Gdansk, Poland: The Unique Cultural Mix Part 2

The Free City of Danzig, the former Gdańsk was a creation from the former German province of West Prussia. The city was ironically, after the German defeat in First World War, more German in a Polish state with a minority of Kashubian language along the Baltic Sea. The city was a place of the mass exodus of the Polish and Jews during the reign of the German Empire, and as well as that of the Germans after the Allied Powers won before the Germans invaded it again during the Second World War and expelled again during the Soviet occupation. This movement of people could capture what the city is today, a bustling industrial port, shipping building area and important Polish access commerce route along the Baltic Sea. These are few of the reasons why I visited Gdańsk. This is Part Two. Click here for Part One.

1.     Chmielna 

The Chnmielna Street is running entirely on Granary Island. The island opposite where the Crane is located. There are museums in the street and recreational facilities as well.

2.     Rybackie Pobrzeże

The Fishing Embankment is a street in Gdansk, which part of the Fish market. The name of the street is derived from the Old Polish or Kashubian language.

3.     Długie Pobrezeże

The Long Bridge runs across the west bank of Motlawa. The site of the current pedestrian zone were wooden platforms, used for landing and unloading ships.

4.     Brama Mariacka

Mary’s gate is one of the water gates of the Old Town. The water gate lost its military importance and was converted into an apartment. It was damaged during the Second World War.

5.     Żuraw. Oddział Narodowego Muzeum

The Crane along the Fishing Embarkment is a landmark of Gdansk, and is a reminder of what is left of the city’s trading period. The Crane was destroyed several times during wars and attacks in the city.

6.     Oddział Zieloma Brama Muzeum

The Green Gate is the most elegant square in the city. The architectural design was based on Dutch style that has influenced the city’s characteristic style.

7.     Długi Targ

The Long Market is the heart of the Old Town. This forms the Royal Route in the Medieval Time. It has become the most important during the occupation of Danzig in the 13th century.

8.     Fontanna Neptuna

The Neptune Fountain is the most identified symbol of Gdansk. This was one of the adornment in the square representing the god of the sea, Neptune. Neptune clearly symbolizes the city as a fishing port and shipbuilding city on the Baltic Sea.

9.     Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Gdańska

Gdansk Main Town Hall is one of the example of Gothic-Renaissance historic buildings built in 13th century. It is located along the Royal Route, where the former kings of Poland goes when paying a visit in Gdansk.

10.  Dwór Bractwa św. Jerzego

St. George Brotherhood is the seat of confraternities in Gdansk, which was dissolved in the 17th century, making the property of the city. It was also destroyed during the Second World War.

11.  Executioner's House, Prison Tower

The Wyżynna Gate is the first building on the so called Royal Route that runs along Długa and Długa Targ streets towards the Green Gate to Granary Island. In the lower part of the gate there were three arcaded entrances, today two of them are bricked up. 

12.  Baszta Słomiana

The Straw Tower was built for extra protection from attacks of the medieval Gdansk. The current shape of the tower was built in the 15th century.

13.  Teatr Wybrzeże

The Theater Coast is Gdansk cultural center in Gdansk.  It is one of the most interesting post-World War II theaters. The original theater was operated in the city of Gdynia before it was transferred in the city.

14.  Targ Drzewny

The Timber Market is large rotunda where the statue of the polish king in 16th century Is located. It is considered one of the oldest statue in the city, which serves as an important landmark of the city.

15.  Nadbałtyckie Centrum Kultury

The Baltic Sea Culture Center aims to promote the culture of Pomerania in Poland, representing the province in foreign cultural achievements, especially in the Baltic countries.

16.  Ławeczka Internetowa

This is the park near the fountain of all the colors of the water and the Radunia channel.

The maritime and royal history of Gdansk has been long and rich. It has been colorful as the stream of history shifts in direction and purpose. Gdansk is actually a unique Polish city because of its location. The unique cultural mixture of German, Old Polish, Polish and other Europeans is a factor that make Gdansk a worth place to visit.


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