Some small ships may dock at Oliwskie Pier in the New Port of Gdansk (about four miles from the town center). Large cruise ships dock in the city of Gydnia, about a 45-minute ride from Old Town Gdansk. Shuttles are in general provided. Taxis are generally available at the pier.
You can take a shuttle bus to Gdynia, make 20 minutes walk to Gdynia Main Railway Station and take the local train to Gdansk Main Railway Station (40 minutes). Make a 15 minutes walk to reach Dluga Street and you' ll be just in the heart of Gdansk Old Town.
A taxi will set you back around 20 euro.
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There is lots to see and do just wandering around the old town area which was rebuilt after it too was bombed in WWII. St. Mary's Cathedral, the old crane, city hall are just a few of the sights you can see along with street cafes and people watching.
With its origins going back to the 10th century, prewar Gdansk -
or Danzig as it was known then - was forged by years of Prussian and
Hanseatic domination. The battles to liberate the city in 1945 resulted
in almost total destruction.
Gdansk's historic center was rebuilt with great reverence; today it represents one of the richest and most lavish complexes of architectural relics in Poland. Entering the historic quarter is like walking straight into a Hansa merchants settlement. Huge stone gateways guard both entrances to the main thoroughfare. The well-proportioned tower of the town hall makes a powerful impact and the main square is surrounded by stately mansions. One of the most prominent buildings is Artus Court, formerly the residence of Gdansk's rulers. Gigantic St. Mary's Church reputedly is the largest brick church in the world, able to accommodate 25,000 people. Dominating the waterside is the seven-story Great Mill, once the largest mill in medieval Europe.
Gdansk Historical Museum
The museum is located inside the impressive Town Hall. The lavish decor almost upstages the exhibits.
This museum features a model of every ship produced in the local shipyards since 1945. It is housed in the massive and largely original 15th-century Gdansk Crane.
National Art Museum
One of Gdansk's major highlights is this museum. It boasts a varied collection of fabrics, chests, gold and silverware, as well as a tremendous amount of local Gothic art and sculpture. All are redolent of the town's former wealth. The museum's most prized possession is Hans Memling's colossal Last Judgment, the painter's earliest known work from 1473.
Taxis: Use only those that are associated in a "corporation" (look for phone number and a logo on the side and on the top). The unaffiliated drivers are likely to cheat and charge you much more.
The best means of transportation in the Tri-City is the Fast Train (SKM). The network connects Gdansk Glowny with Sopot, Gdynia, Wejherowo and Lebork. It also links Gdansk with Nowy Port and Tczewo. It is the most convenient way of getting around as the SKM stops are situated every few kilometers. Moreover, if one needs to change to take a bus, a tram or a trolley bus, the stops are close to the SKM stops.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here
In Gdansk, the amber shopping on Mariacka Street is outstanding! Pierogi, stuffed 'dumplings' are the local traditional fare.
The legal tender in Poland is the Polish złoty (zł, PLN). Poland is not expected to adopt the common European currency Euro (€) soon, but it can be used to pay in many bigger shops ("hypermarkets") even now. Remember to always check the conversion rates though!
Non-Polish speakers will find that most of the younger generation (35 and under), speak, or at least understand, English reasonably well.
Shopping hours Mon-Fri 1000-1800/2000 and Sat 1000-1300/1600. ‘Night shops' open 24 hours. Supermarkets and department stores are usually open daily 1000-1900.
January 1: New Year's Day
Easter Sunday and Monday (first Sunday after the first spring full moon)
May 1: Labour Day
May 3: Constitution Day (on the anniversary of May 3, 1791 Constitution proclamation)
Corpus Christi: On Thursday of the ninth week after Easter there are processions with white-dressed children, attended by hundreds of people.
August 15: Assumption of Virgin Mary, Polish Army Day (on the anniversary of the victorious battle of 1920 against Russian army fought on the outskirts of Warsaw)
November 1: All Saints' Day
November 11: National Independence Day (Poland regained independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions)
December 25, 26: Christmas
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