Get to know Gdansk – the city of EWAHA 2022

Share This Post

Welcome to Gdansk, a city over one thousand years old! Proud of its incredibly rich history, opened to the world and the future, it will also impress you with its modernity. The city is situated with the view to the Baltic Sea, Motlawa River, Tricity Landscape Park and with the former Gdansk Shipyard areas, where the Solidarity movement was born, the Gradowa Hill and the Wisłoujście Fortress dating back to the Napoleon times.

Gdansk is one of the most interesting cities on the map of Poland. Situated at the Baltic Bay, with the access to sandy beaches, which in Springs and Summers are full of life, it is surrounded by picturesque forests of the Tricity Landscape Park and the close vicinity of Kashuby region. It fascinates not only with the landscape but with the history too. This is here, where starting from the Golden Gate to the Green Gate, Polish kings walked and greeted the citizens. This is here, where on the Long Market stands the Arthur’s Court and the Neptune Fountain – symbols of Gdansk.

These are not the only symbols you will be able to see, when visiting the city. One of them is also, situated at the Long Embankment, the Crane, the biggest and the oldest, preserved port cranes from medieval Europe, a construction which from XV c. gave a dynamic growth to the port of Gdansk.

The Old City of Gdańsk

A cradle of democracy

This is the place, where at Gdansk Shipyard, in 1980, workers started famous strikes which triggered slow stream of changes in Poland and Central – Eastern part of Poland.

Today, Gdansk is described as the city of Freedom and Solidarity. As attendees of EWAHA, we will learn more about the history of the trade unions, when visiting one of our event venues, the European Solidarity Centre, a unique place, constructed in a shape of a ship. Here you will be able to explore the exhibition about the Solidarity movement and history of the city.

European Solidarity Centre, Gdansk

Lech Walesa, the first leader of the trade unions, “Solidarity”, the former President of Poland and the laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, has his office here as well.

From the European Solidarity Centre, situated in the former shipyard areas, it is not far to the WWII Museum. This is the newest and the most modern museum in the city, it tells the story about the war in Poland set in international context.

Rich history of scientific discovery

Gdansk is not only the place for history lovers, but also for those of you, who like astronomy and general science. Gdansk is the city where famous astronomer, John Hewelius was born, the great physician, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit and the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. You will learn more about the heritage of these great minds at the Hevelianum Centre situated in a former napoleon’s fort, and the Gdansk Technical University, which is one on the best technical school in Poland.

Greenery and nature

Talking about Gdansk, we cannot forget about the parks – beautiful and cameral Orunia Park and the unique and vary popular park in Oliwa, which is situated few steps from the XIV c. Cathedral.

Those are just few, the most characteristic places on the map of this city. Gdansk is the city that all the times develops, where new objects of culture appear, like the Shakespeare Theatre, sport objects (the football stadium in Letnica, which has an amber shape and shade), as well as new and modern infrastructure objects – for example: the port and the container terminal, the airport, which in becoming one of the most important airport around the Baltic states.

We look forward to greet you in Gdansk!

More To Explore

Thank you for attending the EWAHA 2022!

The AAL Programme would like to thank you all, who attended  the European Week of Active and Healthy Ageing 2022 in Gdansk, Poland! Previous Next