The best attractions of Gdańsk
If you want to see Gdańsk from the side of its monuments and its centuries-old history (and it's worth it), start your sightseeing tour from the Old Town. There, among mysterious, charming streets and picturesque tenement houses, you will feel the atmosphere of a real historical Gdańsk.
See the best attractions of the Old Town and the surrounding area that are worth visiting!Main Town Hall
One of the most valuable monuments in Gdańsk from the 15th century, located on Długi Targ Street. It houses a branch of the Gdańsk Museum and an observation tower with a clock and a carillon. It is worth buying a ticket to the tower and watching the panorama of the old city from it.
It is a former meeting place for wealthy merchants and brotherhoods. The interior, decorated with expensive furnishings, monumental paintings, tapestries, sculptures and an amazing 11-meter stove, is of course open to visitors.
It is located in the main part of the city and has been associated with many legends since 1633. For four hundred years it has been a silent witness to history and a great attraction crowded with tourists, the subject of almost all postcards and commemorative photos. Selfie with Neptune obligatory;)
The Royal Route
Also called the Royal Route in reference to the route of ceremonial entries of Polish monarchs to the city. It stretches from the Wyżynna Gate and the foregate complex, through Długa Street to Długi Targ. The entire length is adorned with charming tenement houses once inhabited by the wealthiest Gdańsk patricians, mayors or wealthy merchants. Each with an amazing story hiding the spirit of the past.
This is probably the oldest water gate. It was built around 1357. as the residence of Polish kings coming to the city. This is the first example of Dutch mannerism in Gdańsk. It is decorated with over 200 sculptures.
This Renaissance city gate in Gdańsk fully reflects the power and majesty of the old city. It is the beginning of the Royal Way, which was followed by the greatest rulers of Poland and Europe. It was built together with the ring of early modern bastion fortifications.
St. Mary's Basilica
The tallest brick temple in the world and one of the greatest treasures of Gdańsk! It is called the "Crown of Gdańsk". The cornerstone was laid in 1343 and it was built in stages for 159 years. The basilica is 105.2 m long and 66.2 m wide. Its volume is 155,000 m. The 26 free-standing pillars support a magnificent stellar and crystal vault.
Church of St. Catherine
It was built in the first half of the 13th century, making it the oldest church in Gdańsk. The temple houses paintings by Anton Möller and Isaac van den Block, as well as Baroque epitaphs and the tombstone of astronomer Jan Hevelius. Since 1575, it has housed a unique set of bells harmonized with each other, known as the carillion.
The Royal Chapel
It is the only example of baroque sacred architecture in the Gdańsk Main Town. It was designed by Tylman van Gameren, the court architect of King Jan III Sobieski. It is one of the symbols of the city's complicated history.
The most delightful street in Gdańsk. It was probably built in the 14th century. Narrow with majestic tenement houses. This is where we will see porches with stone balls or small stone chests of drawers and handrails on both sides. In addition, we are looked at by gargoyles, also known as gargoyles, which were used to drain rainwater and took the form of heads of animals or fantastic creatures. The former cellars house amber shops.
Długa Street and Długi Targ
Decorated with restored tenement houses, it is the main street of the Old Town. There are a lot of restaurants, bars and pastry shops here. Surrounded by fairy-tale tenement houses with narrow facades, topped with attics, decorated with coats of arms, sculptures and figures of ancient heroes. One of the most beautiful is the Uphagen House.
One of the most beautiful streets in the Main Town, with many restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs. At the beginning it was Piekarska Street, then Chlebowa Street. As a road route, it is mentioned in documents from the 14th century. There are historical tenement houses next to it: the Enden's house, the "Czerwony Steed" house, and the place where Jan Karol Schultz lived. Its location also proves its charm: on the one hand, there is the Great Armory, and on the other, the tower of St. Mary's Basilica, towering over the city.
Also called the arsenal, it is the most magnificent secular building of the mannerist architecture in Gdańsk.
It was created at the end of the 16th century, in the face of the growing threat from Sweden. Built of small, red, Dutch brick decorated with sandstone decorations and rich gilding. It gives the impression that the building consists of four separate tenement houses. The facade of the building is decorated with, among others two large portals, topped with cartouches with the coats of arms of Gdańsk supported by lions, a statue of Minerva, stone masks, figures of Gdańsk warriors and two octagonal towers topped with metal helmets.
Old Harbor Crane
The Gdańsk Crane is the best preserved reloading facility in Europe. Currently, a branch of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk. It is located in Śródmieście, on the banks of the Motława River, and is one of the most important symbols of the city. The facility consists of two brick towers and a wooden lifting mechanism formed by two pairs of treadmills.
The Golden House
It adorns the Long Market. It is distinguished by an extremely rich sculptural design and numerous gilding. Large, rectangular windows are surrounded by vertical pilasters and horizontal entablature, from which busts of famous men known from history grow, the space under the windows is filled with bas-reliefs with battle scenes, in the attic there are statues representing Prudence, Justice, Courage and Moderation, and their divine counterparts Faith, Hope and Love can be found in the lower part of the tenement house. The figure of Fortuna looks down from the top. The tenement house can only be viewed from the outside.
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