Poland’s Gdansk Calling on History Buffs

Poland Gdansk  ©jpwchi/flickr

©jpwchi/flickr

Today the rubble of the Second World War was remade into posh condos and shopping malls. However, there are still lots places for a historical recollection.

You will not missed the Westerplatte point was where the German battleship Schleswig-Holsten fired its first shots. Then Poles surrendered after the 7th day due to the shortage of food and ammunition. These events marked this infamous spot today with a 25m tall monument. Westerplatte is a small peninsula that protrudes out into the Baltic Sea. From the surrounding woods, some ruins and artifacts such as preserved tanks from the WWII can still be seen.

Activities for history buffs

Bar Mleczny Milk Bar: The other most popular activity for history buffs is to sit at the outdoor seating of Bar Mleczny (milk bar). Those days, the milk bars were government-subsidized cafeterias for workers. So expect traditional Polish food such as borscht or pierogis being served.

Alluring Historical Sights: If you will be in Gdansk from now, you will see the futuristic stadium shaped like a translucent globe of amber for the 2012 Euro Cup soccer tournament. There are many fascinating historical sights to explore, such as the Great Crane in Zuraw, the European Solidarity Centre, and King Arther’s Court (Dwor Artusa).

Museums Hopping:If you are someone who likes museums and churches hopping, there are the St. Mary’s Church (Kosciol Mariacki), Archaelogical Museum (Muzeum Archeologiczne), Gdansk University of Technology, Three Crosses Monument, St. Catherine’s Church (Kosciol Sw. Katarzyny), St. Nicholas Church (Kosciol Sw Mikolaja), the Royal Way, the Court of the Fraternity of St. George and also the Neptunbrunnen. St. Mary’s Church is a Roman Catholic Church and it is the World’s largest brick church. It is 105.5m long and the nave is 66m wide, so imagine it can hold 25,000 people!

Must see sights

Westerplatte monument in Gdansk, Poland

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The Great Crane: It is a wooden port crane of 1367, one of the oldest crane that was used to place masts on ships and to load cargo. Next to it is the Maritime Museum (Muzeum Morskie). The European Solidarity Centre is a powerful museum. Move from thematic rooms, learn about the detailed histories from films and photographs that illuminate the Poles attempts to resist oppression under the communist rule. Walk to the Solidarity Monument not too far away to see how the victims of the regime were honored yet reminding you the power of the people’s determination to be freed.

Oliwa Zoo: The other attraction that is family friendly for those with children is the Oliwa Zoo. Alternatively you can spend half an hour in the King Arthur’s Court with those large ship models hanging from its ceiling.

Many More Sights: You are also recommended to check out the Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), the Neptune’s Fountain (Fontanna Neptuna), Speicher Hellblaues – Lamm, the Polish Post Office Museum, National Art Museum and Town Hall (Ratusz). Other street is the Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), the Fortress of the Vistula River Mouth, the Green Gate (Brama Zielona), Krynica Morska, Gdansk History Museum (Muzeum Historyczne Gdanska) and of course the Old Town.

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