A brief historic background.
Favorite thing: Gdansk celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 1997. However there was a stronghold on the spot as early as in 980 built by Miezko I, king of Poland. In 997 St Adalbert (Wojciech in Polish), a bishop of Bohemia, arrived from Gniezno and baptized some inhabitants. This is counted as the starting-point for the settlement of Gdansk and is celebrated as such.
In 1186 the first Cistercian monastery was built in nowadays Oliwa, north of the centre.
The city was granted city rights in 1226 by Swietopolk II the Great.
By 1308, Gdansk was taken over by the Order of the Teutonic Knights, who killed all the inhabitants. That is known as "the Gdansk slaughter". History has shown that was not the only slaughter performed by Germans on the Polish people. But to be fair, during the control of the Teutonic Order, the city and its trade prospered (e. g. the Great Mill generated immense profit) and Gdansk became full member of the Hanseatic League in 1361 in which the city got a key role: Lübeck was depicted as the warehouse, Bremen likened to the key, Hamburg was the lock and Gdansk was compared to the lion guarding the granaries of Hansa.
Gdansk belonged to the Teutonic Order until 1454. After that it has been part of Poland, Prussia, Imperial Gemany and Nazi Germany but has also twice been a free city as it was when Germany attacked on September 1, 1939 which became the starting-point of the World War II.
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How to find the objects.
Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.
Tourist Information Gdansk
Favorite thing: Gdansk is a city of many gates. In fact they are quite big buildings. Unfortunately many were destroyed.
Fondest memory: I live in a nearby Gdynia and Gdansk is a place I rest in very often. I love strolling in the Main and Old Town, I often visit Stogi beach in summer.
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ARRIVAL AT PORT GDYNIA
Favorite thing: We arrived in Gdynia by Cruise ship in July, 2011.
As usual, quite a few people are on deck, checking out what our new Port looks like, and to watch the Ship dock. These big Ships do this very easily.
All the Buses were lined up, and we noticed a Brass Band. When the Ship had finally docked, we were welcomed with a lovely marching Brass Band, really great and appreciated!
Poland was the only country who gave us a welcome like this.
THANK-YOU for a wonderful start to our day in Gdansk!
Favorite thing: Gdansk is situated at the mouth of the Motlawa river which is also known under its German name Mottlau. The Motlawa has a length of almost 65 km and has several branches in the city of Gdansk.
The banks of the river invite tourists for a stroll along the nice buildings. Further outside of the city centre the arms and canals of the river are lined with industrial estates.
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Favorite thing: As Gdansk used to be one of the most important Hanseatic towns in medieval times, it had many architecturally interesting edifices which were built by the wealthy merchants and burghers.
Unfortunately, 90% of the city was destroyed during WWII, but its historical city centre has been completely restored. Today you will find buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Roccoco style.
Just keep your eyes open when wandering around the Old Town and its side streets.
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Horizonte - Skyline
Favorite thing: The roofs of Gdansk, with their unbelievable forms , get that in evening you may see great views of the "skyline" %c+
Los tejados de Gdansk , con sus formas increíbles , consiguen que al atardecer se vean unas grandes vistas del "skyline"
Favorite thing: Spires of gothic churches are visible just entrancing Gdansk older part. The longest spire is a part of Mariacki Cathedral. Gdansk old town is a mix of various architectural styles – gothic, renaissance, baroque, but the most visible, I should say, is gothic, because almost all big, fundamental building were constructed at gothic era. There are only few churches of other styles.
Favorite thing: Gdansk, as well as whole Western Poland, still has remains from the rule of Teutonic Order and Prussia. It is visible from architecture of places around – the same Gdansk with German style houses, gothic churches, Malbork with castle from Teutonic Knights era and so on. Actually it easily differs from, lets say, area around Krakow.
The rule of Teutonic Knights started from 1309, at 1440 city Gdansk accessed to the Prussian league.
Channels and Amsterdam
Favorite thing: I have heard some phrases before, that “if you don’t have possibility to visit Amsterdam, Gdansk is nice choose”. I think it is not just nice phrase, but true as well. The old part of city has numerable examples of Dutch architecture, including main city gates, Arsenal. Other thing, that is a basis to tell Gdansk is similar to Amsterdam, is channels of city (let say, Motlava Channel).
Gdansk by night
Favorite thing: Gdansk by night is well worth seeing, because most churches and historic buildings in the Old Town are beautifully illuminated.
So don't miss a night stroll along Long Street (ul. Dluga), the Long Market (Dlugi Targ) and the side streets in the Old Town.
The Monument to the fallen shipyard workers and the shipyard gate look fascinating in darkness as well.
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Favorite thing: We pass through farmlands and the rural life on our way to Gdansk by train. Homes are simple and the land seems peaceful. The thing I hear most about Poland from visitors as well as natives, is that the air is so fresh, the food so pure... nothing artificial here. They have resisted chemicals and pesticides. But life is changing and I hope it will be possible to retain that purity.
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There is Old Town and New Town
Favorite thing: I got a bit confused about this. I think the New Town is actually a very old town...but it was the new town at the time and so they continue to refer to it in that way.... or something like that. At any rate, it's a little off from the most popular area at the waterfront, but there are some interesting things to explore. For instance, they have taken an ancient granary (built by the Teutonic knights in the 1300's) and turned it into a shopping mall. Another sweet little historic granary is just across the street. There are interesting shops and a nice little park to sit and rest. At the top of the street is the Old Town Hall built in the 16th century. Wish we had more steam and time to explore the area in detail...but it leaves something else to return for.
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Favorite thing: Gdansk is known as one of the tri-cities, the other two (further north on the coast) are Sopot and Gdynia. Gdansk is the larger of the three but they all have their own character. Sopot is busiest in the summer for beaches and parties. The cities had a short period of German rule, Gdansk (then known as Danzig) later had free independent rule.
When you need a doctor !
Favorite thing: If you need a doctor during the day time, you can go to Doctors Union very close to the main station in Gdansk Glowny. They have all the doctors you may need, they also make all kinds of medical test. All the services are paid by you but the good point is that you don't have to wait for a long time and that almost all the time there are doctors who can see you.
They don't have dentist there.
Here is the address:
UL. PODBIELANSKA 16
TEL. 058 301 51 68
vis a vis Main Station in Gdansk, almost next to the Cinema "Krewetka"
Fondest memory: The visit at doctor costs about 60 PLZ.
The blood test 12-30 PLZ
the urine test 9-30 PLZ
the USG about 60 PLZ
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