What to know about the Baltic sea near Gdansk

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The Baltic Sea near Gdansk offers a beautiful and diverse environment for various activities. It was also choosen as host for the 2024 European Coastal Championships.Here’s a breakdown of what to know before you head out


  1. Embedded in the Hanseatic League: Gdańsk was a major city in the Hanseatic League, a powerful medieval commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and market towns in Northwestern (Hamburg, Lübeck, Bremen etc) and Central Europe. This contributed to its wealth and architectural development.
  2. World War II: The invasion of Poland by Germany on September 1, 1939, began with an attack on the Westerplatte Peninsula near Gdańsk, marking the start of World War II.
  3. Solidarity Movement: In the 1980s, the Gdańsk Shipyard became the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, led by Lech Wałęsa, which played a crucial role in ending communist rule in Poland.


  • Gdansk boasts several beautiful beaches perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Popular options include:
    • Brzeźno: Gdansk’s longest and most popular beach, offering a range of amenities.
    • Jelitkowo: Close to the Old Town, known for its pier and lighthouse.
    • Stogi: A quieter option ideal for families, with shallow waters and a relaxed atmosphere.
Grünes Tor in Danzig
Green Gate, Gdansk, Credit Wiki Commons

Rowing Sports:

Rowing in Gdańsk offers a fantastic way to explore the city and its surroundings from the water. Here are some key points to know if you’re interested in rowing in this historic city:

  1. Motława River: Flowing through the heart of Gdańsk, the Motława River provides a scenic route for rowing, offering views of the old town, including landmarks such as the Crane, the Green Gate and St. Mary’s Church. Rowing in Europe offers multiple tours in Poland and around Gdank.
  2. Radunia Canal: This canal, a tributary of the Motława, is another option for rowers, providing a quieter and more sheltered environment.
  3. Martwa Wisła: This branch of the Vistula River, known as the “Dead Vistula,” offers wider and calmer waters suitable for rowing.
  4. Coastal Rowing at the Gdansk Bay

Things to See and Do:

  • Beyond the beach, the area offers historical and natural attractions:
    • Gdansk Old Town: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stunning architecture like the Main Town Hall and St. Mary’s Church.
    • Westerplatte Peninsula: A historical site marking the first battle of WWII.
    • Hel Peninsula: A long, narrow strip of land with beaches, hiking trails, and wildlife.

Food and Drink:

  • Gdansk offers delectable Polish and international cuisine. Must-tries include:
    • Danziger Goldwasser: A unique local liqueur flavored with vodka, honey, and herbs.
    • Pierogi: Savory dumplings filled with various ingredients like meat, cheese, or potatoes.
    • Bigos: A hearty stew with meat, sauerkraut, and other vegetables.

More infos on Coastal Tours in Poland: team@rowing-in-europe.com


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