20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

Gdansk (or Danzig in German) is Poland’s 6th largest city, with a history so fascinating, you’ll want to hit the history books to read all about it. The city was part of Poland, then Prussia, then the German Empire, then it was a free city, then back to Germany and finally – finally – back to Poland. But I knew it as that pretty city I kept seeing on Pinterest that I absolutely must visit.  Stunning architecture? Check. Delicious food? Check. Affordable city? Double check. In case you need an extra push to book that plane ticket, here are some pictures that will help you make up your mind.

Although we got off to a rocky start, I was instantly excited we decided to include Gdansk on our summer plans. When we first set out to explore the city, it was cloudy and incredibly crowded, something we had hoped to leave behind in Krakow. Regardless, after breakfast (longest I’ve ever had to wait for some eggs) we set out to explore the city and I quickly fell in love with the architecture. With German and Dutch influences, Gdansk felt like the love child of Amsterdam and Stockholm – two of my favorite cities, so naturally I added the Polish gem on the same list. While waiting for breakfast, I sent mom some of the pictures below  and her reply was short and fast: “I want to go there!!!” 😂

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

While Gdansk isn’t a big city, there sure are a lot of interesting places to see. Such as St. Mary’s Church, the largest brick church in the world. You can truly admire how huge it is by climbing the Old Town Hall Tower, all the houses around it look like miniatures.

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk
On the left, the Old Town Hall in Gdansk
20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk
St Mary’s church and the miniature houses

We went on the other side of the Motława River to get a different view of the town and surprisingly, it was less crowded and a lot more beautiful (if that was even possible).

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

If you like amber, then prepare to have your wallet emptied, as there are a lot of shops with all kinds of beautiful jewelry. 😀 With amber in a lot of colors, I had a hard time deciding what to bring back to my family, but they all loved what I got. #win

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

The next day, I woke up early and went out to take some pictures before the crowds returned to the city center and it was such a different vibe, the streets were almost empty and quiet, the sun was shining and I got to enjoy Gdansk on my own and take pictures without worrying about having a few hundred different heads in my photos. In the words of Mr Kanye West, “Woke up an optimist, sun was shinin’, I’m positive”. Please punch me for quoting that!

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

As beautiful as Gdansk is during the day, it truly comes alive at night. There are a lot of great restaurants and bars (wait til you read Paul’s food post!) and the view from the other side of the Motlawa river is simply breathtaking.

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk
My favorite photo from Gdansk….and currently my desktop background

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

Well I hope you’re on the Ryan Air or Easy Jet sites, looking for cheap flights by now. 😉 Gdansk is definitely an interesting city and makes a relaxing city break or a short stop while visiting Poland.

Have you ever been to Gdansk?

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20 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Gdansk

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  • YASSSS. TBH, Poland’s nowhere near the top of the list of my travel musts, but I am a sucker for colorful, whimsical architecture.

    • It’s so pretty, you’d love it just like you loved Tallinn 😀

  • World Journeys

    i missed gdansk when I went to Poland. Wish I hadnt now it looks MAGNIFICENT!

    • Now you have a reason to go back to Poland 😉

  • Umberta Gentile

    Oh such a nice town!! I’ve never heard of it before… I’ve to save this for my next trips 😉
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Umberta
    https://thesecretlifeofanactress.blogspot.fr/

    • I hope you’ll love it if you decide to visit 😀

  • Lucy Dodsworth

    Looks gorgeous, Poland is one of my potentials for this autumn and you’re winning me over already!

    • Oooh, I bet the city looks even more beautiful in autumn, with all the colors and less crowds.

  • That is so beautiful- I keep seeing your photos and thinking it’s Portugal with the colours but looking at that Hanseatic style architecture is wonderful, so northern European but such fantastic bright shades. I am VERY tempted. Thanks for linking up with #c5

    • Thank you! I hope you can visit it, it’s a very lovely city!

  • What beautiful architecture. I didn’t realise the houses were so colourful in Poland, they are beautiful 🙂 Great photos! #CityTripping

    • They are the same in Poznan as well, but the ones in Krakow had different styles – still beautiful though.

  • What a beautiful place. I love those houses, so colourful. We would thoroughly enjoy wandering the streets of this city. #citytripping

    • That was my favorite thing to do – just wander on its streets. Especially early in the morning 🙂

  • gorgeous houses!:)

    • They are lovely indeed, I loved photographing them 🙂

  • I have not been to Gdansk but you are correct – your photos have absolutely convinced me to go there! I’m bumping it right up my to-visit list!

    • Glad to hear that, I hope you’ll love Gdansk too. Just be careful as it gets super crowded in summer.

  • The city is gorgeous! I am hooked with Poland since I visited Krakow not that long ago. As a matter of fact, I would like to tour Poland. Like you said, the food is delicious and the prices are very moderate.

    • I didn’t like Krakow as much, but that was mostly because it was incredibly crowded (because of World Youth Day). There are so many other places I want to see in Poland, would love to go back soon!

  • This just got me excited! I’ve just started planning to visit a friend who lives in Gdansk in February for our birthdays! Absolutely beautiful! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • brown45263456@mail.ru

    Great info,Gdansk is Poland of 6th biggest city or notorious city in the digital world. It is excited place and amusing place for travel or journey like as Poland, Prussia and German. Thanks for important info information.

  • Caroline

    Heading there in May with a couple of Friends can’t wait….Thank you for sharing your Wonderful Photos

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