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North of Poland on the Baltic Sea. Has for centuries been one of the most important port cities in northern Europe. Gdansk is sometimes called the Tri-City as it is often grouped with nearby Sopot and Gdynia.
A dispute over control of Gdansk was the trigger for World War II. A heavy price was paid during this time and by the end of the war the city was mostly rubble. It has been almost totally rebuilt since, and now stands as one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities on the Baltic. In more modern times Gdansk was also closely linked to the downfall of the Communist Government in Poland because of the democracy movement that had it's beginnings here. Visitors can learn about the history of Gdansk at the cities museums, including the Solidarity Centre Foundation.
The city has thrown off it's tragic history and is today thriving, beautiful and fascinating. The heart of Gdansk is beguiling with plenty of tastefully restored Renaissance and Medieval buildings, it is very difficult to tell what is original and what has been rebuilt such is the quality of the restoration. Along Dluga (Long) Street elegant old buildings line the wide street. As part of the Hanseatic League many of the buildings in this district were from the original merchants that plied their trade here, the area certainly has a maritime feel to it. Elsewhere the maritime theme continues even down to the statue of Neptune, the patron of the city. The dockyards and port area are still functional however have fallen on harder times since the rise of capitalism.
The Old Town is a fantastic area with plenty stunning architecture and is full of restaurants, bars and shops catering to the locals and tourists alike. Some of the more striking places to visit include St Mary's church which is one of the largest Gothic Churches in Europe and can take an astonishing 20,000 visitors, or the chroming coloured houses that sit on the Mot%u0142awa River bank.
The main streets are complimented with lovely side streets and are filled with eateries, cafes and the amber shops which are a trademark of the city. Elsewhere visitors can enjoy a beer by the old docks, take a canoe-tour in the canals of the city or, of course, take a cruise on a ferry around the harbour to see the shipyards or a journey to nearby Sopot and Gdynia. As with many of the major cities in Poland there is also no shortage of nightlife.
Any trip to Poland should certainly include this lovely city, it is fascinating, architecturally and historically interesting, cheap and very tourist friendly.