Churches Walking Tour of Gdansk, Gdansk

Gdansk has a long history of Catholicism, hence the many impressive churches found in the city. In Gdansk you will see some of the most spectacular medieval religious sites, such as St. Mary's Church, St. Nicolas Church, and other churches that distinguish themselves as part of the urban landscape. Take this self-guided tour to discover the old historic churches of Gdansk:
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Churches Walking Tour of Gdansk Map

Guide Name: Churches Walking Tour of Gdansk
Guide Location: Poland » Gdansk (See other walking tours in Gdansk)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: vickyc
St. John's Church

1) St. John's Church

The Church of St. John was built in the 14th century, and was severely damaged during WWII. Part of it is still under reconstruction. Inside you can see a late-Renaissance stone altar that has been in the place since 1599. Concerts are regularly performed here. The church represents the sacral architecture of Gdansk and is really worth a visit.
St. Mary's Church

2) St. Mary's Church (must see)

St. Mary's Church or, properly, Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Roman Catholic church, which is the largest brick church in the world. It was begun in 1379 and is considered to be one of the largest European brick Gothic buildings, which include castles. From 1577 until 1945, when it was named the Marienkirche, it was the biggest Evangelical Lutheran church in the world. It is 105.5 m long, and the nave is 66 m wide. Inside the church is room for 25,000 people.

St. Mary's Church is a triple-aisled hall basilica with a triple-aisled transept. Both the transept and the main nave are of similar width and height, which is a good example of late Gothic style. Certain irregularities in the form of the northern arm of the transept are remnants of the previous church situated on the very same spot. The vaulting is a true piece of art, and was in great part restored after the war. Main aisle, transept and presbytery are covered by net vaults, while the side aisles are covered by crystal vaults.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Nicholas' Church

3) St. Nicholas' Church (must see)

The Church of St. Nicholas dates back to the 14th century. It stands on the grounds of a temple from the 12th century. It has very large windows that are unusual for such an old church. It was not damaged by WWII, and has kept its Baroque and Rococo design. There are many gold decorations in the church, old paintings with scenes of Jesus' life, and a splendid chandelier crafted in 1617.
St. Bridget's Church

4) St. Bridget's Church

St. Bridget's Church of Gdansk was built in 1396. Gothic in style, it was totally destroyed during WWII and then rebuilt in 1973. The church became a monument, as it sheltered activists of the Solidarity Movement. Inside the church, you can contemplate a unique work of art. There is a large altar made from amber, a petrified resin that is called Baltic Gold. It is found on the Baltic shore only.
St. Catherine's Church

5) St. Catherine's Church (must see)

St. Catherine's Church is the oldest parish church in the Old Town of Gdansk. It was built in 1227-1239. Before WWII, the shrine of the church enchanted visitors with its interior decorations -- Gothic, Mannerist and Baroque. In 1945, the church was destroyed, but then restored. When inside, make sure not to miss the paintings by Anton Möller and Izaak van den Blocke. In the church yard there is an old tombstone of the famous astronomer Jan Hevelius.
St. Joseph's Church

6) St. Joseph's Church

In the place of today's St. Joseph's Church once stood a monastery established in 1391. Later, in the 15th century, a church was added in the name of the Mother of God The Holiest Virgin and Saints Elijah & Elisha. The monastery was destroyed in the 1670s, and the church became parish of St Joseph in 1840. It was burnt down during World War II and then restored.
Corpus Christi Church

7) Corpus Christi Church

The Corpus Christi Church is modest in appearance and was probably founded in 1351. It stands outside the walls of the Old Town of Gdansk and once served as a hospital chapel. The church combines Gothic and Baroque styles. Inside you can see an altar of late-Baroque style, an organ facade from 1766, and a painted ceiling.

Walking Tours in Gdansk, Poland

Create Your Own Walk in Gdansk

Create Your Own Walk in Gdansk

Creating your own self-guided walk in Gdansk is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Walking Tour of Gdansk

Museums Walking Tour of Gdansk

Gdansk is a very beautiful city in Poland, located on the seashore, that boasts beautiful old architecture. Its numerous museums are lodged in these majestic historic buildings. There are some museums that reflect the unique culture of this country, like, for instance, the Museum of Burgher Culture. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most famous museums of Gdansk.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Gdansk: Oliwa Walking Tour

Gdansk: Oliwa Walking Tour

Oliwa is an attractive place for tourists in Gdansk. Its main features are a cathedral, the New Abbots' Palace and a park. Gdansk Zoo is close to the historic center of Oliwa. With this self-guided tour you will enjoy this significant part of Gdansk that is worth a special visit:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Gdansk is one of the most beautiful cities on the Baltic Sea. It's one of the main cities of the so-called Tri-cities of the Baltic shore. It is a city of magnificent old architecture and the amazing, almost fairy-tale atmosphere of the streets. There are many landmarks, such as churches, fountains and monuments. Take this tour to discover the most famous places in Gdansk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Shopping Walking Tour in Gdansk

Shopping Walking Tour in Gdansk

Gdansk offers an exceptional shopping experience, especially because of its local treasure -- amber. Various things can be made from this gem: jewels and souvenirs are just a few. In the center of Gdansk you can drop into numerous amazing small shops. Take this self-guided tour to discover the following most popular shopping spots of Gdansk:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Art Galleries Walking Tour of Gdansk

Art Galleries Walking Tour of Gdansk

Gdansk is a city that can pride itself as the home place of many talented modern artists. Also, The Gdansk National Museum displays famous religious paintings, such as "the Last Judgment" by Hans Memling. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most famous local art centers and into places where you can contemplate the works of outstanding world artists:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Gdansk for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Gdansk has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Gdansk, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.