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Suggestions for day in Gdansk before Rick Steves Poland tour

We are looking forward to our Rick Steves 10-day tour of Poland beginning September 13. We are arriving in Gdansk a day early, and since we don't meet the group until evening, we have almost the entire day to ourselves in Gdansk. Does anyone, especially those who have done the Rick Steves tour, have suggestions about how to spend the day in Gdansk before meeting the tour? We don't want to repeat what the Rick Steves tour will do, which includes a half day in the old town. We are not really interested in museums, but we do like biking. Has anyone done biking in or around Gdansk? Thank you!

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Without knowing the route of either walking tour, it's hard to know what you will or won't see other than the two most popular streets, me

I like the façade of the Gdansk railway station

I like the facade of the Hala Targowa (market hall) AND I like going downstairs to grab a fresh bread roll and a real nice slice of headcheese for my lunch. I'm not a beer connoisseur so I just drink the ever present brands - Żywiec, Tyskie, and Lech to name a few.

there's a nice Astronomical Clock inside St Mary's Cathedral

I like the Oliwa Cathedral, both outside and inside

Lots of great Art Deco features in Gdansk, unfortunately I don't write down the names of the buildings or the streets so you'll just have to keep your eyes on the prize while ambling around.
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I am not a museum person in general, but I have made time for the WWII museum in Gdansk. I have visited the original Solidarity Museum but haven't made time for the "new" centre.

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Hello, just looking at the itinerary on the RS website, it looks like the tour omits some interesting sites in Gdansk, like the Museum of the Second World War (widely considered as the best) and Westerplatte Battlefield (where WWII started).

However if a leisurely time maybe with a bike ride is what you are after may I suggest checking out the Baltic coastline. Just north of the city you have beach resort towns like Sopot and large ones like Gdynia.

Gdynia has a wonderful beach side esplanade that goes for a few km following the coastline, very popular with locals.

Sopot is closer at only 45 min from Gdansk center via local commuter train. Sopot is a charming turn-of-the century seaside resort town, a favourite of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II.