Crane (Zuraw), Gdansk

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Explore navigational aids, cargo handling techniques, and a merchant's premises, plus reception rooms and local craft workshops at the exhibits of Crane (Zuraw). The oldest surviving port crane in Europe, with two brick towers and a wooden lifting mechanism in between, was built in the 15th century. See its internal mechanisms with two pairs of wheels fitted with wooden beams, which workers had to cross to set the wheels in motion. As a division of the maritime museum, the crane showcases life in a port city in times of its greatest prosperity, between the 16th and 18th centuries. To visit Crane (Zuraw) and get the most from your holiday in Gdansk, create itinerary details personal to you using our Gdansk vacation trip planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Definitely very characteristic, is the largest port crane in medieval Europe. Inside is the propulsion mechanism, we can admire by going under them. Nice also to see the other side of the river.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It cannot be visited inside, or at least I didn't like, but is a historical curiosity and a building of interest
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  • August 17, 2017
    You should look at this great building in any case in Gdansk. It is of course also important that it deals with the history and the base of the building. The location is right in the old town on the water. You can hardly miss the building.
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The suburbs of Gdansk boast plenty of affordable hotels and hostels, offering inexpensive rooms even at the height of the season. Easily accessible by train, neighboring Sopot provides additional sleeping options, including good-value guesthouses and mid-range hotels located mere minutes from the Baltic Sea. If you prefer to stay in Gdansk itself, explore the city's self-catering apartments with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Alternatively, check out the upscale old town hotels, many of which offer discounted rates on the weekends.
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