I mentioned in my travel plans for 2018 post that my first trip of the year would be to Gdansk. I booked this trip towards the end of last year and it is the first time I have gone abroad just for the weekend – I flew Friday night and came back the following Sunday night. I also flew from Doncaster airport which was another first for me but super handy as it’s only a short bus journey away.
The only reason I chose to visit Gdansk was because I found really cheap flights with perfect timings for a weekend break. It turned out to be a very good choice indeed and Gdansk far exceeded my expectations. Perfect for a weekend break Gdansk is not only a very beautiful city but it is also small enough to see in a couple of days.
The architecture in Gdansk very much reminded me of Bruges and Amsterdam with its beautiful tall, narrow buildings. It is a city I could happily wander around for hours admiring its prettiness (that’s mainly what I did!). Despite it being nearly February the city still looked very festive with the main Christmas tree still lit up and lots of decorations everywhere – it definitely helped get rid of those January blues!
The old town is situated right next to the river with restaurants dotted along it and there are Instgrammable photo opportunities to be had everywhere. I found that one day was plenty time to walk around and although I didn’t visit any museums I definitely would have had time if I wanted to. I tended to hang out in coffee shops and I also found a nice restaurant called Gvara where I had a delicious lunch and then went there for breakfast the following morning. The great thing about Poland is it’s really cheap and I didn’t spend anywhere near what I thought I would!
On Sunday I decided to head out to the seaside town of Sopot which is just a twenty minute train ride away from Gdansk but I will be devoting a whole post to that because it was beautiful. Another thing I was surprised about was how mild the temperature was. I packed my thermals thinking it might be freezing like it was in Riga last year but actually it was much like the UK and I didn’t feel that cold at all – not even at the beach!
Gdansk is a city I was pleasantly surprised by and if I find cheap flights again I will definitely head back there for a weekend getaway.
For great coffee head to Drukarnia, it’s a really cool place and I spent more time there than I care to admit!
For decent food head to Gvara, it’s fancy food at decent prices they also do a lovely breakfast.
Be sure to head into St Mary’s Church, I’m not really a church kind of person but this one is particularly beautiful.
If you need to charge your phone head to Costa where they have loads of power sockets! Note to self: I must invest in a portable battery pack for my phone!