The question here might be – where do you start with what buildings are the “most” significantly gorgeous in Gdańsk? In a city absolutely brimming in history, buildings with historic relevance clearly amount to more than 100. But life has its limits and the Old Town of Gdańsk is merely the beginning of a journey through the incredible architecture that Gdańsk offers to the world. The only reason to call it quits at 19 is because you ran out of time. Get ready for a diverse list and some seriously important history lessons!
Born in Gdańsk on May 24, 1686, Daniel Fahrenheit invented both the “Mercury-in-glass thermometer” and the “Fahrenheit scale”. As well as a trip to see the house he once lived in, the main town square (Długi Targ or Long Market) also has an original Fahrenheit thermometer.
You can go to the house where the famous Lech Wałęsa once lived. You cannot go inside and of course Lech is not there, but what is fantastic is that he used to live in the district of Zaspa, which nowadays has been transformed into one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Europe with its wall murals, one of which is of course – the man himself.
Kubicki markets itself as “The Oldest Restaurant in Gdańsk” and while its a fabulous moniker to share, it’s not entirely true. But wait – it is the oldest restaurant in the city that has been consistently open for a century, dating back to 1918 and serving delicious Polish food in a traditional building which survived the Second World War and Communist times in Poland.
The Bunker (Walkable Ruin) at Westerplatte is a destroyed building but should be included in any tours that incorporate Gdańsk’s history due to the significance of this peninsula. The German invasion began here in September 1939 with the Battle of Westerplatte. As part of your tour through the outdoor museum and to the peace monument, walk through the remains of this bunker which was used as a shelter during the Second World War.
Not to be confused with a Bunker of course, “Bunkier” is a building you have to see. It is a modern day nightclub and one of the best nightclub experiences in all of Europe housed in what is basically an old bomb shelter. Be ready for five floors of mayhem, each with their own bars, themes and style of music. From the outside you wouldn’t even be aware of the madness that goes on behind the ugly concrete exterior.