City Orientation Walk, Gdansk

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.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Poland » Gdansk (See other walking tours in Gdansk)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 18
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: Caroline
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Green Gate

1) Green Gate (must see)

The Green Gate is one of the most notable tourist attractions of the city. It is situated between Long Market and the River Motława. Together with the Golden Gate and the Highland Gate it was used to span the Long Street and Long Market, called the Royal Route.

The Green Gate is a building which is clearly inspired by the Antwerp City Hall. It was built between 1568-1571 to serve as the formal residence of the Polish monarchs. It is a masterpiece by Regnier (or Reiner van Amsterdam), the architect from Amsterdam and reflects the influence of the Flemish architecture in the city. Hans Kramer likely participated in the construction. The Nature Society, located here in the late 18th century, soon moved to the House of Naturalists (Research Society House).

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The Long Market

2) The Long Market

The Long Market (Długi Targ) in Gdańsk, Poland, is one of the most notable and important tourist attraction of the city. It is situated between the end of Long Lane (Ulica Długa, Langgasse) and Green Gate (Brama Zielona, Koggentor). Nowadays it’s a very beautiful long square full of typical shops and restaurants which are the soul of this cosmopolitan city. It features a great number of historic houses such as Hewel House, Curicke House, Uphagen House, Ferber House, Lion Castle, Schumann House, Golden House etc. One of its most representative buildings is the Town Hall. The Neptune’s Fountain, the main symbol of the city, is also there.
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Neptune's Fountain

3) Neptune's Fountain (must see)

Neptune's Fountain is set in the center of Dlugi Targ, a place full of old historic buildings. This Fountain became one of Gdansk's most recognizable symbols. This statue of the God of the Sea was made from bronze in 1549. The statue was hidden during WWII and reappeared in its spot in 1954, reminding the people about the city's dependence upon the sea.
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The Artus Court

4) The Artus Court (must see)

The Artus Court is a building in the center of Gdańsk, which used to be the meeting place of merchants and a center of social life. Today, it is a point of interest for numerous visitors and is a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum. The name was taken from the very popular Middle Ages legend of King Arthur - a symbol of chivalry and gallantry. First in England, then in other European countries, his name was given to the houses where knights and aristocrats used to meet. The interior is one big Gothic hall. Since 1531, it has been completely redecorated -- the walls have been covered with wainscot and friezes of mythological and historic character. The richly-ornamented furniture and numerous paintings add to the splendor of the hall. The most famous pictures are the works by anonymous artists from the late 15th century.

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Gdańsk Town Hall

5) Gdańsk Town Hall

Gdańsk Main Town Hall is one of the finest examples of the Gothic-Renaissance historic buildings in the city, built at the intersection of the Long Lane (part of the Royal Route) and Long Market, in the most popular part of Gdańsk. It is the second highest building in the Main City, after St. Mary's Church. Access to the building by car is difficult, as the Long Lane surrounding the building is pedestrianised all year around. The closest tram stop is located at Podwale Przedmiejskie.
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Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk

6) Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk (must see)

The Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk is housed in the beautiful Gothic and Renaissance building of the Main Town Hall. Some of its collections hold tenancy in other historic buildings of the city. The museum itself has a History Section and an Art Section, where you can see paintings, sculptures, things made by goldsmiths, potters and weavers from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The main features of the museum are fresco decorations of the Red Council Room, the Winter Council Room, the City Treasury, the Great Hall, the former chapel and paintings by Jan Vredemann de Vries, Izaak van den Block. The original furniture from the time of the Renaissance is also very rich and worth seeing.

