Old Town

This part of the city is one of the most magnificent. It was partially destroyed during the World War II but now most of it is rebuilt. In the Old City you can find many monuments such as Gdansk Granaries, which were the most important source of income for Gdańsk in the 16th century. In the 14th century over 300 granaries operated on Wyspa Spichrzów; only one survived World War II, following which 20 were rebuilt. Also the Great Mill, built by the Teutonic Kings in 1350, is a very beautiful civil creation. Worth visiting is the Town Hall with a golden replica of King Zygmunt August on its pinnacle, which dominates Długa street’s skyline; Artus Court which used to be the meeting place of merchants and a centre of social life; Uphagen house which is an 18th century merchant house; Amber museum which is a branch of the Historical Museum of the City Gdansk (opened in 2006), it takes up all the floors of the historical Prison Tower, with each floor dedicated to a different amber-related issue.


European Solidarity Center

The European Solidarity Centre was opened in 2014 and is situated next to the entrance to the Gdansk Shipyard. The 5-storey building has been designed to give the impression of walls cracking and tilting and is covered in rust-coloured sheet metal reminiscent of a ship’s hull. This museum is designed to be a symbol of the victory of the Solidarity movement and the way that victory was achieved peacefully thanks to the power of people uniting in solidarity with each other. The building is centered around a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of Solidarity and the opposition, which led to the democratic transformation of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It also  features a library, reading rooms and archives which are completely accessible to researchers and any interested reader alike.  A viewing terrace on the roof allows visitors to look out over the remains of the Lenin Shipyards where the Solidarity movement was born. The warmer months will see a bar opened here as well.


Long Market

Long Market Square is an extension of Długa Street. The Royal Way ends with the Green Gate which was built in 1560s on the site of a medieval defensive gate and was supposed to be the residence of the kings. There are many cafes, pubs and restaurants in the Long Market area. It’s a meeting point popular for locals and tourist. The showcase of Długa Street is not quite straight, thus affording a view of the most important buildings: the Town Hall – the home of the local authorities, the post office with a reconstructed interior, the renaissance House of Ferber from 1560 and Lion Castle from 1569, as well as the House of Schuman with a statue of Zeus on the roof. Next to the Town Hall there is Neptune Fountain, the most recognizable point in Gdansk. It is a meeting point popular with locals and tourist alike and so fulfills the role of Old Market Square in Gdansk.


Oliwa Cathedral

This three-nave basilica is 17.7 m high, 19 m wide and 107m long, which makes it the longest Cistercian church in the world. It holds works of art in Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classical style of great artistic value. The interior holds Rococo chapels of the Holy Cross and St John of Nepomuk, an ambo, tombstones, epitaphs, the Pomeranian Dukes tomb, the Kos family tomb, bishop’s crypt, antique chandeliers, canopies, and many other antiquities, including a feretory of great cultural value, showing Our Lady of Oliwa with an Infant Jesus. The feretory is always carried during the annual walking pilgrimage to the Calvary of Wejherowo. The archcathedral holds organ concerts all year round and the beautifully restored monastery displays the collection of the Diocesan Museum. Oliwa Cathedral is very important place for the Kashubian culture.


St Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church, is a Roman Catholic church and is currently the largest brick church in the world and one of the largest European Brick Gothic buildings. Its construction began in 1379. Between 1536 and 1572 St. Mary’s Church was used for Roman Catholic and Lutheran services alike. From the 16th century until 1945, when the Germanic Danzig became the Polish Gdańsk, it was the largest Lutheran church in the world. It is 105.5 m long, and the nave is 66 m wide. It is an aisled hall church with a transept. It is a co-cathedral in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gdańsk, along with the Oliwa Cathedral.


National Maritime Museum

This is a sprawling exhibition of maritime history and Gdańsk’s role through the centuries as a Baltic seaport. Headquarters is the multimillion-euro Maritime Cultural Centre, with a permanent interactive exhibition ‚People-Ships-Ports’. Other exhibitions include the MS Sołdek, the first vessel to be built at the Gdańsk shipyard in the postwar years and the Żuraw, a 15th-century loading crane that was the biggest in its day. More displays are housed in granaries across the river. Exhibits illustrate the history of Polish seafaring from the earliest times to the present and include models of old sailing warships and ports, a 9th-century dugout, navigation instruments, ships’ artillery, flags and the like.


Gdańsk Crane

The Crane is one of the defining symbols of Gdańsk and represents what little is left of the city’s great trading age. Its current design was created in 1442-1444. As a working crane it was used to transfer cargoes and to put up masts on ships. At one time this was the biggest working crane in the world but it also served a defence function and as one of the gates to the city. It has two huge wooden wheels at its heart which were originally powered by men walking inside of them to turn the lifting mechanism. It remained a working crane until the middle of the 19th century and was 80% destroyed in 1945 in the battle for Gdańsk. After the war it was rebuilt and donated to the Polish Maritime Museum of which it remains a part today.


Historical Museum of Gdańsk

The museum is located in the historic town hall, which boasts Gdańsk’s highest tower at 81.5m. The showpiece is the Red Room (Sala Czerwona), done up in Dutch Mannerist style from the end of the 16th century. The 2nd floor houses exhibitions related to Gdańsk’s history, including photos of the destruction of 1945. From here you can enter the tower for great views across the city.


Gdańsk Shipyard

Gdańsk Shipyard was founded in 1945 as a state-owned company, on sites of the former German shipyards, Schichau-Werft and Danziger Werft, both considerably for the most part destroyed in the Second World War. After their merger, a new name was adopted: “Stocznia Gdańska” (Gdańsk Shipyard). The first ship the “Sołdek” collier, was launched on November 6, 1948 under a commission from the Polish Steam Navigation Administration. Two years later, the Shipyard fulfilled its first export order, namely the “Pervomaysk” collier for the Russian ship owner Sudoimport.