“The world is big…and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir
Ah…. Gdansk. I wish I had a memory of this city from an earlier life so I could impart it. Alas – I don’t. I never went here as a child, but I wish we had. Gdansk has a soul of its own, from the peninsula of Hel (how often can you say you’ve been to Hel and back? I mean really?) and easy access to the grandiose Teutonic stronghold of Malbork- it has everything, and it has a reputation of its own as the flashpoint of WWII (Westerplatte) in addition to the Solidarnosc movement. Can the history/foodie junkie as for more?
How we got there:
We took the train from Wroclaw. It was hot, airless and miserable. Polish trains – to me – are unreadable. The below photos are of our very modern trains from Wroclaw to Jelenia Gora (not related to this post). The train we took was a 6 person cabin train within a car of more 6 person cabins. It was without air conditioning but there was a dining car and dining cart that made it vaguely bearable. Morale of the story – don’t take the train in Poland at the end of summer. No matter how cheap. But if you really really want to, book your tickets here.
Where we stayed:
And back to booking.com This was a relatively new listing but it lived up to all expectations.Do not be scared by the fact that you enter this from a back street in a more residential side of the block. The cool thing was the owners have the key in a lockbox and text you the code. There is no check in/ check out process. It’s just click in the code and go – and love your adorable tiny apartment in Gdansk. You can always call or text the owners if you need anything.
Where we ate:
Ul. Dlugi Targ 28/29, Gdansk 80-830, Poland
A fabulous view. A not terrible breakfast, but you can find somewhere cheaper to get a quality meal in this town.
ul. Mariacka 50/52
O.M.G. Literally, knock your socks off quality wine bar with some stellar food. Literally, luscious takes on traditional Polish cuisine with some great selections of vino. We had the wild boar with a mushroom sauce and duck…. there was some carpaccio to start. Lovely wine. And incredible dessert. Go here… now.
What we did:
Appreciated some hi-caliber street music, while munching on the typical Polish breakfast and enjoying the sights. Took a photo in front of the Neptune statue (a must do).
A day trip to Malbork Castle – we took the commuter train from Gdansk (about a 40 minute ride) and then an easy walk to the castle from Malbork’s train station. Give yourself at least 4 hours to walk around the castle – it’s enormous!