Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot – the Tricity
The Tricity, an urban complex extending along the Bay of Gdansk, is one of Poland’s largest tourist attractions. Each of the cities making up the Tricity offers a different atmosphere. Gdansk is a Hanseatic town more than 1,000 years old, while the lively and Gdynia are proof of the economic spirit of the Poles who, having regained their independence in 1918 after a century and a half of occupation, took less than 10 years to build one of the greatest ports on the Baltic Sea.
The history of the Tricity is an important element of the contemporary consciousness of every Pole: it was here that the strikes of 1970, 1980 and 1988 set in motion the destruction of the communist system.
In 1980, Lech Walesa led the strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, which became the cradle of the Solidarity social movement. The trade-union leader went on to become the president of Poland and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.