Saturday 1 May 2010

Zaproszamy do Gdynia!

Welcome to Gdynia, Poland! It is not only the countries richest city (due to the fact that most buildings, shops etc are privately owned) but also the youngest city of Poland. The city rights were only granted in 1926!  Before that it has been a rather small place that turned out to grow quickly with the construction of the seaport in the 1920s. Today Gdynia is home to approximately 250.00 inhabiants.

All in all five excursion busses left in direction Gdansk. This 1000 year old city on the Baltic coast is an amazing place- especially on a public holiday like May 1st! Everyone seemed to be relaxing in the sun, strolling along the main streets and enjoying the rich Renaissance facades of the houses around the Long Market with the famous Neptun Fountain. Wherever you look, there are fine buildings from the time of the Hanseatic League. In 1945, the city was destroyed by 90%. Now many buildings  are restored- but only the outside while the inside is used in a modern way. And that is also the reason why Gdansk is not in the Unesco list.

The pictures today show impressions of Malbork Castle and Gdansk.