Part of the so called three city which comprises of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, places like this aren’t what people typically picture when they think of Poland. Located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Gdansk is a city which was beautifully restored after the Second World War and due to its miles of sandy beaches is a popular holiday destination for Poles, as well as people from all over Europe. Of course during the summer months, when Poland has surprisingly good weather, the beach is the main attraction with people flocking to the sandy shores to sunbathe and swim in the sea. Away from the beach there are a plethora of beautiful buildings, amazing architecture and a unique market, all of which are well worth looking out for during your stay in Gdansk. Important historical sites to visit include the solidarity museum (solidarity originated in the tri-city and the Westerplatte museum, where only 180 Poles resisted 3500 Germans and their artillery for almost a week’s time. In terms of sport, Gdansk boasts a 45,000 seater stadium which is the home of Eklstraklasa side Lechia Gdansk. There is also an Ekstraliga rugby team, also called Lechia Gdansk. When it comes to the nightlife there is a lot of places worth visiting in Gdansk, as well as neighbouring Sopot which perhaps boasts even better nightlife than Gdansk and is just a short taxi ride away. With the aforementioned beach, great nightlife on your doorstep and the added luxury of a beach, whatever the age and ability of your group you’re sure to have a great tour in Gdansk.
Gdansk airport is located 12km west of the city and is reachable on the following routes: Ryanair: Birmingham, Bristol, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester. Wizz Air: Aberdeen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Liverpool, London Luton.
Ireland:Warszawa, ul. Humańska 10, tel. (+48 22) 849 66 55
Gdansk's recent history
Gdansk is a city which is growing in popularity each year, mainly thanks to the increasing number of budget airlines flying to this city from UK. Known as part of the ‘tri-city’ along with Gdynia and Sopot, there is plenty to see and do in this destination in the north of Poland. During the summer months there is a nice beach to enjoy, with the warm Polish summers making it the perfect destination to sunbathe and swim in the sea. And also like all major cities in Poland there is plenty of history and interesting things to see, such as the long market, golden gate and the national museum. If you want a good night out as well then the town of Sopot located nearby is known as one of the best party towns in Poland. There is also a rich sporting legacy in this town, with the gigantic PGE arena playing host Lechia Gdansk, one of the biggest teams in Poland. Not to mention the wide variety of other sports played in the city making it a great sports tour destination.
What's the weather like in Gdansk?
Contrary to popular belief, Poland enjoys very warm summers with Gdansk being no exception. It is known to get as hot as 30c in the summer months, meaning that the weather is perfect to enjoy the beaches in the north of Poland. The winters are cold however, with temperatures of -15c not uncommon coupled with heavy snowfall.
Prices and local currency
The currency used in Gdansk is the Polish Zloty, NOT the Euro as some travellers believe. The exchange rate at the moment is about 5.75 zloty to the pound, which coupled with the cheap prices here means trips to Gdansk can be done on a very low budget. You can eat a meal in a restaurant for a low as 5-10 GBP per person, with a beer costing about 1,50 GBP. Polish notes come in 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 denominations, although it’s always worth making sure you have change as many places often don’t have enough coins.
Taxis in Gdansk
Gdansk is a very compact city so it is usually quite easy to walk around, or use public transport. However, there may be some times when a taxi is the better option, especially if you want to go to Sopot for a night out. If you just jump into a waiting taxi in and around the centre then you’re quite likely to end up getting ripped off, as they will unfortunately see you as ‘fair game’ if they’re not working for a reputable company. One way to avoid this is to call one of the reputable companies; however this is likely to prove difficult unless you speak Polish.
At Sports Tours Poland we do have a pool of tame drivers which we can supply in special cases. If one or two arrive on separate planes in your group, we will do our best to arrange taxis for them at their own cost. We do this purely as a service and are not making any profit on this. Please ask our guides to arrange taxis for you and then you will be guaranteed a civilised rate. Please do not contact Sports Tours Poland office lines for taxi use while you are here, except under cases of genuine emergency.
Public transport in Gdansk is cheap and reliable. A large network of buses, trolleybuses and trams cover the entire city making it very easy to get from one point to another if it’s too far to go on foot. Tickets are charged per journey costing 3.20 PLN for a single journey. Tickets can be bought from machines at bus and tram stops, or also from kiosks as well as on board some buses and trams. Once you’ve bought your ticket you must validate it in one of the on board ticket validators which will stamp it with the date and time. Failure to do this could result in a hefty fine if there is a ticket inspector on board. Please also note that ticket machines on board buses and trams don’t accept notes or cards, so you must make sure you have enough for the ticket in coins.
The buses and trams are identified by number, with each bus or tram stop listing the number of each line and the stops it will go to.
Drink in Gdansk
Drinking is deeply embedded in the Polish way of life, with alcohol available pretty much anywhere. Bars are open a lot longer here than in the UK, with many bars staying open until the last customer leaves.
