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.

Wrzeszcz. A story about Gdansk from years ago.

Potok Strzyży w okolicach zrewitalizowanej części Wrzeszcza Dolnego , fot. PT/Mateusz Ochocki

Charming, gallant and proud. Remembering its history, but opening to new ideas. Extremely atmospheric, referring to the pre-war history. This is Wrzeszcz. The district is located in the heart of Gdansk, on the route from the centre and the upper terraces to Oliwa and Sopot. For some inhabitants Wrzeszcz is a separate story. It's worth giving it bit of attention.

The first mention of Wrzeszcz dates back to the 13th century. In the past, the heathers grew here (hence the name), and the Teutonic Nights, during the reign of Pomerania, formed here their farms. In the 19th century, Wrzeszcz was primarily a place to rest. Rich merchants from Gdansk had their residences here. It was in Wrzeszcz, where in 1837, one of the first urban parks in Europe, the Park of Jaskowa Dolina was established.

Until today, this part of Upper Wrzeszcz-Jaskowa Dolina Street and the surrounding wooded areas, are the most charming districts of Gdansk. Today, Wrzeszcz is a district that seeks to combine tradition with modernity. Reconstructed and restored objects, as well as buildings referring to history, form one of the most inhabited areas of the city. On the territory of the revitalised garrison we find for example an “Old Menez” - a club/gastronomic space.

Na terenie zrewitalizowanego Garnizonu znajdziemy m.in. Stary Meneż,  przestrzeń klubowo-gastronomiczną, fot. Stary Meneż 

It is worth adding that, recently, Wrzeszcz has enriched with two revitalised areas. It is a garrison, a modern estate with restaurants, bars, a concert hall in Old Maneż, service and office premises, as well as studios and areas of art exhibitions. On the other side of the railway tracks it will be a beautifully restored Wajdeloty Street with a small but charming Kuzniczki park.

Walk along the Strzyża

The Strzyża Stream flows through Wrzeszcz. One of the ideas for a walk around the district can be to follow the trend of this stream. Seems so narrow, but the story has already shown that in the face of a decent rain Strzyża Stream shows its power. In Wrzeszcz Strzyża formed the Brewery Pond, which once constituted a very important part of the park-court Kuzniczki. There was a brewery in Gdansk, the beginning of which dates back to the 16th century. Among other things, the famous Jopean beer was produced here, which in its consistency reminded the dense, sweet suspension and reportedly possessed medicinal properties.

Przystanków w trakcie spaceru ulicą Wajdeloty może być kilka, m.in.  w rzemieśliniczej palarni kawy Nieczapla,
manufakturze lodowej Słony Karmel lub Kwaśniak,  pubie Z Innej Beczki oraz wielu innych lokalach.

There can be several stops along Wajdeloty Street, for example. In a craft coffee shop “Nieczapla”, an ice cream manufacture – “Salted Caramel” or “Kwasniak”, a pub called “From a Different Barrel” and many other venues.

In the vicinity there is the Kuźniczki Park, an oasis of peace in a busy district and the beautifully revitalised Wajdeloty Street, mentioned before. Along the street, there is one of the oldest buildings in the district, the 18th century Kuźniczki Manor built in the Rococo style. Renovated houses, benches encouraging to soak up in the sun, the cobble stones create the climate of Wrzeszcz like in the old times.

You can also visit the Strzyża Park, where there is a unique natural monument- a White Willow. It has 794 cm in circumference and is the largest tree in the city.

It is necessary to go to the Lelewela Street, where in 1927, in the house number 13, one of the most prominent German writers, Günter Grass lived, awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Wrzeszcz full of attractions

Wrzeszcz is the place where we live, we shop and spend our free time. There are three shopping malls, cinemas, cafés, pubs, restaurants, music clubs here. Wrzeszcz is also the seat of the Gdansk Technical University, one of the best technical universities in Poland. The architecture of the Royal Technical School, built in 1904, makes big impression. Lovers of architecture will also pay attention to the building of the new synagogue from 1927 and more than a hundred years old Neogothic Collegiate Church of Gdansk.

Gmach Główny Politechniki Gdańskiej, jednej z najlepszych technicznych uczelni wyższych w Polsce, fot. K.Krzempek

The main building of Gdansk Technical University, one of the best technical universities in Poland. From the charming forest areas at Jaskowa Valley (along with the Forest Theatre) to the lower Wrzeszcz manors. Gdansk Wrzeszcz is a district that is worth a leisurely stroll and without rushing.