I ♥ Polska by the sea – Gdańsk & Sopot

Gdansk (Danzig in German) is a city with the rich, long history, beautiful old square and the home of Solidarnosc.

Apart from that it didn’t really impress me much. Which is a shame because later on I read a little bit about it and I would love to go back and discover it again.

Oh and one more thing DO NOT eat in the restaurant called Tapas Rybka in Brzezno. The fish was disgusting and over salted, fries looked like they drown in oil for weeks. The place looks fancy but the food is crap.

Some of the coolest facts about the city:

  • Westerplatte is a peninsula in the city and it is famous for the Battle of Westerplatte – between Germans and Polish armies on the 1st of September 1939 – the beginning of the World War II in Europe.
  • Before that battle Gdansk was known for being the place for winter sports. It even had a ski jump.
  • From the 14th century Danzig was the centre of beer production. The best and the most expensive one was ‘Jopejskie’ named after the street in the city. Mould was being used to produce that beer, which later was recreated by different breweries in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
  • There is a building called “Stara Apteka” (Old Pharmacy) which was used not to produce drugs but ammunition.

Let’s move to Sopot now. Much smaller place than Gdansk but it has the longest wooden pier in Europe.

I loved walking down Monte Cassino street, surrounded by beautiful town houses and green trees, straight to the pier and blue Baltic Sea.

The amazing Grand Hotel – former Kasino Hotel, used to host people like Hitler, Jospehine Baker, Fidel Castro, Marlena Dietrich etc. Below you can see Fuhrer’s bill for staying in this gorgeous hotel.

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If you are in town and want to try traditional Polish cuisine and not only, make sure to drop by Familia Marco Polo restaurant.

Onward and upward,

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3 thoughts on “I ♥ Polska by the sea – Gdańsk & Sopot

  1. It’s a pity Gdansk didn’t manage to impress you more, perhaps yes, you should come back again and explore 🙂 I really like the city 🙂 My favourite thing to do in Trojmiasto, if you haven’t already, is to walk along the beach from Gdansk Brzezno to Gdynia or from Gdynia to Brzezno (the part under Orlowo is fantastic!). It takes a total of 4 hours walking and if you stop for a nice coffee in Sopot and an ice cream in between, you can easily manage in 5, 6 hours and take a nice day out at the beach. If you go really early in the morning for sunrise is just breathtaking! And if you are lucky.. you see lots of birds enjoying their morning before all the people take over the beach 😉 I have two picts here: http://robertacucchiarophotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/gdansk-an-early-morning/ and http://robertacucchiarophotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/postcards-from-the-baltic-sunrise/

    • Next time I am definitely going for that walk. I still need to see Gdynia. I’ve been there about 15 years ago and I only remember pier and that is it. I’ve heard it is a cool place to live. By the way your photos are really cool. Looking forward to see more of them 😉

      • Thank you very much! And yes, Gdynia is quite nice, especially during the summer. Gdynia Orlowo is a very cool spot, where the pier is 🙂

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