A thousand-year history, a location at the crossroads of important trade and communication routes, an extensive port - all of this has made Gdańsk a place of many cultures, nationalities and denominations.
History is etched in Gdansk. The city´s fortifications are perfectly preserved and rank among the biggest in Europe. The place is a pearl of bourgeois architecture, boasting beautiful houses and a unique market. Its Old Town has plenty of cozy streets and Gothic churches.
The two most known symbols of the city are: the Neptune´s fountain in the main Długa Street (which is a perfect meeting spot) and the large 14th century crane overlooking the Motlowa River. They are within the walking distance of each other.
When talking about the city, one cannot forget the shipyard, in which the Solidarity movement lead by Lech Walesa originated, leading to the end of communism in Poland in 1989.
Gdansk is also famous for its amber. Here, you will be spoiled for choice when you shop for amber souvenirs. You can choose anything from tiny amber earrings to necklaces crafted from heavy carved amber beads.
Gdansk and its neighboring cities, Sopot and Gdynia, form the so-called Tri-City. From the Ports of Gdansk or Gdynia one can take a ferry trip to Sweden. It is also in Gdansk where some of the European Football Championship games, commonly referred to as EURO 2012, took place.
The thousand-year history was not only a time of merchants but also artists who still abound in the city. Gdansk has enjoyed centuries long theatre and opera traditions and today has plenty of modern cinemas offering a wide choice of productions for film lovers.