Things to do in Gdansk

Gdansk – from ruin to resurrection and beauty


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.


Things to do in Gdansk


Sights and Museums

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 Nightlife

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 Zoo

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.


When to go to Gdansk

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.


Things to do in Gdansk



Gdansk Facts

Population460 276
AirportLech Walesa, Poland (GDN)

Gdansk average temperatures

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Gdansk Opera House

Opera Studio, Baltic Opera

The State Baltic Opera Theatre founded in 1949 and situated in the Wrzeszcz district is the venue where the Baltic Opera resides, Gdansk’s premier opera company. In 2010 the BBC named the Baltic Opera one of the ten best opera theatres in Europe, among others like London’s Royal Opera House or Barcelona’s Teatre del Liceu. The Baltic Opera Theatre offers a wide range of performances every season, so check their website to see what’s up during your visit! An interesting service the venue offers is the rental of costumes, which could also be fun to do!

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Gdansk Marathon

The somewhat small, but very nice Solidarnosci marathon Gdansk, or the spólidarity marathon, takes you on a beautiful run through three cities. You'll start off in Gdynia and as you make your way to Gdansk, where you pass the finish line in the historic Old Town center, you'll also pass through the beautiful seaside city of Sopot. The marathon takes place annually on the day of the Assumption of Mary, the 15th of May, and is held in the honor of the workers who were killed by the Polish communist army and police during the strikes and riots of December 1970 in northern Poland.

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Golf in Gdansk

The best place for golf in Gdansk is on the Gdansk Golf and Country Club, where the course architect Jeremy Turner has created a par 72, 18 hole championship golf course. In 2009 it was ranked as the best golf course in Poland by Golf Digest and has been described as a "monster" for its high level of difficulty. Don't worry though, if you are more of a beginner or casual player, there are many tee distances to choose from so you can avoid the "monster" difficulty.

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