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.

Goldwasser

Goldwasser

     Goldwasser – "golden water" – currently the most famous alcoholic beverage from Gdańsk, is a unique blend of alcohol and various herbs, spices, gold, legend and Gdańsk history. Although it has become famous in contemporary times its history covers at least four centuries of the great city located at Motława and in particular its "golden century".

Towards the end of the 16th century a fugitive from the Netherlands arrived in Gdańsk looking for a haven from religious persecution. His name was Ambrosius Vermoellen, and presumably he was a Mennonite, a member of a radical group of protestants which was particularly strongly suppressed at the times of the Counter-Reformation. He brought to Gdańsk some recipes for alcohol beverages which were to become part of the local menu for the centuries to follow. Ambrosius settled down in Gdańsk and started producing liqueurs, among which, apart from the "golden water" there were many others, such as Kurfürsten, Pommeranzen and Krambambuli. The descendants of Ambrosius founded the liqueurs factory at Broad (Szeroka) Street in the house decorated with a salmon depiction. The fish became an emblem and gave the name to the family enterprise. 'Der Lachs', meaning 'salmon', quite quickly gained a large share of the Gdańsk alcoholic beverage market, and its products quickly spread abroad.Goldwasser was the most popular, presumably due to the whirling bits of gold floating in the bottle. The liqueur, which over the years became almost a legendary drink, has a legend describing its origins.


Despite the Dutch immigrant's merit, the story passed on by the people had it, that Goldwasser was created by Neptune, the god of the sea himself, the one who has always been present on the fountain on Long Market. According to the legend the ruler of the seas got irritated by the coins being thrown into the fountain and he stirred the fountain water with his trident and thus broke the coins into small flakes and the water turned into this tasty liqueur. The first person to find out was one of the merchants who told his servants to fill all the barrels he could find with the "water" coming from the fountain. The barrels full of gold liqueur hidden in the deep cellars became a source of income for him and many generations of his descendants.


The company set up by Vermoellen operated in Gdańsk until the end of WWII and was located in the Salmon House on Broad Street. Despite the war damage the house was reconstructed and nowadays a restaurant observing the tradition of the place is located there.


The original Goldwasser from Gdańsk, which is produced by a Dutch company on the basis of the 16th Century recipe, can be tasted in almost every restaurant in Gdańsk, and it is worth trying, as its taste covers almost 400 years of Gdańsk history. It can be drunk following the typical Goldwasser drinking ritual, which includes spitting out gold, which relates back to the old reach times of Gdańsk and its golden age, this beautiful beverage being a memoir of this.