You wouldn’t believe the amount of people that said to me “Why are you going to Poland? That’s not my idea of a holiday!” and I’ll be honest, before booking a trip to Gdansk, it was never really at the top of my travel list. Not that I thought Gdansk would be a bad place to visit, but because I didn’t really hear many people talking about going there. I knew that Gdansk existed but I had never really thought about going, until one Friday afternoon when I was scrolling through skyscanner and found some super cheap flights to Gdansk. The flights were just £24 return with Ryanair so I quickly booked them. and I’m so glad I did!
Gdansk is such an underrated travel destination and doesn’t get as much attention as it should. If you love city breaks and long weekends away, then here are 10 reasons why you should visit Gdansk:
1. It’s rich in History
There is so much history in Gdansk. Gdansk is the oldest city in Poland and offers an amazing collection of museums for those that want to learn more about this fascinating city. Visit the Museum of the second world war to learn about the second world war, and see some fascinating things, I recommend it.
2. Beautiful buildings and architecture everywhere
The buildings in Gdansk are beautiful and colourful. I found my self stopping in the middle of streets all the time to get photos of all the lovely buildings and architecture. Everywhere you look has interesting and unique buildings, that are definitely picture worthy.
3. It has one of the most beautiful streets in Europe
Mariaka street is one of the most photographed streets in Europe. People say that it is one of the most beautiful streets in Europe and they’re not wrong! Gdansk boasts lots of beautiful and charming streets. Mariaka street is a must see for visitors.
4. World war II began here
I find this one so fascinating! On September 1st, 1939, Hitler started the second world war when him and his troops launched attacks on Westerplatte, on the Polish post office in Gdansk and on the town of Tczew. Parts of ruins from the battle can still be seen in Westerplatte. You can learn all about how it in the Museum of the second world war in Gdansk.
5. There is always something to see
You won’t be bored in Gdansk. There is plenty things to do here. You can take a tour of Gdansk and be driven around in an electric buggy, a great way to see everything and the tour guide that drives the electric buggy will stop at attractions and tell you all about them, and the history of them. You could visit the Museum of the second world war and learn about how it all started in Gdansk or take a walk down Motława river for some beautiful views of the river. Take a trip to Sopot, it has a lovely beach and its not far away. Eat at one of the many restaurants Gdansk has to offer, or have a drink at one of the many bars.
6. Good food and drink
You don’t need to look far to find somewhere to have a drink in Gdansk! Gdansk has plenty of bars wether you want to have a beer, a cocktail or a vodka, there’ll be somewhere for you. Visit the Hard Rock Cafe for a lovely cocktail or one of the many other bars that serve an Aperol Spritz. You have plenty of choice for food too! If you like burgers then try Jacks Bar. For breakfast, try the Hard Rock Cafe. There are so many options, you will be spoilt for choice!
7. Its perfect for a long weekend away
Gdansk is great for a long weekend break. You can see a lot of it in two or three days and its very accessible. You can fly direct from Newcastle, London, Glasgow, Bristol and more! Thanks to the cheap flights it won’t break the bank neither.
8. Its affordable
It cost £24 each for return flights to Gdansk which is amazing! Our apartment cost around £200 all together for three nights and the apartment was beautiful massive! You can stay in some beautiful apartments in Gdansk and it won’t cost you loads. I only took £80 spending money for a long weekend. We ate out every day and night, bought ice creams, cocktails, went to museums and took a tour around Gdansk and I still somehow didn’t spend all of my spending money whilst I was there. Gdansk is great value for money.
9. It’s near the largest castle in the world
How cool is that? Hop on a train to Malbork which is just around 35 minutes away from Gdansk to see Malbork castle.
10. St Marys Church
St Mary’s church is considered to be the oldest church in the world, built with brick. It’s beautiful to look at. Climb the tower for some amazing panoramic views of Gdansk.
And there it is! 10 Reasons why you should visit Gdansk. If you’re thinking about going, then I definitely recommend it.