It is the capital of Pomeranian Voivodeship. It was founded in 997 and it received its municipal rights in 1263. As a Hanseatic port city, Gdańsk was dynamically developing economy and culture. At one time, it was the wealthiest cities in Poland and the effects of those times we can see up to now. It is one of the biggest Baltic sea resorts. It is one of the top Polish cities whose history and tradition is so rich. It has a lot to offer for visitors. It has been named The World’s Capital of Amber. Today, Gdańsk is the headquarter of the World Amber Council and the International Amber Association as well as the host of the biggest amber fairs arranged in the world (‘AMBERIF’ and ‘AMBERMART’) The most important sights are Royal Route, The Old City Hall, St. Mary’s Church (Bazylika Mariacka) which is the biggest brickmade temple in Europe, Artus Court with a nearby symbol of Gdańsk – the Neptune’s Fountain, 27-metres high Lighthouse and Harbour Crane – the oldest remaining crane in Europe. In April 2012, a new terminal at Lech Walesa Airport in Gdańsk was brought into life. It is one of the most important, next to Warsaw, Krakow and Katowice airports for international and domestic traffic in Poland.
The most famous promenade – called „Monciak” is situated here. Here you can find numerous outdoor cafes, and art galleries located in Monte Cassino Street which ends with a magnificent 512-metre long pier where you can admire the view of Gdańsk Bay. Sopot also offers Aquapark which is one of the biggest and most exciting complexes of swimming pools in Poland, whereas horse lovers are invited to visit stables.
It is one of the youngest Polish cities and it was designed in order to provide Poland a nautical window on the world. In 1930s there was Kościuszko Square designed and it became the venue of numerous concerts, mass events and outdoor parties. It is the most popular spot for walks and trips for not only the tourists but also city dwellers. Nearby there is Oceanographic Museum and Gdynia Aquarium where you can see over 1000 sea and freshwater animals which fall under 200 species from all over the world. Tourists can also visit Grom-class destroyer Błyskawica and a sailing frigate Dar Pomorza which are currently preserved as museum ships. For those who crave cultural sensation, the Music Theatre offers rich repertoire and in music clubs you can experience jazz concerts.
One of the most important attractions of our region. There is Teutonic Castle which is the biggest brick building in Europe. In 1997 it was listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
Main tourist attractions of the city and surroundings: Copernicus’ Tower falsely thought to be his observatory, cruises at the Vistula Lagoon (Zalew Wiślany), viewpoints, fortifications from the times of World War II, planetarium and astronomical observatory. Planetarium is situated in octagonal tower in the Cathedral Hill. It has got the dome of 8 meters diameter which can accommodate 81 viewers. Here, you can see popular science astronomical shows.
The most interesting tourist destinations of this magical place are: Słowiański National Park – Rąbka. It was created January 1st, 1967. In 1977 UNESCO designated the Park a biosphere reserve. The most exciting attractions of the Park are white sand dunes, ruins of St. Nicholas Church . St. Nicolas has been the patron of fishermen and sailors from the 14th century. 8-hectare Ornithological Garden inspired by the local dweller passionate about birds. You can see here over 100 species of birds from all over the world and all together there are about 2000 birds. The museum “Motyle Świata” – it is estimated that there is a collection of 3000 butterflies from all over the world. The Rocket Launcher – SPN- since 1940 German development site. German scientists used to test their weapon here.
Zatoka Pucka – Hel
Because of its location and microclimate it has been a part of the Coastal Landscape Park since 1978. It is 34 km sand bar with afforested sand dunes formed by winds and water currents floating to the east along the Polish coast. While visiting Hel you must see the port, Wiejska Street, the lighthouse, the heritage park of sea weapon and fortifications of Coastal Defense Flotilla.
Former Nazi concentration camp formed at the territory of Free City of Gdańsk, in Sztutowo, 36 km from Gdańsk. It functioned from 2nd September, 1939 to 9th May, 1945. It was the first and the longest existing camp in WW2 in the territory of presentday Poland.
In the Kashubian forests you can find a private heritage park with numerous attractions and historical curiosities. Here are some of them: the Upside Down House – it is the main attraction of the heritage park, short visit there disturbs your sense of balance and it is difficult to walk further. The longest plank in the world – it was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in 2002 and it is 37 m long and weighs 1100 kg. Sybirak’s House – it was brought to Poland from one of the oldest places in Syberia which was a remote uninhabited area where Polish people were sent and forced to perform hard labour. The stay in Syberia was supposed to be a kind of penalty to make Poles forget about patriotism. The bunker of Pomeranian Griffin – the reconstruction of secret military service bunker.
A picturesque village in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. There is an inclined plane in Elbląg Canal which allows the movement of carriages transporting ships. Elbląg Canal is a unique water system connecting a few western Masurian lakes with Vistula Lagoon. It is an original construction on European scale. Its originality results from the fact that it helps to overcome almost natural water level difference of 100 meters with the help of the system of flood-gates and inclined planes.
It is extremely interesting, vibrant and historic city. You can find here: Planetarium presenting astronomical shows within the scope of astronomy, the Nicolaus Copernicus Museum, Nicolaus Copernicus University and its Astronomical Observatory – scientific institution serving as outer space observatory. Kępa Bazarowa – an island by the left bank of Vistula River and Gingerbread Town (Piernikowe Miasteczko) where a playground for children has been created in the centre of the Old Town.