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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.
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.
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.
|Avg Max||1.4 °C||2.1 °C||5.5 °C||10.1 °C||15.6 °C||19 °C||21 °C||21.3 °C||16.9 °C||12 °C||6 °C||2.9 °C|
|Avg Min||-3.4 °C||-3 °C||-0.5 °C||2.7 °C||7.4 °C||11 °C||13.3 °C||13.1 °C||9.7 °C||5.8 °C||1.5 °C||-1.6 °C|
|Rainfall||24.6 mm||17.9 mm||22.4 mm||29.5 mm||48.9 mm||63.5 mm||66.7 mm||55.8 mm||54.9 mm||47.4 mm||42 mm||33.7 mm|
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.
|Baltic Hostel||Walowa Street 52||Hostel||-|
|Canterbury House||Szeroka 20/21 Apartment No 8||Apartment||-|
|Galeria Pępowo||Armii Krajowej 50||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Przy Targu Rybnym||Grodzka 21||Hostel||83|
|JustHostel||Zawodzie 20 Gdansk||Hostel||-|
|Lucky-Hostel||Ksiedza Robaka str. 3||Hostel||-|
|Old Town Hostel Gdansk||Dluga Grobla 7||Hostel||91|
|Villa Alfa||80-288 Gdansk, ul. Widok 32 Poland||Guesthouse||-|
|Villa Sart||Wasowicza 2A||Guesthouse||88|
|Windsor House||ul. Podwale Staromiejskie 72/9||APARTMENT||-|
|Willa Isabel||Na Zboczu 67ae||Hotel||89|
|Palac w Leznie||Lezno 45||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Zappio||Gdańsk Swiętojańska 49||HOSTEL||85|
|Vanila Studio||Sw. Ducha 79/81||APARTMENT||89|
|Willa Zbyszko||ul.Slaska 64||Guesthouse||90|
|Guest Rooms Patron||ul. Cieszy skiego 1||Guesthouse||84|
|Minihotel Abak||Beethovena 8||Hotel||84|
|Villa Eva||ul. Batorego 28 B||Hotel||-|
|Orle Hotel||ul.Lazurowa 8||Hotel||-|
|Stara Karczma Pension||Stary Rynek Oliwski 7 Str||Hotel||89|
|Amber Hotel||Powstanców Warszawskich45||Hotel||93|
|La Petite Travel&Business House||Na Zboczu 39||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Happy Seven||ul.Grodzka 16||Hostel||92|
|Apartment Hevelius||Heweliusza Str . 10/11||Apartment||-|
|Pensjonat Via Steso||Nad Jarem 53||Guesthouse||92|
|Hostel Wolna Chata||Krzywoustego 8||Hostel||89|
|Hostel City Center||Gdañsk Angielska Grobla 8/10||Hostel||81|
|Hostel Gdansk||Ul: Spichrzowa 14/1a Gdansk||Hostel||-|
|Residence Isabel * * *||GDANSK 80-110 UL.NA ZBOCZU 67A||Hotel||-|
|Refuge House - Kamienica Zacisze||107 Ogarna Street||Apartment||-|
|Apartment Horyzont||Obroncow Wybrzeza 25b/143||Apartment||-|
|100Ten Hostel||ul. Polanki 110 C||Hostel||-|
|Mamas & Papas Hostel||ul. Nowiny 19||HOSTEL||92|
|Grand Hostel Gdansk||Kolodziejska 2 Gdansk||Hostel||87|
|Hostelroom HRG||Grodzka 8b/2||Hostel||-|
|AAAle! Hostel||Dlugie Ogrod||HOSTEL||-|
|La Guitarra Hostel Gdansk||ul. Grodzka 12||Hostel||88|
|Hostel Universus||Podgarbary 10||Hostel||85|
|Sea Hostel||ul. Tralowa 20||Hostel||-|
|The Place Gdansk Apartment||Sowinskiego 1/2||APARTMENT||-|
|Kogut czy Kura Hostel||Piastowska 135||HOSTEL||87|
|Sound Hostel||Dlugie Pobrzeze 16||HOSTEL||-|
|Willa Jolanta||Narewska 15||HOTEL||-|
|Activator Camp||Uczniowska 43 Street||CAMPSITE||-|
|Midtown Hostel||Podwale Staromiejskie 105/106 lok.1||HOSTEL||92|
|Guest Rooms MIKS | Pokoje Gościnne MIKS||Kliniczna 1C||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Hotelioni 1||Siennicka 25||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotelioni 2012 Football Camp||Siennicka 25||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Hotelioni 2||Kręta 23A||Hostel||-|
|Gdansk Football Camp 2012||Doki 1 Gdansk||CAMPSITE||-|
|OPO Gdansk||Kazimierza Górskiego 1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Riverside Hostel Gdansk||ul. Powroźnicza 18/24 lok.2||HOSTEL||90|
|Great Apartment Gdansk Sopot||Pomorska 14||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartament Quattro||Partyzantow 10||APARTMENT||-|
|3 City Hostel||Targ Drzewny 12/14 Gdansk||HOSTEL||86|
|Schuberts's Guest house||Schuberta 6 80-172||Guesthouse||-|
|GIM Apartments||Sarnia 17||Hostel||-|
|Zacisze Apartamenty||Ul. Ogarna 107 Gdansk||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Gdansk Center Łagiewniki 64A/4||Łagiewniki 64A/4||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Wysepka||ul. Grunwaldzka 135a||HOSTEL||-|
|Villa Assessor||Podkomorzego 2a||HOTEL||-|
|d'Art Hostel||ul.Jakowa Dolina 4/3, 80-252 Gdansk 80-252 Gdansk||HOSTEL||-|
|Villa Zakoniczynka||ul. Zakoniczyńska 11 80-180. Gdańsk||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Victory Apartment||Braci Sniadeckich 14||APARTMENT||-|
|Baltic Downtown Hostel||ulica Zaroślak 12, Gdańsk||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Happy Seven de' Luxe||ul. Grodzka 7 80-841 Gdansk||HOSTEL||89|
|SCSK Brzeźno||al.Gen Hallera 227 A||HOTEL||-|
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.
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.
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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