Gdansk, an Architectural Gem

One of Gdansk's Fine BuildingsLocated in the north of Poland by the coast, Gdansk is a delightful city ideal for short breaks. For longer stays, explore the area around Gdansk and discover delights such as historical Malbork Castle which makes for a day out to remember along with Sopot, a cheerful Polish seaside resort.

Situated by the Gulf of Gdansk, near to the Baltic Sea, Gdansk offers stunning architecture as well as a coastal setting and an appealing maritime connection.  It is a truly beautiful city with architecture that some have likened to the jewels seen inside a Faberge egg. 

Top 5 Attractions in and around Gdansk

The centre of Gdansk is dominated by Royal Way, an impressive line of buildings that are simply dazzling in their splendour.

Green Gate GdanskGdansk Old Town and Green Gate

Walk along Upland Gate or Dlugi Targ, Foregate, Golden Gate and Green Gate for some of the city’s best buildings.  With a renaissance style of architecture, walking around Gdansk can feel as if you have been transported to another place of romance and elegance. 

Not all is as it seems though as the majority of these buildings are not the originals.  Gdansk suffered badly in the war and many buildings were rebuilt in an attempt to restore the city to its former glory.  

The architecture in the city of Gdansk has a different and distinctive quality to it which stands out from other Polish cities. This is down to the strong Germanic influences which have left their mark in Gdansk as this city over periods of its history has been ruled over and owned by the Germans.

In common though with a number of other Polish cities, the presence of a strong artistic community is seen in many areas of Gdansk. Stroll along ul. Mariacka and you will appreciate the Polish sense of art and beauty in the wares and designs of the amber jewellery on sale along the street. This sense of art can also be seen in the shop signs and posters around town as well as in Gdansk City Gallery which features exhibitions from local artists. For those with a love for art and beauty, you may feel as if this special city was made for you.

Gdansk QuaysideGdansk Quayside, Długie Pobrzeże

As a port city, Gdansk also has some attractive waterside streets which simply add to its already ample appeal. Enjoy riverside walks or sit out and take in the views. There are a number of interesting museums by the port including the Central Maritime Museum.