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GDAŃSK, SOPOT & GDYNIA
Gdańsk, Sopot, and Gdynia build a metropolitan organism commonly referred to as Tri-City. It is a vast agglomeration stretching over 50 km along the southern shore of the Baltic Sea. The agglomeration is inhabited by more than 1 million people.
Gdansk - the sea of possibilities
The location at the estuary of the Vistula River made Gdańsk, already in the Middle Ages, one of the most important members of the Hanseatic League and made it an extremely rich city for those times. Although history did not spare Gdańsk, after every natural disaster, war, or fire, the city would always rebuild itself. It rose like a phoenix from the ashes. It was in Gdańsk that World War II began. It was in Gdańsk that the first brick was pulled from the Berlin Wall, and Solidarity marked the beginning of the collapse of communist regimes throughout Central Europe. Time, abounding with so many events, has shaped the character of the citizens of Gdańsk over the centuries. Despite the turmoil and migration, today, there are still people who value freedom, openness, and the ability to express their own opinions. They have the courage to say "no" out loud even in the face of the most adverse circumstances.
A thousand years of history and the picturesque seaside location makes Gdańsk considered one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and in Europe. Located in the north of Poland, at the Baltic Sea coast, at the Motława and the Vistula river estuary and the Bay of Gdańsk, it is a lively cultural, scientific, and economic centre with a large commercial port – an important point of the marine industry. It is popular with tourists, both from Poland and abroad, who are curious about the city's history and explore its monuments, absorbing its marine nature. Gdańsk is the city of freedom, where the ideas of Polish companionship and solidarity were born.
Gdańsk is the Polish maritime capital with the population approaching half a million. Gdańsk is the capital of the Pomeranian province and an important administration centre. It was in the Gdańsk Shipyard that the first Independent Trade Union, “Solidarity,” was born and it triggered the avalanche that toppled communism in Europe.
The thousand-year history of Gdańsk can be seen in numerous monuments especially in the old town. