MS Sołdek is a museum ship moored in front of the granaries. Once you’re on board and past the fairly dull introductory video, you can...
Central Maritime Museum
At the time of research the main annexe of the museum, right next door to the Gdańsk Crane, was undergoing an extensive, €8.6 million...
The extensive collection stresses the Polish cultural and ethnic roots of the region; if you haven’t had your fill of views elsewhere,...
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Restauracja Pod Łososiem
Founded in 1598 and particularly famous for its salmon dishes, this is one of Gdańsk’s oldest and most highly regarded restaurants. Red...
Gdańsk Crane information
Lonely Planet review
Just beyond the modest Gate of the Holy Spirit (Brama Św Ducha) on the waterfront rises the oh-so conspicuous Gdańsk Crane. Built in the mid-15th century as the biggest double-towered gate on the waterfront, it also served to shift heavy cargoes directly onto or off vessels docked at the quay. For this purpose two giant wheels – 5m in diameter – were installed as a hoist with a rope wound around the axle; the whole contraption was set in motion by people ‘walking’ along the inner circumference like mice in a wheel. Incredibly, this people-power could hoist loads of up to 2000kg, making it the largest crane in medieval Europe. Early-17th-century wheels were added higher up for installing masts.
Blasted to pieces in 1945, everything was carefully pieced back together in the postwar decades, making it the only fully restored relic of its kind in the world. Inside you’ll find exhibits relating to the history of shipping, plus a collection of shells, corals and other marine life; English notes are available on laminated sheets. You can also climb up into the section overlooking the water and have a closer look at the hoisting gear (but sadly not a go on the wheel).