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Gdansk - Free Spirit City

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An August 2006 trip to Gdansk by mightywease

Motlawa Canal, Gdansk Photo, Gdansk, Poland More Photos
Quote: Liberty, independence, openness, ease – all those elements of "Freedom" can be found in Gdansk.

Gdansk - Free Spirit City

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Overview

Motlawa Canal, Gdansk Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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August 1980 – the television showed pictures from Poland, shipyards and workers, strikes and confrontations. Too young to really understand the implications of the events that were unfolding I was still aware that something momentous was happening and also that certain words and names were slipping into people’s vocabulary and memory – Solidarity, Lech Walesa, and Gdansk.I suppose that for many people like me that period was their introduction to - and remembrance of - Gdansk. It’s a powerful, proud legacy, and one admirably celebrated at the wonderful “Roads to Freedom” Solidarity exhibition in the city. The history of Gdansk, however, stretches back over 1000 years during which time ...Read More

Czerwone Drzwi

Restaurant | "Czerwone Dzrwi"

Czerwone Drzwi Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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This delightful restaurant, on a cobbled street in the old town, specialises in Polish cuisine and seafood. Inside is a high ceiling narrow room, almost like half a room really, with 6 or so tables – the small number of seats making booking recommended – ochre walls are decorated with an eclectic mix of paintings and photos ranging from Victorian-style romanticism, views of Gdansk, still life, and modern art. Dotted around are pot plants, comfy sofas and there is even a piano, all adding to the feel of a cluttered, homely, welcoming parlour. The sort of place you could imagine curing up with a cat on your knee and a good book or enjoying a tipsy, sherry fuelled game of charades.The food is exc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 24, 2006

Czerwone Drzwi
52/53 Piwna Street
Gdansk, Poland 80=831
58 301 57 64

Kamienica Goldwasser Restaurant

Restaurant | "Goldwasser Restaurant"

Kamienica Goldwasser Restaurant Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Home to the wonderful Goldwasser Liqueur the Goldwasser Restaurant is in a fantastic location by the Motlawa waterfront. Wooden tables and cushion covered chairs jostle together on the outside terrace, an awning protecting diners from any spots of rain. It’s a lovely setting, great for watching people as they stroll along the embankment and beautiful as night falls, soft lights illuminate the Motlawa and the moon peeps from behind the clouds.The menu is extensive with fish, meat, and Polish specialties; there is also a reasonably priced set menu. The food is simple and well cooked possibly a little on the heavy side – cream based sauces, dumpling accompaniments etc.. – for some tastes, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2006

Kamienica Goldwasser Restaurant
Długie Pobrzeże 22
Gdansk, Poland
0048 58 3018878

Barylka Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Restaurant Barylka"

Barylka Restaurant Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Like its neighbour, Goldwasser, Restaurant Barylka enjoys a wonderful position on the waterfront overlooking the embankment and the Motlawa. Its extensive menu includes fish, Polish cuisine plus separate children’s and vegetarian menus. The terrace outside with round iron tables and cushion-padded chairs is very inviting, however, the service we received was, sadly, anything, but welcoming.When Steve ordered his starter, chicken livers with apple and raspberry sauce, our waitress pulled a face that was at best disapproving at worst disgusted. We asked why, was the dish not on, was it not very nice in her opinion? We were not given an answer and simply left to ponder if we had made the right ch...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 24, 2006

Barylka Restaurant
ul. Dlugie Pobrzeze 24
Gdansk, Poland
+48 (58) 3014938

Monument of Solidarity

Attraction | "Roads to Freedom Solidarity Exhibition"

Monument of Solidarity Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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The Roads to Freedom Exhibition was opened to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the August Agreement and the birth of Solidarity. It is housed in the BHP Hall of the same Gdansk shipyard where the events of August 1980 took place.The exhibition begins outside the hall, walking through the old shipyard, where two sculptures/gates by the artist Grzegorz Klaman invoke a ships prow and skeleton. Inside the first gate are two LED screens along which words of communist dogma and propaganda flow on one while words of protest slip along the other. Around the outside of the hall are large photographs showing events of August 1980, not just dramatic montages but also simple scenes of striking wo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2006

Monument of Solidarity

Gdansk, Poland

St. Mary's Church

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Attraction

St. Mary's Church Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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The Church of St Mary is the largest medieval brick built church in Europe and its spires and square tower are a recognizable site on the Gdansk skyline. Begun in 1343, it took 150 years for the church to be completed. Sadly, it suffered a lot of damage during Word War II, the roof was burnt, windows destroyed and the floor ripped up. Many of the treasures from inside the church were, however, saved by being stored in out-laying villages and some, though not all, of these were returned to the church during its post-war reconstruction.Surrounded by smaller buildings it isn’t easy, externally, to get a sense of how large the building really is, that is better done by viewing the towers and spire...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2006

St. Mary's Church
ul. Podkramarska 5
Gdansk, Poland

St. Mary's Church

Attraction | "St. Mary's Church - Tower"

St. Mary's Church Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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The tower of the Church of St. Mary stands at a bit over 76 meters and is topped by a crucifix which is illuminated at night.The walk to the top of the tower is not for the faint hearted, a narrow spiral staircase stretches the calf muscles and when you reach the top and think “Thank goodness that’s over” you realise that you are only half way there and can see sets of stairs attached to the side of the building going upwards and resembling Max Escher’s “Ascending and Descending” never-ending staircase. Now it’s not just the leg muscles that are stretched! Mind over matter may come into play. However, this staircase is not never-ending and once at the top you are rewarded with some fantastic v...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2006

St. Mary's Church
ul. Podkramarska 5
Gdansk, Poland

National Museum

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National Museum Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Housed in an old Franciscan Monastery the National Museum of Gdansk contains works by Polish, Flemish, Dutch, and other European artists plus a gallery of paintings connected with the city, i.e. works by Gdansk painters or of former dignitaries of Gdansk. The ground floor contains a collection of pottery and porcelain, and gold and silver work by Gdansk craftsmen. The architecture of the building itself is evident and the vaulted ceilings in the old refractory and enclosed cloister are worth noting. To be honest, however, although the exhibits are well worth viewing we found the ground floor had a rather gloomy, uninspiring feel, which totally belies what is found on the next floor.The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2006

National Museum
ul. Torunska 1
Gdansk, Poland
+48 (58) 3017061

Town Hall

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The Town Hall and its beautiful slender tower is another recognisable silhouette on the skyline of Gdansk. Originally begun in the mid-14th century, on the site of an earlier building, the present Town Hall was remodelled after a fire in 1556. Like much of the old town the Town Hall suffered a great amount of damage during the Second World War and was subsequently rebuilt. Further additions have included a 37 bell carillon which was played for the first time on New Years Eve 2000. The sound of the carillon bells, played through the day on the hour, soon becomes a familiar part of the geography of Gdansk and a pleasant accompaniment to wandering around the old town streets.Inside...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Town Hall
ul Dluga 47
Gdansk, Poland