Gdańsk is a city in northern Poland in the Pomerania Province, located on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the Motława, where it flows to the Vistula on the Gulf of Gdańsk. It is a cultural, scientific, and economic center as well as a communication hub of northern Poland and the capital of the Pomerania Province. It is also a maritime economy center with a large trading port. Together with Gdynia and Sopot, it creates the Tri-City.
Gdańsk attracts tourists. It is one of the largest Baltic resorts. Tourists can take advantage of the beach, which stretches across 23 km (14mi); three lidos, and a pier. Further, Gdańsk is one of Poland’s cultural centers. Various festivals take place here, e.g. the famous Dominican Fair, the International Festival of Choral, Organ and Chamber Music or the Shakespeare Festival. What is more, diverse socio-scientific and cultural societies are situated here, i.e. Civets Christiana, the Amber Association, the Gdańsk Science Society, the Maritime League, and the associations of the national minorities: the Ukrainian and the German ones.
Monuments and interesting places
Gdańsk has over a thousand years of history, and different cultures have influenced its identity over the centuries. When in Gdańsk, you need to see:
- the European Solidarity Center, a cultural institution that preserves the memory of the struggle for a new Poland and the fall of communism www.ecs.gda.pl
- Ulica Druga [Long Street] and Długi Targ[Long Market], which form the Royal Route. These are some of the most beautiful streets of Gdańsk, with picturesque tenement houses
- a lighthouse in Now Port
- The Museum of the Second World War
- The Hewelianum Centre, a science and research facility
- Amber Museum – Gdańsk is called the world capital of amber
- a medieval Crane Gate, which used to function as a city gate and was used for putting up masts and reloading of goods
- Oliwa Park
- Gdańsk Marina.
- More information about the city can be found at: www.gdansk.pl