View of St. Mary Cathedral in Gdansk, Poland
Built in 1343, Gothic St. Mary's Church has been big enough to hold 25,000 worshipers since 1502. Some say it's the biggest brick church in the world. Look for the astrological clock from the 1460s, and be sure to climb the 400 steps of the tower to admire the city views.
The city hall building in Gdansk, Poland
Featuring the highest tower in the old town topped by a statue of King Zygmunt, the Town Hall was constructed in the 1330s and rebuilt after World War II. Once inside, visit the Historical Museum of Gdansk. Admire the nearby Long Street architecture and the 17th-century Neptune Fountain.
Head to lush Oliwa Park to see the rococo-style Abbot's Palace, built in the 15th century. You can also see the New Palace, added in the 17th century. Originally home to Cistercian monks, the palace now houses the National Museum of Gdansk's modern art department. Cruise to Poland and save time to wander the park's paths outside the museum.
In Gdansk, you'll find no shortage of seafood caught straight from the Baltic. Try grilled salmon in white wine sauce or zupa rybna, fish soup cooked with a whole white fish and flavored with smoky bacon or ham. There's also plenty of the hearty, meat-based fare that Eastern Europe is known for: Sample pork knuckle braised in beer, or golabki, cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and ground beef.
Amber abounds in the Bay of Gdansk, and it makes an excellent souvenir in the form of jewelry, a chess set or a sculpture. Find it in the market hall at Hala Targowa and in souvenir shops. Head to a mall if the weather is uncooperative during your Poland cruise. The port of Gdynia is lined with many small boutiques.
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