Gdańsk is the capital of Poland’s “Pomorze” province and Poland’s principal seaport. It is located on the southern edge of Gdańsk Bay on the Baltic Sea. The main industry in the city is around shipbuilding and shipping and the city is also an important industrial centre of Poland.
The city was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which, under the leadership of political activist Lech Wałęsa, played a major role in bringing an end to Communist rule across Central Europe.
What to see in Gdańsk
Most tourist attractions are located along or near Ulica Długa (Long Street) and Długi Targ (Long Market) and the part is sometimes referred to as the Royal Road as the former path of processions for visiting kings. There one can see:
- Upland Gate (Brama Wyżynna)
- Torture House (Katownia)
- Prison Tower (Wieża więzienna)
- Golden Gate (Złota Brama)
- Long Street (Ulica Długa)
- Uphagen House (Dom Uphagena)
- Main Town Hall (Ratusz Głównego Miasta)
- Long Market (Długi Targ)
- Artus’ Court (Dwór Artusa)
- Neptune Fountain (Fontanna Neptuna)
- Golden House (Złota kamienica)
- Green Gate (Zielona Brama)
- St. Bridget
- St. Catherine
- St. John
- St Mary (Bazylika Mariacka), a municipal church built during the 15th century, is the largest brick church in the world.
- St Nicholas’ Church
- Church of the Holy Trinity
Gdańsk has a number of historical churches:
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