Elbląg  (Elbing in German) is a city in northern Poland with 127,892 inhabitants (2006). The city is a port on the Elbląg River which flows into the Vistula Lagoon about 10 km to the north, thus giving the city access to the Baltic Sea via the Strait of Baltiysk. In middle ages it was an important Hanseatic seaport serving the Vistula River bay on the early medieval Baltic Sea trade routes.
Elbląg's Old Town area was almost completely destroyed in World War II. Visitors to this area will be treated to excellent examples of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture in this area, but unfortunately very few of the buildings are more than 50 years old. The buildings seen here today have been meticulously reconstructed by the City Authorities to restore the original charm and character to the Old Town.
 Get in
By bus It is possible to get to Elbląg by bus and train from other large cities of Poland.
By car The E7 road from Gdansk to Warsaw runs past Elbląg an hour out of Gdansk.
 Get around
There is tram network in Elbląg but it isn't very big and the main attractions are very near each other so walking is good enough.
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St Nicholas Cathedral, Considered the focal point of the Old Town, St. Nicholas Cathedral is a wonderful building from the 13th century.
Old town - cafes, restaurants, cobbled streets, modern yet classical architectural designs amongst a handful of original survivors.
Church Path (Scieżka Kościelna) in the Old Town - a path between the brick houses which historically connected three churches. Very charming, is now open for tourists and is a scenery for wedding photos.
Elbląg-Ostróda Canal , (terminal in Old Town) The boats rise on rails. Bar, snacks and meals available on board. Takes about 10h end to end but for a shorter day trip you can get off much earlier and get the train back, alternatively travel on towards the lake district.
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Take a tram to Bazantarnia forest, walks take you along the river or through beautiful old trees, with hills and ravines. (tram no 2, to Marymoncka wsiad. from train station and Plac Słowiański, between new and old town) tickets available from kiosks, stamp on entry.
Visit Światowid, a truly socialist building, still going strong as a cultural hot spot, cinema, theatre, gallery, restaurant. Next door to...
Multikino, modern multi-screen cinema amongst modern shops with bar and cafe.
Massive open air swimming pool ul. Kościuszki (one of the biggest in Europe)
Ski  (at Góra Chrobrego) cheap bus 1 zł (some days) from carpark outside cemetery on ul. Kościuszki. 2 routes 400 and 450m and 2 button lifts 130/450m. More routes and lifts planned for 2011/12 season. 2zl a go for the lift weekends (10 for 18zl), 1.50zl in the week. 20zl returned deposit on electronic pass card. Small covered bar at bottom.
Museum and library  (Old Town) (13th c.) set in Teutonic castle grounds (fragments remain). Quite hidden museum at the back of ul. św. Ducha. Containing archeology from the foundations of the destroyed old town (still uncovered in the Old Town). Other exhibits include Saxon finds from the near by early settlement of Truso (a reconstructed Saxon house is also situated in the gardens and can be viewed only by asking the cashier after buying a ticket for the rest of the museum). Art and Photography exhibitions are set in the other buildings. Opening hours: Closed Mondays and public holidays; open Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-4pm, Sundays 10am-4pm; June-September, Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10am-6pm.
Galeria el , ul. Kuśnierska 6 (Old Town).
Nowa Holandia . (Warsaw bound E7 motorway, from Elbląg join motorway at North/West end of city).Nature/Theme park set in large grounds behind elblag service station, restaurant at front, bars, sleigh rides, bonfires, canoeing, 45 seater boat trips, city farm, walks and playground. 8zl per person for a sleigh ride, tea and sausage cooked in the fire. Bus nr 6 a short walk and you're there.
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Jewellery with amber.
Hand picked wild mushrooms, fresh milk, honey, smoked sausage and fresh produce at the market Saturdays and Tuesdays morning.
Vodka and mead.
Cakes and breads.
Sweets made in Elbląg - flagship store of Wolność company: ul. ks. Osinskiego 4A.
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Apple pie with ice cream:
Restauracja Slowianska, ul. Krótka 4. tel: +48 55 611 47 25 Charming restaurant with many dishes. Polish and Italian cuisine, also serve very good steaks.
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Beer from the Elbląg's brewery - Specjal
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Beautiful hotel in restored 16th century building in the middle of the Old Town. Very smart but also very reasonable.
 Get out
The countryside around Elbląg is picturesque and well worth exploring by bicycle. You can rent bicycles from a shop next to the train station and behind the bus station, or bring your own on the trains that come from Gdansk. Maps of bike routes are available in most bookshops, but be careful- these routes aren't clearly marked and it's easy to lose your way. But the area is small and the locals are ready to help.