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.

Pomorskie in books

Pomorskie na kartach książki, Pomorskie.travel, Fot. Depositphotos belchonock
Fot. Depositphotos belchonock

Mariacka Street in Gdansk - noisy and sunny during the day, foggy and extremely mysterious in the evening. The Kashubian Switzerland hills - lively in summer, reminding of passing in autumn. Fields in Kociewie - spring delighting with the intense colour of rapeseed, and waiting for warmer days in winter ... Unusual landscapes, gothic castles, cities of different history and architecture. Pomorskie inspires artists - filmmakers, painters and writers. And we will look at the last ones today.

Little Oscar looks from the high Prison Tower to Gdansk, Coal Market, Golden Gate, nearby Torture Chamber. This is the Free City of Gdansk from the 1930s. Gdansk beach, Long Embankment and finally the loud bang with chopsticks on the drum and the squeak of the main character which breaks the windows in the Golden Gate. "The Tin Drum", the daring Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass book, is the most famous book in the world with Gdansk in the background. Grass, a Gdansk citizen raised in Wrzeszcz, in an unusual language, using colourful and surprising metaphors, described the unique Polish-German-Kashubian Gdansk of the interwar period. At the end of the 70s, an outstanding film adaptation of this novel was created by Volker Schlöndorff. In many interviews, the director admitted that "Die Blechtrommel" is the best film.
"The Tin Drum" is the first part of the Gdansk trilogy. Other publications are "Cat and Mouse" and "Dog Years".

Gdansk writers - Chwin and Huelle

Gdansk, as the largest intellectual centre in the Northern Poland, brought up many creators and artists. Stefan Chwin is an outstanding novelist, university lecturer, literary critic and literary historian. His most famous and ground-breaking novel "Hanemann" appeared in 1995 and also tells about the times of the Free City of Gdansk (but also about the events of the end of World War II and the first years after 1945). It is a multi-layered story in which the history of Gdansk residents is reflected - so different before and after the war. "Hanemann" was translated into many foreign languages. The novel has also received many theatrical adaptations.

Stefan Chwin, fot. Krzysztof Dubiel, Instytut Książki
Stefan Chwin, fot. Krzysztof Dubiel, Instytut Książki

A few years earlier, in 1987, a very "Gdansk" novel was also published. This is Pawel Huelle's "Weiser Dawidek". A novel about childhood and memories, about the search for the title hero by children and adults, who disappears in unexplained circumstances. Paweł Huelle's novel was hailed as a masterpiece and entered into the canon of Polish literature forever.

You should read about the history of Gdansk in the historical books of Bruno Zwarra. He is not so much a writer as a documentary filmmaker and author of memories. The four-volume position of "Citizens of Gdansk" is a cross-sectional view on the history of the city and its inhabitants, and "Memories of Gdansk Bowke" is a subjective retrospective.

Kashuby in “The Valet” ("Kamerdyner")

Kashuby has its own language and own literature. The novel “the Valet” ("Kamerdyner"), called the Kashubian saga, is a multidimensional look at the tangled fate of the inhabitants of Pomorskie region: Kashubians, Poles and Germans. Its authors are Paweł Paliński, Mirosław Piepka, Michał Pruski and Marek Klat.

Pomorskie na kartach książki, Kamerdyner, fot. Pomorskie.eu / mat. prasowe
Fot. Pomorskie.eu

Magdalena Grzebalkowska publishing house "1945. War and Peace" also talks about the time of post-war decisions, breaking up, searching for a destination and, above all, home. This is the literature of the highest flight. Although the author recalls events from various parts of the post-war, rising up Poland, there is also a lot of space for stories from Pomorskie (even a great winter exodus through the Vistula Lagoon).

Pomorskie region in the camera, about films that were made in Pomorskie

Pomorskie inspires authors to set the plot of their novels here. The list of books with Pomorskie in the background should include detective story of Katarzyna Bondy "Absorbent", thriller Zofia and Jan Puszakrow "Sopot 1939. Clash of military intelligence" or Gdynia tale of Janusz Grabowski "Shipment from the Bosporus".

It's worth visiting the bookstore and sinking into the Tri-City and Pomorskie world presented in the books.