Things to do and see in Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot (Trojmiasto – Tricity)

Gdańsk City

Gdańsk City.
Photo: www.gdanskdzisiaj.pl

Trojmiasto (Tricity) is actually an urban area consisting of three big cities in Pomerania (Pomorze): Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot. They are located next to each other, in a row, on the coast of the Baltic Sea. All the three cities together have a population of over 1 million people.

Before 2007, the name ‘Trojmiasto’ wasn’t official, however after 28 march 2007, when the ‘Karta Trójmiasta (in English – Tricity Charter) was signed as a declaration of the cooperation between all three cities. Except, the great coastline there are many things to see in Trojmiasto, making it one of the ‘must-see’ places in Poland. If you don’t believe us – just go there and see it for yourself!

Active exploring in Gdansk, Gdynia & Sopot

Monciak

Monciak


Address: Sopot, ul. Bohaterów Monte Cassino 3
Opening hours: bars and pubs are open till late night
Length of visiting: depending on you
Price: depending how much you want spend

Have fun in Monciak

If there is a place when fun lasts 24h it must be Sopot. Monciak – a street filled with bars, clubs and restaurants, is the place to go for any outgoing person. It’s busy, vibrant and crowded so don’t go there if you are looking for peace and quiet. The name ‘Monciak’ is short for Bohaterów Monte Cassino (a little bit too long, isn’t it?).

Pachołek

Pachołek


Address: Gdańsk, ul. Spacerowa
Length of visiting: about 2 hours

Climb Pachołek Hill in Gdansk

Gdansk has a hill (or even called by many a mountain) named Pacholek, where it’s possible to see Tricity, Baltic Sea and even Hel peninsula on the horizon. Pacholek Hill has a special steel platform to let people see above the tops of trees (the whole area is rather forested). Obviously, enjoying the view is free but be ready for a little bit of trekking in a forest so remember to wear good shoes! Your efforts will be rewarded generously.

PGE Arena

PGE Arena


Address: Gdańsk, ul. Pokoleń Lechii Gdansk 1
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 – 16 for tours with guide(tour starts every full hour)
Length of visiting: 3 hours
Price: 15 PLN, reduced: 10 PLN for tours with guide; Museum: normal: 5 PLN, reduced: 3 PLN

Visit the PGE Arena – Official Euro 2012 stadium

This is probably the best-known place in Gdansk due to Euro 2012 matches. The PGE Arena was one of the stadia for the European Championship matches played in June in Poland and Ukraine. Now, it’s the home stadium for Lechia Gdansk and many music events. If it’s not a matchday you can take part in a guided tour to see every hidden corner of the stadium or get a lesson about Lechia Gdansk’s history in a new museum.

ZOO

ZOO


Address: Gdańsk, ul. Plac Karwienska 3
Length of visiting: a few hours
Opening hours: summer: 9-19; April and October: 9-17; Winter: 9-15
Price: 18 PLN; reduced: 9 PLN

Visit Gdansk’s ZOO

One of the biggest ZOOs in Poland gives you a chance to meet over one thousand animals. The ZOO in Gdansk gathers 139 different species. The biggest stars in the ZOO are pumas and elephants. A trip to the ZOO is a great idea for Saturday or Sunday as it’s situated right next to Tricity Landscape Park, so why not spend a free day in the wild?

Ergo Arena

Ergo Arena


Address: Gdańsk, ul. Plac Dwóch Miast 1
Opening hours: for guide tours: Mondays(15pm) and Thursday(11am);
Length of visiting: guided tours: 50 min
Price: guided tours: normal: 10 PLN, reduced 6 PLN

Take a tour of the Ergo Arena

Ergo Arena, located between Gdansk and Sopot, is the perfect space for any pop or rock concert. It’s definitely made life easier for Tricity citizens because no one has to travel to Warsaw or Katowice to see the biggest stars of world pop culture. Every Monday and Thursday it’s open for tourists wanting to see the Arena backstage.

