Visiting the Polish city of Gdansk

Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk

Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk ©BernieCB/Flick

Gdansk is a Gothic city located on the seashore where almost everything is painted in gray and is adorned with gold. Once it was a fishing village, but today is a major seaport city on the Baltic Sea with nearly half a million of inhabitants.

If you visit the Polish city of Gdansk in mid-June, the weather will probably be beautiful, perfect for a leisurely walk on the pier. This is perhaps the most delightful area of Gdansk, though on the cobbled streets of the city you will find many traditional Polish restaurants, pubs, craft shops and many other attractions.

 

The rivers of the city

The view of the Polish city of Gdansk from the piers is dominated by the delta of the Vistula River that is the longest river in Poland. The tall green grass of the delta is emphasized by the blue water of the Gulf. The activity never ends here, you will see huge ships coming and leaving, fish vendors selling the freshest goods possible.
You can also take a walk along the Motlawa River. Here you will be able to enjoy between the street vendors selling amber or crystal, you can visit the Maritime Museum and you’ll be able to rest in a floating cafe.

Motlawa River in Gdansk

Motlawa River in Gdansk ©eutrophication&hypoxia/Flick

The cobblestone bridges expand over the canals of the city and there is even a restaurant built on one of them, which is famous for its incredibly tasty seafood.

The Old Town Hall

In the old town hall of the Polish city of Gdansk you can admire an interesting 17th century interior and you can visit the Cultural Center of the Baltic Sea. This place is a remainder of those past times when the old city and the other main cities of Gdansk were separate entities. Both halls have been built in the 14th century and, despite the name, the Old Town dates from the same time period as the Main Town.

The Medieval port crane

If you visit Gdansk eyes will quickly be attracted by the Medieval port crane. Its silhouette looms over the water being the physical evidence of the relationships of hundreds of years between Gdansk and the sea. The crane was built in 1444, which makes it the oldest one in Europe. If you go beneath the crane you’ll be able to see its mechanism, the massive chords and other tools.

Medieval port crane in Gdansk

Medieval port crane in Gdansk ©lostajy/Flick

The Great Mill

The Great Mill is now a commercial center, but between the years 1350 and 1945 it was the largest medieval mill in Europe. If you enter you will see different objects found during the excavations. In its original form the structure served as a flour mill, barn and bakery. Outside you can still see the water wheel.

The Fountain of Neptune

The Fountain of Neptune, which depicts Neptune with trident in front of Arthur’s Court (Dwor Artusa), symbolizes the relationship of the city of Gdansk with the sea.

Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk

Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk ©BernieCB/Flick

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