Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

I was back in the Polish city of Gdańsk recently and decided to do a bicycle tour. In the past I have gone cycling in quite a few cities including Montevideo, Soweto, Dongguan, Zhuhai and Munich. Gdańsk is a super City to explore on bicycle, as it is vast, has many different districts, some parts are not covered by bus or train and these days, there are cycle paths around the city.

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

European bicycle company Baja Bikes work with locals in many European cities to provide tourists with a unique tour experience. Here in Gdańsk, The tour is run by Poland for Locals.

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Our guides for the day were Bożena and Michał. Both are bilingual, local and passionate about Gdańsk and Polish history.

Our guide, Bożena

Our guide Michał (in blue)

Bożena and I

It’s a 3 hour Bicycle tour which starts at 10 am everyday. The tour doesn’t operate in the cold winter when cycling through snow and ice becomes difficult. You can book the tour online, by phone or in person.

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

I have written a lot about Gdańsk before including reviewing the bars, cafes and restaurants. Plus I explored the district of Zaspa, headed to Westerplatte and reviewed three hostels here.

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

The tour starts on Ulica Ogarną 119 and there were around 16 of us.

Tour starts here, on Ulica Ogarna

Tour starts here, on Ulica Ogarna

Tour starts here, on Ulica Ogarna

Tour starts here, on Ulica Ogarna

Here are the main stops on this excellent bicycle tour, I won’t reveal all the secrets, I’ll let you book it and explore yourselves!

1.The Old Synagogue
Jewish history in Poland needs no introduction. Sadly the Germans invaded Poland in 1939 and tried to destroy all remains of Jewish community life here.

The old synagogue

The Old Synagogue is flattened now and merely a monument remains. It’s beside the wonderful Shakespeare Theatre in Gdańsk starówka.

2.Złota Brama
Next we stop at Złota Brama, Golden Gate. This is the entrance to the main city. An Amber museum sits here and it serves as a good introduction to the famous Ulica Długa (long lane) That leads down to the square.

Waiting by Złota Brama

Złota Brama

Old photos of Gdansk at Złota Brama

A sad trio of black and white photographs on the entrance serve as a chilling reminder of the war. Gdańsk lay in ruins in 1945.

Złota Brama

3.Neptune’s Fountain
We stop by the main square, Długi Targ. Here we learn about the clock tower (the town hall), the Kings of Poland and Neptune’s Fountain.

Neptune’s Fountain

Neptune’s Fountain is a rare survivor of the Second World War as it was removed, and then placed back.

Neptune’s Fountain

The Ratusz / City Hall

4.Mariacka Street
Next we stop on the iconic Maryacka Street. Gargoyles on Houses are used for drainage, vendors sell lots of amber and the idyllic housing is a homage to the streets of Amsterdam. The world’s biggest brick church, St. Mary’s Basilica is also here.

Mariacka Street

Mariacka Street

Mariacka Street

5.Ill Fated Polish Post Office
The war dominates proceedings here too. This is currently a fully functioning post office and museum but this Polish Post Office has a torn history.

The Ill Fated Polish Post Office

The Ill Fated Polish Post Office

The history is a brave bit more sinister. To all intents and purposes, the Second World War really began here. German gunmen stormed this place at 5am on the 1st September 1939 killing the Polish workers around the same time of the Tczew Bridge bombing and Westerplatte. A chill goes down my spine on the realisation that it’s 80 years ago next week.

The Ill Fated Polish Post Office

Memorials remember our fallen heroes of yesteryear.

A monument at the Ill Fated Polish Post Office

6.World War 2 Museum
Museums are plentiful in historic Gdańsk. This one is modern, informative and essential. It opened in 2017.

World War 2 Museum

7.Gdańsk Shipyard
Next we head to Gdańsk Shipyard. Once a world leader in ship building, the shipyard sits rusty, skyline dominating and derelict.

Gdańsk Shipyard

Gdańsk Shipyard

We pose by the Harbour and the robots walking from the water.

Gdańsk Shipyard

Gdańsk Shipyard

We enter one of the derelict buildings. It’s all a bit lonely and deserted. It’s a city of multiple faces.

Gdańsk Shipyard

Gdańsk Shipyard

8.Solidarnosc Centre
In the 1980s, it was here in Gdańsk where the fall of communism all began. Trade Union guru Lech Wałęsa and his barmy army launched the Solidarność movement here.

Solidarność Centre

Solidarność Centre

As well as a marvellous museum, the Solidarność Centre offers good views over the city.

Solidarność Centre

Solidarność Centre

Solidarność Centre

Solidarność Centre

Solidarność Centre

9.Jan Heweliusz Statue
When Poland was a Kingdom, there were more heroes putting the country on the map than first met the eye.

Jan Heweliusz Statue

While Frederic Chopin, Maria Skłodowska Curie (Warszawians) And Mikołaj Kopernik (a Toruńian) All grew up in Poland, Gdańsk has its own astronomic legend, Jan Heweliusz. His statue is in the old town in the place where he was born.

10. Dolne Miasto
For the final furlong on the tour, we are in the city’s trendy Dolne Miasto (Down Town). Here we see the redevelopment of old buildings and wild nature. We see canals and locks before heading back to base.

Dolne Miasto

Dolne Miasto

Dolne Miasto

Dolne Miasto

Dolne Miasto

There are of course more stops on the tour, and plenty of surprises. But I’ll let you all do it yourselves. Having mostly explored Gdańsk on foot, I now recommend this bicycle tour! It’s very insightful, not too strenuous and lasts around 3 hours. A bottle of water is included and you can ask as many questions as you want! Here are a few more photos!

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Bikepacking In Gdańsk: Touring Gdańsk with Poland By Locals and Baja Bikes

Here are the details for booking the tour in Gdańsk:

Gdansk Highlights Tour

There are two types of tour, the one I did is the public tour and priced from 103 zlotych. You can also get a private tour, priced from 147 zlotych.

Here are some videos from my time backpacking in Gdańsk:

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