A thousand-year history, a location at the crossroads of important commercial and communication routes, an extensive port and mercantile traditions – all of this makes Gdańsk a meeting place of many cultures and nationalities.
The war and the particularly fierce struggle for liberation left Gdańsk completely devastated. Its reconstruction, with the help of fully dedicated citizens, took several dozen years. The tragic December 1970, then August 1980 and the martial law period are other dates symbolizing the fight of the citizens of Gdańsk against the prevailing communist regime. It was Gdańsk that became the cradle of the “Solidarność” which was to transform the then map of Europe.