It’s only appropriate that my first blog post is about my birth city. Gdańsk is often overlooked in favour of Kraków and Warsaw, but it’s definitely worth your time to visit. When I’m asked where I was born and I reply Gdańsk, I typically get one of two reactions; a confused look followed up with “where’s that?” or a comment about Lech Wałęsa and/or the solidarity movement of the 1980’s.
Gdańsk has changed a lot since Poland joined the European Union in 2004. The city has seen considerable investment, it was one of the host cities for the 2012 European football championship, and has seen a steady increase in development and tourism over the years.
The first known written record of the city dates back to the year 997, so the city is not short on history. The pictures offered are just a sample of the Stare Miasto (old town).
Medieval Prison Tower and Torture Chamber
Prior to entering the Old Town through the Gold Gate you will find the prison tower and torture chamber, which now houses an Amber Museum.
The tower in the background is the Gdańsk Town Hall.
Looking back the other direction towards the Gold Gate with the Prison Tower behind it.
Looking down an alleyway with St. Mary's Cathedral looming overhead,
Built as a meeting place for merchants, currently houses a department of the Gdańsk History Museum.
A symbol of the link between Gdansk and the Baltic Sea. (May or may not have a seagull on his head at any given time.)
Looking towards Gdansk Town Hall.
At the other end of Ulica Długa you find the Green Gate.
Built in the mid-15th century, this was once the largest working crane in the world and was used to load ships.
Mariacka (St. Mary's) Gate
Entering the gate to Mariacka (St. Mary's) Street.
Mariacka (St. Mary's) Street
View of Mariacka Street looking towards St. Mary's Cathedral. On this street you will find many vendors selling Baltic Amber.
St. Mary's Church
Believed to be the largest brick church in the world. You can climb up the tower for an amazing panoramic view of the city for a small fee (cash only).
Currently housing an art gallery on the ground floor.
If you have time, listen to some Chopin in this new building for Polska Filharmonia Baltycka.
Outside of the Philharmonic Hall is a newly constructed sign in case you forgot which European city you are in.
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