Meetings with the past

The heritage of material culture in the Tricity, despite wartime destruction, is impressive.

The Main Town in Gdansk is a classic example of a Hanseatic town. The narrow façade of Mannerist houses line streets that were once lively trading centres, and today attract tourists with their picturesque appearance. The narrow streets are full of life in all seasons. In August, crowds are attracted to the Dominican Fair. To really feel the atmosphere of old Gdansk, it’s best to walk along Dluga and Nowy Targ streets, closed from both ends by spectacular gates: Zlota (Golden) and Zielona (Green). On Dlugi Targ Street is the Neptune Fountain, and behind it is the Artus Court, once the city’s most important building, the centre of political life and merchant societies. Nearby is the beautiful Gothic Main Town Hall. It houses a museum displaying famous Gdansk carved furniture. The Town Hall tower is a scenic view point. Dlugi Targ Street, under the arcades of the Green Gate, will take you to Dlugie Pobrzeze – a fragment of the old Gdansk port with the characteristic Zuraw (Crane). This tourist attraction was once an important reloading station. It’s located close from here to Mariacka Gate, which leads into the narrow stone-paved Mariacka Street. On its axis is Mariacka (St. Mary’s) Basilica, the largest brick Gothic church in Europe.