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Introduction

Gdansk

Gdansk

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Gdansk is located along the central northern coastline of Poland and is an important port city as well as being a former Hanseatic city. Many of the original buildings in the old town have been restored.

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Neighbourhoods

See Where World War II Began

Some have called the generation that fought in World War II the “Greatest Generation” because of the sacrifices that they were willing to make. A visit to Westerplatte will let you see where that terrible war began as the German army attacked Poland here. This monument was built in memory of the 209 defenders who held off over 3,500 German troops for a week until finally caving in. There is a barracks there that will let you see what life was like in those days, as well as several information stands in Polish and English that will give you a new perspective about what happened. This is definitely a touching experience you won’t want to miss.

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Weather

Gdansk has a maritime climate, with cool summers and mild winters. Temperatures in summer (June - August) are around 20 °C during the day and around 10 °C at night. Winters, from December to February, see daytime temperatures around zero and nights average -3 °C. Precipitation is fairly low, around 500mm a year and even distributed throughout the year, with chances of snow in winter. July stands out though with around 100mm that month.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max1.4 °C2.1 °C5.5 °C10.1 °C15.6 °C19 °C21 °C21.3 °C16.9 °C12 °C6 °C2.9 °C
Avg Min-3.4 °C-3 °C-0.5 °C2.7 °C7.4 °C11 °C13.3 °C13.1 °C9.7 °C5.8 °C1.5 °C-1.6 °C
Rainfall24.6 mm17.9 mm22.4 mm29.5 mm48.9 mm63.5 mm66.7 mm55.8 mm54.9 mm47.4 mm42 mm33.7 mm
Rain Days151313111213131214141616

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Getting There

By Plane

Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport (GDN) offers a range of flights. Wizzair flies to/from Bergen, Cologne/Bonn, Cork, Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Liverpool, London, Lübeck, Malmo, Milan, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm and Turku.
Ryanair flies to/from Alicante, Birmingham, London, Bremen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt and Weeze (near Düsseldorf).
A few more airlines serve cities like Wroclaw, Krakow, Warsaw, Copenhagen and Munich.

By Boat

Sweden
Pol Ferries has ferries between Nymashamn (just south of Stockholm) and Gdansk. To add, Stena Line travels between Karlskrona and Gdynia, which is just north of Gdansk.

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.

Post

Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 54.3520252
  • Longitude: 18.6466384

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