About Gdansk

Gdansk is the Polish maritime capital with the population nearing half a million. Lying on the Bay of Gdansk and the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, together with Sopot and Gdynia Gdansk forms the Tri-City. Widely open to the world, Gdansk has always been a European city to the core. "Nec temere, nec timide", i.e. fearlessly but reasonably, is its motto one can read in Latin on the city's grand coat of arms.

A thousand years old Gdansk is one of the most unique tourism sites in Poland, even though almost entire Old City has been reconstructed after the World War II. Being in Gdansk, you should definitely not miss:
  • The Royal Route - Long Street and Long Market between the Golden Gate and the Green Gate, where almost every house, has its own, rich history. The most important sites of the Royal Route are the Hall of the Main City, the Artus Court, and the symbol of Gdansk - the Neptune Fountain.
  • St Mary's Church - The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the largest brick church in the world. Its tower of 77.6m is open to visitors.
  • St Mary's Street - Beyond any doubt one of the most beautiful parts of Gdansk, the street is one of historic Gdansk gems.
  • The Crane over the Motlawa River
  • Oliwa Cathedral and Park
  • Sopot and its unique longest wooden pier in Europe (with total length of 515m)

Gdansk cultivates its centuries-long tradition in the specific trade of amber processing, and its nickname of the world capital of amber is well earned. We encourage you to visit numerous exclusive galleries and tiny jewellery shops located in the beautiful houses of the Old Town offering amber products: exquisite jewellery, smart ornamental objects, stain-glass-type lamps featuring all colours of amber, and little souvenirs perfect for a gift or a reminder of your stay in the amber city of Gdansk.

It is Gdansk that witnessed the birth of the first Independent Trade Union, "Solidarity" led by Lech Walesa - the future winner of the Nobel peace prize and first President of the III Republic of Poland. The mass Solidarity strikes at the Gdansk Shipyard in 1980 and signing the famous August Agreement triggered the avalanche that toppled communism in Europe. These break-through events are documented in "Roads to Freedom" exhibition arranged in the historic BHP hall of the Gdansk Shipyard.

Gdansk is one of the most "green" cities in Poland. From the west it is surrounded by the picturesque Tri-City Landscape Park and the hills and lakes of the Kashubian Switzerland district. Gdansk offers many outdoor attractions such as the beautifully located zoological garden, the famous Oliwa Park with its ancient trees, the nature reserves of the Sobieszewo Island and 23 kilometres of clean beaches.

Information partially from Gdansk official site

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