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Gdansk, Poland is not only a beautiful city, but is jam-packed with history. Here’s a quick itinerary on how to make the most of 48 hours in this must-visit city.
Starting out in Gdansk’s old town, spend the morning exploring the picturesque Long Lane. Here you’ll find the city’s famous multi-coloured buildings as well as well as the iconic Neptune’s fountain. Next, head inside the nearby Gdansk Historical Museum. This is a perfect opportunity to really get your bearings and learn more about Gdansk’s incredibly eventful history. Look out for the lavishly detailed hand-painted ceilings, a collection of the fanciest traditional silver Polish beer tankards you will ever see (and, sadly, never drink out of) and, if you head to the very top of the building, a stunning view of the city.
There’s a common misconception that polish food is plain. A weekend in Gdansk will prove that this couldn’t be more wrong. For lunch, take a 15-minute walk from the old town to Niepokorni, a stylish spot serving Polish dishes with a twist. Every item on the menu is made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and is great value for money. After lunch, make your way to the National Maritime Museum which sits right beside the scenic Motlawa River. Here you can jump onboard and explore the SS Soldek, which was built shortly after WW2 and is the first seagoing ship ever built in Poland.
While peaceful during the day, Gdansk has a buzzing nightlife scene. After dinner head to Wisneiwski, a tiny but busy bar which serves nothing but traditional polish cherry liquor, or (at the total other end of the spectrum) cross the road for LUMI SHOTBAR. Here you’ll find a menu of over 70 inventive shot flavours topped with the likes of lollipops, whipped cream or flaming orange slices.
It is possible to travel around Gdansk with public transport, but with just 48 hours to explore the city, local taxis are an incredibly cheap way of getting from A to B. Take a ride to the Second World War museum which brings this huge chunk of world history to life with immersive displays, reconstructions and interactive media. Expect to spend at least three hours inside and to leave with a knowledge way more detailed than what many of us learnt the classroom.
Pierogarnia Mandu is the spot to experience traditional Polish dumplings. Described by locals as tasting just like what their grandmother’s used to make, this popular lunch spot serves classic variations filled with pork or vegetables, as well as interesting creations like a strawberry jam, peanut butter and white chocolate fried dumplings that taste a lot like the PBJ sarnies of your childhood (or adulthood - no judgement). After lunch, head back to the old town and take up a walk up the beautiful Mariacka Street toward St. Mary’s Church. Completed in 1503, this Roman Catholic Basilica is known for its stunning stained glass windows and well worth a visit.
There are few places in Europe where you can experience a 6-course fine dining menu for under £30, fortunately, Gdansk is one of them. The chic Fino Restaurant offers the perfect opportunity to finish your 48 hours in style while experiencing a menu of dishes you may have previously never thought possible.
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