Gdańsk is capital of the Pomeranian province, which is in the north central section of Poland. The name comes from the nearby Gdania River. Ninety percent of the city was destroyed during WWII, but some of the historic areas were rebuilt in the 1950s and 60s.
There is a lot of fun things to do in Gdansk while on vacation in the city.
Some popular activity are to view the “Royal Way,” a path for previous processions of visiting monarchs, as well as the Prison Tower, Long Market, Torture House, and some historical churches such Saint Mary, which is the biggest brick church in the world.
Plus, the National Museum, has some great works of art, and the museum ship, the SS Sodek, is on display on the river and open for visitors to see.
Gdansk shipyards are part of the nightlife scene, as it has been used as an area for concerts, as well as art exhibits, and several bars and clubs.
Gdansk has a great zoo, which features elephants, chimps, hippos, tigers, zebras, bears and giraffes. The kids can ride a train around the Gdansk zoo, plus there are fast food places and some more upscale types of eateries within the zoological park.
Gdańsk features a temperate kind of climate, which means the winters are mild and cloudy and the summers can range from mild to hot with numerous rain storms. The year round average temperatures go from about four to 21°C (39.2 to 69.8 °F). Holiday goers should come between May to August if they want to experience the warmest weather, as it is usually sunnier and begins to cool down by November, when it may start to snow.
Once a year, normally sometime in August, the Theatrum Gedanense Foundation puts on a Shakespearean style of English speaking theater shows.
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