Gdansk

We read a special offer for a 36 hour vacation in Poland.  Two nights on board a Stena cruise ship between Karlskrona and Gdynia and a little over 12 hours
on land. It was easy to take the train from Lund to Karlskrona and transfer to the local bus nr 6 to Verkö ferry terminal. The train/bus trip takes just about
three and a half hours. The train runs only once per hour, so it is important to transfer to/from the bus at Bergåsa Station, the train stop before Karlskrona C.

There are several restaurants on the ship. It is convenient to book and pay for meals when buying tickets, but it does not cost more to pay at the restaurant.
The all-inclusive dinner buffet (including beer and wine), the special dinner offer (with or without wine packet) in the a la carte restaurant and the buffet
breakfast were very good value. Generous and well prepared. The cafeteria food looked the usual ferry standard.

There are lockers taking SEK inside the ferry terminals in both Karlskrona and Gdynia. There is an ATM/Bankomat just outside the terminal in Gdynia
and shuttle bus nr 570 to Gdynia C. There are three other city buses that pass near the terminal, but they have stops in different places around the area.

Getting back to the ferry is a little more difficult because it is hard to find out when the 570 leaves town. Instead one can take buses 105, 125 or 150
from Jana Z Kolna, the street on the east side of the city market Hala Targowa on ul. Wójta Radtkego 36. Ask someone on the bus where to get off.
It will be about a block from the ferry terminal, and easy to see once you get off. These buses do not pass Gdynia C because of the one-way streets.

The ticket office inside Gdynia C sells a 24 hour ticket (20 zl) valid on all public transport in the tri-city area – Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk.
We took the train between Gdynia and Gdansk and used trams and buses in both cities.

WP Gdansk 2013 Nov 01We started at the Tourist Information near Brama Wyzynna, a couple of tram stops from Gdansk central train station.

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There are interactive tourist information stands like this along common tourist walks.

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We spent a half day in Gdansk. The advice from the tourist office was to walk along Dluga, the pedestrian street. The brick building is
a brewery, and the building to the right is one of the main gates that start/end along the pedestrian street Ulica Dluga and Dluga Targ.

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Ulica Dluga, Long Street has many restored and reconstructed buildings, many originally from the 17th century.

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Even the side streets, like the one on the left, have interesting buildings.

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View towards the end of Ulica Dluga.

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View towards Dluga Targ

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Along Ulica Dluga

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Along Dluga Targ

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The Green Gate at the end of Dluga Targ

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Buildings along Stagiewna, the continuation of Dluga Targ, with a variation of street facades.

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There are many amber galleries along Ulica Dluga, and in many other places as well.

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Amber gallery along Ulica Dluga.

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The Amber Museum, opposite the tourist information office at Brama Wyzynna.

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A street off Ulica Dluga leads to St Mary’s Church.

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St Mary’s is the largest brick church in Europe.

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The church is under restoration and looks empty. There is a small entry fee for tourists to support the restoration.

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There is an astronomical clock similar, but not as fine, as in Lund Cathedral.

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Another church is St John’s, which needs extensive restoration.

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The church is used now a cultural center.

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A mix of old and new.

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A market not far from the railway station. The stalls had fish, meat and lots of clothes. Fruit and vegetables were outside.

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The market had three levels, with food in the basement around an archaeological site.

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The old mill

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The grinding mill

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The brick building to the left is the crane, built before 1366. It burnt down in 1442, and was
re-built 1442-44. It is/was the largest tread wheel crane in Europe and could hoist up to 2,000 kg.

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The crane was 80% destroyed in 1945 and has been restored and turned into a museum, a part of
Gdansk Maritime Museum. It houses a number of rooms with displays of crafts in the middle ages.

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Display of making ropes and sails.

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The large wheels where two men walked side by side to lift goods into the granaries on both sides of the crane.

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