The most popular drinks in Poland are beer, and of course vodka. Polish beers are very strong, but they also taste great with even the most common brands such as Tyskie or Kasztelan being of the highest quality. The strength of each one is usually a minimum of 5%, although there are a few weaker ‘session’ beers available. Dark beers or porters are also very popular here, and whilst they taste great they are often quite heavy and usually stronger than the lagers. You can also get some imported beers such as Heineken, however these are more expensive and roughly the same price you’d pay in the UK. For a Polish beer (500ml) you’re looking at between 6-10zl. Polish vodka is also known to be some of the best in Europe, with a number of different flavours available in each bar. It is also very cheap, with a large shot of vodka usually costing around 5 zl (less than one pound). Good quality wine is also readily available, with the prices often a lot cheaper than in the UK. Common sense rules do apply though, so never order a bottle of wine without checking the price first as you may end up with a nasty shock once the bill arrives.
Food in Gdansk
The Poles have a phrase which describes their duties to their lucky guests: “A guest in my house is like God in my house”. This means that it’s very hard to go hungry in Poland!
Restaurants in Gdansk are known for having good quality food and also very generous portions. Polish food is very good and also very cheap, with a restaurant meal costing you between 5 and 10 pounds on average.
There are a variety of Polish restaurants sitting next to Ukrainian, English, French, Italian, Indian, and Chinese amongst others. Of course not unlike any major European city there are also the typical array of chain restaurants and fast-food joints.
Top 5 sights to visit when in Gdansk
1. Visit Long Market
The long market in Gdansk is one of the most notable tourist attractions in the region, situated in the middle of the city. It really is something that you can’t miss when visiting the city, with the focal point of this place is the bronze statue of the sea god Neptune which was created in 1633 and restored in 2011/12. The square itself is surrounded by fascinating buildings, many of which are colourful ornate houses which really do look spectacular when the sun is out. Long Market has been described as ‘the soul of the city’ with many restaurants and bars around the end of the market making it a perfect place to sit back and relax.
2. Visit the beach
When people think of Poland they don’t necessarily associate it with beaches, however the north of Poland is full of sandy beaches which are definitely worth a visit. The beachfront in the Gdansk area stretches for 30km so there is plenty of coast line to explore. The facilities on the more popular beaches are also good, especially for volleyball players as there are a number of beach volleyball courts available. There are also a number of places to hire boats and kayaks, great for any water sports enthusiasts. The beaches have the added advantage of being in easy reach of the city centre as well, easily accessible by tram or on foot.
3. Have a night out in Sopot
Whilst the nightlife in Gdansk is known to be good, the nightlife in neighbouring Sopot is even better, which is why that’s where the locals head for a night out. Located just 12km from Gdansk, Sopot is a thriving town packed full of bars and clubs, many of which are in full swing every night of week during the warmer months. Sopot can be easily reached by tram or train at the start of the night; however we’d recommend organising a taxi to take you back at the end of the night. It’s well worth it though as you’re sure to have a great night out in what is known as one of the best party cities in Poland.
4. Go to watch a Lechia Gdansk match
Like any other country in Europe, Polish people are crazy about football. And in Gdansk you have the opportunity to go and watch one of the biggest teams in Poland; Lechia Gdansk, who have had a lot of money invested in them in recent years and are expected to be challenging for the Polish title sooner rather than later. Lechia play their home games at the impressive PGE Arena Gdansk which holds 41,000 people and was built originally for the Euro 2012 Championships. The Lechia fans are also known to be some of the most passionate in Poland, creating a great atmosphere at every single home game.
5. Visit the European Solidarity Centre
Opened in 2014, the grand multimedia exhibition traces Poland’s struggle against the communist rule. Whilst this appeals to anybody who is interested in the communist history of Poland, it is also interesting if you’re not as a series of moving series of exhibitions demonstrate what life was like in communist Poland, as well as the key role workers at the Gdansk shipyards played in creating the solidarity trade union in 1980, ultimately bringing down the regime in 1989. This is a truly educational experience and one which can be enjoyed by all, regardless of any prior knowledge of the communist history in Poland.
There are a wide range of sports on offer. We can arrange fixtures for football, rugby, basketball, volleyball, hockey, handball, and American football. As well as fixtures we can also get you tickets to watch Ekstraklasa team Lechia Gdansk play.
Gdansk has a beautiful beach which is well worth visiting in the summer. The warm summer temperatures mean that it is the perfect location to do a bit of sunbathing and also to swim in the sea.
Gdansk is a very picturesque place. As well as the aforementioned beaches, there is also a beautiful old town with a number of impressive buildings and monuments which have to be seen. It’s well worth taking a proper tour whilst you’re here to see it all.
Nearby Sopot is known to be one of the best party cities in Poland. It’s just a short taxi journey away, and if packed full of restaurants, bars and clubs where you can sample some authentic Polish nightlife.
The prices! With Poland still not yet using the Euro it means that prices here are a lot cheaper than other cities in Europe. You can expect to pay 5 – 10 GBP for a restaurant meal and only 1,50 GBP for a beer!
It’s easy to get to. There are very short flight times with a number of low cost airlines running flights to Gdansk everyday meaning wherever you are in the UK it’s easy to get there!