As the city of Gdansk discovers its prosperous and sophisticated past, one can admire a huge diversity of local architectural styles. Walking from the Golden Gate, the traditional entry point for kings along the Royal Way, it doesn't take long to become absorbed into the warmth and friendliness of this city. Gdansk may be smaller than Warsaw and Krakow, but remains the perfect destination for a more relaxing short break.
Despite its small size, Gdansk has more than its fair share of historical landmarks. One hugely important site is Westerplatte – better known as the spot where World War II kicked off when on 1 September 1939 the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein began shelling a Polish garrison. A monument stands here in honour of the 182 men bravely fended off the attacks for a week before eventually surrendering.