Długie Pobrzeże Street is actually a bridge, where once moored ships and now in the summer moor galleons. In the fourteenth century, front of each of city gates overlooking to the Motława river, was the bridge served for unloading cargo from ships. Over time, bridges were combined and there came a picturesque boulevard. Once on the Długie Pobrzeże you could lose your money after a meeting with port thugs (bówka). Today, the biggest threat is the high price of amber and jewelry in the shops on the boulevard.
One of the most emblematic monuments of Gdańsk. Neptune Fountain from the seventeenth century, originally serving as well for residents. Water was supplied by buckets to tanks placed on the roofs of the Artus Court and the Main Town Hall. In the eighteenth century it was open 3 times a week for one hour. Only in the nineteenth century, when connected it to a municipal water supply, water permanently is there. Neptune with the face of Marcus Aurelius of the Roman Capitol - so as not to offend devout Protestants - has covered penis with fin of sea horse. In modern times, this "fig leaf" was stolen so many times that impatient city authorities changed the material to produce it on the cheap and brittle material, which is not only easy produce but also is worthless...
One of the biggest Wonders of Gdańsk. The clock of St. Mary's Church. Its creation took a German clock-maker seven years (Hans Dü ringer 1464-1471). The clock has three parts. The highest is Figures Theatre. Every day at noon appear there the figures of the evangelists and apostles. The central part of the clock is a planetarium. It consists of a proper clock, with twenty four digits indicating the time and only one hand. In addition to the hours there are signs of the zodiac with the sun and the moon wandering on their background and shields depicting the phases of the moon. The lowest tier of clock is a calendar. It consists of a rotating disc inscribed with the thousands of letters and numbers, from which is possible to get know everything what is need to Catholic priest - when to announce the post or when a movable feast of the liturgical year occurs.
Golden Gate from the seventeenth century. It is the third gate on the Royal Road and in the past did not serve the function of defense but as triumphal arch, an allegory of wealth and power of the city. It leads to representative Długa Street where once lived the wealthiest Gdańsk residents and to the Main Town Hall (built from the fourteenth century). At the 80-meter hall tower is the highest in Poland statue of the King (it is part of the needle) and two clocks: carillon - ringing every hour with sound of 37 bells, and sundial from XVI century with the Latin maxim "Shadow are the days of our life."
Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers commemorates the events of December 1970 - strikes and protests by workers. It's near this place, fell the first three killed shipyard workers exiting from the Gdańsk Shipyard. Three crosses with anchors stretched on them have 42 m in height and weigh nearly 140 tons. Direct cause of the strikes in December '70 were dramatic increases in food prices, announced by the communist authorities just before Christmas. Arrogance of the authorities is proved by the fact that about the 'price changes" they informed the public just before the introduction, on Saturday 12th December 1970.At the beginning of the winter fuel price has increased as well. People were outraged. For good measure Communists mentioned earlier about lower prices on TVs and... locomotives... (!)
Your journey by comfortable car (1-3 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Multivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Sprinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose.
Upon arrival to Gdańsk, you have two options to choose from. Walk with a licensed guide through the Old Town (3 hours) or electric bus ride with audio-guide system (2 hours). You can choose from 6 languages for guided tours (English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Polish) or 7 languages for riding by electric bus (additional Italian). Other languages vailable on request. The next stage is relaxing individual walk along the sandy beach of Sopot and walk along the longest pier in Europe.
After completion of Gdansk & Sopot Tour, our qualified driver takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Transit Warsaw - Gdańsk.
2. Gdańsk. Electric bus with audio-guide system (2 hours). Upland Gate, Prison Tower, Torture Chamber, Golden Gate, Armoury, St Mary's Basilica, Uphagen's House, City Hall, Coat of arms of Gdańsk, Long Market, Neptune Fountain, Artus Court, Golden House, Mansion of St. George Brotherhood. Granary Island, English House, Mary Street, St. Mary's Basilica, Royal Chapel, Crane, Church of St. John, Polish Post, Solidarity Square with Crosses in honor of the Shipbuilders, Main Railway Station, Great Mill, Church of St. Catherine, Church of St. Bridget, Market Hall, Church of St. Nicholas, Statue of John III Sobieski, New Town Hall. 1 hour of free time for shopping and coffee.
3. Gdańsk. Licensed Guide (3 hours). Upland Gate, Prison Tower, Torture Chamber, Golden Gate, Armoury, St Mary's Basilica, Uphagen's House, City Hall, Coat of arms of Gdańsk, Long Market, Neptune Fountain, Artus Court, Golden House, Mansion of St. George Brotherhood. Granary Island, English House, Mary Street, St. Mary's Basilica, Royal Chapel, Crane, Polish Post, Solidarity Square with Crosses in honor of the Shipbuilders, Great Mill, Church of St. Catherine. Church of St. Bridget.
4. Transit Gdańsk - Sopot.
5. Sopot - a walk along the pier on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
6. Transit Sopot - Warsaw.
The total duration of the tour: 11 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Gdańsk is 350 km / 217 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 4 hours minutes.
Approximate length of sightseeing: 3 hours.
Time of Gdańsk-Sopot Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.