There’s a lot on my mind. I feel like a guest in my own home and I can enjoy the sunlight only in between managing my countless responsibilities. I’m getting tired and I feel like I’m on the verge of breaking down. I could use some time off to relax and get away from reality. All it takes is 4 hours on the train, beautiful weather, a breathtaking view of the seaside, and I’m in Gdansk – my safe haven.
Without wasting time, I go sightseeing. First and the most important stop on my way is Long Lane and the Long Market. While walking around and admiring the amazing architecture, I imagine how over 560 years ago king Kazimierz Jagiellończyk was greeted in the city for the first time. The Town Hall is breathtaking. For a second I stop in front of the most recognized symbol of the region - Neptune's Fountain. I proceed along the Motlawa river and from a distance I can see the Crane - the absolute must see in Gdansk. It is the biggest and the oldest of preserved medieval harbor cranes in Europe. Currently, it is occupied by the National Maritime Museum.
Speaking of museums, in the Amber Museum you can learn how amber has been acquired and processed throughout history, and what are its properties. During my visit there, I also admire a fashion show that presents amber jewelry.
This is not, however, the only museum I decide to explore. While in Gdansk, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Museum of the Second World War, where you will surely spend quite a long time. The atmosphere there is remarkable, and you get to learn things you weren’t aware of before. There are exhibitions with everyday objects, uniforms, and a tank. Trip to this museum is an unforgettable experience, which introduces you to the time of the Second World War. Stories of survivors often make you tear up and thanks to places like this one, you get to appreciate what you have even more.
While on the subject of history, it’s time to visit another symbol of the city, the Gdansk Shipyard. It became a venue for some of the most crucial events in Polish history – the Solidarity movement activity, the Polish Round Table Agreement, and the fall of communism in Poland. This part of history is still alive in the European Solidarity Center. The abundance of multimedia elements makes the exhibition seem more appealing to me. The most important of all exhibits are definitely two boards with 21 demands of the Interfactory Strike Committee that were publically announced on 17th August 1980. These demands are included in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program among other most valuable documents in history. Learning about Poland’s road to democracy guarantees an unforgettable experience that stays with you for a long time.
After this short history lesson, I can move forward to other attractions. My next stop is the longest medieval church in Poland – the Oliwa Archcathedral. 23 altars, canopies, and paintings contribute to the extraordinary atmosphere that is enhanced by classical music played on Rococo organ decorated with 25 figurines of angels playing various musical instruments. After visiting the church, I go for a walk in the Oliwa Park.
The last stop on my trip is a place where I could spend at least the entire weekend. The view of the Polish sea is something I wait for most impatiently during the year. At the end of this eventful day full of amazing experiences, I dream of being able to relax on the beach. Thanks to the beautiful sunshine and the sea, all my troubles go away and I can finally unwind and fully enjoy this moment.