Gdansk is now the main port in Poland and one of the largest cities in the country. In addition, in Gdansk are developed science, culture and tourist industry. This city for a thousand years was a key link in the trade chains between European countries. Gdansk, together with Sopot and Gdynia forms the so-called Tryimiasto, the agglomeration, located on the Baltic coast.
The city of Gdansk was first mentioned in chronicles in 997. The most prosperous period the city reached in the XIV century as a member of the Hanseatic League - the largest association of commercial cities of northern Europe. At the same time, it was renamed for Danzig.
The Second World War also began near Danzig. As a result of this war the city was almost destroyed, but then it was completely restored and renamed back to Gdansk.
Gdansk is rich of cultural values. One of the main attractions of the city is the Golden Gate. Through them you can get to the Royal Route. The town’s highway continues by Dlouga Street with houses of those people who once were the richest merchants of Gdansk.
One of the beautiful monuments of architecture of Gdansk is the Golden House. Some parts of its facade are covered with a thin layer of real gold. The main street of the city ends on the old Market square.
Another major street of Gdansk, Maryatskaya, leads to one of the largest gothic churches in Europe, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of XVI century. There is a large collection of statues and paintings in the Baroque style, and also the largest in Poland astronomical clock.
Near the church there is the fountain of Neptune. Today it is a symbol of Gdansk, and its amber copy can be bought as a local souvenir.
In Gdansk amber production has been developed for many centuries, and not without reason the city is called the world capital of amber.
However, Gdansk is famous not only for its cultural attractions, but also for its great potential in development of tourism and developed infrastructure. The city has many beaches with total length of 23 kilometers; there are also organized swimming areas and a pier with the length of 130 meters is constructed. For amateurs of active tourism in Gdansk are made bike trails and canoe tracks.
In addition, Gdansk is famous for its parks. These are the zoo, Olivskiy Park with its old plantations, the Cultural Park of City Fortifications "Gdansk Fortress" with the unique monuments of military architecture, parks of Sobeshevskiy Islands.
Cultural life in Gdansk is full of various entertainments. Those who wish to visit the city can enjoy strolling through the ancient streets and visiting the luxurious restaurants and cozy cafes. In the city there are also theaters, a philharmonic, an opera, a summer musical stage, three large cinemas and several small cinemas, popular youth clubs, bars and discos. You can also visit various museums, concerts, fairs, exhibitions, street theaters, which will bring a lot of fun and will leave no one indifferent.