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The Symposium and the Workshop will be held in Gdynia and Jurata, Poland.
Gdynia City makes a compact whole with two other cities: Sopot and Gdańsk. They are called "Tri-City" (go to a map) and are seldom visited apart from each other. Although each bears its own distinct identity they have become identified together. You can find a lot of information about Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot at the official website of "Tri-City".
Having received its city rights in 1926 Gdynia is one of the youngest Polish cities and has about 250,000 inhabitants. With its very big and famous harbour Gdynia is "the sea capital of Poland". No other Polish town and only few European cities have such a long seafront and easy access to the sea. It is 12.5 km long excluding the port area.
Fascinating items from the time when Gdynia was a little village are displayed in the Museum of Gdynia. Visiting this museum, it is hard to believe that this forgotten village became "the Polish New York" (as "National Geographic" had it) after only 13 years of development.
Politicians, social and business activists often choose Gdynia as place of their meetings. Fairs and exhibitions, such as "Europartenariat Poland 1994", "Baltic Sea Partenariat '96", or "Tourism in Kashubian Region" and many others, are also held in Gdynia.
Main tourist attractions
- Ships-museums: tall ship "Dar Pomorza" - formely training ship of GMU, destroyer ORP "Błyskawica" - participant of sea battles during the World War II, Zjednoczenia Avenue.
- Museum of Polish Navy, 3 Sędzickiego Street.
- Musical Theatre in Gdynia gives a lot of opportunities to see a high-class performance. The theatre is known in whole Poland.
Neighbouring Sopot is a seaside health resort with unusual microclimate. Beautiful wide beaches, a breezy boardwalk, elegant hotels with full amenities and a rich cultural program attract visitors from Poland and Europe.
Main tourist attractions:
- the Forest Opera (Polish: Opera Leśna) where an international song contest is hold every summer;
- the Pier (Polish: Molo) being the longest wooden walking pier in Europe (in the world? ...);
- the Baths, being especially attractive during the high season (July and August).
Gdańsk had a tumultuous history with citizens from Germany, Poland and other countries contributing to its cosmopolitan air.
In XV - XVIII centuries it was the biggest (and the richest) Polish city, one of the biggest (and the richest) in Europe of those times, due to its leading role in international grain commerce.
The City was nearly levelled at the end of the World War II but later meticulously reconstructed. So in the Main Town (the oldest part of the City) visitors can once again be impressed by the splendid City Hall, the Neptune Fountain, the Arthur's Court, the Golden Gate, Green Gate and an immense gothic church of the Holy Virgin Mary. Along the waterfront the Old Crane, today a maritime museum, dominates the skyline.
Westerplatte Monument just outside the City, where the World War II began, and the Monument of Killed Shipyard Workers, dedicated to the workers who died during anti-Communist riot of December 1970 are mementoes of the city's modern history.
Near Gdańsk is the suburb of Oliwa, the site of a famous cathedral (in "opactwo cystersów") whose impeccable acoustics capture the magnificent sounds of the great organ during public recitals.
The city's most famous citizens include astronomer Johannes Hevelius, physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit, philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, writer Gunter Grass and, most recently, Lech Wałęsa.
Gdańsk beyond doubt or dispute is "the capital of amber" - nowhere in the world you can find such a big choice of amber jevelry at such advantageous prices. (here is a link to casual homepage of amber hobbist and trader - you can see and buy by internet Baltic amber with various inclusions).
Main tourist attractions:
- Main Town - the oldest, historical part of the city;
- Main City Hall (City Museum), ul. Długa 47;
- Old City Hall, ul. Korzenna 33/35;
- Central Maritime Museum, ul. Szeroka 67/68;
- National Museum, ul. Cysterów 15;
- Monument of Shipyard Workers Killed in December 1970
- Westerplatte Monument.
Jurata is a small village (see a map), picturesquely located among forests and dunes in the Hel Peninsula.
It was established in 1928 and it is the most popular place over the Polish sea from the very beginning. It is characterised by the comfortable hotels and pensions as well as luxurious cottages. Jurata is perceived as the exclusive, well furnished place of rest for wealthy people and elites as well as creative circles. Also perfect for families with young children.
The Kashubia Region surrounds the Tri-City area. Kashubia is a place where past and future meet. The picturesque scenery of the region leaves a powerful impression thanks to the dreams and aspirations of the residents, open and hospitable people who know their roots and maintain the work and faith of their forefathers. The beautiful culture of the Kashubians, their own language, rich traditions and deep love of nature have allowed them to preserve values which, combined with the modern world, form a unique landscape, a scenery which is full of warmth and unfathomable mystery, calm and cosiness.
Kashubia is a region that extends over northern Poland. The region's natural treasures include water, forests, hills and flower-decorated meadows sheltering birds such as seagulls, swans, cranes, herons and storks, and animals such as wild boars, badgers, foxes, beavers, roe deer and red deer.
Kashubia contains four national parks and almost fifty nature reserves (sheltering both flora and fauna).
Kashubia is still in the process of becoming a popular tourist area. The region attracts all those who want to combine holiday relaxation with the discovery of the fascinating history and culture of this part of Poland.
MALBORK - ST. MARY'S STRONGHOLD
Malbork (German Marienburg) with its St. Mary's Stronghold, former seat of the Teutonic Knights' Order and Europe's largest Gothic fortress is situated about 70 km from Gdynia. The castle and its museum are entered onto the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It is sometimes referred to as "the largest heap of bricks north of the Alps". Malbork is majestic, austere and beautiful, in particular when the sun sets on the Nogat River, lighting the castle walls with warm light. This 13th-century seat of the Teutonic Knights' Order was moved here from far-away Venice.
The Museum presents its collections on permanent and temporary exhibitions. Artistic amber products, military accessories, coin and medal collections, Gothic sculpture and architectural details enjoy high popularity among tourists. The castle often houses concerts and ceremonies. In the high season one can take part in the "Light and Sound" night performances. One can discover new attractions of the castle on the night sightseeing guided tour in autumn and spring evenings.
Last time updated: October 19, 2004