Sopot Aquapark - fot. www.aquaparksopot.pl

Sopot Aquapark – fot. www.aquaparksopot.pl


Address: Sopot, ul. Zamkowa Góra 3-5
Opening hours: 8 – 22
Price: 1 hour: normal: 23 PLN, reduced:18 PLN + 25gr every next minute; 3 hours: normal: 45 PLN, reduced: 39 PLN + 25 gr every next minute

Splish and splash in the aquapark in Sopot

Weather in Poland is rather unpredictable. When it’s raining cats and dogs however, you can still play in the water. Maybe the sea is not an option, but thankfully, Aquapark in Sopot is weatherproof. Waterslides, saunas and “wild rivers” are waiting for bathers from the early morning till evening.

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Culture hotspots in Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot

Długie Pobrzeże

Długie Pobrzeże


Adress: Gdańsk, ul Długie Pobrzeże
Opening hours: for Museum: summer: 10-18, autumn: 10-16, winter: 10-15
Length of visiting: 3 hours
Price: for Museum: normal: 8 PLN, reduced: 5 PLN

Take a walk along Długie Pobrzeże

Gdansk is not only surrounded by the Baltic Sea, but also the river Motlawa, which flows right through the city. Thanks to this, Gdansk has one of the best riverfronts in Poland. Along with the river fringes Dlugie Pobrzeze – a long street with cafes and restaurants. Come along for a drink and some nice food and when you get bored with it (if it’s possible!) you can visit the Museum of the Sea which is next door.

Westerplatte

Westerplatte


Type: historical
Address: Gdańsk, ul Mjr. Henryka Sucharskiego
Opening hours: 9- 18
Length of visiting: 1 hour
Price: 3 PLN, reduced: 2 PLN

Discover history in Westerplatte

Westerplatte is the place where World War II began and as well as a symbol of bravery and heroism of Polish soldiers fighting against the much bigger German army in September 1939. In 1966 the Monument of Coast Defenders was erected to honor those who had died for Poland and its freedom. This place is definitely a must-see to better understand Polish history as it’s something Poles are proud of.

St. Mary’s Basilica

St. Mary’s Basilica


Type: tourist attraction
Address: Gdańsk, ul. Podkramarska 5
Opening hours: for guided tours: summer: 9-18.30, spring: 9-17.30, autumn: 9-17:00
Length of visiting: guided tours: 1 hour

St. Mary’s Basilica in Gdansk

The most impressive building of Gdańsk, it’s often called ‘ the krone of city of Gdańsk’ because it dominates strongly the city’s panorama. The construction of the basilica started in 1343 and lasted for…159 years! Now, over 600 years later it’s one of the most important buildings, truly a landmark for Gdansk. It’s recommended to take guided tours to avoid overlooking anything. Don’t forget to also check out the tower as views from up there are simply splendid.

St. Catherine’s Church

St. Catherine’s Church


Type: church
Address: Gdańsk, ul. Profesorska 6a
Length of visiting: 1 hour

St. Catherine’s Church in Gdańsk

The church is best known for a big fire in 2006 when nearly all the tower was destroyed. People all over Poland held their breath and watched an unbalanced fight with flames. Damages were very severe but after a few years, in 2008, the roof and tower were rebuilt and restored. St. Catherine’s church is situated in a small marketplace, in the Old City, so it’s always good to see it when you have some spare time.

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Museums & monuments

Neptun Monument

Neptun Monument


Type: monumental/attraction
Address: Gdańsk, Długi Targ
Length of visiting: unrestricted

Neptune’s Fountain

The Fountain of Neptune is one of the oldest buildings in the Tricity. That half-naked guy on the top is the Roman god of seas. It was built between 1606 and 1634. Right now it’s a very popular point for trips in Gdansk and photo opportunity for all school trips. Neptune is part of the Old City, with charming tenements, cobblestones, and narrow alleys. This fountain fits ideally to the historical atmosphere of the city so don’t hesitate to soak in the climate of the old part of Gdansk.

