There is only one such a city as Gdańsk. Others may only be similar. Unusual location and over thousand years of history cause that Gdańsk is distinctive, determined and has an established position on the map of Europe. At the same time it is a city which still hides a lot of mysteries and has this “something” thanks to which you cannot mistake it for any other.
Gdańsk – the city of freedom changes its face from day to day. Not long ago it was in the centre of events that changed the history of Europe. August 1980, strike in the Gdańsk Shipyard led by Lech Wałęsa and creation of Solidarity, a great social movement, captured imagination of millions. Precisely these events gave a great impulse to the freedom movements around the world and let people believe that impossible is after all possible.
Today’s Gdańsk is a modern, European metropolis, economy based on knowledge, actively developing centre of culture, science, entertainment and sport, attractive tourist destination and the world capital of amber. Not without a reason Gdańsk is famous also for its breathtaking stadium, sports arena and international sport events.
Symbol of the city
It was once a point of honor for seamen wanting to thank the king of the seas for their happy return home to reach Neptune’s Fountain in the Long Market Square (Długi Targ) and it is equally significant today for tourists visiting Gdańsk.
Neptune’s Fountain, representing the god of the seas holding a trident in his hand, is an inseparable part of the historical city center and a testimony to the high artistic standard of Gdańsk crafts in the old days. It was erected in 1633 (the bowl, shank and basin of the Fountain were designed and crafted in stone by Abraham van der Blocke) upon the initiative of the Mayor of Gdańsk, Bartłomiej Schachmann, at the site of an old well in front of Artus’ Court. The Fountain and the Crane – the oldest preserved port crane in Europe – have remained symbols of Gdańsk until today.