How to get know such multidimensional city like Gdansk? How to reach unique places?
We present you ready ideas for trips to less known recesses of Gdansk. Set off for a trip along the Trail of famous Gdansk citizens, European Route of Brick Gothic or find traces of the People’s Republic of Poland…
The The City Game has been designed to celebrate the 402 years since Jan Hevelius was born. The game plot is related to the Gdansk astronomer's life.
Did you know that... according to the legend, the astronomical clock at St Mary's Church was able to measure the exact time and date of death of the person who asked for it ?
Closed from the west with over 30 metres high solid Gothic St. Mary's church (you can see also a 82 meter high tower of the church), and from the east with the Mariacka Gate and a tower of the Archaeological Museum (formerly the Danzig Research Society), Mariacka Street is like a separate world.
Gdańsk Marina was built in 1997 when Gdańsk celebrated its 1000 anniversary. After many years our city joined the other European cities, where the marinas are located in the centre. 290 m length Marina is situated along the Szafarnia waterfront on New Motlawa, opposite the famousGdansk Crane.
It was erected in 1361 for additional flanking protection of the then southern fortifications of Gdańsk and the old shipyard areas (on the present-day Lastadia Street). After moving the exterior line of the Gdańsk fortifications, it lost its military significance. Between 1570 and 1575, Paulus van der Horne rebuilt the building into a town prison for dangerous criminals (slightly raising the roof).
It is the oldest parish church of the Old Town, erected between 1227 and 1239. It was founded by the princes of Gdańsk Pomerania and considerably expanded in the 14th century. Until 1944, the church used to daze visitors with its internal decor full of gothic, mannerist, and baroque treasures. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in 1945.
One of the greatest Gdańsk scholars, the physicist Daniel Fahrenheit, the creator of the Fahrenheit scale, today used mainly in the UK and USA was born in the house at Ogarna street. The family house did not suffer devastation of war, but was rebuilt and today at the entrance hangs a plaque in the shape of the thermometer, which commemorates the Gdansk physicist.
Długie Pobrzeże – so promenade that stretches along the Motława river. Streets perpendicular to Motława, including Chlebnicka street, end withthe so-called Gothic Water gates, which open directly “on the water” which is theold port channel.
One of the Baltic’s most beautiful lighthouses. 27 metres high, from 1894 to 1984 it led ships to the Gdańsk harbour. The lighthouse was also a pilot tower and was equipped with an extraordinary instrument that was the time sphere. Each day at noon its rise and fall allowed ship captains to adjust their chronometers to the exact hour.
The oldest sources mentioning the Żuraw as wooden port crane equipment date from 1367. Its present look refers to the image of the middle of the 15th century. The first wooden crane totally burnt down as a result of the 1442 fire. A new crane was built in the years 1442-1444. The crane had a defence function.
A unique monument of the fortification works, Wisłoujście Fortress, is located in direct proximity to the Westerplatte peninsula. This was an important area from a strategic point of view, as the movement of ships entering and leaving Gdańsk harbour could be controlled from this place.