I spent my first afternoon in Gdansk to get the hang of this place. The rest of my days I used to explore the city in detail. There was so much to see and my time spent here was well worth it. These buildings and museums are what you should not miss while in Gdansk. Otherwise try to lose yourself in the city and just enjoy the architecture. Yours, Pollybert
1.) Artus Court on the Long Market (Dlugi Targ): enter and feel transported into a different time.
2.) Museum of the Second World War: buy your tickets online, otherwise you might end up like me. Standing in front of it with no way of getting inside.
3.) National Maritime Museum: Crane: At one time it was the biggest working crane in the world and had a capacity to lift four tonnes. Two prisoners had to push the wheels. just looking at them depressed me. This was the original rat race.
4.) St. Mary’s Church or Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: The church is humongous and one of the biggest brick churches in the world. Not only impresses the cavernous interior but also the tower which you can climb up. It takes about forever to get to the top but the view makes up for it.
5.) Main Town Hall: If you like to climb towers, there is another one at the Main Town Hall. The beautiful picture above of St. Mary’s Church I took up there. Most of the building was destroyed in a fire in March 1945 but has then been lovingly restored to its former glory.
6.) National Maritime Museum: Soldek: The Soldek was the first ship to be built in Poland after WWII and used as a freighter. I am not really sure where everything was stored. But the ship was definitely large enough for a lot of storing. The city of Gdansk bought it in 1980 and uses it now as a museum. There were Lots of stairs inside. I was already tired after visiting. Just imagine you had to work here.