What do you guys know about Poland? Not much I believe (as I knew). But this country has so much to offer for a tourist: rich history, authentic culture, lush nature and a friendly staying! Even if you only have a few days, spend them in one of the prettiest cities of Poland — Gdansk!Honestly, I didn’t plan to visit Poland in the nearest future, but life always has a different plan for me. Spontaneously, after the announcement of official long Lunar New Year holidays at one of my online jobs, I decided to use this free time to go on a solo trip! I spent 4 days in the city next to the Baltic Sea and here are my personal top 10 things to do in Gdansk:
1. Walk an endless number of times along the Dluga street that is in Gdansk old town and examine everything there. From the first sight, it may seem that all the buildings are just huge ginger cookies (especially during the Christmas time), but they are real indeed!
Sitting in a restaurant looking at those charming little houses was the best time spending for me in #Gdansk. ❓Who do you imagine live there? How do they spend their days and nights? Go to the highest floor, look out the windows and follow the strangers… Does it sound too #romantic? Only till the night comes… 😁😎 #RushAway #RushAwayBlog #RushAwayTravel
2. See the city from above in the tower of St. Mary’s Church. The regular ticket costs 8 Polish zloty (≈ $2.5 USD). Note: they only accept cash! There you can also see the astronomical clock.
3. Buy some amber jewelry on a beautiful Mariacka street. The street is charming itself and full of local little amber shops where you can find a perfect present to bring back home. Also, notice all the gargoyles next to each building: they are a characteristic element of Gdansk architecture.
My first day in #Gdansk and I can say it's pretty confusing 😕For the first time while travelling I can't feel comfortable and relaxed in a city. And I don't know how to explain it 😂 Probably, I'm still tired after the road, but it was difficult for me to even find a supermarket 😑 Or might be because people seem very familiar (Polish and Russian people are both Slavic) while the place looks very different. I won't analyze it anymore, ok 🙃 I've seen most of the popular sights already though 😛 Gdansk is really lovely, indeed! Going out to try some local food tonight 😋 #RushAway #RushAwayBlog #RushAwayTravel
4. Take a tram to the Oliwa district and look at a usual life of the city through the window. Being there, don’t miss a small concert of organ music in the Oliwa Cathedral. The schedule depends on the time of the year and the day. Check it here.
5. Explore the Oliwa district and its authentic houses
6. Take an hour to just “be there” in the Oliwa Park. Even in winter, it’s really lovely.
7. Go up the Pacholek stairs to see the Oliwa neighborhood from the top
8. Take a train to Sopot and see its amazing pier, the longest in Europe.
The longest #pier on the #Baltic coast — 511,5 metres! It was first opened for visitors in 1827 and since then is one of the main attractions of #Sopot in #Poland. I've spent there about an hour taking photos and videos of the #sea, seagulls, tourists, and enjoying the view and the #freedom. 🔝 More photos from that place are in my stories for the next 24 hours! 🔝 Second time at the sea for this winter, but no swimming 😂 Could be weird for someone, but this is how I like it: admiring any kind of weather and season the nature offers us. Relax and enjoy it with me!😘 #RushAway #RushAwayBlog #RushAwayTravel
9. Visit the Museum of the WWII in the city where the war began with the first shots fired at Westerplatte on September 1st of 1939. It’s a MUST. Even if you are like me, a person, who doesn’t like to spend time on visiting museums, when the travel time is short, I still insist on this point. There you can touch the history, learn people’s experience, see how life was during those horrible years.
10. The last, but definitely not least: become happy just because you are alive (you’ll get the vibe after visiting the Museum). Sit in a cozy restaurant next to the Stara Motlava river and spend a few minutes being grateful for everything happening to you. It’s so important.
It's Friday night and I can let myself have a little blurry pictures 😝 This day made me friends with #Gdansk! I just feel so happy here and everything suddenly feels so familiar and warm. Different parts of the city remind me other cities I've lived in for a long time. It unexpectedly brings so many memories and feelings… Summary: food is good (a lot like Russian), the city is lovely, people are amazing 👌 ❔What are you up to this night❓ #RushAway #RushAwayBlog #RushAwayTravel
Which of these would you love to visit first?
Have you ever been to Poland? Share your experience in short in the comments below! I’d like to know your feedback and find out your personal tips and preferences on visiting beautiful Gdansk city!