The historic city of Gdańsk, in the Pomorskie region of North Poland, is the perfect place to start your exploration of the Baltic coast. This vibrant and cosmopolitan city has a deeply influential past; for it was here that the first shots of WW2 were fired, and here that Solidarity rose up against the Communists during the Cold War. It was also a city that suffered the worst devastation imaginable in 1945 — with 70 percent of the city levelled by Russian bombings.
Gdańsk’s history is what makes this place so remarkable though; for the rebuilding efforts and restoration are incredible to see. Walk through the cobblestoned streets, along the riverside, and past the magnificent St Mary’s Church, and you will marvel at the way this town has picked itself up from ruin, and remodelled itself into a spectacular architectural vision.
Gdańsk makes the perfect starting point to a tour of the Polish coastline – it is well connected to international airports and accessible by ferry from Scandinavia. Spend at least 24 hours in the city to experience and embrace the vibrancy and history.