Shore Excursion and Port Reviews
Language and Currency
What is Gdansk Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
You will need a valid passport but no visas are required for stays under 90 days.
The official language of Poland is Polish, however English is widely spoken (especially in the tourist areas) The currency is the Polish Zioty. US dollars are widely accepted.
Gdansk is a blend of modern day Europe and Gdansk's historical past. Gdansk residents are friendly and very attractive people and obviously very happy. The old section of Gdansk and its pedestrian streets are some of the best in Europe.
Gdansk can be warm in the summer. Expect temperatures to range between 70 degrees and into the low 90s.
The ship docks in Gdynia, the port city adjoining Gdansk. It is about a 25 minute drive through tall apartment buildings, industrial areas and residential areas to Gadansk's Old Town.
Gdansk Shopping Street
The best shopping is located in Gdansk's Old Town. A maze of pedestrian streets, Old Town will mesmerize any shopper. From the main shopping streets of Royal Way to Old Town's numerous walkways curving here and there, there are hundreds of shops offering an array of merchandise. Ulica Długa's curving pedestrian street offers a glimpse at Gadansk's oldest section with its traditional building fronts and quaint structures.
In Sopot, visit Bohaterów Monte Cassino for excellent buys on amber and other Polish collectibles
Old Town offers numerous shops selling all types of merchandise. Probably the largest bargain in Gdansk is the amber jewelry. It is plentiful and inexpensive! We purchased an amber heart for Joanie's charm bracelet and only paid US$2.00 for it. We were positive the sales lady made an error and brought it to her attention, she looked at us like we were crazy. Amber necklaces, bracelets, pins, figurines and other amber products are an absolute steal. Lace work is another specialty of Poland and Gdansk has no shortage of shops featuring locally designed and manufactured lace items. Doilies, place mats, wall hangings and other exquisite collectibles are widely available at reasonable prices. Clocks, ceramics, china, wool sweaters, silver jewelry, traditional clothing, art and crafts and many other products are widely available.
Gdansk Flower Ladies
I especially enjoyed the vendors offering fresh flowers at prices that are unbelievably inexpensive. You will thoroughly enjoy shopping in Old Town.
First of all, the port of Gdynia offers some interesting sights along its ocean front boardwalk, but if you want to experience Poland's history and culture, I would strongly urge you to take the trip into Gdansk's Old Town. It is a wonderful shopping experience, but there are also some excellent sights here. St. Mary's Church is very impressive. (Take a hike to the top of the tower for a very wonderful view of all of Old Town, Gdansk.) Also, visit the various gates that allow entry into Old Town. They are a very unique link to Poland's past and are also very interesting. Long Market and Artus Court are also well worth the time to visit them. The market is full of local products and staples.
Sopot Beach is a favorite beach resort of the Polish people (and International visitors as well) and you can visit this spot easily from Gdansk by grabbing a taxi or taking the train. The beach is renown for its wide white sandy beaches and excellent shopping and tourist facilities.
Yes, I would give a shopping expedition for Polish amber in Old Town a "don't miss" rating.
Not that I found, but that doesn't mean there isn't any. Know of one?