Opening hours: Monday 09:00 - 13:00; Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 - 18:00; Sunday 11:00 - 18:00.
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Golden Gate

7) Golden Gate (must see)

The Golden Gate in Gdańsk is one of the most notable tourist attractions of the city. It was raised in 1612–14 in place of the 13th century Gothic gate. It is located at one end of Long Lane, or Długa street, where, together with other gates, it forms a part of the old city fortifications. The architectural style of the gate is Dutch Mannerism. Both sides of the gate have attics, with figures symbolizing citizen's qualities. From the West side they represent: Peace, Freedom, Wealth and Fame. From the East side they are Agreement, Justice, Piety and Prudence. The Latin inscription on the gates reads: "In agreement small republics grow. Because of disagreement, great republics fall".

The Green Gate houses the National Museum in Gdańsk. Exhibitions, meetings, conferences and shows are held here.

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Galleria Triada

8) Galleria Triada

The Galleria Triada has been open since 1990. It is the largest and oldest private gallery in Trojmiasto, part of the Tri-city area, which includes Gdansk. It displays contemporary art only. You will see about 150 pieces of artwork by well-known Polish and international artists, and also emerging artists from the Art Academy of Gdansk.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 3 pm;
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St. Mary's Church

9) 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.
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The Royal Chapel

10) The Royal Chapel (must see)

The Royal Chapel in Gdansk is an architectural masterpiece. Built in 1678-1681 in Baroque style, its facade is richly decorated with Baroque sculptures. The colored Royal Chapel stands near St. Mary's Church and stands out as a prominent landmark against the grayness of the church walls.
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Mariacka Street

11) Mariacka Street (must see)

Mariacka Street is a street that has preserved the old world atmosphere of the city. It is the most beautiful street in Gdansk and attracts many tourists because of its special architecture. There are several shops and boutiques along this street, and they are a definite must-see. The shops here sell mainly antique and jewelery made of the famous petrified resin of the Baltic Sea amber.
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Archaeological Museum

12) Archaeological Museum (must see)

The Archaeological Museum in Gdansk has many exhibitions about the tribes that lived in this territory in the early centuries. The conjecture is that it were the Goths who inhabited the area. These tribes distinguished themselves by their burial rites - they richly decorated their graves. You will be impressed with various collections of archaeological and ethnographic findings, among which there are jewels and other precious objects.

Operation Hours: Tuesday: 8 am - 4 pm; Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm; Thursday - Friday: 8 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm; (from July: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm)
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Great Crane - Żuraw

13) Great Crane - Żuraw (must see)

The Great Crane or Zuraw is a prominent sight of Gdansk. It's a medieval crane set on the waterfront of Gdansk. This medieval wonder dates back to the 14th century. It received cargo off ships for many decades and was built from wood, but rebuilt after the Great World War.
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St. Nicholas' Church

14) 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.
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Hala Targowa

15) Hala Targowa

Hala Targowa, or Market Hall, is the historic city hall in the main square in Gdansk. The Dominican Monastery was on this site many years ago. It was destroyed, and in 1894 it was decided to build a market hall at the same location. You can find different authentic Polish products, like food, clothes, and handcrafted objects at this market. St. Nicholas' remains from the twelfth century were recently discovered here. These artifacts are now exhibited in the lower part of the hall.
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St. Catherine's Church

16) 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.
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St. Bridget's Church

17) 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.
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Stare Miasto (Old Town)

18) Stare Miasto (Old Town)

The old town in Gdansk is one of Europe’s largest historical centres, and the medieval centre is around twice the size of the corresponding centre in Krakow. When visiting Gdansk, you may feel that you are carried back to the Middle Ages, and even though substantial parts of the town consist of reconstructions from after WWII, you will still find plenty of authentic, genuine old buildings. Most streets are located where they were in medieval times, and more than 30% of the streets have had the same names for more than 500 years, and obviously you also feel that this is an old Hanseatic town. In the Old Town you will find many handicraft shops where you can buy local craftswork and the most amazing amber jewelry. This golden coloured beautiful gem is found on the shores of the Baltic Sea and incorporated in necklases, rings, bracelates, rings and artwork.

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.
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
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
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
Churches Walking Tour of Gdansk

Churches Walking Tour of 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:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 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.