35th International Symposium on Environmental
Gdansk, Poland, June, 22-26, 2008
The thousand-year-old Gdansk is considered as the most monument-abounding city of the "Baltic Europe". You must know that Gdansk is a Hanseatic (a town belonging to the Hanseatic League - a medieval league of towns of Northern Germany and adjacent countries for the promotion and protection of commerce).
Most of the monuments in Gdansk are placed near the heart of its Old Town District, around the Long Street (ul. Dluga), streets parallel to it, and the Long Quay (Dlugie Pobrzeze). The best place to start your trip appears to the Upland Gate (Brama Wyzynna) and the King's Road stretching beyond it. Having crossed The Upland Gate, you'll find the Torture Tower (Katownia), which is planned to house a museum of amber soon.
Next in line is the Golden Gate (Zlota Brama) and, next to it, Manor of the Society of St. George (Dwór Bractwa Swietego Jerzego). When you pass the Golden Gate and turn Left you will have possibilitty to visit Kabaretu EWAN - its best to do it on evening. People says Paris has its Moulin Rouge, Gdansk has kabaret Ewan.
Long Street is main track of the town, where you'll be enchanted by the beautiful renovated XVI - XVII century houses, one of them being the Uphagen's House (Dom Uphagena) - Museum of History of Gdansk. All those venerable buildings are towered over by the beautiful and monumental Main Town Hall (Ratusz Glównego Miasta). Walk inside, and you will not regret it - the splendid interior was renovated not so long ago. You can also view Flash animation with rebuilding Town Hall history.
Nearby, on the Long Market (Dlugi Targ) you'll find the symbol of Gdansk - Neptune's fountain. Behind it is the beautiful Artus' Court (Dwór Artusa) and the New House of the Court with The Lady from the Window the amazing Golden House (Zlota Kamieniczka)
Tip: There is a place on the Long Market from which you can see three Neptune's statues - try to find it! If you would like to feel like you are here now - take a look for Panoramic View of long Market. At the end of the Long Market, you'll find the Green Gate (Zielona Brama), with the picturesque Long Quay (Dlugie Pobrzeze) stretching beyond it and the Granary Island (Wyspa Spichrzów - unfortunately still in ruins) opposite the Long Quay. The Central Maritime Museum (Centralne Muzeum Morskie) is located on the quay while Olowianka island faces it (during summertime the Baltic Philharmonic gives concerts there).
During your walk on the Long Quay, you will pass Gdansk Harbor (Przystan). You can come back here in a while when you feel like taking a boat trip to Sopot, Gdynia or Hel. But don't look only at the ships on your right, or else you will miss another great monument on your left - the Crane (Zuraw). And of course - St. Mary's Gate (Brama Mariacka) which reveals a street of the same name, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe and leading to Poland's biggest church, St. Mary's Church (Bazylika Mariacka). While you're around, you mustn't miss the Archeological Museum (Muzeum Archeologiczne), the most important archeological institution in northern Poland, with its collection composed of 27 thousand archaeological, ethnographical, numismatical and natural exhibits. The museum also offers a quick, impressive tour of its tower, from which you can see a fine panorama of Gdansk. If you wish to taste traditional Gdansk food, please visit the "Pod Lososiem" restaurant. If you feel like grabbing some fish, try out Tawerna - Gdansk finest fish restaurant. If you don't have time or money for such fancies, please visit Primavera pizzerias, or some inexpensive eatery - we recommend "Smok" (the Dragon).
That's not the end of interesting places in Gdansk. There are still a few left, one of them being undoubtedly the Old Town Hall, whose cellar conceals two cozy places: Jadlodajnia z Wyszynkiem restaurant, and in the lower basement - the Irish Pub. If you lost your orientation during your reading - take o look for Interactive Map of Old Town.
Another place worth seeing is the Three Crosses Monument- a homage to dockyard workers, who died in December 1970 in Gdansk.
If you are interested in finding out more about Gdansk monuments, please visit the National Museum, and if you have time - check out Wisloujscie Fortress and Westerplatte. Take o look on the plan of Polish Point of defence, when Second World War started
Another one of Gdansk districts is also worth a visit - Oliwa. You can admire The Oliwa Cathedral there, and enjoy the music of its famous baroque organs. The cathedral hosts numerous organ concerts in the summer. We recommend a walk through the lovely Oliwa Park, with its Exotic Palm House (Palmiarnia). While still in Oliwa, please stop by at the Abbot's Palace and the Ethnographical Museum, or at the famous Oliwa ZOO, which is the largest in Poland.
Gdansk University of Technology
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