What? You Haven’t Been to Gdansk?

If you’ve never been to Poland, or Eastern Europe, then perhaps Gdansk is the ideal place to start.

Here’s why you need to book your flights to Gdansk.

1. Gdansk is a maritime city with lots to see and do, all year round. No matter what your interests are, you’re bound to be able to find plenty to see and do.

2. The history of this city goes back over 1000 years. There are lots of reminders of the past around the city, and it has previously been under German rule. Why not find out more about the history of the city whilst you’re here?

3. If Gdansk sounds familiar to you, it might be because it’s the home town of Lech Walesa, the leader of the Solidarity trade union formed in 1980. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and was the RPime Minister of Poland from 1990 to 1995.

4. Gdansk also combines Sopot and Gdynia, and is known as a tricity. The metropolis has a Population of 750 000, making it a large city.

5. Sopot is a popular seaside resort with beaches, and means that booking flights to Gdansk is a good idea if you can’t decide between a week on the beach or a city break. You’ll get the best of both worlds when you visit Sopot.

6. Gdynia is a working port, and so there are lots of things to see and do here too. Why not see how and why the boats play such as huge part in the everyday lives of the residents.

7. The Old Town part of Gdansk is a tasteful mixture of old and new, and is helping Gdansk to move from its maritime history towards the petrochemicals, telecommunications and electronics that are essential in todays modern life.

8. Gdansk might be the ideal place if you need an Eastern Europe branch of your business. It’s an academic city, and so has plenty of of research facilities as well as labour and experience.

9. There is plenty of accommodation available here, and no matter whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel, or a family hotel, you’ll find the perfect place to stay, and enjoy your time here.

10. Thanks to low cost flights to Gdansk, it’s easy to get here, and within a few short hours, you could be experiencing this city for yourself. Whether you’re coming for the sun, or just to get away from it all, you’re bound to have a great time.

Now you know more about what goes on here, and why you need to visit, perhaps now is the time to book your flights to Gdansk and see it for yourself.

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Holiday in Gdansk

Gdansk, a great Polish city that is the most populated city in the Pomerania region of Northern Poland with a population of 455,830. Situated on the Baltic coast, it’s the principal seaport of Poland. Needless to say it’s a great place to spend a short break in.

If you’re feeling active, why not pay a visit to the huge Roman Catholic St Mary’s Church and climb the four hundred steps up to the glorious bell tower. Begun in 1379, it’s the largest brick church in the world, measuring 105.5m long and 66m wide at the nave. Once you’re inside, you’ll actually get a grasp of how big it really is – there’s actually room for 25,000 people in there.

Get an idea on how Communism affected Poland by visiting the European Solidarity Centre. You can’t go Gdansk and not visit this museum as it is simply fantastic. As the name suggests its main focus is on the Solidarity Movement that was crucial in freeing many countries from the Communism they had lived under for more than forty years. A lot of the content is accompanied with an English translation.

Another informative place to visit will be ‘Westerplatte’. What is the westerplatte? On the 1st of September 1939 World War II broke out on this site. The site now features a small museum alongside a large monument to the Polish Defenders. If you are remotely interested in World War II this would be a great place to visit to understand more about the Polish view on the War and how it started.

In contrast to the previous activities, a more relaxed place to visit and great for people with families is the Oliwa Zoo. A little bit out of the centre (on the tram line), it’s not just your typical Zoo; its surroundings include a great forest that looks stunning in the summer time on a warm day but you should be warned; the summer weekends are typically very crowded and you may struggle to get parked if you’re driving. Tickets are reasonably priced.

We also recommend the national art museum that features various exhibitions such as medieval fine arts, regional furniture and gold smithery. These are the permanent exhibitions but there are other exhibitions that change regularly such as the Abbots’ Palace showing contemporary art from Poland and the Abbots’ Granary showing ethnographic collections.

Finally, no trip to Gdansk would be complete without a visit to the Golden Gate – one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Built in 1614, it is located at the end of Long Lane and forms part of the old city fortifications. Constructed by Jan Strakowski and designed by Abraham van den Blocke, it shows a Dutch style, in contrast to the building next to it, the Botherhood of St George. Definitely, well worth a visit.

Just a quick and brief guide on what’s on offer in Gdansk, this often overlooked European destination. Flights are actually available from Luton Airport.