I’ve lived in Gdansk for over twenty years now so I figure it’s about time I promoted the place. It is, after all, one of the venues for the EURO 2012.
Is that a football there?
The statue of Neptune with the football was in fact on display for only one day, as an April Fool joke on 1 April (Yup, those grumpy looking Poles do have a sense of humour!…) The real statue from the famous historical Neptune fountain was being renovated and it has now been restored to its full glory as can be seen here
For more about Gdansk:
Should you be here for one of the matches, this is to show you what the city itself looks like and where it might be nice to spend an afternoon or so whiling your free time away. Most of the photos are of Gdansk and a couple of Sopot.
And let me add that, no, it is not all shipyard and post industrial wasteland though I personally think that is one of its attractions.
Gdansk is part of the Tricity, made up of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. The distance between Gdansk and Gdynia is about 22 kms and the three cities are located on the Baltic coast. It takes about half an hour to drive the distance (add up to another half hour during rush hour). There is a local train (SKM) which takes about 45 mins from Gdansk to Gdynia.
Sopot is in between so divide those times in two to work out how long it takes to travel from Gdynia or Gdansk to Sopot.
The main attraction in Gdansk is the Old Town and the canal area and marina while Sopot’s main attractions are its beaches and the lively night life in a beautiful turn of the 19th/20th century setting.
This blog is not intended as a guide, but here is an online guide for Gdansk which could prove useful: