Are you planning a tour around Gdańsk, Sopot or Gdynia? Are you expecting your
friends or family, not knowing how to show them around? Or how to plan a stay
here? Let us give you a hand! Here is a short plan of a tour around Gdańsk, Gdynia
and Sopot (the three cities are called "the Treble City or TriCity"). During our tour
you will be sightseeing, enjoying discos and night clubs, taking sunbath on the
seashore, and we'll even send you to the theatre or to a rock concert. You can even
find out what it's like to be seasick! If you decide to visit the Treble City during
holiday - you'd better arrange your accommodation well beforehand (see Hotels,
boarding-houses, campings, or find your stay at: www.wakacje.pl).
If you already know where you are going to stay, there's only one thing left - getting
here. You will have no problems reaching the Treble City from any large city in
Poland. Choose your own means of travel - a bus or a train. If you have chosen the
train - please take consult the PKP trains schedule. If you decide to use your own car as a means of transportation, please check the available parking lots in the Old Town area beforehand. If you wish
to find out more about the Treble City, please consult the PTTK local guide service, or dial 301-48-18, and hire a private guide, book a hotel room, a ticket to a show or any other event... Or to anything you
wish to see, for that matter.
The thousand-year-old Gdańsk is considered as the most monument-
abounding city of the "Baltic Europe". You must know that Gdańsk is a Hanseatic (a
town belonging to the Hanseatic League - a medieval league of towns of Northern
Germany and adjacent countries for the promotion and protection of commerce). Most of the monuments in Gdańsk are placed near the heart of its Old Town District,
around the Long Street (ul. Długa), streets parallel to it, and the Long Quay (Długie
Pobrzeże). The best place to start your trip appears to the Upland Gate (Brama
Wyżynna) and the King's Road stretching beyond it. Having crossed The Upland Gate,
you'll find the Torture Tower (Katownia), which is planned to house a museum of amber
soon. Next in line is the Golden Gate (Złota Brama) and, next to it, Manor of the Society of
St. George (Dwór Bractwa Świętego Jerzego). When you pass the Golden Gate, and enter the
Long Street, you'll be enchanted by the beautiful renovated XVI - XVII century houses, one of
them being the Uphagen's House (Dom Uphagena) - Museum of History of Gdańsk. All
those venerable buildings are towered over by the beautiful and monumental Main Town
Hall (Ratusz Głównego Miasta). Walk inside, and you will not regret it - the splendid interior
was renovated not so long ago. Nearby, on the Long Market (Długi Targ) you'll find the
symbol of Gdańsk - Neptune's fountain. Behind it is the beautiful Artus' Court (Dwór
Artusa) and The New House of the Court with The Lady from the Window the amazing
Golden House (Złota Kamieniczka) Tip: There is a place on the Long Market from which you
can see three Neptune's statues - try to find it!
Feeling thirsty? Or hungry? We recommend a nearby pub, called
Jazz Club, where you can rest for a while and gather strength to
continue your trip.
At the end of the Long Market, you'll find the Green Gate (Zielona Brama), with the
picturesque Long Quay (Długie Pobrzeże) stretching beyond it and the Granary Island (Wyspa
Spichrzów - unfortunately still in ruins) opposite the Long Quay. The Central Maritime
Museum (Centralne Muzeum Morskie) is located on the quay while Ołowianka island faces it
(during summertime the Baltic Philharmonic gives concerts there).
During your walk on the Long Quay, you will pass Gdańsk Harbor (Przystań). You can come
back here in a while when you feel like taking a boat trip to Sopot, Gdynia or Hel. But don't
look only at the ships on your right, or else you will miss another great monument on your left
- the Crane (Żuraw). And of course - St. Mary's Gate (Brama Mariacka), which reveals a
street of the same name, considered being one of the most beautiful in Europe and leading to
Poland's biggest church, St. Mary's Church (Bazylika Mariacka). While you're around, you
mustn't miss the Archaeological Museum (Muzeum Archeologiczne), the most important archeological institution in northern Poland, with its collection composed of 27 thousand archaeological, ethnographical, numismatic and natural
exhibits. The museum also offers a quick, impressive tour of its tower, from which you can see, a fine panorama of Gdańsk. If you wish to taste traditional Gdańsk food, please visit the "Pod Łososiem" restaurant. If you feel like grabbing some fish, try out Tawerna - Gdańsk finest fish restaurant. If you don't have time or money for such fancies,
please visit La Pasta or Primavera pizzerias, or some inexpensive eatery - we recommend Bar Turystyczny, "Tao-Tao" or "Smok" (the Dragon). That's not the end of interesting places in Gdańsk. There are still a few left, one of them being
undoubtedly the old Town Hall, whose cellar conceals two cozy places: Jadłodajnia z Wyszynkiem restaurant, and in
the lower basement - the Irish Pub.
Another place worth seeing is the Three Crosses Monument- homage to dockyard workers, who died in December
1970 in Gdańsk. Near the Monument, Gdańsk Dockyard's BHP Hall houses the "Ways to freedom" exhibition, where you can return to the old times and see a store where the only goods you could buy were tomato sauce and vinegar.
