Prior to 1945 Gdansk was known as Danzig and most residents were Germans. The first shots of World War II were fired here on the 1st September 1939 which started the destruction of Poland with many millions left dead. Many think of Solidarity when Gdansk is mentioned – the famous strikes of workers from the former Lenin Shipyards in the 1970s against food price increases; led by the famous Lech Walesa. The government of the time was eventually forced to recognise the first independent trade union in the former Soviet Bloc.

The old medieval town of Gdansk is absolutely beautiful – mostly pedestrainised with cobbled streets. Most of the old buildings have been beautifully restored in the old town. .Most shops will take Euros but cafes prefer the local currency.

Places to Visit in Gdansk Old Town

The Prison Tower – The Golden Gate – The Armory – The Town Hall – The Fountain of Neptune – St Mary’s Basilica – The Crane (Krantor) – The Green Gate – St Nikolas’ Church – St Elizabeth’s Church – St Brigid’s Church – St Catherine’s Church – The Grand Mill – The Old Town Hall – Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers (Pomnik Poleglych Stoczniowcow) – Most places within walking distance of one another..

Click for Gdansk Map

View All Testimonials & Blogs

Contact Simon at Designer Travel  Tailor-made Holidays & Cruises

Photo: The Crane (Kantor (RG) 33

More of My Articles

Klaipeda and Lithuania

Klaipeda One of the few ports that remains ice free year round in the Eastern Baltic. Much of the town was damaged during World War II and many of the already damaged churches were demolished by the Russians afterwards. However it is worth a visit as part of a tour...


 HOLIDAY IDEA THAILAND – Beach and Jungle Safari  Holiday of Contrasts including two beach resorts and a Luxury Jungle Safari Adventure  Fly from UK to Phuket.  Sit back and soak up the secluded position at Bansak Village – 6 nights Situated one hour north of Phuket airport, Bansak Village on...

LUXURY CRUISING – Oceania –...

Ideal for those who are looking for a relaxing cruise with no children, great choices of high grade dining and a smart casual dress code.  A Special Cruise for a Special Event For my wife’s special birthday celebration this year it was a good excuse to go on a cruise...

Contact Us

Get in touch with a Personal Travel Expert for information about our Destinations, travel advice or a quote.

0786 488 1126
0786 4881126

We'll call you back

Leave us your contact details and we will be in touch as soon as possible.