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Welcome to Gdansk - Gdansk is the Polish maritime capital with the population nearing half a million. It is a large centre of economic life, science, culture, and a popular tourist destination. Located on the Bay of Gdansk and the southern coast of the Baltic Sea the city is a thousand years old. With its Hanseatic tradition, it has for ages played a major role in the commercial relationships between Northern and Western Europe on the one hand, and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe on the other hand. Today, Gdansk is the capital of the Pomeranian province and an important administration centre.

In its "golden age" the city enjoyed the specific status of a municipal republic. It was also a melting pot of cultures and ethnical groups. The air of tolerance and the wealth built on trade made culture, science, and art. flourish. Today, works by outstanding Gdansk masters can be admired in museums, churches, and galleries. These collections, as well as the historic sites of enchanting beauty witness a thousand years of the city's continued existence. The break-through events of the most recent turbulent period are documented in the multi-medial exhibition: "Roads to Freedom" arranged in the historic BHP hall of the Gdansk Shipyard. The exposition recalls the local struggle for freedom and justice, and the birth of the first Independent Trade Union, "Solidarity". These developments triggered the avalanche that toppled communism in Europe.

The most recent years have seen a huge transformation of the Gdansk economy. The city's industrial map continues to include some of the traditional branches, e.g. the shipping, petrochemical, chemical, and food industries. However, the share of know-how based lines such as electronics, telecommunications, IT technology, or cosmetics and pharmaceuticals is on the rise. The specific trade of amber processing is also far from minor in importance. Gdansk cultivates its centuries-long tradition in the field, and its nickname of the world capital of amber is well earned. Just like in the olden days the city owes much to its sea port. The harbour, largest along the Polish coast and in the entire Southern Baltic basin, continues to develop.
Places of Interest

Long Street and the Long Market
form the Royal Route, probably the most beautiful street in Gdansk.

St Mary's Church
The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the largest brick shrine in the world.

The Neptune Fountain
situated in the square in front of the Artus Cort since 1633

Westerplatte
is the long peninsula at the entrance to the harbour

Special Events

August
The Dominican Fair
an annual shoppping fair

July
The International Street and Open-Air Theatre Festival

mid July - late August
International Organ Music Festival

July - August
Choir and Chamber Music Festival

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