Gdańsk Town Hall, Gdansk

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Gdańsk Main Town Hall is a historic Ratusz located in the Gdańsk Main City borough of Śródmieście. It is one of the finest examples of the Gothic-Renaissance historic buildings in the city, built at the intersection of the Long Lane and Long Market, in the most popular part of Gdańsk. The Main Town Hall in Gdańsk houses the History Museum of the City of Gdańsk.
The Main Town Hall in Gdańsk is located at Long Lane, part of the Royal Route. The building is located in the building complex, surrounded by Long Lane, Kramarska Street, Piwna Street, and Kaletnicza Street, located at the corner of the first two. The building is the second highest building in the Main City, after St. Mary's Church, the building is in the most notable part of the Śródmieście in Gdańsk. Access to the building by car is difficult, as the Long Lane surrounding the building is pedestrianised all year around. The public transport does not reach the building. The closest tram stop is located at Podwale Przedmiejskie.
The oldest fragments of the town hall come from 1327 to 1336 - the building was then much smaller in size, which led to its expansion in the subsequent years. In the fourteenth-century the Main City of Gdańsk was reconstructed, and in 1346 replaced the then enforced Lübeck law with the Kulm law. The reform had separated the roles of the city council and ława miejska (which was responsible for the judiciary). The separation of the two bodies led to the need for two separate halls for the two institutions. In 1357, in the location of the current town hall, a temporary town hall was located.
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  • Many stairs to walk, but worth it. You can only imagine what all these walls heard through the ages. You can see beautiful paintings, old furniture, and portraits of kings who visited Gdańsk. Defo... 
    Many stairs to walk, but worth it. You can only imagine what all these walls heard through the ages. You can see beautiful paintings, old furniture, and portraits of kings who visited Gdańsk. Defo...  more »
  • Gdansk Main Town hall was initially built in the 14th century, expanded several times and totally rebuilt after a fire in 1556. It was heavily damaged during WW II, and restorations were largely... 
    Gdansk Main Town hall was initially built in the 14th century, expanded several times and totally rebuilt after a fire in 1556. It was heavily damaged during WW II, and restorations were largely...  more »
  • I chose not to go to the top but I bet the views are fab. Is is fascinating to see Old Gdansk before it was bombed to smithereens. Even more amazing is how it has been built up again. 
    I chose not to go to the top but I bet the views are fab. Is is fascinating to see Old Gdansk before it was bombed to smithereens. Even more amazing is how it has been built up again.  more »
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  • Free enter on Mondays. it's a historic building and some parts are definitely worth a visit. It has a very nice mechanical and sundial clock. You can put your bags in boxes at the entrance. You have to pay a fee to climb the tower.
  • Absolutely must visit. The museum is interesting but the best place is the tower! Fantastic views, maybe it's the best viewing point in the city.
  • I just went to visit the top of the tower (12pln as September ‘22) but you can visit both too. The view from the top is great if you are willing to go up all those stairs! Highly recommend it!
  • Must see rooms, not all survived the war, but there is still a lot unique interior art to find. Fascinating topology as room floors are on different levels
  • I like this museum, but its permanent exhibition can be lacking in content - timed ones tend to be more interesting. It offers best views of the Old Town in whole city because of the tall tower available for sightseeing (additional ticket required). Overall I recommend it. Calm place to take a rest in very busy neighborhood.

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