A city that goes by many names - Kdanzk, Gyddanyzc, Danczig, Danczk, Gdąnsk, Danzc, Gdania, Danczik, Gdanzc and Danceke, Gdansk is supposedly one of the best cities in Poland in which to live and work with its infrastructure, environment and livability. The transport hub of the north of Poland; many travelers use Gdansk as a gateway to explore the Polish Baltic coast. The city forms part of the "Tricity" metropolitan area with the cities of Gdynia and the spa town of Sopot. Sitting on the mouth of the Motlawa River, during the 14th and 15th Centuries it was a shipbuilding enclave. Home to the University of Gdansk and the Gdnask University of Technology, you will also find the Museum of World War II for the war monger buffs to wet their pants over. This is where St Dominic's Fair is held annually, as it has been since 1260. This is Europe's biggest trade and cultural event.
A port city on the Baltic coastline of Poland, the unique Gdansk is awash in maritime vibes of yesteryear. It is so not like any other town in Poland with its distinctive architecture stained by wealthy merchants. Millions of tourists flock to enjoy this true grand old dame. It is the center of the world's amber trade, overflowing with boutiques selling the beautiful ossified resin. Scarred by its tumultuous past, Gdansk is as much German as it is Polish, with the 2 countries historically squabbling over it.
The narrow cobbled streets of the main town contrast with the looming huge redbrick churches dotted along the walkways, whilst elegant thin buildings shelter cafes and quirky museums. Beer gardens line the dockside gardens where the tourist hordes jump pleasure boats to cruise the river. There is the Long Market with its 17th Century bronze statue of Neptune (aka sea god) and gushing fountain, the icon of the city, the area is overflowing with shops and restaurants to poke around.
When you need to take a break from tapping on your laptop, play pirates and take a tour on Jack Sparrow's ship complete with a tour guide to give you another view of this amazing city.
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