Gdansk, Poland

One of the most beautiful cities in Poland! I know, I know, every post I claim a similar thing… But there’s just no denying that Poland is full of wonderful places!

Gdansk is located on the Baltic Sea and is part of the ‘Tri-city’ region along with neighbouring cities, Sopot and Gdynia. The most visited of the three (well, during the day anyways as Sopot is renowned for its party scene), Gdansk has a fantastic old town that was completely re-built after WWII.

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  • The famous statue of Neptune, the most iconic site in Gdansk.

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  • I probably could have come up with a better pose than that….

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  • Between the colourful buildings and canals running through the city, Gdansk sort of reminds me of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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  • A majority of the worlds amber deposits are found along the Baltic coast and this street located in old town is full of items made from amber! (above)

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  • This was the site of the first Polish rock concert which occurred at the end of the 1950s. Because Gdansk was a major shipping port, alternative musical styles were brought into the city from international workers and this helped shape the Polish music scene.

The old town of Gdansk is very nice but what makes the city extra special is its close proximity to the Baltic Sea. I decided to change up my usual tourist routine of wandering aimlessly through the streets when I saw a pirate ship getting ready to take off. Not having any clue on where it was going, I hopped aboard ($8 cdn return with a student card) and hoped for the best. The destination was more than I could have wished for!

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* I’ll refrain from making any bad jokes about striking gold, although it was quite tempting..

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The 25 minute cruise takes you through an old ship yard where you will see a tremendous amount of huge cargo ships and about 1000 cranes…

Finally, the pirate ship tosses an anchor at Westerplatte and the Baltic Sea comes into view!

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Westerplatte, unbeknownst to me prior to coming here, is famous for being the starting point of WWII. From 1926 to 1939, Westerplatte was the location of the Polish Military Transit Depot. About 200 soldiers were stationed here and on September 1st, 1939, the German army attacked. Despite being outnumbered roughly 4000 to 200, the Polish army resisted for one week. After finding out that backup wasn’t coming to the rescue, they were finally forced to surrender to the Germans.

Today, there stands a monument in memory of the valiant effort put forth by the Polish defenders.

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Overall, Gdansk is a very enjoyable city. Compared to the rest of Poland, minus Krakow, it is noticeably more touristy and it might be a little overbearing in the summer months. I visited in early September and was pretty shocked at the number of tourists still remaining in the city. Unlike some places, however, the crowds don’t really detract from the charm of Gdansk. It’s a nice relaxed city that you could spend 3 or 4 days in without getting bored! Also, Sopot is a 20-minute train ride away so if you’re into the beach, the sea and/or some partying you can always make the trek there!

Seeing as I’ve now spent at least a day in 8 different Polish cities, I can convincingly say that Poland should be on every travellers bucket list. I think Poland might provide the most travel value out of any country I’ve been to so far for the following reasons:

  1. It’s cheapHostels are $10-16 CDN/day, food can be found for $3-5 CDN easily and transportation is about $10-12 CDN for a 5 hour Polski bus ride.
  2. It’s beautiful – Just visit the re-built old towns and you’ll understand!
  3. It’s not touristy– Yet! I’m sure this will inevitably change in the next 10 years or so, and in a way, it has already started in places like Krakow. However, Poland is mainly still off the standard traveller circuit and this definitely adds to its appeal!

4 responses to “Gdansk, Poland

  1. Hey Nate,

    Loving the Polish cities that are being published here Gdansk was one of my favourite cities as well! Glad you got to see Westerplatte pretty astonishing and an important part of the history of Poland. Too bad you couldn’t get to Hel peninsula it’s a bit more of a drive but it’s one of the coolest drives throughout Poland seeing the Sea on one side and the Bay on the other. Hope the rest of your trip is going awesome, was talking with your mom the other night and we were showing pictures back and forth. Awesome stuff with the blog I recommended you do this for a living haha! Cheers talk soon

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    • Thanks buddy, really appreciate it! Yeah, I was hoping to get to Hel, looked like a cool spot.. just ran out of time unfortunately. We’ll have to share some stories when I get back man. Quick recovery (damn, you’re always banged up) and go jays!

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