Gdansk in Poland is a city with more than a thousand years of history, the identity of which has been created over the centuries under the influence of different cultures.
The first mention of Gdansk (Gdańsk) comes from Vita prior, written in Latin by Adalbert of Prague, a Bohemian missionary and Christian saint at the end of the 10th century. Since then, the city had been part of the Kingdom of Poland, the territory of the Teutonic Order, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Prussian Kingdom, the German Empire, and the Weimar Republic.
Today, Gdansk is the capital of the Pomeranian Region and ranks the sixth-largest city in Poland in terms of population, and seventh in terms of area.
In 1945, the Soviet Army heavily bombed the city, about 70-80% of the buildings in the center were demolished. Immediately after the war, despite the difficult economic situation, the city was rebuilt, with a special focus on the reconstruction of the historic center. Those who are not familiar with the history of Gdansk will hardly guess that the charming houses in its Old Town are buildings of the mid-20th century.
Useful information about Gdansk
Area: 263 km² / 101 sq mi
Elevation: 49 m / 161 ft
Coordinates: 54° 20′ 51″ N, 18° 38′ 42″ E
Region: Pomerania or Pomorskie
Gdansk is located at the mouth of the Motlawa River on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, in northern Poland.
I vacationed in Gdansk several times and was happy to be in this city that is awesome! If you want the seaside city to have a rich history, an abundance of interesting places and impeccable European style at the same time, then I can undoubtedly recommend a trip to the Polish city of Gdansk.
I hope you enjoyed my Exploring Poland: Gdansk in Pomerania post. If you like Poland and its amazing cities, here are a few more posts that I recommend you read next:
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