Those visiting Gdansk will enjoy a truly unique experience of Poland; with its maritime majesty, filigreed spires and cultural colour, the picturesque port city exudes an inimitable atmosphere not typical of the country. Historical heritage permeates the red bricks and quaint cobbles of the old town, while refined restaurants and modern museums acknowledge the city’s vibrant present. The city’s turbulent past makes its prosperous present even more impressive, and although historical scars are evident, the energetic and enriching place is nothing short of extraordinary.
Like the mythical phoenix, Gdansk’s historical heart has risen from the ashes of destructive World War 1; the city’s most picturesque street is undoubtedly St. Mary’s Street, a carefully reconstructed collection of ornate terraced houses, gargoyle embellished rain gutters and charismatic cafes. Dominating the impossibly quaint stretch is St. Mary’s Church, an overbearing red brick beacon considered the world’s largest brick church. Ascending the vertiginous bell tower will afford climbers breath-taking city vistas.
Enjoy an alternative experience of Polish culture at the Alternativa Gallery; as its name suggests, the gallery promotes different forms of culture from within a former industrial building. Previous projects have included bringing abandoned shipyards back to life with colourful frescoes and dynamic design.
Irrefutably Gdansk’s most famous restaurant, the Pod Lososiem is both the birthplace of Goldwasser vodka and an incredibly dynamic dining experience. European royalty have dined in this opulently decorated eatery, which favours the decadent and the delightful; the signature dish epitomises the imperial majesty with its vodka enriched salmon and 24 carat gold garnish. (Szeroka 52-54, Gdansk, Poland)