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Gdansk or Danzig is a city in Poland

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

Gdansk also known by the name Danzig is a city in Poland which is on the Baltic Sea.

Overview of Gdansk Old Town

• It is the capital of Pomerania.
• Gdansk along with Sopot and Gdynia are often referred as Tricity.
• Gdansk is considered the most beautiful city on Baltic Sea.
• It has rich magnificent architecture.
• It is one of the port cities because of its location on the Baltic.
• World War II was ignited by a dispute over the control of the city.
• By the end of the war the city lay almost completely in ruins.
• The German population was expelled.
• They were replaced by Poles.
• The city came under Polish rule.
• The name then changed its name to Gdansk.
• The impact of its former German ties is still evident.
• Most of the old buildings were damaged or destroyed.
• They have been painstakingly restored or rebuilt.
• Gdansk is known as the birthplace of Solidarity.
• The labor and democracy movement helped to bring down the Communist government in Poland.
• It subsequently marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War.
• The movement was led by the charismatic leader, Lech Walesa.
• He became Poland’s first post-Communist president.
• Gdansk is popular for its shipyards but it is also a beautiful city with a special attraction and charm.

Tourist information about Gdansk Old Town

– You can find a tourist information in the tunnel near the Main Railway Station.
– There is one opposite the Town Hall.
– There is also one on the main street Dlugi Targ next to Green Gate.
– You can find one also at the Lech Walesa International Airport.

Addresses and names of the Tourist Information Center in Gdansk
Tourist Information Center
– D?ugi Targ 28/29 st.
– ? +48 58 301 43 55 (by Green Gate)
– email: gcit@gdansk4u.pl

Tourist Information
– Podwale Grodzkie 8 st.,
– ? +48 58 721 32 77 (at the tunnel)
– email: itpkp@gdansk4u.pl

Tourist Information
– Slowackiego 200 st.,
– ? +48 58 348 13 68 (Lech Walesa Airport)
– email: lotnisko@gdansk4u.pl

Tourist Information
– 45 Dlua st.,
– ? +48 58 301 91 51, +48 58 301 37 52
– email: biuro@pttk-gdansk.pl

About Old Town and Hall of Main City

• Long Street and Long Market.
• The old city hall has a museum.
• There is a nicely decorated room inside.
• It is here the town council once met.
• There are some historic exhibits about the history of Gdansk.
• There are also impressive photos of the destruction after World War II.
• Price: 10/5 zl.

– Artus Court
– Neptune Fountain: There is statue of Neptune – patron of the city.
– Crane over the Motlawa River
– Dlugie Pobrzeze (Motlawa River bank)
• These are impressive houses that stand along the river bank.
• They can be nicely observed from the other bank of Motlawa.

Religious and Other Buildings in Gdansk Old Town

1. St. Mary’s Church
• This is one of the largest Gothic churches in Europe.
• It is also supposedly the largest brick church in the world.
• There is space for more than 20,000 people in the church.
2. St. Nicholas Church
3. St. John’s Church
4. St. Catherine’s Church
5. St. Bridget’s Church
6. Soldek Ship (Museum)
7. Royal Chapel: This chapel varies from typical Gdansk architecture
8. Grand Mill
9. Oliwa Cathedral, (Oliwa Park)
10. Highland Gate
11. Hall of the Old City
12. New City Hall
13. Nowy Port Lighthouse
14. Memorial to fallen Shipyard Workers in Solidarity Square
15. Brzezno peer
16. Gdansk Post Office
17. Uphagen house
18. Maiden in the window
20. Dominician Fair

Gdansk Zoo
– ul. Karwienska 3
– ? +48 58 5520042
– zoo@zoo.gd.pl

– Archaeological Museum
– Tower Clock Museum

Solidarity Centre Foundation – Roads to Freedom Exhibition
– Waly Piastowskie 24
– ? +48 58 3084428, (+48 58 3084319, fax: +48 58 3084234)
– 10:00-18:00
– This offers the chance to see the events leading to the creation of the Solidarity movement.
– Tickets cost 8zl.
– Gdansk History Museum.

Maritime Museum
– Centralne Muzeum Morskie
– ? +48 58 3018611
– info@cmm.pl
– fax:+48 58 3018453

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– Art Institute on the shipyard grounds
– Exhibitions
– Concerts
– Performances
– There is also a bookshop Zla Buka with selection of books on art and design.

Swim in the sea, Stogi
– The Stogi beach is large, has quite clean and fine sand.
– There are lifeguards, and several food stands and bars.
– Canoe-tour through the canals.
– Sail Gdansk

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

Blogs at wikitravel.org
Blogs at gdansk-life.com
Blogs at tripadvisor.in
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet.com

Images and photos of Poland

Images at google.com
Images at wikitravel.org
Images at goeasteurope.about.com
Images at lonelyplanet.com

Videos of Poland

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