Many Norwegians probably have a completely wrong impression of Gdansk, without even having been there. True, Gdansk is an industrial port city in a former eastern bloc country, but the city has an incredible amount to offer.
It is a real pleasure to stroll around the streets of downtown Gdansk and admire the magnificent historic buildings that have been painstakingly restored after being leveled with the earth during World War II.
Gdansk’s port area has today become a tourist magnet with its outdoor restaurants and sidewalk cafes.
Just outside the city you will find miles of sandy beaches facing the Baltic Sea. There are many shopping opportunities, and the prices for local products and spa treatments will only make you smile.
It was in Gdansk Lech Walesa and Solidarity became the beginning of the end for communism in Poland in December 1980.
With direct flights from various Norwegian airports, getting to Gdansk is easy, fast and affordable. Leave all the old prejudices about endless queues of food vouchers, underpaid strawberry pickers and gray concrete blocks and get to one of the most fascinating areas of Eastern Europe.
- Abbreviation: GDN
- Country: Poland
Facts about Gdansk
Gdansk is located in the north of Poland and is the country’s fourth largest city. Gdansk is the capital of the Pomerania region, and has played an important role in the modern democracy process in Poland.
|Religion||Roman Catholic. (90%)|
|Currency||Polish zloty. 1 zloty is about 2.5 Norwegian kroner. Plenty of ATMs in the center of Gdansk, and the use of credit cards is widespread. Less common outside cities.|
|Tips||10% is quite common if you are satisfied with the service. But be careful not to say Thank You / Dziekuje when the waiter fetches the money, then he / she thinks the rest can be kept in tip, which in turn can be a costly or petty affair for you if you paid with large banknotes.|
|Embassy||The Norwegian Embassy in Poland is located at ul. Chopina 2A in the capital Warsaw, by phone +48 22696 4030. Open 0830-1530 Mon-Fri. More info here.|
|Tourist||On the main street Dluga 45, in the arrivals hall of the airport, Glowny train station, ulitsa J.Heweliusza 27 and ulitsa Powroznicza 19/20.|
|Emergency||Police 997 (112 from mobile), Fire 998, Ambulance 999|
|Electricity||220 / 240V as in Norway.|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, May 3rd, Corpus Christi (Thursday, ten days after Easter), August 15th, November 1st, November 11th (Independence Day), 1st and 2nd Christmas Day.|
|Visa||Not required for Norwegian nationals on stays under three months. Bring your passport, that is the only valid identification.|
|Vaccinations||Nothing is required|
|Water||The water can be drunk straight from the tap, but it does not taste good and contains a lot of chemicals. Fine for brushing, but bottled water is cheap and easily accessible.|
|Nearest major cities||Gdynia, Malbork, Elblag.|
|Safety||Slightly violent crime, but some winning crimes and car thefts. Pay attention to pickpockets where tourists gather.|
List of Gdansk Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Gdansk is GDN which stands for Gdansk. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Gdansk, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.