Cheap flights, cheap booze and polish dumplings! We visited June and the weather was really nice. There are lots of Polish tourists and not so many others, it was quite nice not to stick out like a sore thumb – lots of people tried speaking to us in Polish. Here are my tips for your long weekend to the Baltic coast.
- Familia Bistro amazing borsch and dumplings. Inexpensive Lithuanian influenced food.
- Bar Pod Ryba cheap and cheerful jacket potatoes
- Make sure you try the rollmops (if you eat fish) & of course the dumplings! There are some nice fish restaurants around, but we were on a tight budget!
- Labeerynt – craft beer
- Flisak 76 – cocktails on the main square
- Amsterdam Bar
- Make sure you try the vodka!
- Gdansk Old Town
Gdansk became the centre of Dutch activity in the 16th century, with Dutch immigrants playing an important role in the life of the city. Gdansk was home to thousands of Dutch merchants, bankers, architects, craftsmen, who contributed to economic growth and made their mark on present appearance of the city, making it significantly Dutch in character. Most of historical landmarks, monuments, towers and defense walls seen in the city today have Dutch imprint on them.
Most tourist attractions are located along or near Ulica Długa (Long Street) and Długi Targ (Long Market).
This is one of the most engaging museums I’ve been to. Lots of interactive exhibits. It’s about the history of Solidarity, the Polish trade union and civil resistance movement, and other opposition movements of Communist Eastern Europe. Also very reasonably priced.
- Go to Sopot to the beach
Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot are part of the Trojmiasto (Tri-city). Sopot is just 15 minutes away on the train or a 20 min drive. There are nice beaches, a pier, fish and chips. It was really busy when we went – think Brighton.
- Oliwa Cathedral (in Sopot)
This is next to a nice park (Park Oliwa)
- Go to the harbourside
- St Mary’s Church – climb the tower (400 steps!)