Get to know Gdansk with us, a port city on the Baltic Sea that has a lot of charm and history, and that is one of the recommended visits in Poland.
On this occasion, we are going to travel virtually to the waters of the Baltic Sea and make a stopover in one of the most important port cities of these latitudes: Gdańsk. With about 500 thousand inhabitants, the city formerly known as Danzig (its name in German) is the sixth in number of inhabitants in the Republic of Poland, the country’s main outlet to the sea and an emerging tourist destination.
The history of this city lengthens somewhat Over a thousand years, having in all that time some high moments. For example, in the Middle Ages, when it was an important Hanseatic city, or also when it was a free city or city state in the early 20th century. After the end of World War II, it would be definitively incorporated into the state of Poland. It practically had to be rebuilt, repopulated and renamedbecause its name and those of the streets and squares were in German.
To get to know Gdansk and its old town, it is best to follow the Royal Way or royal route, the ancient road that the kings used to travel when they entered the city. This tour begins at the so-called Puerta Alta, it runs along the most important road in the city, Dluga streetand passes through the main places, such as the Golden Gate or the Town Hall, a 14th century building topped with a large tower, leading to the main square of the city, Dlugi Targ.
The most important families in the city lived in this square, and the group of colorful stately homes that stand out are known as Royal Houses. Other buildings to visit and highlight in Gdansk are the Historical Museum together with the Court of King Artus, the Gothic St. Mary’s Church (referred to as the largest brick church in the world) or the Oliwa Cathedral, located next to the main green area of the city, Oliwa Park.
Apart from the Royal Route, in the city known as the capital of amber, you must not leave behind the pier promenade, bordering the Motlawa river, because it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful postcards of Gdansk. In this walk we can find the Zuraw, a crane of medieval origin that at the time was the world’s largest known harbor cranetoday a symbol of the great tradition of shipyards in the city.
And speaking of docks and shipyards, it is impossible not to remember a man who worked in those Lenin Shipyards along with thousands of others. A Lech Wallesa who, in case you don’t remember, led some union movements in the eighties that led to the fall of communism in Polandwon the Nobel Peace Prize and came to preside over the country in the 1990s.
Photo 1 | Flickr – Ruben Holthuijsen
Photo 2 | Flickr – Charlie Jackson
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