What to see in Gdansk in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Gdansk is a small world unto itself, due to the wealth of its resources, its infrastructure, its cultural heritage: one city ​​on a human scale despite its nearly 700.000 inhabitants, including the Old City, the cities of Gdynia, Sopot and other suburban cities which together form the so-called Triple City.
Gdansk is a city of a thousand contrasts, which nevertheless seem to be able to blend into a quiet and fascinating reality: from the Royal Way to the Motlawa river flows a life with a contemporary and future-oriented atmosphere, like the dozens of advanced European cities, in which the city center has a care and a total livability.


  1. One day itinerary in Gdansk: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Gdansk: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Gdansk: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Gdansk: Morning

1 - Royal Way and Basilica of the Virgin Mary

Plentiful and quality breakfast al Retro Cafe, in Ul.Piwna 5/6, where you can choose sweet or savory breakfasts, in a price range of € 3,00 / 4,00. From here we can head towards the heart of the historic center, small and well kept, where everything is close at hand. The best known access to the city is the Golden Gate, a seventeenth-century Dutch Mannerist-style door, which replaced a Gothic one from 1200, and which was largely rebuilt after the Great War in 1957. From here, we take the Royal Way: from Dlugi Targ, the largest square in the city with the famous Neptune Fountain to Via Mariacka.
Passing through Via Mariacka you will find all the major shops specializing in the sale of amber, a specialty of the area. Next to Via Mariacka, with a small detour, we come across the magnificent Co-Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the largest brick church in the world overlooking the city. Example of Gothic-Baltic more than 100 meters in length, completed in 200 years, whose 40% of the heritage was lost with the damage of the Second World War.

2 - Church of Santa Caterina and Church of Santa Brigida

Starting from the splendid Basilica of Maria, along our wanderings you can see the ordered, colorful buildings, treated like jewels: a few meters away we find Santa Caterina and Santa Brigida, two shining examples and symbols of the city. Santa Caterina is one of the oldest churches, founded towards the end of 1100, the building we see today is located between 1300/1400: inside, important works of art and the tombstone of the astronomer Johannes Hevelius, the father of lunar topography. A constant tribute was paid to him in 2011, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his birth, with the installation of a pulsar watch that is now considered the most accurate in the world.

Santa Brigida is also from the end of 1300, built to preserve the remains of the saint of the same name, which were previously in Rome. It was destroyed during the Second World War, and then rebuilt in the early 70s, with contemporary decorations and an impressive marble altar. Santa Brigida, during the strikes of the 80s, has always given refuge to the workers in struggle, becoming their point of reference, and becoming the sanctuary of the Solidarnosc union.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 21 min
  • Places visited: Via Mariacka, Via Piwna, Dlugi Targ, amber shops in the city center, Church of Santa Caterina, Santa Brigida, the Carmelite Church, the Mariacka Basilica, the Golden Gate (all free)
  • Gdansk: Individual Tour with Audio Guide 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Old Town
  • Where to have breakfast: Retro Cafe, Ul.Piwna 5/6 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Gdansk: Afternoon

1 - District of the Old Mill

Lunch at Rada Miasta Food & Wine, in Korzenna Street 33/35. Polish and international cuisine, courteous staff and excellent English, you can have lunch inside with a rustic and elegant decor, with wood and magnificent cross vaulted ceilings, or in the spacious garden, with an average cost of € 10,00, 20,00 and € , slightly above the Polish average (the place is worth it all).

The restaurant is located a stone's throw from the Old Mill, a huge building that manages to give the idea of ​​the original size of the disused mill, and of the amount of work carried out in the old days, when it was still in operation. Usually places like these are preserved as a tourist and cultural attraction, and as one of the few survivors of the Second World War, but this is not always possible: in fact, in the case of the mill the whole area has become a commercial center, eradicating a historical symbol of considerable importance. Turning inside the center and outside is important to reflect on the often present human myopia.

