We made a little holiday in one of the most beautiful cities of Poland! Gdansk! I was there before for one night with my boyfriend and we knew we have to come back in summer! My boyfriend is from Poland and he knows much about Gdansk/Poland because he is running a Swedish website about Gdansk and Poland. So we did and packed also my best friend. Sadly the weather was not that good but this could not stop us to have a nice vacation! Gdansk belongs together with Gdynia and Sopot. Together they are called Tri-City metropolitan area.
Berlin to Gdansk
As some of you know I live in Berlin and from there we also went to Gdansk. We took the train because this was the cheapest solution and it was not that bad! We booked first class AND seats! Sometimes when the train is too full you do not get seats, even when you booked the first class. For 6 hours train ride it was really important for us! If you drive from Berlin I have one recommendation for you to safe money! Book at first a Berlin-Brandenburg Ticket with this you can drive to Szczecin (Or in Germany we call this city Stettin) and then book tickets from Stettin to Gdansk. You can get tickets in Stettin but also online. The difference is quite big. If you buy the whole ticket from Berlin you pay German prices ( around 100€ per person) but when you book from Stettin to Gdansk and take the polish train then you pay of course the polish prices (50€ per person). BUT do not forget to book seats also in the polish train ( If you want to have some). We watched movies while the ride and were literally shopping in KFC before so we do not starve to death on the train. Ha ha. In the most of the train, they also have food but it is always cheaper and also much nicer to bring something with you.
Old Town Apartment
After we arrived in Gdansk we had to find the reception for our flat we booked for our trip. Google maps and Taxi drivers will be a big help for your trip. Our help was that my boyfriend is half polish and he was quite often in Gdansk before. So we found the reception of the Old Town Apartments Apartinfo and checked in and got the keys. Now we needed to walk around 10 minutes to get to our apartment. We had our flat in the middle of the beautiful old town of Gdansk. We had it close to the train, bars, restaurants and supermarkets. So we had everything we needed in walk distance. The Apartment itself was really okay. We had one bedroom and an open living room with kitchen. In the living room was a big comfortable couch to sleep on for my best friend. The beds were little too hard for us but everybody is different in this. The couch was little bit softer than our bed. The Bathroom was big enough and the shower worked too good… and with this I mean that the whole bathroom was underwater after someone showered. The Wifi worked really good and with the kitchen we were also pleased. After all we felt good in this apartment. It always could be better but for this price in the middle of the old town we can not complain. We paid 78€ per night for 3 person. So everyone paid 26€ per night and this is really cheap.
Restaurants & Bars
We tired quite many restaurants and bars and we ate well in all of them! So you do not have to worry about finding a good restaurant. The old town of Gdansk is a tourist place and they care about the tourists there. So for you, it is just the question what do you like? Chinese? Mexican? Oriental? Or maybe typical polish food? You will find every in and around the old town.
What I recommend the most is Sphinx. This is a restaurant chain and it is quite famous in Poland and really really really nice. Especially for people that like to eat meat! You get really full for little money. Here is a restaurant finder for Sphinx and here is the menu. Sadly they just have it in polish on the website but in the restaurants they have also menus in English.
What to do?
I am not that history fan so I did not do any tours or something like this. What I really want to do next time is to go with one of the pirate’s ships. Sadly the weather was not the best when we there so we did not do it. One thing I recommend is to go on the Amber Eye or Gdansk Eye (There are more names for it), on this you can see the whole beautiful Old Town. I was there in the evening and it was really beautiful to watch. Else you can shop much in Poland because Poland is so nice cheap! Mostly you find this shops in the side streets, where you can find many cheap shoes that are really nice. I have extremely many shoes from Poland and they are super!
Gdansk has endless of Shopping Malls (Poland in general) that you can visit and shop.
There is one gigantic Mall called Centrum Riviera. This is one is not directly in Gdansk but in Gdynia. This you reach fast and simple with the train. On the website also stand how you can reach this mall with different vehicles.
In March we go there again and I will definitely tell you about it! 🙂
I know that Poland does not sound like the biggest country to travel to. BUT I just recommend it! I was already so often in Poland now and I love it there. The Tri-City metropolitan area with Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia is my favorite til now in Poland. So it is really worth to travel there.