Gdansk, Berlin and Hanover – A Tale of European History
Gdansk – Tripadvisor’s No 1 European Emerging Destination 2018
Head to Poland’s beautiful Baltic coast and visit Gdansk. Visitors often overlook this wonderful city in favour of Krakow or Warsaw, but Gdansk has something special to offer. Listed by Tripadvisor as their No 1 European ‘Emerging Destination’ for 2018 and 5th worldwide, it is a great largely undiscovered gem!
Although Gdansk looks medieval, the buildings are largely reconstructions, whilst nevertheless beautiful with a strong Hanseatic influence. Rows of narrow merchant’s houses squash together along the waterfront – a lovely place to stroll. Packed with history, there is something to discover round every corner. In this important maritime city, the Second World War began and the Solidarność (Solidarity) movement was born. As you meander along Gdansk’s cobbled streets, pass through grand gates and by regal buildings on the Royal Route. Perhaps learn more about Baltic gold – amber, at the Amber Museum. Tastings of other local exports, including locally brewed beer and the national drink – vodka, can be arranged. In charming old town, filled with medieval brick churches and quaint cobbles, you’ll find a myriad of culinary treats. Why not experience Polish cuisine, from borscht to Polish gingerbread?
What’s more, make the most of your journey to Poland by stopping en route in two of Germany’s most exciting cities – the vibrant capital, Berlin and historic Hannover.
Undoubtedly one of Europe’s most fascinating capital cities, the multicultural metropolis of Berlin is immense yet maintains the unpretentious charm of an international village. The city’s heart is compact and easily accessible. Fans of art and architecture can enjoy the variety of styles here, strongly shaped by Berlin’s history. The Reichstag parliamentary building blends imperial and modern architecture beautifully, while the TV Tower typifies the brutalist Soviet design ethic. Discover classical art on Museum Island or the political murals of the East Side Gallery.
Quaint Hannover offers an alternative sight into Germany history. Stroll through the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen or along the promenade of Maschsee Lake. Wander through narrow, medieval streets of Hannover’s Old Town or the modern shopping district.
15th March 2019
Depart UK and to Berlin
Head across the Channel, continue through Germany to Berlin. Check in to your hotel for 2 nights accommodation.
Considered to be one of Central Europe’s most important and exciting, modern cities, Berlin has a fascinating past and a lot to offer to all visitors. Visit key attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate, Bundestag, TV Tower and Alexanderplatz. Discover some of Europe’s finest palaces and gardens as well as many famous museums and monuments.
Arrive in Gdansk and Walk the Royal Route
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel to Poland. Arrive in Gdansk and drive to your hotel, your base on the Baltic coast for the next three nights.
Gdansk Royal Route, Oliwa and Sopot
In the morning, get acquainted with this city by enjoying a walking tour of Gdansk to see the city’s highlights. Walk the Royal Route, which once served as the path for parades and ceremonies, to pass many of Gdansk’s treasures. Beginning at the Upland Gate fortification, pass through Gold Gate and amble past the Lion Court and Town Hall.
In the afternoon, head to Sopot, a beach resort near Gdansk. En route perhaps visit Oliwa, one of the oldest parts of Gdansk, where you can enjoy organ concerts and a walk in Oliwa Park which is filled with trees from around the world. Arriving in the chic resort Sopot, admire the sea views while strolling along the longest wooden pier in Europe. Enjoy the fresh Baltic air with a walk on the beach before finding a cosy place to enjoy some lunch.
Today, perhaps visit Malbork Castle, a UNESCO heritage site which dominates the surrounding countryside. Situated on the banks of the River Nogat, this impressive gothic structure was built by Teutonic knights, who called it Marienburg. It consists of three castles separated by multiple moats and towers, with the oldest part dates to the late 13th century.
Visit one of the castle’s restaurants for lunch at leisure before returning to Gdansk. Perhaps stroll along the waterfront or hunt for Baltic gold, more commonly known as amber. Admire it in galleries, perhaps purchase some as a souvenir and why not learn all about it at the amber museum. Alternatively, head to the European Solidarity Centre for an insightful look into the Solidarity movement, liberty and democracy or visit the Old Town? Enjoy some Polish produce with a visit to a microbrewery or a delicious dinner of pierogi – Polish dumplings stuffed with a range of fillings.
Depart Poland and head to Hanover
The time has come to depart from Gdansk. Make your way back through Poland to Hanover in northern Germany. Here, check in to your hotel for 2 nights accommodation.
Today explore charming Hanover, a largely underrated delightful town. Stroll through the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen or along the promenade of Maschsee Lake. In the Old Town Quarter, wander through narrow, medieval streets or the modern, pedestrian zone with its elegant arcades and shopping malls. There’s an option of taking a guided walking tour. Then continue to Marienburg Castle for a guided tour. This fortress-like castle was built as a birthday present from the King of Hannover to his wife, Queen Marie.
Head Home to the UK
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and make your way back to Calais for your Channel crossing back to the UK and continue homewards.
Leonardo Hotel Berlin *** – Firm favourite with Greatdays’ Groups
The 3-star Leonardo Hotel Berlin is located in Charlottenburg district, between Berlin’s Exhibition Centre and the Kurfürstendamm shopping street. The air conditioned rooms have a TV, desk, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and telephone. The ensuite bathrooms contain a shower, hairdryer and toiletries. The hotel has a bar serving drinks and snacks. Free wifi is also available. Berlin is easily accessible by public transport as the Bismarckstraße Underground Station is only 100 metres from the hotel and provides a direct connection to Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz.
Novotel Gdansk Centrum ***
Located in the centre of Gdansk, just steps from the Old Town, this hotel is in an excellent location for exploring. The hotel has a restaurant and lounge area as well as a fitness area and spacious garden. The rooms feature air conditioning, WIFI, LCD TV, safe, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, shower and hair dryer.
Mercure Gdansk Old Town ****
Just 500m from the train station and very close to the Old Town, the mercure is the highest building in the city. As well as views over the Old Town and shipyard, the hotel boasts a restaurant, bar and fitness centre. Bedrooms feature internet access, air-conditioning, 23 inch LCD TV, safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, shower, hairdryer and mineral water upon arrival.
Maritim Airport Hotel Hannover ****
The modern hotel rooms offer a view over the airport or nearby lake are comfortably furnished and their excellent sound insulation guarantees you a relaxing and quiet night’s sleep. The hotel has a wellness area with swimming pool, Finnish sauna and gym, (charges may apply). . Enjoy lunch and brunch at the Rôtisserie Restaurant, dinner in the Bistro Bottaccio Restaurant, or cocktails in the Night Flight hotel bar. The hotel has a large number of event rooms and the Club Lounge on the 5th floor with bar, library and panoramic view of comings and goings at the airport. Just a few steps from the hotel you will find the S-Bahn (city train) station, so you can reach the city centre and Hanover Trade Fair premises in no time. Free Wi-Fi
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