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Meet your guide and driver by the ship / hotel lobby and start the tour. Learn brief history of this hanseatic town while driving from the port of Gdynia via Sopot and Oliwa (photo stop by Oliwa Cathedral is possible) to the town of Gdansk.
Old Town in Gdańsk can be found north of the modern city center. There are lots of exciting structures there, including: Gdańsk Granaries, Gdańsk Mills, Gdańsk Town Hall, Monument of King Sobieski, Polish Post, Preachers' House. The main streets of the Old town are Ulica Długa (Long Street) and Długi Targ (Long Market), a pedestrian walkways surrounded by buildings reconstructed in historical (primarily during the 17th century) style and flanked at both ends by elaborate city gates.
The Golden Gate is one of the most notable tourist attractions of the city. It was created in 1612–14 in place of a 13th-century gothic gate, the Brama Długouliczna (Long Street Gate). Both sides of the gate have attiques, with figures symbolizing the qualities of the ideal citizen.
The Green Gate is located between Long Market (Długi Targ) and the River Motława. The Green Gate was clearly inspired by the Antwerp City Hall. It was built as the formal residence of Poland's monarchs. Today the Green Gate houses the National Museum in Gdańsk. Exhibitions, meetings, conferences and shows are held here. The Gdańsk office of former Polish President Lech Wałęsa is located in one of the rooms.
Gdańsk Main Town Hall is a historic Ratusz, one of the finest examples of the Gothic-Renaissance historic buildings in the city, built at the intersection of the Ulica Długa (Long Street) and Długi Targ (Long Market), in the most popular part of Gdańsk. The Main Town Hall houses the History Museum of the City of Gdańsk.
St. Mary's Church is currently one of the two or three largest brick churches in the world. The church is decorated within with several masterpieces of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque painting. The most notable, The Last Judgement by Flemish painter Hans Memling, is currently preserved in the National Museum of Gdańsk. Other works of art are: Jerusalem Altar, 1495-1500 (currently in the National Museum in Warsaw), High Altar, 1511–1517, Michael of Augsburg, Ten Commandments, approx. 1485, Gravestone of Simon and Judith Bahr, 1614–1620, Abraham van den Blocke, Pietà, approx. 1420, Holy Mother of God sculpture, approx. 1420, Gdańsk astronomical clock, 1464–1470, Hans Düringer of Toruń, reconstructed after 1945, Organ set, partially transferred from the St. Johns church in 1985.
Solidarity is a Polish labour union that was founded on 17 September 1980 at the Lenin Shipyard under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa. In the 1980s, Solidarity was a broad anti-bureaucratic social movement, using the methods of civil resistance to advance the causes of workers' rights and social change. The square, named after this union is marked by the Monument to the fallen Shipyard Workers opened on 16 December 1980 near the entrance to what was then the Lenin Shipyard. It commemorates the 42 or more people killed during the Coastal cities events in December 1970. The protests were sparked by a sudden increase of prices of food and other everyday items. As a result of the riots, which were put down by the Polish People's Army and the Citizen's Militia, at least 42 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded.
Stutthof was a Nazi German concentration camp built in a secluded, wet, and wooded area near the small town of Sztutowo 34 km (21 mi) east of the city of Gdańsk in the former territory of the Free City of Danzig. The camp was set up around already existing structures after the invasion of Poland in World War II, used for the imprisonment of Polish intelligentsia. The actual barracks were built in the following year by hundreds of prisoners enslaved in specialized commandos. Stutthof was the first camp outside German borders, in operation from 2 September 1939, and the last camp liberated by the Allies on 9 May 1945. More than 85,000 victims died in the camp out of as many as 110,000 inmates deported there.
Enjoy a Panoramic Driving city tour with photo stops at most important places, like the Solidarity square that set off working class fight for more freedom , the ship yard from where Cold War broke out, and the view of the island where World War II started.
You will then continue further East, heading out to the picturesque lowlands that surround Gdansk, to finally arrive to the little village of Sztutowo, a popular eco-friendly vacation destination among the poles nowadays, yet a place with terrifying history back in mid 20th century.
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