“After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.”
George Macauley Trevelyan
It was more than 10 years since I was in Gdańsk the last time … had forgotten how stunningly beautiful this Polish town truly is.
After I installed myself at my hotel room .. it was nearly 3pm .. so I took a couple of hours walk through the old town in the afternoon sun. In the evening I had a fantastic meal (fresh fish and seafood) at one of the best restaurants in the old town, Restauracja Tawerna.
A thousand years of history and picturesque seaside location makes Gdańsk considered one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and in Europe. Located in the north of Poland, at The Baltic Sea coast.
“Danzig” is the name of the city I remember from my school days. From archaeological research shows that the resort was one of artisans and fishermen already in the 600’s. The city was founded in 1224 or 1225 and was in the late Middle Ages, an important German-dominated commercial town.
Early in the morning, 1 September 1939 started the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein’s bombardment of Westerplatte at the Vistula estuary and thus had the attack on Poland started. The very next day was declared Danzig reappeared in the kingdom and was occupied by Nazi Germany until 1945.
In comparison to other German cities, survived the city fairly well away from the Allied bombing raids. At the end of March 1945, in the final months ended Danzig during the Soviet occupation and subjected to a wild looting and destruction and set on fire. Nearly the whole Danzigs population fled, deported or killed; about 100 000 people lost their lives.
Today it lives about 500.000 people in Gdansk and they have about 3 million tourists visiting every year … with overnight stay. That is impressive. I would say I heard the Norwegian language more any other. The Norwegians was absolute everywhere, but I don’t mind … because they are extremely nice people. Heard some Russian, Swedish and German too.
Poland is the 17th most visited country in the world by foreign tourists. Seen Poland joined EU … the tourism has increased and it now up to 66 million per year.