In the Pomeranian Voivodeship, by the sea, there is the Tri-City – that is, three interconnected cities -Gdańsk, Gdynia i Sopot. They have a common transport system for their inhabitants and manage their ports together. The main centre is Gdańsk and it is a city with an amazing history behind it. It is an important city for Poland and one of the most frequently selected places on the list of cities to see.
I would like to show you what you can see in this city in this wonderful spring weather.
- Neptune’s Fountain – stands in the city centre, on Długi Targ Street. It is the most representative part of the city with beautiful town houses, festivals and fairs take place there every year.
- The Main Town Hall – is one of the most characteristic buildings in Gdańsk. The oldest parts of the Town Hall date back to the 14th century. In subsequent periods, however, it was extended many times, and the result is a beautiful Gothic-Renaissance building. The interior is also amazing and very well preserved and from the town hall tower you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
- The Royal Route in Gdańsk (Długa Street and Długi Targ Street) – The name was given to Długa Street and its extension, Długi Targ, in connection with ceremonial entries of Polish monarchs to the city. The first solemnly welcomed king was Kazimierz Jagiellończyk in 1457. The streets were inhabited by the city’s most influential and wealthy citizens, which can be seen from the beautiful townhouses, each of which has its own interesting history. On Długa Street stands the Uphagen House, at the junction of Długa and Długi Targ streets you can visit the Main Town Hall, and the Neptune Fountain is located on Długi Targ, right next to the entrance to Artus Court – the most beautiful tenement house in Gdańsk. This is the heart of Gdańsk, which you should visit many times to see the details of the buildings and feel its charm day and night. The Royal Road is crowned with the Green Gate leading to the Long Embankment. The gate takes its name from the former colour of the columns of the bridge behind it.
- Crane Gate – It is not only one of the symbols of the city, but also of Poland. This largest and oldest surviving port crane of medieval Europe was built between 1442 and 1444 and served two functions – it was used to put up masts and reload goods, and at the same time it was the city gate.
- Długie Pobrzeże – is a waterfront promenade full of cafes, pubs and restaurants, stretching along the western bank of the Motława river. Here you will find the characteristic water gates of Gdansk’s architecture, ships on which you can embark on a cruise e.g. to Westerplatte, and the most famous Crane in Poland.
And last! If it is open, this is a two places you MUST see:
Museum of the Second World War and Westerplatte – The museum presents the history of Poland and other countries during the war in a modern style and by means of very interesting exhibitions. The exhibition is not limited to the years 1939-1945, but offers an opportunity to learn about the genesis of the outbreak of the war and the division that followed.
After visiting the Museum, it is worth visiting Westerplatte, where you will find: Watchtower 1 – the main point of Polish defence in September 1939 and the Monument to the Defenders of the Coast commemorating those who died in combat.
Dominika, polish volunteer, In Situ Foundation