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.

Sobieszewska Island

Sobieszewska Island

     Sobieszewska Island is the eastern part of Gdańsk, endowed with natural and tourist values and, as well as that, it is easily accessible by public transport.

The area called Sobieszewska Island is part of the strip of sea dunes which are classified as part of the Vistula Spit, separated from the rest of the world by the bed of the Dead Vistula (Martwa Wisła) from the south, the Brave Vistula (Śmiała Wisła) from the west and the Vistula Cross-out (Przekop) from the east. This place got its insular character in the 19th century when at first in 1840 the accumulated flow on the Vistula broke through the dunes in the Górki village and formed the new estuary called 'The Gorge' (Przełom), later named 'Brave Vistula' (Wisła Śmiała). By the end of the 19th century an additional, artificial estuary was created. It was called the Vistula Cross-out. Along the road leading along the southern edge of the island there are some settlements, and Sobieszewo is the biggest of them. The recreative traditions of the area go back as far as the end of the 18th century, but the heyday came around the 20th century, when substantial leisure and swimming equipment were installed.


The water-bird hatching areas of the Seaguls' Shoal (Mewia Łacha) and Birds' Paradise (Ptasi Raj) Reserves located on the island or in its direct vicinity are nesting places for hundreds of thousands of birds of over 300 species. Since 2003 the Birds' Paradise Reserve has hosted an educational trail.


Among Sobieszewska Island's attractions there is a nazi official summer mansion called "Forsterówka", located in Orle, Mennonite gravestones in Sobieszewo and a small museum commemorating Wincenty Pol, a Polish writer, who came up with the name 'Brave Vistula' (Wisła Śmiała) - the official Polish name for the Gorge. The water-gate in Przegalina separating the Dead Vustula from its main stream, which was constructed by the end of the 19th Century, is a technical monument.


The seaside forest, several kilometres of wide beach, the opportunity to watch wild birds, and some unique tourist attractions, make Sobieszewska Island popular both among the tourists and residents of Gdańsk.


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Around Sobieszewska Island


The Motława and Martwa Wisła Route - Through tulip fields to historic Gdańsk