This historic harbour city showcases Baltic beauty through its eye-catching architecture, charming old town and expansive sandy beaches. Gdansk is sometimes referred to as the amber capital of the world, due to the abundance of the semi-precious stone sourced in the surrounding areas. You'll find plenty of shops selling amber souvenirs, with some even containing preserved insects.
Take a stroll through the city's time-honoured centre and you'll be charmed by the numerous canal bridges, cobblestone streets lined with colourful houses arts and craft stores, and St. Mary's – the oldest brick church in the world. The area is also home to the Royal Way, where Polish kings were once paraded, and the iconic Neptune Fountain in the centre of the Long Market. There's also a number of great museums worth checking out, like the European Solidarity Centre, Artus Court Museum and the National Maritime Museum.
Just a short tram ride away from the city centre are the popular beaches of Stogi and Brzeźno, catering to water sports enthusiasts or those just wanting to relax on the sandy shores. The months of July and August provide the best weather for beachgoers but this time of year also sees the traditional Saint Dominic’s Fair and annual Shakespeare Festival held in the city.
Most flights arrive at Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport, situated 14 km west of the city. The easiest way to travel between Gdansk and the airport terminals is by using the PKM rail line.