Gdansk (Gdynia), Poland

Gdynia is your gateway port to Poland's fabled city of Gdansk. The city is over a millennium old - the first mention of Gdansk in history occurs in the year 997 A.D. A member of the Hanseatic League, Gdansk was the richest port on the Baltic and a cultural center that drew artists and intellectuals from across Europe. That heritage was imperiled, however, on September 1, 1939, when a German warship opened fire on a garrison north of the city, heralding World War II. By the war's end, Gdansk was in ruins and proud Poland lay in the grip of Russian occupation. The city proved indomitable as residents set about rebuilding the old city. In 1980, the spirit of Gdansk's people proved even stronger than the iron grip of communism: a food riot led to the birth of Solidarity, the trade-labor movement that played a pivotal role in bringing down the Iron Curtain.

Gdansk is one of the amber centers of the world. This petrified tree resin has been revered for both jewelry and as a source of folk remedies for centuries. Gdansk's Old Town is a superb place to browse for amber jewelry and goods.

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Points of Interest

  • Malbork Castle
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Oliwa Cathedral
  • Sopot
  • Solidarity Square
  • Old City's Green Gate
  • Roads to Freedom
  • Gdansk Shipyards

More about Gdansk (Gdynia), Poland Points of Interest

  • Malbork Castle

    Boasting fairytale-like proportions and rich, red-brick architecture, this UNESCO-designated medieval fortress and museum overlooks the River Nogat.

  • St. Mary's Church

    The world's largest brick churches and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, this Roman Catholic house of worship dates to the 14th century and has room for 25,000 parishioners inside.

  • Oliwa Cathedral

    Dating back to the 12th century, this unique former monastery features castle-like towers, marble altars, several masterpieces of art and a legendary organ that was once the largest in all of Europe.

  • Sopot

    Home to Europe's longest wooden pier, this charming seaside resort town contains The Crooked House, an unusual structure-and prime photo spot!-connected to a shopping center.

  • Solidarity Square

    Located at the Gdansk shipyards in Gate Number Two, this famed site features a monument to the fallen workers of a historic 1970 strike who banded together in solidarity against the Communist regime.

  • Old City's Green Gate

    Perhaps the most visited attraction in Gdansk, this renovated 16th-century Flemish building and stately city gate includes museum exhibition halls.

  • Roads to Freedom

    This fascinating multimedia museum exhibition brings to life the harsh details of post-war communism in 20th-century Poland, from food rations to violent rebellions to a surge in art and culture.

  • Gdansk Shipyards

    Put on the map in 1980 by the founding of Solidarity, the Independent Self-Governing Trade Union, these shipyards have delivered over 1,000 ships and have played host to many a historic strike.

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Gdansk On Your Own

6 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 2 8 5
  • St. Mary's Church

Adventurers! Embark on this full-day excursion to explore the fabled city of Gdansk ON YOUR OWN! Provided with city maps, you'll be dropped off at a central location. Choose to visit highlights such as Main Town, St. Mary's Basilica, and Solidarity Square. Enjoy lunch, shop or chat with locals.

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Gdansk, St. Mary's Basilica & On Your Own

5.5 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 2 8 0
  • Solidarity Square
  • Gdansk Shipyards
  • St. Mary's Church

Combine guided exploration with free time to do as you please during this full-day excursion to Gdansk! Take a walking tour of historic Main Town filled with medieval architecture. Visit St. Mary's Basilica, the world's largest brick church. Enjoy free time to shop, explore or have lunch on your own.

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Gdansk & Time on Your Own

3.75 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 2 9 0
  • Solidarity Square
  • Gdansk Shipyards

Indulge in a leisurely, half-day visit to Gdansk designed for those who enjoy free time to explore on their own. Start with a brief, guided walking tour of historic Main Town. Once you're oriented, spend an hour exploring the fabled city and shopping on your own.

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Gdansk & St. Mary's Church

4 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 2 0 0
  • Solidarity Square
  • Gdansk Shipyards
  • St. Mary's Church

A walking tour is the perfect way to experience the best of the fabled city of Gdansk! This half-day, guided walk takes you to see the city's highlights including Main Town. Explore St. Mary's Basilica, the world's largest brick church. Enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs and amber jewelry.

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Gdansk & The Solidarity Movement

5.5 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 2 1 5
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Sopot
  • Gdansk Shipyards
  • Roads to Freedom

Immerse yourself in Gdansk's long and turbulent history during this full-day, active excursion. Take a walking tour of Main Town's medieval architecture and icons. Visit the site where World War II began. View the former Lenin Shipyard, birthplace of Solidarity. Tour Roads To Freedom Exhibition depicting Poland's path to democracy.

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Gdansk & Amber Exhibit

5.5 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 3 6 0
  • Solidarity Square
  • Old City's Green Gate
  • Gdansk Shipyards
  • St. Mary's Church

Discover Poland's Baltic region - famous for historic cities and Europe's largest deposit of amber. Take a guided walking tour of fabled Gdansk's Old Town. See medieval churches and palaces. Visit an amber factory in Gdynia to learn how jewelry is made from this pertrified tree sap. Enjoy free time to shop.

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Gdansk, Gdynia & Sopot

5 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 2 1 0
  • Solidarity Square
  • Gdansk Shipyards
  • Sopot
  • Old City's Green Gate

Experience the highlights of the Baltic's most stunning trio of cities during this full-day excursion. Visit Gdynia's famous Kosciuszko Square. Enjoy free time to explore Gdansk's historic Main Town. Relax over a snack in a local pub.

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Ultimate Gdansk & Oliwa Cathedral

7 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 1 1 0
  • Solidarity Square
  • Gdansk Shipyards
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Oliwa Cathedral

Explore the fabled history of Gdansk and two of Poland's most stunning cathedrals during this active, full-day, guided walking tour. Visit Gdansk's Main Town, St. Mary's Basilica, and Oliwa Cathedral, home to a massive organ. Enjoy an organ recital, a traditional Polish lunch and free time to shop.

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Best of Gdansk and Malbork Castle

8 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 1 0 5
  • Old City's Green Gate
  • Malbork Castle
  • St. Mary's Church

Poland's rich history reveals itself during this active, full-day, guided excursion to medieval Malbork Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a guided walking tour of the fabled city of Gdansk. Indulge in a traditional lunch at nice restaurant overlooking the longest Polish river - Vistula. Enjoy free time to shop at both locations.

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Best of Gdansk & Malbork Castle in Small Groups

8 hours | Gdansk (Gdynia) | Q Y D - 9 9 9
  • Old City's Green Gate
  • Malbork Castle
  • St. Mary's Church

Poland's rich history reveals itself during this active, full-day, guided excursion to medieval Malbork Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a guided walking tour of the fabled city of Gdansk. Indulge in a traditional lunch at nice restaurant overlooking the longest Polish river - Vistula. Enjoy free time to shop at both locations.

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