Part beautiful Hanseatic city, part gritty port town and part Baltic riviera, the northern Polish city of Gdánsk offers a winning combination of coastal appeal. Though the core of this picturesque, colourful city, with its narrow merchant houses, looks ancient, it’s actually a postwar reconstruction – but the history is genuine.
The shipyard crane dates back to the 15th century, and the city was the birthplace of the Solidarity anti-communist movement. Come summer, the action moves to the hip, coastal resort of Sopot, with its golden sand beach, lively party scene and attractive pier (the longest in Europe).
Where to stay
Best for location to the city centre: PURO Gdansk Stare Miasto
Best for great views and location to the city: Hotel Mercure Gdansk Stare Miasto
Daily budget: Basic €50, occasional treat €70
Drink: Vodka (50ml shot) €1
Food: Żurek soup €2–3
Hostel/budget hotel: €12/€35
Travel: Train: Warsaw–Kraków €33; bus: €15
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