Gdynia is a large city of 250 thousand located 20 kilometers north of Gdańsk. It boasts a beautiful beach, multiple piers
with ship-monuments, a marina and aquarium, and a generally very different atmosphere from Gdańsk. Gdańsk has a touristy,
big-city atmosphere, whereas Gdynia is a very accessible insight into Polish life outside of tourist centers.
Last but not least, Gdynia's shipyard was arguably the starting point for the communism toppling movement and
the Solidarity notion.
It takes about 30 minutes to drive to Gdynia from central Gdańsk by car
, or about 20 minutes by regional train
will cost you 4 zł [0.8 EUR] each way.
Poland's beach paradise - a 30-kilometer-long peninsula, called the Hel peninsula, in places as thin as 800 meters from side to side, stretching
over the gulf of Gdańsk. Throughout the whole peninsula, you will find beautiful white-sand beaches, blue sea, and a lot
of greenery. During the summer, the area is filled with holidaymakers from all over Poland, and the urban life begins
The tip of the peninsula is located 100 kilometers away from Gdańsk by road, and it takes 90 minutes to drive
However, it takes only 1 hour to get to the beginning of the peninsula. Quite amazingly, there is a train
goes all the way to the tip (to the actual city of Hel). Unfortunately, you have to change trains
The whole journey takes around 2 hours and costs 17 zł [4 EUR].
view from above
Constructed in the late 13th
century, Malbork Castle is a castle erected by the Teutonic Order to be the home and shelter
of the Grand Master of the Order. It is undoubtedly one of the largest and most fortified castles in Europe and listed in
the UNESCO heritage register. The rough aesthetic of the castle, coupled with its rich history of conquest and its interesting
interiors, make Malbork Castle a must-see for anyone visiting Northern Poland.
It takes about 45 minutes to go from central Gdańsk to Malbork by car
. Alternatively, you can take a regional train
which takes a little over an hour and costs 16 zł [3.7 EUR]. There are also bullet trains
servicing this route,
but we do not recommend them in this case as they are much more expensive and the journey is only 10 minutes shorter.
Chances are that Malbork Castle will be the most impressive, largest, and most authentic and well-preserved castle you will see in your life. Go there.
view from across the river
Słowiński National Park
Słowiński National Park is very unique in its terrain. It consists of hectares upon hectares of lightly-overgrown sand dunes,
surrounded by beautiful forests, and with a large lake in the centre. What is more, part of the park is covered by moss, and
the area also boasts beautiful sand-dune valleys and formations. For bird lovers, the park will be a paradise. Other animals,
such as frogs, toads, and some mammals, such as beavers, seals, otters, badgers, hares, deer, bats, and, amazingly, porpoises.
The park is accessible mainly by car
- it takes 90 minutes to get there and it's a 110-kilometer drive.
For public transport lovers, it's best accessible through the city of Łeba, which is reachable by taking a train
to Lębork for 13 zł [3.0 EUR], and then taking a bus
to Łeba for 8 zł [1.9 EUR] - the whole trip takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes each way,
but may well be worth it.
the park's dunes
view of surrounding forest
There are a lot of great things about Tucholskie Forests. It is one of the largest collections of forests in
Europe, and it boasts many fantastic landscapes, such as rivers, lakes, and, well forests. It is also home for
many animal species, namely deer, boars, foxes, beavers, ad wolves. It's a great place to trek, have a picnic,
observe animals and birds, or kayak.
Like most nature, the forests are best reachable by car
. It takes about 90 minutes to go there from central Gdańsk.
If you choose to take public transport, it is best to take a train
to Laskowice Pomorskie and then a train
a small town and a great access point for the forests. This will take you about 2 hours and 30 minutes and cost you
35 zł [8.1 EUR] in total.
one of the park's rivers