Day 1.  Our first day in Gdansk, Poland

A few weeks ago we noticed that Ryanair was offering bargain priced flights to Gdansk, and as we'd enjoyed our previous visit to Krakow, the opportunity to visit a second Polish destination seemed irresistible. Our flight departed Leeds-Bradford airport promptly at 9.30 a.m. taking just two hours over to Lech Walesa airport.  The airport is …

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Day 2. Exploring Gdansk

After a leisurely breakfast in our hotel we strolled along the riverside promenade known as Long Bridge admiring its historical granaries and huge crane gate.  The Żuraw Crane is one of the finest intact medieval cranes in Europe and, interestingly, it also acted as a city gate and defensive fortification.  It was built to hoist …

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Day 3.  A visit to Sopot and Gdynia

Gdansk and it's nearby sister cities of Sopot and Gdynia are collectively known as Tricity, so after breakfast we set off to Gdansk Glowny station to embark on our journey.  Trains in Tricity are operated by SKM and have a distinctive blue and yellow livery. Tickets need to be bought either from the SKM desks …

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Day 4.  A visit to Malbork Castle

I'd read about Malbork Castle and was eager to visit whilst staying in Gdansk.  It is the largest brick built castle in the world and was constructed in the thirteenth century. Malbork lies 69km from Gdansk and is easily accessible by train with numerous services daily.  It's on the main line to Warsaw, so tickets …

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Day 5.   Our final day in Gdansk

On our final morning in Gdansk we took the SKM train to the suburb of Oliwa, located 5 km to the north of the city centre.  Single tickets cost 3.8 zl (80p) for the short journey to this prosperous neighbourhood. Leaving the station, we headed to the main road from where it was only a …

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