Most tourist attractions are in the Main Town along or near Ulica Długa (Long Street) and Długi Targ (Long Market), a pedestrian thoroughfare surrounded by buildings reconstructed in historical (primarily 17th century) style and bookended by elaborate city gates.
This is Gdansk’s most famous landmark, a crane that was used to lift heavy goods and place masts onto ships’ decks. Today, it houses a branch of the city’s maritime museum in the crane.
Stretching from the Upland Gate to the Green Gate, this is one of the most beautiful areas of Gdansk. Wealthy townsfolk used to live along Long Street, Ulica Dluga, and around Long Market, Dlugi Targ.
Rumoured to be the world’s largest brick church, St. Mary’s can hold up to 25,000 people. For a breathtaking view of the city, climb the 405 steps to the top of the 78-metre tower. Inside the church, you’ll find a 14-metre astronomical clock. Pop by at noon to see Adam and Eve tolling a bell atop the clock.
Housed in a 15th century Franciscan monastery, this museum is truly stunning. On display is a wide range of Gothic artwork. The flagship piece of the museum is Hans Memling’s triptych "Last Judgement."
At the gates of the Gdansk shipyard, this 42 metre tall steel monument commemorates the shooting of dock workers during a strike in December 1970. More than 1,000 workers were injured and 42 killed when the communist government authorized the army to fire at striking workers.
This peninsula, north of Gdansk, is the site where World War II began, when Nazi German battleship Schleswig-Holstein fired at a Polish garrison on the coast. Visitors can now visit the ruins of the peninsula’s barracks and blockhouses, one of which has been converted into a museum.
This area was almost completely destroyed during war time but has later been rebuilt and is now one of the most popular attractions in the city. Stroll along the narrow pebbled streets, lined with beautiful old buildings and feel the old-time atmosphere.
This cathedral, located in a tranquil park in the outskirts of Gdansk, holds beautiful artworks in several different styles, such as Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classical style. The organ is something in itself. If you happen to be there when it is played on, don't miss to take a look at the moving wooden figures on top of it.