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Gdansk

Story-filled seaport

Elegant beach boulevards, colourful merchant mansions and a neighbourhood packed with street art: fly with us to this brand new KLM destination on the Baltic Sea and discover a seaport full of surprises.

Discover Gdansk

Polish Hanseatic city

Gdansk reminds us of Amsterdam, Brugge and Antwerp. The canals, the pastel-coloured merchant mansions and the ornate step-roofed gables evoke memories of other European trading centres. The old Hanseatic city on the Polish Baltic Sea used to have close ties to the Low Countries. 

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Many buildings in the historic city centre were designed by Flemish and Dutch architects. Once part of Prussia, the city used to be known as Danzig. Both Poles and Germans resided here. The city only became part of Poland in 1945, and since then it has been called Gdansk. After the Second World War, the historic city centre was completely restored to its former glory. Outside of the city centre, you will encounter the modern side of Gdansk with hip beach bars, sky-high street art and fun beer gardens on the water.

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Destination: Gdańsk, Poland
KLM flight: 3 times a week directly from Amsterdam
Population: 450,000
Location: Gdańsk is located at the Baltic sea

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Tri-city

Historic Gdansk, the upscale beach resort of Sopot and cosmopolitan Gdynia are also known as the Tri-city: three cities on the Baltic Sea that have grown so close that they fused have together. You can easily travel between them by train.

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Back to the Golden Age

The splendour of Gdansk’s Golden Age can be admired in Long Street. This string of ornate buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries stretches from the Golden Gate to the Green Gate at opposite ends of the historic city centre. You can also see what’s behind the front door of one of the monumental merchant homes. The Uphagen Huis at number 12 has been furnished in its original style and is now a museum.

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See and be seen in Sopot

European nobility have been vacationing here since the 19th century; and today, Sopot remains one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Baltic Sea. Upscale spa hotels, luxury restaurants and trendy cocktail bars draw a diverse crowd of wealthy families, celebrities and partying youth. 

The 600-metre-long wooden pier is one of the longest in Europe – plenty of space to see and be seen! Just for fun stop for a coffee at the Maryla Hotel: this was the summer residence of the Prussian Crown Prince Frederik Wilhelm.

Street art in Zaspa

More than 50 gigantic murals adorn the apartment buildings in Zaspa. The neighbourhood deserves the title of street art museum. The first work of art was created in 1997 by Rafal Roskowinski and is located on the outside of flat 303/33a. It depicts Lech Walesa (leader of the Solidarity movement) and Pope John Paul II. Since then, artists from around the world have left their creative mark on the apartment buildings of Zaspa.

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Artus Court

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Center for European Solidarity

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Crane gate

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Lighthouse

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Beer gardens