|Gdansk on the waterways of the Vistula River|
By Brett Goulston
In the north of Poland, on the Baltic Sea, lies the beautiful city of Gdansk. This is a place where you need at least one full day to explore, more if you prefer to take things at a leisurely pace. It’s a city to experience not just during the day, but it must also be enjoyed at night. The lights in the streets and the main square are simply stunning. You will feel like you are in a fairy tale. And, if you enjoy eating outside in a square as opposed to inside in a restaurant, there may be no better place than Gdansk’s old town squares.
With its medieval port crane at the centre, the city’s harbour makes for excellent photos with reflections, passing ships and quaint architecture galore. The old town has many beautiful buildings of about 5 or 6 stories tall, lining the streets in co-ordinating colours. In fact, if you like taking photos of architecture, Gdansk must rate among the best places in northern Europe.
It has a complex and turbulent history (as does much of this region of Europe) and is reluctantly known for where WWII’s first shots were fired! There were many Germans living in Gdansk at the outbreak of war and Hitler used this as an excuse to protect his citizens.
Whilst you are in town, visit St. Mary’s Cathedral which is impossible to miss. It is amazing from both the outside and the inside. Also get to the Long Markets in Long Lane for – well, just about everything Polish! Regardless of whether you are a museum-goer or not, you’ll need to visit the solidarity museum. Not just to learn about the history of the solidarity movement but to see a stunning example of architecture and the views of the working port from the rooftop.
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|Map of Baltic countries|
|An old Baltic beauty|
|Wonderful reflections of Gdansk|
|Gdansk - beautiful at night|
|Working harbour of Gdansk|