Sightseeing in Gdansk
The old Hanseatic city of Gdansk is particularly well-known among visitors for its centuries-old history, impressive buildings and historic streets. Alongside the main tourist attractions we have also included here the most beautiful beaches close to the city of Gdansk.
The Centre – Shopping in the Great Mill
The historic city centre of Gdansk is made up of the old town and the main town. One highlight among many attractions of the historic centre is the Great Mill (Wielki Mlyn), which is situated on Radaune Island. Built in the year 1350, the Great Mill now counts as the largest medieval industrial monument in Europe. The facade of the building appears to be unchanged, but inside it’s home to a shopping centre and offers visitors a unique shopping experience.
Museum of the Polish Post Office – Symbol of Polish Resistance
One of the most significant buildings in Gdansk in historical terms is the Polish Post Office on Pl. Obroncow Poczty Polskiej. This is now the home of the Museum Poczty Polskiej, or the Museum of the Polish Post Office. The museum was opened in 1979 on the 40th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. It tells the history of the Polish post offices and citizens of Gdansk between 1920 and 1939, through to the events on 1 September 1939, when at 04:45 the Post and Telegraph Office No. 1 was attacked by the Germans.
The Gdansk Shipyard – Symbol of the Port City and Solidarity
The Gdansk Shipyard, or Stocznia Gdansk, is located northwest of the centre. This is the place where ships are repaired, built and loaded, making Gdansk Poland’s most important port city. Solidarity Square is located at the main entrance to the visitor’s centre, the European Solidarity Centre (ECS). It hosts the monument to the dock workers who died during the strike in 1970. Visitors can view the monument as part of a tour of the ECS. At the heart of the centre is an exhibition dedicated to the historical phenomenon of Solidarność and the social upheaval it triggered in Central and Eastern Europe.
Cathedral and Park in Oliwa
The former spa resort of Oliwa is now an idyllic district of Gdansk. Located in the northeastern part of the city, Oliwa offers the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. Oliwski Park with its green spaces, small waterfalls and flower beds invites visitors to indulge in some rest and relaxation. Right next to Oliwski Park is Oliwa Cathedral. However, Oliwa offers a number of other tourist attractions, as visitors here can also drink in its unique architecture and historical villas and pay a visit to the Zoological Gardens.
The beaches of Gdansk
Anyone planning a holiday in the port city of Gdansk should definitely include a trip to its legendary beaches. The beaches of Gdansk are known for being particularly idyllic, clean and never overcrowded, even at the height of summer.
It only takes 30 minutes by public transport or 15 minutes by car from the city centre to reach the beach at Brzeźno. The former Baltic spa resort of Brzeźno has won multiple awards. In addition to its beach, it offers various sports facilities and a 130-metre long sea bridge, which is an attraction in its own right.
Another beach well worth a visit is Sobieszewo. This beach, surrounded by pine forests and sand dunes, is the longest beach near Gdansk and you can arrive by car in just 20 minutes.
Easy walking distance from almost all the sights: Accommodation in Scandic Gdansk
Scandic Gdansk is situated opposite the city’s historic main railway station. This central location makes our hotel the ideal starting point for tours and excursions in and around Gdansk. Start the day off well with our balanced and varied Scandic breakfast buffet before you head out for the day’s activities, then enjoy a restful night’s sleep in our comfortable rooms.