Aquarium

Aquarium


Address: Gdynia, al. Jana Pawła II
Opening hours: summer: 9- 20, April May, September: 9-19, winter: 10-17
Price: normal: 24 PLN, reduced:16 PLN

See the fish in Gdynia’s Aquarium

Still not tired of water? That’s good because another water attraction awaits. But this time it’s not about people in the water, but about animals: fishes and reptiles. Oceanarium consists of 4 exhibitions-environments: Baltic Sea, coral reef, Amazonia and ocean depths. Overall, there are about 1,500 different sea micro-organisms and 250 species on 3 storeys, so the Aquarium will keep you busy for a long time.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse


Type: tourist attraction
Address: Gdańsk, ul. Przemysłowa 6a
Opening hours: 10 – 18 in the summer
Length of visiting: 1 hour
Price: 8 PLN, reduced: 5 PLN

Visit the Lighthouse in Gdańsk

There’s always something mysterious and eerie about lighthouses, especially unoccupied ones. This one on Przemyslowa street is out of service and has been for a long time. It’s opened for visitors curious about the lighthouse’s history. It was built in 1893 and was the first lighthouse to use electrical lights on the Baltic Sea. An interesting fact is that it was built as a twin of the lighthouse in Cleveland, USA(which doesn’t exist anymore).

Crooked House

Crooked House


Type: tourist attraction
Address: Sopot, ul. Haffnera 6
Opening hours: 8 – 23
Length of visiting: 30 mins
Price: free

Take a picture of Crooked House

One of the buildings in Sopot is crooked, totally asymmetrical and it was made on purpose! Since the moment the project began it was meant to be one of the main landmarks of the city. It’s the kind of the building that everyone knows where it is. Nowadays this is one of these places where you have to take a picture of yourself for your family photo album (or Facebook photo album). There’s not much to see inside through, just offices and shops.

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Chilling out in Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot

Beach in Gdynia

Beach in Gdynia


Address: coast
Opening hours: 24/7
Length of visiting: as long as you are having fun
Price: free

Life is a beach especially in Trójmiasto

Not only you can choose from beaches in Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia but as well surrounding area. Once you find your perfect spot you can just chill out and sunbathe or play some beach games and even build a sand castle. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks with you!

Park Oliwski

Park Oliwski


Address: Gdańsk, opata Jacka Rybińskiego
Opening hours: summer: 5 – 23; winter: 5 – 20
Length of visiting: unrestricted

Chill out at Oliwski Park Gdańsk

If you are looking for some nature time and you are fed up with the city you should definitely go to Oliwski Park in Gdańsk. One of the attractions in the park is the Grotto of Whispering. If you stand there and whisper something a person standing on the opposite side of the alley will hear you loud and clearly. So don’t whisper anything offensive!

Kościuszki Square

Kościuszki Square


Address: Gdynia, between ul. Świętojańska and ul. Nabrzeże Młodych Polaków
Opening hours: 24/7

Take a break at Kosciuszki Square in Gdynia

Kościuszki Square is a pretty nice piece of public space! It’s perfect for a short break between some more hardcore sightseeing. It’s located very close to the Oceanarium and embankment. From this green area, you can observe ships maneuvering on Gdansk Bay or wet your feet in the fountain which was designed in prewar times. It is said that Kościuszki square is the best showcase for Gdynia so why not check this out by yourself?

Molo

Molo


Address: Sopot, Plac Zdrojowy
Price: during summer: normal: 7 PLN, reduced:3,5 PLN
Length of visiting: about 2 hours

Stroll along the Pier in Sopot

The longest pier in Poland (511 meters long) is one of the biggest attractions in Sopot. Every year thousands of people come to walk it and breathe fresh sea air. It was built in 1928 and it’s made of wood –it does look rather charming. The pier also has a new feature –a yacht marina built a few years ago. It’s much easier now to park your yacht (Ok, you maybe don’t have your own yacht yet, but the marina looks cool anyway). One bad thing about it is the entrance – you have to pay for it. Thankfully, only in the summer time though. During winter and spring, it’s free and still worth visiting.

Trójmiasto Landscape Park

Trojmiasto Landscape Park


Address: Kościerska, Gdańsk – Oliwa
Length of visiting: unrestricted
Price: free

Enjoy the nature in Trojmiasto Landscape Park

The whole Trójmiasto is surrounded by forests on hills, slopes and some little lakes between. Most of it is part of the huge Landscape Park. This characteristic landform is an effect of an ice age and glacier movement, nowadays it’s great place for being active. But if you prefer relaxing in nature, don’t worry, it’s quite easy to spot birds or other forest animals. Since the park area is vast and includes many trails, being all alone and not disturbed by anyone is very probable.

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