European Solidarity Centre is a huge building down by Gdańsk’s dockyard area just behind the Solidarity Monument. There are a few must-see sights here all in a small area. First, the memorial itself, then the huge museum, and thirdly, the smaller building to the right (called Sala BHP). This is where Lech Wałęsa famously signed the agreement in August 1980 permitting the Solidarnośc Trade Union movement, which helped influence the fall of Communism.

Museum of the Second World War

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.

Plac Władysława Bartoszewskiego 1, 80-862 Gdańsk, Poland

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Oliwa Cathedral

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Oliwa Cathedral, Gdansk, Poland
Oliwa Cathedral, Gdansk, Poland | Diego Delso/Wikimedia Commons
Oliwa Cathedral is an impressive Catholic Church made partly from marble. While you could compile a list of 20 churches in Gdańsk alone, for now, if you make it to Oliwa Cathedral and St. Mary’s Basilica, you’ve done well.

The Post Office (Poczta Polska)

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Polish Post Office in Gdańsk
Polish Post Office in Gdańsk | © Don't Stop Living
Gdańsk’s ill-fated post office was one of the main locations where World War II began. On September 1, 1939, the Germans attacked and killed Polish workers here the same day as the attacks on Westerplatte and Tczew. Today it still operates as a post office, but it also has a small museum open to visitors.

St. Dominik’s Fair (Summer Only)

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.

Gdańsk, Poland

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