“Dobry wieczór” and welcome to our next instalment of Gdansk; Poland.
Let’s start with the basics about Gdansk:
- The airport is around 30-40 minutes away from the centre of town. A taxi will be around 80 Polish Zloty which is roughly 17 euros. On the two occasions I took a taxi, I found the drivers to be exceptionally chatty, honest and friendly. I’ve heard in other Eastern European cities such as Prague and Budapest, that you can’t trust the taxi drivers but Gdansk wasn’t like this at all.
- For the second time in my life, I stayed at a Hostel called the Riverside Hostel Gdansk. Overall my experience wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything to ring home about either. Look, I’ll be honest, I’m not really a hostel gal – normally I prefer Airbnb or hotels but I chose this place because it was extremely close to the centre of town and I wanted a relatively low-in-price final option for my big trip through Eastern Europe. The main receptionists were absolutely lovely, real gems and helped me with a lot during my stay. My room was quite clean but the *shared* bathroom was quite icky.
- I believe there is one company which offers free walking tours. Unfortunately, because it was World Youth Day while I was there, the company had closed for a few days. This meant I had to go to the information centre and book a spot on a private walking tour. I was told I could expect 2-12 people in my group. When I turned up, my guide was an 83 year old Polish man and my group was just one British couple. The gentleman was really cute and sweet but somehow he had 1000% more energy than me, could talk under water and after 2.5 hours, I was pretty satisfied and could’ve gone home. In the end, his tour was around 4.5 hours. I think a spot on this tour cost me around 20 euros, which, when I think about it, is quite expensive. (When I join free walking tours in other cities, I normally tip around 10 euros.)
- As someone who loves Amsterdam, I have to admit that Gdansk reminds me of a colourful mini version of AMS. Have a look at the photos below and see for yourself!
- I was really pleasantly surprised by the food. There were so many stylish, cute and modern cafes and restaurants that I was spoilt for choice! Click here if you’d like a list of my favourites: The Surprisingly Foodie City of Gdansk; Poland
- Most people I encountered spoke enough English that you could have a full conversation, so no lingual worries there.
- Gdansk is fairly touristy – there are many of them everywhere but once you start getting outside of the main harbour district, you’ll find quieter spots to sit and enjoy.
- I was told that you can do a boat trip out of the city to other historical locations nearby. I didn’t have the time for this but you can also visit the beach – there’s a town nearby called Sopot which is supposed to be what a lot of people do.
- I’m not usually a fan or reader of the UK’s Mirror but this link has some nice historical information about Gdansk:
Overall, I’d happily recommend Gdansk to anyone visiting Poland or Europe. I found it to be cute, safe and enjoyable! And rather cheap coming from the Euro perspective. I just can’t believe I hadn’t made it to Poland before now – crazy. It’s been next door the whole time and I never thought to go.
Next on my list for Poland though: Krakow & Wroclaw. Does anyone have any insider tips for me for those cities?
So enjoy this series of photos. Below you’ll find photos from my walking tour and photos from my final day in Gdansk, when the sun finally reared its head.
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