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 Gdańsk Brewing Tradition

The Gdańsk Brewing Tradition

     Beer, or beers more like, was one of many things which made Gdańsk famous, as there were many types of beer brewed in the city and the number of breweries was over a hundred at times. Beer from Gdańsk was not only drunk in local houses and inns but also sent abroad. The tradition has just been revived after a break which lasted several decades.

Who was the first to brew beer in Gdańsk? This is unknown, almost like the answer to the question when was Gdańsk founded. Beer was present at Motława for centuries and is referred to in the oldest documents depicting Gdańsk's history. The brewery privileges, beer taxes, brewers' protests, streets called Beer Street (Piwna), Brewery Street (Browarna) and Malt Makers' Street (Słodowników), Jopen beer, the Hevelius' brewery, the beer regulations at the Artus Court, the Brewery Tower (Baszta Browarna)... the History of Gdańsk is full of beer references. The Gdańsk brewers were one of the first groups of craftsmen granted special rights to create a guild. This does not seem surprising, as there were hundreds of brewers in medieval Gdańsk. They were a strong and wealthy social group, which gradually became a notorious opposition against the City Council.

Jopen was the best-known type of beer among all the varieties produced in Gdańsk breweries over the ages. It is a legendary beverage - many have heard of it but not many have had a chance to taste it. The name of today's Piwna Street which used to be called Jopengasse is derived from it. However, it was not really drinkable, due to its syrupy thickness, resulting from the complicated and non-standard production process, and was used mainly as a medicine and spice added to soups and sauces.

The best times for Gdańsk brewers fell to the first half of the 15th century, with the number of beer producers amounting to approximately 400, and the total volume of beer produced amounting to a quarter of a million barrels of 126 litres each. It was slightly less in the times of Jan Hewelius, the most famous representative of the brewer's profession, also known as an astronomer who brewed beer for a living. The 19th Century brought various economic changes in Gdańsk, including brewing beer on an industrial scale in the two main breweries - Danziger Actien Bierbrauerei in Kleinhammer (Kuźniczki), next to Langfuhr (Wrzeszcz), and Fisher's Brewery in Neufahrwasser (Nowy Port). After WWII brewing beer still flourished in Gdańsk until the changes in the 1990's came and deprived Gdańsk of its breweries and its own local beer. Almost two decades passed before the next ones started to be set up in the area - and then it was in Gdańsk city centre.

There are only a few breweries in Gdańsk nowadays. Still, it makes them even more attractive, as each of these places produces beer and serves it as well in its own pubs. Guests are excited to watch the working production system and taste the golden beverage resulting from the process.