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 Gdansk Water Supply Trail


Gdański Szlak Wodociągów, wnętrze Zbiornika Stara Orunia, fot. GIWK

The Gdansk Water Supply Trail is a new offer among Gdansk tourist attractions, it was launched in 2018. The trail consists of three objects, places strongly affecting various human senses. In buildings, you can saturate sight and hearing with unique, memorable sensations.

Old Orunia Water Reservoir (ZWSO)
The building from 1869 celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. For many years it has been the wintering place of the largest bat colony in Pomorskie region. The spring opening date of the reservoir for visitors always depends on whether the winter hibernation time of these mammals has already ended. Found in Orunia, so-called the time capsule - a historical letter, probably left by the builders of the object, can be seen at the exhibition in the Old Sobieski Water Reservoir.


A view of the interior of the Old Orunia Water Reservoir in Gdansk, which is an arch, brick structure, brings to mind the interior of a Gothic cathedral. The reservoir was built in 1869 on the edge of the moraine hills above the present Nowiny Street. Photo. GIWK

After the revitalization of the tank, the installation of a new, tight floor, the object was intentionally flooded with clean water to a height of about 5 cm. This ensures optimal humidity for the bats, and additionally creates a unique visual effect. Tourists move on safe metal footbridges.
How to get there. Kampinoska Street 61, Gdansk-Orunia. Access from the car park marked with the sign of the Gdansk Water Supply Route at Nowiny Street.

Old Sobieski Water Reservoir (ZWSS)

A mock-up of the Old Sobieski Water Tank. The building was commissioned in 1911 and was built as a reinforced concrete monolith, which was an impressive achievement at the beginning of the 20th century. Photo GIWK.


The building was located on Szubieniczna Hill, and put into use in 1911, was built as a reinforced concrete monolith, which was an impressive achievement at the beginning of the 20th century. It was built on a circular plan and consists of spaces forming an underground labyrinth ensuring an amazing acoustic experience.


View of the inner chamber of the Old Sobieski Water Reservoir, Photo GIWK

The effect called the "whisper cave" allows for a whispered conversation over a distance of 200 meters. The heart of the building is a modern underground fountain, to which a well-prepared exhibition leads.
How to get there. Sobieskiego Street 4, Gdansk-Wrzeszcz. Access between Sobieskiego and Traugutta Streets.

Kazimierz Water Reservoir (ZWK)

The Kazimierz Water Reservoir is a modern water tower, and it was named after Kazimierz Behlke, who was associated with Gdansk waterworks for 39 years. Photo, GIWK

It is a modern water tower with a terrace providing a view of the Sobieszewo Island, Gdansk Low Lands and the Bay of Gdansk. There are two multimedia exhibitions there. The tower is an active object. It was put into operation in 2015 to offer the inhabitants of the island the use of water of the same good quality as that flowing in the taps of the rest of Gdansk.
Entry on Saturdays at 20:00, it is a new offer this year. It is an opportunity to admire the sunset 10 meters above the canopy.
- We came out to meet the expectations of visitors who reported to us that it would be a great idea to ​​visit the reservoir in the evening - says Jacek Skarbek, president of the board of GIWK.
How to get there. Lazurowa Street, Gdańsk-Orle, Sobieszewo Island. It is worth getting acquainted with the map placed on the GIWK website, on which reservations are made.