2 - Covered Market and Motlawa Riverside

Going on you come across the famous Covered market, reminiscent of an old railway station with all its load of rebirths and abandonments: a magnificent structure in which to find products of all kinds, typical and international, with zero-kilometer producers, real goodness and wonderful handicrafts. Here it is really impossible not to enter to understand the atmosphere of the real Gdansk and its people.

Leaving the market, we can take a long walk along the Motlawa riverside, charming and full of life, with beautiful contemporary and colorful buildings, in which the hand of the Dutch style is king. Rigorous architectural lines contrasted with the liveliness of daily life in Gdansk, with very long cycle paths and trendy clubs. Even today the Zuraw, the medieval crane used to unload goods, stands out.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 900 m / 11 min
  • Places visited: Old Mill, Covered Market, Motlawa Riverside (all free)
  • Gdansk: Private Walking Tour of Facts and Legends Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot Tricity Guided City Tour Gdansk: Half Day Bike Tour
  • Where to have lunch: Rada Miasta Food & Wine, Korzenna Street 33/35 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Gdansk: Evening

1 - Dinner and City Gates

Nothing better to end the day in the city than Jozef K Pub., in Ul.Piwna 1/2, a little bohemian, a little literary café, a little historical pub, with prices from € 5,00 to € 15,00. Top food, drinks and beers, with selected music for a quiet dinner. The evening lighting produces a truly remarkable scenic effect on the buildings and monuments: the evening is therefore the perfect time to admire the plays of light that enhance the complex architecture of the center, such as the various doors, which will lead us on a mini tour Without precedents.

In addition to the Golden Gate that we crossed during the day, we have the Gothic door of Santa Maria which introduces us to the Via Mariacka and its basilica that we saw during the day; there Door upstream, from 1400, the ancient entrance to the city; there Green Door, near the port and the Motlawa Canal, opposite the Dlugi Targ; there Door of Bread, built by the German knights in 1400; there Door of the Holy Spirit, on the riverside; there Gate of the Great Crane; The Door of the stall and Gate of San Giovanni.

2 - Red Light Pub

Greet Gdansk and its beauty surrounded by the locals, like being at home: al Red Light Pub, in Ul.Piwna 28/31, it can be done. Open until 3:00 at the weekend, it is a place with a great atmosphere, a stateless place in which to mix and feel tourists and natives at the same time: you can dance in the basement, and drink as in a sitting room on the ground floor, between tables in wood, soft lighting and colored walls. This pub is a great compromise between international atmosphere, contemporary tradition and a homely feel: the best celebration of a full day in Gdansk.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2 km / 24 min
  • Places visited: The City Gates (free)
  • Gdansk: 4-hour Pub Crawl
  • Where to dine: Pub Jozef K., Ul.Piwna, 1/2 - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • To reach the center from the airport: the best choice with a reasonable price is the taxi (€ 15,00), if you want to save even more, giving up a minimum of comfort, you can take bus 210 for less than € 1,00. Alternatively, you can choose a private car transfer directly from the airport to the hotel for around € 12,00 per person.
  • Don't change your money before you leave: The ATM is accepted everywhere, even at the bus machine, so it is useless to change money before leaving Italy (always a wrong move) or go crazy in search of a currency exchange as soon as you arrive.
  • Get a Tourist Card: it will give you access to a whole range of information and facilities, including activities, discounts and free admissions, all really close at hand. You can choose between various packages, depending on your interests: the 3 main types are the Family Package, the Sightseeing Package and the Active Package.
  • Book restaurants in advance: The food is cheap and yummy, so it's also possible to eat in places that we usually see beyond our means. The recommendation is to always book and, in case you haven't done so, never go to the clubs late, as kitchens close early throughout the city.
  • Save on hotels and b & b: if you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our offers - Hotels and b & bs starting from € 32,58 per room - find out more.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Difficult to have to give up something to visit when you fall in love with a city like Gdansk, but in the space of a single day you have to focus your eyes only on well-selected places.

  1. Old Town Hall, which has no special points of interest
  2. Torture House and Carceraria Tower, if you are not interested in the genre

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