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The Northern part of Poland has a rich history, culture and a wide offer of sightseeing opportunities. The diversity of landmarks is perhaps the reason why Pomeranian and the neigbouring Kujawsko – Pomorskie Region, with any of their unigue attractions, are rediscovered again and again - and not only by Polish tourists.

Visit in the North of Poland very often starts in Gdańsk – the biggest city in the region with convenient transport connections to many major cities both in Poland and Europe.  This thriving trade and a cultural centre has been attracting merchants and artists from different coutries for centuries. Gdansk has recently reached 450 thousand inhabitants, and this popular city is visited by a couple of milions of tourists every year!

The historical gothic and renneisance Main Town, almost entirely destroyed by the soviets in 1945, had been thoroughly rebuilt after the war. The facades of merchants's houses from the XVI and XVII century still amaze with rich decorations and the cobbled streets are filled with cosy cafés and souvenir shops offering the Gold of Baltic - amber.
Gdańsk can boast of the biggest brick temple in Europe - St. Mary's Church, a masterpiece example of medieval harbour equipment – The Great Crane, the magnificent Arthur's Court, the famous Neptune's Fountain or impressive bastions – the remains of the modern defensive municipal system, developed by the city already in the XVII century.
Gdańsk is also called the cradle of the Solidarity Trade Union. The former Lenin Shipyard reminds us of the dramatic events that happened here and other places in Poland in the 70's and 80's. To find out more about those difficult times we recommend a visit to Roads to Freedom exhibition located by the historical shipyard gate nr 2.

This one milion inhabitants urban area consists of three sister cities: Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia.
Located between the forests and the sea, Sopot is a trendy and luxurious seaside resort. Summer residence to Gdansk merchants in the centuries gone by, Sopot has been offering spa, recreation, top restaurants and world class hotels since the XIX century.
Driving 25 km further along the coast from Gdansk you get to Gdynia. This modern harbour city came into being in the interwar period, after the reborn polish state did not receive access to the port of Gdańsk.
The City offers spacious walking promenades along the seaside, clean beaches and rich cultural life (The Musical Theatre, The Municipal Gdynia Theatre, many art galleries). The Science and Technology Park was opened here already in 2001. Thanks to wide office space offer as well as smart council management, Gdynia is often cited the financial centre of Tricity Metropolis and the city of progress.

Around 40 km outside the Tricity Area the view changes into picturesque, post glacier landscape of thick forests with hundreds of lakes and hills and the air becomes crystal clear. It is the Kashubian Switzerland, famous for its hard working inhabitants, unspoiled nature with active recreation opportunities, excellent local food and the original handicrafts. You can have a sample of that in Szymbark, known for the longest wooden board in the world and „The Upside Down House” or Chmielno, visited for its famous embroidering and pottery. Local restaurants and inns offer Kashubian cuisine and freshly brewed, tasty beer.
The most northern part of Kaszuby is Hel Peninsula (actually the town of Jastrzębia Góra at its bottom). This 34 km long and narrow stripe of land goes deep into the sea, offering many summer attractions. Puck Bay (on the western side of peninsula) is rated among the most attractive sites for learning and enjoying windsurfing in Europe. The merits of the area are the shallow waters (50-70 cm deep), sunny weather and good off shore winds.
For history and medieaval architecture enthusiasts the Teutonic Malbork castle is a simple must see. From there it is really not far to Toruń - 160 km and just 1,5 hr driving the new Amber1 Highway. Toruń attracts with authentic, enchanting Old Town that was not bombed during the WWII (put on the UNESCO World Heritage List), the original birthplace of Nicolai Copernicus located in a merchant's house near the Main Market Square, and – last but not least – delicious and recognized in Poland ginger pepper cakes, made with honey. Ideal destination for a full day or a two day trip.

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