Exploring Gdansk, Sopot and Hel
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Train from Warsaw to Gdansk - about 4 and a half hours. We didn't have any problem at all buying the tickets - there is an office in Warsaw's central train station where the personnel speaks English and are very helpful. Important Polish Vocabulary: Peron = Platform. Once you find your destination on the list of outgoing trains, it's easy to find the platform. Screens on the platforms announce the incoming trains, helping you avoid getting on the wrong one!
The scenery from the train is pretty - mostly flat, with a lot of farmland and forests. At one point, about a half hour from Gdansk you pass Malbork castle which is the largest Teutonic Castle and is another place to explore one of these weekends!
Gdansk is the sixth largest city in Poland and is the country's main seaport.
We decided to stay at a Holiday Inn which is close to the train station (across the street) and is within easy walking distance from just about anywhere in the old part of Gdansk. Of course staying at a Holiday Inn isn't very Polish and certainly wasn't very adventurous at all, but I was with my parents and kids so it seemed like the safest bet since I really didn't have any idea as to other hotels and didn't feel like being too adventurous.
The main sites worth visiting in Gdansk are located on or by Ulica Długa (Long Street) and Długi Targ (Long Market), a pedestrian street surrounded by buildings reconstructed in historical (primarily 17th century) style and flanked at both ends by elaborate city gates.
This part of the city is sometimes referred to as the Royal Road as the former path of processions for visiting kings. Saint Mary's church, built in the 15th century, is well worth a visit. It is the largest brick church in the world. I will upload some pictures of the sights that I saw.