It’s always interesting when you visit a new city and more so when do you do some research about the place before hand. Planning on visiting Gdansk? Well before you go you should make provisions to visit the other two cities that when combined with Gdansk, make up the Trojmiasto.
So, some interesting facts about Gdansk…
1. Where is Gdansk? Gdansk is in Poland and is part of Trojmiasto, a region in Northern Poland consisting of three very different cities. Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia and has a population of 701,000 people. Lined with a beautiful coast, the city is a major tourist attraction for both Polish citizens and foreigners.
2. Gdansk famous for its old town and the history associated with it. Sopot is known throughout Poland as one of the best places to party and is the main rival to Krakow as “Party capital of Poland” and Gdynia is the modern, business city of the three. Each city has its own specific climate, mentality and character.
3. Gdansk founded in 997, has been known by many names through its history which dating back 100s of years… Danzig, Kdanzk, Danczig, Gyddanyzc, Danzc, Danczk, Gdąnsk, Gdania, Danceke, Danczik and Gdanzc.
4. The Gdańsk region is famous for the Amber gem, a mineral of many colours. Amber changes colour depending on the age of the nugget.
5. Gdansk city was played a major part in the forming of the Solidarity movement against the Communist regime that had governed Poland between 1945-1989.
6. Sopot has one of the longest Piers in Europe, a whopping 640 meters.
7. Gdynia has been voted, on more than one occasion as the best place in Poland to live. The poll takes place each year and gives the wining city bragging rights.
8. This may not be well known, but the Trojmiasto region is lined with wonderful beaches. It can be said that they are Poland best kept secret along with the weather… 30” plus in the summer.
9. Mariacka Street is a small street in Gdansk’s Old Town. Arguable one of the most beautiful and romantic streets in Poland is lined with a number of little shops selling little keepsakes, amber jewellery and souvenir trinkets. The buildings have Gargoyles overlooking the shoppers as they walking along the cobbled streets.
10. Some of the first shots fired during the WWII took place in Gdansk – Westerplatte, There is a monument there in honour of the Polish solders that stood for seven days against the German’s attack.