You'll also be amazed to see an antique telephone box and other things which are all a part of
the past now.
If you are interested in finding out more about Gdańsk monuments, please visit the National
Museum, and if you have time - check out Wisłoujscie Fortress and Westerplatte. You
may have problems with reaching the Fortress and Westerplatte on foot, so check the bus
schedules (bus line 106).
Another one of Gdańsk districts is also worth a visit - Oliwa. You can admire The Oliwa
Cathedral there, and enjoy the music of its famous baroque organs. The cathedral hosts
numerous organ concerts in the summer. We recommend a walk through the lovely Oliwa
Park, with its Exotic Palm House (Palmiarnia) where guests of the Polish Chamber Choir
often perform. While still in Oliwa, please stop by at the Abbot's Palace and the Ethnographical Museum, or at the famous Oliwa Zoo, which is the largest in Poland.
Sopot - a genuine seaside health resort center.
Sopot has a great geographical location - lying between the beautiful woods of the
Treble City Landscape Park, and the numerous sand beaches of the Bay of Gdańsk.
Sopot is known for its sanitaria and countless artists and tourists, who visit the city
especially during summertime.
The Monte Casino Heroes Street (ul. Bohaterów
Monte Cassino) is the center of Sopot, being in
fact a promenade where cars cannot drive. On
both sides of the street there are countless XIX - XX-century houses, some of them
housing pubs or restaurants today. To discover the real charm of the town, turn into
one of Monte Casino's side streets, where you're bound to admire numerous art
nouveau houses, antique parks and gardens. One of such beautiful streets shelters
the splendid Sierakowskich Manor (Dworek Sierakowskich) - today the seat of
Sopot's Friends' Society.
At the end of Monte Casino you'll find the Wooden Pier (Molo). It is the longest wooden pier in Europe. During summertime, for a small fee you can enter the pier, and admire the coastline. You'll be
amazed at the sight of Grand Hotel (one of the largest and most impressive in the Treble City) on one side, and Zhong Hua Chinese Hotel on the other, where the Łazienki Południowe (South Baths) used to be. In summer, there are jazz
concerts on the hotel's terrace every Thursday. Another destination for a long walk is the Castle Hill Caves, Sopot's oldest historic site and the only monument of this kind located in the center of a contemporary European city. The Forest Opera (Opera Leśna) is also an interesting place, famous for its interwar Wagner concerts, and since 1961
- for the International Song Festivals (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Piosenki). Another place worth a visit is the horse racetrack, situated between Gdańsk and Sopot, built over a hundred years ago, and occupying a surface of 33 ha,
which used to host international horseracing events of European renown.
Gdynia is a young, but quickly expanding harbor city situated just at the seashore, offering
many tourist attractions as well as splendid shopping opportunities and a lot of entertainment.
The city was founded as a Polish harbor in 1926. Because of its unusual location, you will
easily catch great views of the sea and beautiful scenery, and also find long stroll sidewalks,
beautiful waterfronts, marinas and yacht clubs. Gdynia is the only city in Poland and one of
the few in Europe to pride on such long and accessible seashore.
The city has a good transportation system, so you won't have any problems reaching Gdynia
from either of the other cities. You can get here by SKM trains, or by car. Kosciuszki square (Skwer Kościuszki) is the sightseeing center of Gdynia. The ships moored in dockyards, like
the "ORP Błyskawica" destroyer ("Lightning") or Dar Pomorza (the Pomeranian Gift) for instance, are the biggest
tourist attractions. If you are looking for a good time tonight then "GEMINI" - Gdynia's largest entertainment center - is the place for you. In summertime you can embark on a tourist ship "Viking II", which offers sightseeing cruises
around the Bay of Gdańsk in the daytime, while at night it serves as a boat-restaurant.
Scenes that you could otherwise admire only in the depths of the oceans offered by The
Maritime Museum and Aquarium (Oceanarium) will leave you speechless. Now we
recommend taking a walk along the Seaside Promenade (Bulwar Nadmorski), or visiting the
nearby Contrast Cafe for a beer. You can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the harbor and of
the city from the top of Kamienna Góra (Stony Mount), easily recognizable by the large cross
on its top. On your way to the mountain, you will pass the famous Musical Theatre (Teatr
Muzyczny), which stages the world's most-famed musicals (you may still be able to get a ticket
- check tonight's shows).
Gdynia is also a great city for shopping. The most attractive places for spending your money
are Starowiejska and Świętojańska streets. There is a modern and exclusive shopping center
named "Batory", at the intersection of 10 Lutego and Władysława IV streets, where luxurious
shops and state-of-the-art architecture intermingle.
You can also find other modern shopping malls (like Géant or Hit, Klif) on the outskirts of
Gdynia. Your virtual trip around the Treble City has come to an end. If you are interested in
seeing more pictures of the Treble City - please visit our picture gallery
The places described in this short guide are not the only beautiful spots in the Treble City. We are still adding new
objects and developing the guide. If we happened to omit a place that impressed you - we'd be grateful if you'd let us know about it.