What should be seen?

Długi Targ

- Gdańsk’s most beautiful street. Enchanting with its coloured house facades reconstructed after war damage – the centre was levelled. This street used to be the wealthiest, and witnessed the most important events in the city’s history. All-powerful secular edifices stand there, the city hall and Artus’ Hall (Guildhall). In both of them, there are exhibitions, and there are many exhibits, including a 16th-century tiled stove. In the middle of the street, in front of Artus Hall, stands the symbol of Gdańsk, the 17th-century fountain of Neptune.

Mariacka Street

- on one side closed by the medieval Mariacka Gate and on the other by the Mariacki (Our Lady) Church. It is the best example of typical local architecture. All of the richly decorated houses used to have a step that jutted out several feet into the street. Numerous jewellery galleries have their shops there, all of which, of course, sell amber. The Mariacki Church is actually the biggest brickbuilt mediaeval church in Europe. When inside, one should note the Tablet of the Ten Commandments, the Charity Table and the astronomical clock.

Oliwa Cathedral

- the district of Oliwa is famous for its Gothic Cistercian monastery, which was originally built in the 13th century. The architecture of the cathedral is almost intact, but the interior decoration is Baroque. The Cathedral’s 18th-century organ is one of the best in Poland. One can listen and watch several parts of it moving during concerts. In the monastery houses, there is theDiocesan Museum of ethnography and modern art. The whole complex is located in the middle of a beautiful and spacious park.

Westerplatte

- this is where the first shots of the World War II were fired by the German warship Schleswig-Holstein. The defence of Westerplatte became a symbol of heroic resistance against the German invaders. The only traces of this battle are the ruins of the guardroom and a few bunkers, and a huge and impressive memorial overlooking the whole area.
 

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