The train trip to Gdansk from Poznań takes just over 5 hours; we splurged on first class tickets with reserved seats (82.5 PLN, about $28, each way). I’m glad we did because the train was very full on the way back Sunday afternoon. I think everyone was getting in one last weekend at the shore as cooler weather creeps in.
Gdansk, birthplace of the Solidarity movement, was beautiful, but alas, this was just a weekend trip. We were only in town for 24 hours; there will have to be a second trip! I think we said the same thing about Prague and Wroclaw. We stayed at the Hilton, a reasonable walk from the train station and also to downtown. The hotel offers amazing views of the water from a rooftop patio. Our server at the hotel was a young man who grew up in Gdansk; he was would make a great tour guide. He gave us directions to what a friend refers to as the most romantic street in Europe and a sample of Goldwater, a locally produced anise liqueur. He told us about he restoration work going on at St. Mary’s, an impressive red brick church. He also mentioned the history of the motar used in the original construction