Gdańsk No.51

The new Gdańsk in Your Pocket is out. Get the PDF.

As more people discover the cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, so the things on offer for them continues to improve. Once upon a time it was enough to simply open a bar, café or restaurant to get into Gdansk In Your Pocket. Nowadays, the standard of places already in the guide mean a new place really needs to make a mark to make it in. This issue has seen a bunch of new places make the grade, while others join the extended selection you’ll find on our website. Take a look, and let us know what you think of those that made, and did not make, the cut.

Those of you looking forward to the next big event in the tourism market – the opening of the Museum of the Second World War – shouldn’t have that long to wait. If what we hear is true that should be open before our next print issue in May. Fingers crossed.

Until then, thanks for reading this guide and please enjoy what we put together in our app, our blog, our website and all of our various social media accounts which you’ll find at iyp.me/go-poland.

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The Four Quarters Fountain at the corner of ul. Grobla I marks the spot where the historic four quarters of the city met (Szeroki, Wysoki, Rybacki and Kogi - Wide, High, Fish and Ship).

Main Feature: The Tri-city’s Lesser Known Monuments

There are some monuments and statues which stand as famous landmarks and the calling cards of cities – you just need to think of New York’s Statue of Liberty or London’s Nelson’s Column as two well-known examples. We have always enjoyed seeking out the lesser known monuments just as much as the well-known ones, as we always find you can learn a lot about a city and its history by discovering the kind of people and the events that the residents and authorities of that city decided to honour with a lasting memorial. The ‘lesser’ monuments are quite often hidden in plain sight, maybe tended to a little less as the person or event that was honoured loses importance as the years past. In these cities, with their, at times, tumultuous history what were seen as memorial inspiring people and events for one group are seen as completely the opposite by another and the monuments often reflect that clearly. Some become little more than resting places for pigeons or worse. To track them down and to understand the inscriptions can often shed new light on a city and its history. So, while we of course urge you to seek out the Neptune statue in Gdansk, the Tri-city’s most famous and photographed statue, we also suggest you keep an eye for these lesser known or more obscure memorials. Read about them in this edition’s main feature.

SOPOT – Wardrobe
GDANSK – John Paul II and Ronald Reagan Monument
GDYNIA – Monument to the Victims of December 1970

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