Visit Gdańsk and go to Hel!

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Probably every adult Pole sees Gdańsk as the icon-place for holiday as well as the icon-place of struggle for freedom. This dual iconic status makes the city and its vicinity a special place really. Medieval and Renaissance buildings, port and shipyard cranes, WWII sites – all this makes Gdańsk a place worth seeing…
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Why not to start from above?
The Gdańsk Wheel looks pretty much like the London Eye though it’s a bit smaller. Still, with its high of 55 meters it gives a good panoramic look at the Gdańsk Old Town. We immediately decided to hop on a ride. It was nice to just float over the city and observe it from above (droneless :). The children also had fun.
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Facts & Tips
The wheel comes to Gdańsk for the summer season only.
Tickets: 25 PLN / 15 PLN (children under 1.40m)
Open: 10AM-10PM
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You just need to see the European Solidarity Centre. The grand opening of the place took place in 2014 and it is really impressive. Even the shape of the building is worth seeing.
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Simple shapes with disproportionately small windows and rusty façade resemble authentic shipyard. Certainly, this is a real treat for foreign tourists who want to know how the history changed for the world because of the Gdansk shipyard strikes. This is also great for children. That’s right – the children do not get bored here! On the contrary, they run from room to room with wide-open eyes. All thanks to audioguide specially prepared for them. Our kids (6 and 10 years) did not omit anything. Besides, the exhibitions are packed with interactive modern presentation tools and installations. Nearly 2K authentic objects – e.g. police trucks, or shipyard crane – will tell you the story. So, with or without kids, the ESC is absolutely worth a visit.
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Facts & Tips
Opening hours of the European Solidarity Centre:
May-September form 10AM to 8PM
October-April from 10AM to 6PM
Tickets: 17 PLN regular, 13 PLN discount, 47 PLN family
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The Gdansk Crane at one point in history was the world’s biggest crane. It’s history goes back to the end of the 14th century. It is wooden and its heart were two gigantic wooden wheels – originaly motored by men’s feet. Now you step up the staircase and see this ingenious piece of medieval mechanics on your own eyes.
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Facts & Tips
Opening hours 10-15, tickets 8/5 PLN, kids 1 PLN. Monday closed. Tickets to be bought at the Maritime cultural Centre next door.
The Long Market is long indeed and surrounded by very narrow, tall and colourful town houses. The great City Hall building resembled us of the Florence Palazzo Vecchio. In front of it there is the bronze fountain of Neptune with his trident – the statue dates back to the 16th century.
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Westerplatte is the place where the first shots of the World War II were shot on Sep 1, 1939. It is a peninsula where you can get either by road or – better – on a ship from Gdańsk. Now you can see numerous bunkers and other military strongholds from the WWII. We took a ship there and back, which gives you great opportunity to watch the Gdansk shipyards on the way.
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BY THE WAY…
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Visiting Gdańsk you can go to Hel! It is a small fishermen’s town now turned touristic paradise – across the Gdańsk Bay, right at the very end of the peculiarly thin and long Hel peninsula. Hel offers its beaches, fish-bars and restaurants all season long. But there is one event that is really special! This is an annual event held since 2010, recalls the D-Day in Normandy. From Sunday to Sunday, you can take part in all sorts of celebrations, parades, military fashion shows, concerts, productions, until the main staging landing on Omaha Beach. It’s absolutely exploding! Watch the video!
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Facts & Tips
The 2016 D-Day in Hell will take place since 20th to 28 August.
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