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In the summer of 2008 I had a few realistic choices to travel there. Gdansk was one of them. I chose Gdansk for a few reasons.First of all, I wanted to see the Western part of Poland. I knew it was different from the other parts of Poland owing to the German influence. Secondly, I had lack of money to travel to the farther places of Europe. And, lastly, the transportation to Gdansk and the search of accommodation there caused me no problem. I used Hospitality club for staying there and stayed with locals. So you will not find any hotel tips in this article.
A bit of history...
The first written mentions about Gdansk appeared in the 9th century. Later, in the year 997 the bishop of Prague St. Adalbert visited Gdansk territory, roots of Christianity appeared there. From 1308 it was ruled by the Teutonic Knights and in the same century, in 1343 and in 1361, it got city rights and was admitted into the Hanseatic League. Throughout its history Gdansk was ruled by Germans, Poles, and for some time it was called “free city”.
In German times Gdansk was called Danzig, only the Poles called it Gdansk. It was actually one of the most important cities of Prussia and an active member of the Hanseatic League, along with such merchant culture cities as Riga, Luebeck, and Hamburg. What is more, it is well known as a home of the Solidarnosc movement.
This city is a part of the Polish Tricity that consists of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. The distance between them is about 20 kilometers. They are very well connected by public transportation. I think it is a good place for a week holiday. It is possible to add more historical places to your traveling plan: Malbork, Helm.
- Pros:Great architecture, nice places to visit around, addorable prices.
- Cons:Big part of Gdansk old town was rebuilt after World War II.
- In a nutshell:Beautiful german style hansa town.
All days I explored Gdansk, I have seen Hitler show on the balcony of main town hall. Don't think he is real Hitler... more travel advice
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