Poland and the City of Gdańsk
Poland continues to gain momentum in tourism as more and more travelers are visiting the country. We have seen an increase in requests for travel to the country. We love the fascinating city of Gdańsk, one of the most beautiful and magnetizing cities in Poland, located on the Baltic Sea coast. It is very popular among tourists from all over the Europe and it now starting to be discovered by more and more by US travelers. It offers a rich culture, historic city centre, beautiful river, proximity to the Baltic Sea and much more for travelers.
1) City Centre, Historic Old Town and River Motlawa Area
These are the most popular places in the city, which is shown by the many visitors. Here you can admire buildings, which represent the most valuable historical monuments in Poland. The whole area is a part of the European Route of Brick Gothic. On its trail you can find Gothic churches, monasteries, gates and towers. The main sights on the way are the Golden Gate, Town Hall (which currently houses the History Museum of the City) the Prison Tower, Artus Court and Neptune’s Fountain.
2) St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Church dominates the surrounding buildings, and is considered to be the oldest church in the world, built with brick. It’s 105m long and 66m wide sanctuary hides about 300 tombstones and a 15th-century astronomical clock. From the church tower, you can admire a panoramic view of the city. Walking along from the church to the River Motława don’t miss the Mariacka street which is one of the most romantic streets in Gdańsk. It contains stunning architectural buildings as well as many souvenir stalls with beautiful amber craft and amber jewellery. Then, just relax in one of the finest restaurants on the banks of the river Motława or just wander along the promenade.
3) Museum of the Second World War
The exhibition of the museum deeply shows the cruelty of war. The most spectacular elements of the exhibitions feature two tanks – one Soviet, and one American, a replica of the atomic bomb which was dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many videos show interviews with people sharing their memories and experience. There are also two reconstructions of a Warsaw street.
4) European Center of Solidarity
It is a huge complex with great exhibitions, remembering the fight and victory over communism. Here visitors can also learn how life looked from behind the Iron Curtain.You will be impressed by:
- The big sign of Solidarity created with white and red chits
- Films, 3D projectors, touch screens, interactive exhibition and real size exhibits like a big police truck
- A room with a round table which symbolizes peaceful negotiation and led to the establishment of a democratic government in Poland and the final fall of communism in Poland and Europe
- A separate room, where a museum is dedicated to Pope John Paul II
5) Entertainment and Fun
There are plenty of entertainment options for tourists. You can jump on a bike and discover the city by land, or hop into a kayak and admire the city from the water. There are also other options such as the lovely Stogi beach, the Dominic’s fair (which is one of the biggest trade and cultural open-air events in Europe), or visit the Open’er Festival (in the sister city of Gdańsk – Gdynia, this year’s superstars are Gorillaz, Massive Attack, Bruno Mars or Depeche Mode).