Time to Visit…Gdansk, Poland

So last Friday afternoon my husband and I headed up to Gdansk which is about 2 hours from our house on the north coast of Poland for a quick overnight get away for the 2 of us.

We have been Gdansk several times before for volleyball games, a quick IKEA shopping or an afternoon at the beach.  But this was the first time we really did a walking tour of the old part of the town.  All I can say, it was AMAZING!

I love driving through the country.  That is the town Swiece in the background.

I love driving through the country. That is the town Swiece in the background.

We made it to Gdansk now to exploring the city!

One of the beautiful canals in this part of town.

One of the beautiful canals in this part of town.

LOVE this!!

LOVE this!!

The orange church in the background is in the Royal Chapel.

The orange church in the background is in the Royal Chapel.

This town reminds me of the Netherlands.  I felt like I was home.

This town reminds me of the Netherlands. I felt like I was home.

Oh the history here.

Oh the history here.

The Gdansk Crane, it's hard to believe this dates back to the 14th century.

The Gdansk Crane, it’s hard to believe this dates back to the 14th century.

If we had more time we would have stopped in there for a bit to eat to see what they consider "American."

If we had more time we would have stopped in there for a bit to eat to see what they consider “American.”

Straganiarska Gate

Straganiarska Gate

Unique ship near the Maritime Museum.

Unique ship near the Maritime Museum.

Another beautiful view in Gdansk.

Another beautiful view in Gdansk.

Is this the neatest water spout?

Is this not the neatest water-spout?

Yeah, I could handle living here!

Yeah, I could handle living here!

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I almost forgot what country I was in for a minute.

Well I guess I will have to splurge and come up here more often.  This being a Hard Rock cafe!!

Well I guess I will have to splurge and come up here more often. This is going to be a Hard Rock cafe!!

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The colors of the building are wonderful.

Look at this architecture.

Look at this architecture.

Fountain of Neptune.  Who remembers this from the US edition of Amazing Race last season?

Fountain of Neptune. Who remembers this from the US edition of Amazing Race last season?

Unfortunately we don't have views like this in Bydgoszcz.

Unfortunately we don’t have views like this in Bydgoszcz.

We even saw a few of these pink umbrella's ladies.  No it was not raining nor was their a chance.  But you will see them in most of the major cities here in Poland.  They are promoting a strip club handing out flyers.  I recently read a article here locally about some of their practices.  If you are into that kind of thing, take a word of caution if you choose to visit the club as there are several articles about scams that have been done to them.

We even saw a few of these pink umbrella’s ladies. No it was not raining nor was there a chance. But you will see them in most of the major cities here in Poland. They are promoting a strip club handing out flyers. I recently read an article here locally about some of their practices. If you are into that kind of thing, take a word of caution if you choose to visit the club as there are several articles about scams that have been done to them at their clubs.

We found this neat Russian/Lithuanian restaurant on one of the side streets.  These are called Cepelinai.  They are potato dumplings.  Each was stuffed with either ham, meat and mushrooms.  It was WONDERFUL!!  Then I had clear borscht to go with it.  We love to find places to eat off the main streets that are less touristy and usually much cheaper.  This dish was 26 zloty($9) and the soup was 9 zloty($3).

We found this neat Russian/Lithuanian restaurant on one of the side streets. These are called Cepelinai. They are potato dumplings. Each was stuffed with either ham, meat and mushrooms. It was WONDERFUL!! Then I had clear borscht to go with it. We love to find places to eat off the main streets that are less touristy and usually much cheaper. This dish was 26 zloty($9) and the soup was 9 zloty($3).

Was dark out by the time we were done eating and saw a completely different view of Gdansk.

Was dark out by the time we were done eating and saw a completely different view of Gdansk.

My simple canal looks a lot different at night.

My simple canal looks a lot different at night.

So this the hotel that we stayed at.  They upgraded our room for us and this room we got chocolate on our bed.  But seriously when the room is for 2 people why is there only 1 piece of chocolate on the bed?

So this is the hotel that we stayed at. They upgraded our room for us and this room we got chocolate on our bed. But seriously when the room is for 2 people why is there only 1 piece of chocolate on the bed?

This was the other fun part of our room, an ashtray.  Yes, that is a piece of paper in it say "no smoking."  This trying to figure this one out!

This was the other fun part of our room, an ashtray. Yes, that is a piece of paper in it say “no smoking.” This trying to figure this one out!

Our room was on the 15th floor, so we had the most amazing view we had.

Our room was on the 15th floor, so we had the most amazing view we had.

Since I was up there, I had to do a quick trip to IKEA! I love this curtain idea for our bedrooms.

Since I was up there, I had to do a quick trip to IKEA! I love this curtain idea for our bedrooms.

It was a fun afternoon/evening in Gdansk.  Now I guess I need to spend a whole weekend here to really get to explore Gdansk.  Wait, I need a whole week as Sopot and Gdynia are 2 other neat towns that neighboring Gdansk.  You leave one and 30 seconds later you are in another.

Have you been to Gdansk before?  What secret tip for Gdansk?

love kelley
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11 Responses to Time to Visit…Gdansk, Poland

  1. Scott R. Lucado says:

    Visited Gdansk last year; fabulous city! Lots of people there speak English, too (something you find in many port cities).

    Hard to believe it’s been almost completely rebuilt since WWII.

    Is Poland like the most amazing country, or what? From Gdansk in the north to Zakopane in the south, incredible sights and great variation–but terrific people everywhere.

  2. Jess says:

    I love living vicariously through your experiences! Thanks for another great article :)

  3. Piotr says:

    I’m from Bydgoszcz, I have been to Gdańsk many times, I even rent the appartment there (350 USD/month + bills, not so expensive), but only recently I have learned that Mr. Fahrenheit was born in Gdańsk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Gabriel_Fahrenheit) and you can see the house where he lived. Fahrenheit was German as well as Copernicus, but he was not adopted by us, and Copernicus was. I don’t know why…

  4. Joey says:

    Gdansk is such a pretty city! I laughed when I saw you included the part about the pink umbrellas; there was recently a story about some Swedish businessman in Poznan who was charged half a million dollars at one of them!

  5. Heather says:

    As a fellow traveler, I love this post on Gdansk. I have yet to make it to Poland and your photos are such an inspiration to getting there! I love Europe and this is testament to why. Though I haven’t been to this area yet, I already know it will be absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing! – Heather, Life of a Traveling Navy Wife

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