Opened and modern, marked by the history. Welcome to Gdansk.

Despite the fact, the city is over one thousand years old, it impresses with modernity. Proud from its incredibly rich history, opened to the world and the future. With the view to the Baltic Sea, Motlawa River, Tricity Landscape Park. With the Westerplatte Peninsula, where WWII began, September 1 1939, the former Gdansk Shipyard areas  and the historical gate no 2, the Gradowa Hill and the Vistulamouth Fortress, with its history form Napoleon times. Gdansk – the city at Motlawa River. A fantastic place to live, work and progress. The biggest city in the Northern part of Poland and one of its kind in the world.

Situated at the Baltic Bay, with the access to sandy beaches, which in Springs and Summers are full of life. Surrounded by picturesque forests of the Tricity Landscape Park and the close vicinity of Kashuby region. Gdansk is one of the most interesting cities on the map of Poland. It fascinates not only with the landscape but  with the history too.. This is here, where starting from the Golden Gate to the Green Gate, Polish kings walked and greeted the citizens. This is here, where on the Long Market stands the Arthur’s Court and the Neptune Fountain – symbols of Gdansk.

There are more of those symbols. One of them I also, situated at the Long Embankment, the Crane, the biggest and the oldest, preserved port cranes from medieval Europe, a construction which from XV c. gave a dynamic growth to the port of Gdansk.

Gdansk is the city where famous astronomer, John Hewelius was born, the great physician, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit and the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. This is the place, where Polish soldiers from Westerplatte bravery defended the state, when Schleswig-Holstein, the III Reich battle ship in 1939 attacked Polish Military Transit Depot, and started WWII. This is the place, where at Gdansk Shipyard, in 1980 workers started famous straik which triggered slow stream of changes in Poland and Central – Eastern part of Poland.

Europejskie Centrum Solidarności w Gdańsku

The European Solidarity Centre, Fot. Pomorskie.Travel

The most interesting attractions in Gdansk

Today, Gdansk is described as the city of freedom and Solidarity. About the history of the trade unions, called “Solidarity”, we can learn more about visiting the unique in the international scale European Solidarity Centre. Extremely original when architecture is concerned (in a shape of a ship), shows the exhibition about the Solidarity movement and is a place of many cultural events.

Lech Walesa, the first leader of the trade unions, “Solidarity”, the former President of Poland and the laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, has his office here as well.

From the European Solidarity Centre, situated in the former shipyard areas it is not far to the WWII Museum. This is the newest and the most modern museum in the city, built in a big scale. It tells the story about the war in a wide international context.

Gdansk is also a fine place, not only for history lovers, but also for the ones, Who like astronomy and general science. There is Hewelianum Centre situated in a former napoleon’s fort. In one of Gdansk district, called Wrzeszcz, there is a monumental building of Gdansk Technical University, one on the best technical school in Poland.

Talking about Gdansk, we cannot forget about the parks – beautiful and cameral Orunia Park and the unique and vary popular park in Oliwa, which is situated few steps from the XIV c. Cathedral.

The Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, Fot. Dawid Linkowski

Those are just few, the most characteristic places on the map of this over half million city. Gdansk is the city that all the times develops, where new objects of culture appear, like the Shakespeare Theatre, sport objects (the football stadium in Letnica, which has an amber shape), as well as new and modern infrastructure objects – for example: the port and the container terminal, the airport, which in becoming one of the most important airport around the Baltic states.

Gdansk is a modern city which attracts young people and with its history and tradition elder generations. Gdansk is a city which joins. 

 

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The Main Town of Gdansk

The Main Town of Gdansk

      The Main Town is the most representative part of Gdańsk. Reconstructed after it was demolished during WWII, this precious architectonical complex proves the past golden era of Gdańsk as the wealthiest city in the Republic of Poland in the 16th and 17th Centuries, a huge commercial, scientific and cultural centre of contemporary Europe.

The wealth of the old Gdańska is proven by outstanding pieces of architecture such as the City Hall, St. Mary's Church, the Arthus Court and the Golden Gate. Today the inner city attracts large number of tourists who want to enjoy the magic of this city.


What is usually referred to as the Old Town in most Polish monumental cities in Gdańsk is called the Main Town. This may be the only example in the world where the Old Town does not imply the oldest part of the city. In Gdańsk the Old Town means the area where St. Catherine's Church, the Great Mill and Madison Shopping Mall are located, while the Main Town is the area where Long (Długa) Street and Long Market (Długi Targ) are located.


The Long Street and the Long Market are the most important communication ducts of the area, which has been the most representative of Gdańsk over the centuries. The wealthiest residents lived here in their great houses. Polish kings used to arrive in the City through here, together with their retinues. The tallest of all buildings of the Royal Route is the City Hall, built in the renaissance style with its 80 meters tall tower. The Long Market is the City's most representative part, with the Artus Court and Neptune's fountain, the symbol of Gdańsk, as well as the Green Gate, through which there is a passage to the old harbour on Motława. Along the river there is the Long Pier (Długie Pobrzeże) and Fishermans' Pier (Rybackie Pobrzeże) joined into a promenade with numerous restaurants and cafes capturing the unique atmosphere of the old harbour city.


The grid of streets in the Main Town reminds you of a chessboard as all streets are at right angles to each other. The remaining main streets are located parallel to the Royal Route, lead to Motława and finish at the medieval water gates. The famous St.Mary's (Mariacka) Street is the most beautiful of these, with its porches and amber galleries, which are the most spectacular in Europe. The promenade, full of tourists and numerous restaurant gardens serving food in summer, is located on Bier (Piwna) Street, which gradually becomes the second most important artery of the Main Town. It starts with the Grand Armoury and ends at the huge tower of St. Mary's Church, the biggest brick church in the world. The more private character can be attributed to the Holy Spirit (Św. Ducha) Street, within its Baroque Royal Chapel, and St.John's (Świętojańska) Street with two gothic churches - St. Nicholas' and St. John's. Hound (Ogarna) Street remains slightly forgotten (unfairly) with the Gothic Cow's Gate at its end. The Coal Market (Targ Węglowy) is the venue of numerous concerts and cultural events with the Prison Tower and the Torture Chamber. The gate opening the Royal Route, the High Gate, contains the modern Tourist Information Centre of Pomerania.