Local initiatives, revitalized spaces and development projects have given the city a new face. Today, hardly anyone comes to Gdańsk just to relax on the Baltic beach, because it has become clear that this city has much more to offer.
When you think Gdańsk, the first thing that should come to mind is the Baltic. And if you think the Baltic, the first thought should be amber. In order to get “the gold of the North”, it is best to go to Mariacka, an atmospheric street in the Old Town of Gdańsk. Intended only for pedestrians, it promotes walking and stopping at each stand to choose the best piece. For those who would like to learn more about amber, a trip to the Museum of Amber Inclusions may be an interesting option. The most interesting stones with sunken plants and animals can be admired on site. Admission to the museum is free. To purchase souvenirs from the Tri-City it is also worth visiting Galeria Sztuk Różnych (the Gallery of Various Arts), which is located on Ogarna Street. You can find there a wide selection of classy gifts, ranging from photo albums and painting, through china, fabrics and bags with prints. Original design and applied art attract lovers of paintings and photographs. The latter can buy photos of the Tri-City taken by Zbigniew and Maciej Kosycarz. The photos depict the everyday life of the inhabitants of the region, as well as the architecture of past years, which is hard to be found in the current structure of cities.
District of murals
In Gdańsk, it worth getting off the beaten track and leave the beautiful old town for a walk in Zaspa district, densely woven with seemingly boring Plattenbau block of flats. Despite the overwhelming architecture, popular during the Polish People’s Republic period, representatives of contemporary art managed to bring out the beauty of the city with the help of street art. As many as 59 large-format paintings placed on the side facades of buildings and 19 arrangements of entrances to stairways constitute the Collection of Monumental Painting. For those interested in the subject, the city has prepared the possibility of an organized tour around Zaspa district. Free booking can be made at www.muralegdanskzaspa.pl. There are also dates of upcoming meetings with local guides.
Gdańsk Wrzeszcz and Wajdeloty Street are the other points on the map of Gdańsk that rewrite their history. This once forgotten district of Gdańsk, thanks to revitalization, has turnd over a new leaf and is now especially loved by hipsters. Spending long hours in local cafés and slow food restaurants, they contribute to the new image of Wrzeszcz. It is worth taking a look at Kurhaus café, vegan Avocado bistro or Fukafe vegan pastry confectionery and coffee house. Walking through the recesses of the district, you can see Strzyża River flowing between tenement houses. Criss-crossed by numerous bridges, it creates an atmosphere comparable to Venetian scenery. And if you want to go back in time for a moment, let’s go to Eskimo ice cream shop which – if you are to believe the citizens of Gdańsk – serves ice cream that evokes the taste of childhood. To buy an ice cream delicacy, you must first queue to get a special chip and then exchange it for a portion of the dessert.
Picnic at heights
For lovers of panoramic views and good scenery for photos, an interesting option will be climbing the Gradowa Mountain – 46 m a.s.l. makes it a good vantage point. From this perspective, the division of Gdańsk into the old part, dominated by historic tenement houses, and the new, with industrial Plattenbau buildings and blocks, is clearly visible. Gradowa Mountain is located in the city centre, and can be easily reached by public transport.
From dawn to dusk
Gdańsk likes historic places and gives them a second life. A great example can be Elektryków Street, famous for its areas and interesting infrastructure of Gdańsk shipyard, which today is an alternative cultural centre. Old factories and scaffoldings are a meeting spot for residents and tourists attracted by good music and food. The organizers invite the best music producers to create a climatic place and fun until late night from June to September. All those who love leisurely Sunday mornings can take advantage of the rich breakfast offer served in industrial surroundings. Elektryków Street is located not far from the centre, about 10 minutes from SKM Gdańsk Stocznia station.
St. Dominic’s fair
Day and night, crowds flood the square where the famous St. Dominic's Fair takes place every summer. A flea market, handicraft stands, a rich culinary offer and a plan filled to the brim with artistic events create a unique event and attract both locals and tourists. On the nineteen streets of the city dominated by the fair, everyone will find something for themselves.
The most famous park in Tri-City, located in Oliwa district of Gdańsk, will interest garden and greenery lovers. The French part of the park's layout and style refers to Versailles, whereas the English-Chinese part with its exotic vegetation imitates wildlife. Gardens are a unique background for photos, as well as a place of numerous artistic events. In the summer season, a series of classical music concerts take place here, while in the holiday season a light illumination show is organized.
Centre for Contemporary Art “Laznia”
Centre for Contemporary Art “Laznia”
Centre for Contemporary Art “Laznia” is one of the most important institutions presenting art pieces of Polish and foreign artists. The buildings that are part of the centre create a space that extends from Dolne Miasto to Nowy Port, where you can come across cyclical installations of contemporary artists and creatively approach issues raised by artists.
The breakwater was rebuilt as part of the "Modernization of the entrance to the Inner Port" project. The picturesque promenade is located in Nowy Port. You can easily reach it from Brzeźnieński Park. The boulevard offers a great view of the bay and the ships entering the port. At the end of the path there is a lighthouse.
Good to know
Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport is located a short distance from the city centre, thanks to which travellers have only 15 km to cover. A similar distance separates the airport from Sopot, while to get to the centre of Gdynia, you need to travel a distance of 25 km. The airport is very well connected with the entire Tri-City and travellers have several transport options to choose from.
There is a taxi stand just outside the arrivals hall, where several taxi companies are always waiting for tourists.
Airport – Gdańsk Główny PKP – PLN 33
Airport – Gdynia Główna PKP – PLN 45
Airport – Sopot PKP – PLN 40
You can also get to the centre of Gdańsk from the airport by bus. There are several bus lines that run to the city:
Line 110 – to Gdańsk Wrzeszcz PKP station
Line 210 – the airport is located on the route between the end stops Osowa PKP and Gościnna.
Night line N3 - the airport is located on the route between the end stops Gdańsk Wrzeszcz PKP and Gdańsk Dworzec Główny(main station).
A normal ticket costs PLN 3.2, whereas for the night line – PLN 4.2.
There is also SKM – an S-Train that runs from the Gdańsk airport to the centre. The nearest stop is right next to the T-2 terminal. Journey to the centre of Gdańsk takes 27 minutes on average, while tickets can be purchased at the ticket machine available at the station. Trains run every several minutes, and a ticket for one trip to the Gdańsk Główny costs PLN 6.5.
Gdański port lotniczy znajduje się w niewielkiej odległości od centrum miasta, dzięki czemu podróżni mają do pokonania zaledwie 15 km. Z lotniska do miasta dostaniemy się taksówką, autobusem lub kolejką SKA - więcej szczegółów w tekście.