Gdańsk is a unique city. Its history is inextricably linked with the sea, port and Hanseatic tradition. For its residents, the coexistence of the city and the port means, first of all, jobs, but also the improvement of road traffic due to the modernisation of the city-port connections. Gdańsk is an attractive destination, with a multitude of interesting buildings, impressive historic monuments and intriguing old streets. Its architecture is a mix of many styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Rococo and Baroque.

More than three million tourists visit Gdańsk per year. Every third tourist comes from abroad.

There are regular ferry connections to Nynäshamn in Sweden from our port. Every year, thousands of travellers come to the Obrońców Westerplatte Quay on board cruise ships, and the number of calls is constantly growing. Between 1995 and 2019, a total of 680 cruise ships entered the Port of Gdańsk, with more than 250,000 passengers on board.

Here are the key events in the history of Gdańsk and the Port.

Chronology – arrows are between dates, whereas they should indicate specific year


World War II begins with the German attack on Westerplatte


Battle of Oliwa - the victorious battle between the Polish fleet and the Swedish naval blockade of Gdańsk


King Casimir IV Jagiellon grants Gdańsk privileges that ensure great autonomy for the city and the port


Gdańsk joins the Hanseatic League


The first historical record about the Port of Gdańsk in “The Life of Saint Adalbert”


More than 50 million tonnes handled annually


Record-breaking increase in cargo handling +20.7%


Launch of a major port infrastructure modernisation program


Opening of the tunnel under the Dead Vistula - connecting both sides of the Port with the A1 Motorway


Inauguration of the first ocean container connection


Launch of the Deepwater Container Terminal Gdańsk (DCT)


Opening of the Northern Port