Gdansk Journals

Gdansk district by district

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A travel journal to Gdansk by MagdaDH_AlexH

A view of the city from the St Marys tower Photo, Gdansk, Poland More Photos
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The place called "Shout!"

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Wrzeszcz Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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The place they call Shout!'Wrzeszcz' translates as 'shout!' or 'scream!' imperative, although its actual etymology is less exciting, being related to 'wrzos', or heather. The now fully urbanised terrain used to be a woody area with patches of heather-covered heathland, but the settlement goes long way back – to the Teutonic Knights' agricultural estates and even before them, the Pommeranian Piasts of 13th century. Modern Wrzeszcz developed in earnest in the late 19th and early 20th century, with the coming of the railways and the foundation of what is now Gdansk Technical University. The administrative division of Gdansk separates Wrzeszcz into the Lower and Upper (Dolny and ...Read More

Old and Interesting: Srodmiescie & Oliwa

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A view of the city from the St Mary's tower Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Gdansk is the city of half a million people and is administratively divided into 34 districts. A tourist on a brief (or even longer) sight-seeing visit will only come across some of them, as many are largely or exclusively residential. Others are out-of-the way but hide some gems worth pursuing by those who stay for longer. The two districts that even the brief visitors are likely to see are Srodmiescie and Oliwa.SRODMIESCIE The modern Srodmiescie (literally Mid-town) district of Gdansk is the very heart of the city and it's also where the majority of the tourist sites and sights is located. From the Dluga Street and Dlugi Targ (Long Market) with the fabulous restored, high-gab...Read More

Where the river meets the sea

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Wyspa Sobieszewska Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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The two easternmost districts of Gdansk are Gorki Zachodnie i Krakowiec at the eastern end of Wyspa Portowa and, beyond there, Wyspa Sobieszewska. These mark a transition from the industrial wasteland in the harbour and harbour-surrounding districts to gentle pleasures of the Vistula Delta waterways. Gorki Zachodnie & KrakowiecKrakowiec is a sub-district of Gdansk located on the Port Island (Wyspa Portowa), between Stogi and Gorki Zachodnie. It is bordered by the Martwa Wisla branch of the Vistula delta but large parts of this stretch of the river are degraded by industrial development and thus the whole area has little to offer to a tourist. On the Wyspa Portowa better alt...Read More

Shabby relics of Old Gdansk

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Orunia Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Relics of Old GdanskAlthough Srodmiescie (Town Centre) district houses most of the popular sightseeing attractions, the visitors interested in the more elusive, off the beaten track and atmospheric if sometimes rough and a bit unsavoury remains of Old Gdansk can find those relics in the small districts adjacent to the town centre and those stretching south of the city past the Brama Nizinna (the Lowland Gate) and along the Trakt Sw Wojciecha, once the main route entering the city from the south, leading to Tczew, Grudziadz, Torun and Lodz. ANIOLKILiterally 'Little Angels', Aniolki sit between Wrzeszcz (to the north) and Srodmiescie (to the south), separated by the r...Read More

Industry and Shipping

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Stocznia Gdanska Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Most of the industrial districts of Gdansk are located around the vast harbour area to the north-east of the city. Majority of them have very little to offer to visitors, although there is an odd gem here and there: half-decent beaches at Stogi and Brzezno and an edgy art institute in the old Gdansk Shipyard.BRZEZNOOriginally a fishing village owned by the Oliwa Cistercian abbey and later on a seaside resort, Brzezno saw a development of communist-era housing estates of concrete blocks. Its proximity to the harbour district of Nowy Port and being surrounded by mostly industrial areas of Lower Wrzescz and Letnica meant that it was always a working-class district, albeit with a l...Read More

Concrete sprawl by the sea

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Przymorze Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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Many residents of Gdansk live in the area of concrete sprawl bordered on one side by the waters of the Bay of Gdansk and on the other by the main Gdansk-Gdynia road and the railway. Counting down from the borders of Sopot, this area is divided administratively into Jelitkowo & Zabianka, Przymorze and Zaspa. Most visitors will not find themselves in those districts, unless connoisseurs of communist-era urban planning and architecture. They are not, overall, bad places to live and many prefer them to the newer estates that grow out of Gdansk inland towards Kashubia and Zulawy regions. JELITKOWOJelitkowo lies by the sea at the border of Gdansk and Sopot. Originally a fishing ...Read More

Blocks, Blocks and more blocks

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These districts skirt the older parts of the city in a crescent of mostly communist era housing developments with very little to offer to a visitor. If you really must visit communist era block sprawl, Przymorze and Zaspa (covered in 'Concrete Sprawl by the Sea') is a better option.Piecki-MigowoPiecki-Migowo district is known more popularly among Gdansk inhabitants as Morena (the whole area is located on the upper terrace, about 100m above the sea level). It has been developed in the 1970s and 1980s as a gigantic area of housing estates (then filled with communist-style concrete blocks) and new estates (slightly prettier but still of soulless apartment blocks) are still raisi...Read More
Osowa Photo, Gdansk, Poland
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The districts covered in this chapter are among the least interesting for a leisure visitor to Gdansk. They are all residential areas, most of them heavily developed after the fall of communism, and although more desirable and slightly better looking than some of the inner-city communist-era estates, they often entail long commute times and have less infrastructure than older dormitory districts. OSOWAOsowa, only included within the administrative area of Gdansk in the 1970s is the northernmost district of the city and the only one that actually borders Gdynia. It is in fact located around 20km from the centre of the city and not very well connected by public transport. I...Read More