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. 

 

Check attractions and points of interest in the vicinity of Gdansk in Sopot or Gdynia.

Lower City? in Gdansk? “An old district with old buildings. There is no reason to go there” It used to be like that. Not anymore.

To being Gdansk and not going to the Low Gdansk  is like going to Krakow and not visiting the Kazimierz district. That would be a big loss for your good humour, experience and worth keeping memories. A unique climate of this post-industrial district was appreciated by the artists, culture makers, creative producers with the idea for their new business – it is an ideal area to catch a breath after visiting a very crowded popular tourists areas. The place, where far from the city voices, where the time is slower, the rhythm of steps is more calm and our thoughts are easily concentrating on the city landscape, without the run and pression of tourists and cars.


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When talking about the city landscape, here it is truly unique because in this part of Gdansk, literally few minutes from the crowded streets we call feel like going…outside the city. It is due to the fact, that there are 5 cowered by grass sand bastions here, located around the meandering Motlawa Canal. The view here is truly majestic and the paths are just inviting You for a stroll.

Officially part of the City Gdansk Centre, but on the side, old workers district is full of the climate like from old movies. This magical potential is being used by Gdansk organisations. For example, Centre of Modern Art “Łaznia”, situated in a building of a former city baths, which were popular at the time when there our home baths were not common yet.


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The Centre of Modern Art is one of the most important exhibition centre in Poland, along with the best modern art presentations, they also offer film shows, concerts and meeting with artists. Its range “Łaznia” got thanks to the variety of artistic programmes and young, independent art promotion but also because they introduced art into the city space. Due to that it is even more powerful.


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Due to one of the artistic programme organised here, there is a  big car installation, trapped under the bridge, which already became a hallmark of this district. Impossible? Not in the Low City. What is interesting, it is not the only means of transport that became a sign of this district.


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To commemorate, closed tram line, near the former tram base, on the tram track on the grass, there is a red tram wagon no 8, which used to get here. One of the best idea to know more about this area is have as troll with a guide here, who will take us to places You will never find in a guide book. Such free walking tours are organised by the City Cultural Institute, which is updating its offer every year.


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This is just one face of the Low City, we may say the day face. The different face is coming after the dawn. Then calm and silent small streets are full of music and conversations. Old walls of the Low City are full of the youth positive emotions making this place an ideal idea for the evening stroll with friends, family or on You own. There are many places here which are unobvious, unusual wit a climate. Loved by the citizen, discovered by the tourists invite you to visit them again. Every summer weekend it the Royal Rifle Factory You can taste the music and food presented by “Podwórko”.


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Concerts, Cinemas, exhibitions… night markets, “inspired by the night markets in Asia, which during the night change a city space into a lively markets, where in every corned You can find something to drink and eat, sit with friends, listen to the music or see the exhibition.”


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Absolutely special place in the Low City, a must to visit for all sea stories and sailing is famous “Zejman” club. There is no other place, where You can meet the real passionate people for whom sailing is way for a living and the sea is their home. The unique interior of the club, situated in the Lower Gate, will take You back on the boat. Every space there is covered with sea treasures. You will feel like a member of a ship crew here, with many ocean trips. The hospitality of the owners and the climate of this place is the only in whole Pomeranian coast.


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