The Long Market in Gdansk
Updated: May 18, 2020
The Long Market of Gdansk is probably the main tourist attraction in the city. It was founded in the 13th century as a merchants' road and became the main street of the town. The wealthiest residents built their homes here, competing with each other in arts and decorations. It's equivalent to what’s called in other places, "the old town." You will find here many restaurants, souvenir shops, museums, and beautiful houses. Some of the main attractions of the city are located here:
The Green Gate
the royal residence from the 16th century now houses the National Museum in Gdansk. One of the rooms also served the former Polish President and the leader of Solidarity movement Lech Lech Wałęsa (Spelled: Valensa).
The Golden Gate
Built in the early 17th century at one end of the Long Market. It Destroyed during WWII and reconstructed in 1957.
Located in the middle of the Long Market, the Neptune's Fountain opened in 1633. It was renovated several times because of the wars' damages. The last renovation was in 2012.
The scientist Daniel Fahrenheit, who invented the Fahrenheit temperature scale, was born in Gdansk. To his honor, the city represents an antique thermometer in the center of its most famous street.
There are more main sites to visit in the Long Market, and I wrote individual posts for them: The Old Town Hall, St, Mary Basilica, the Old Prison (the Amber Museum) and The Amber Sky ferry wheel.
There are also lots of street artists playing on the street.
I think it's better to visit here at least twice, by daytime and by night, to get the full impression of this beautiful place.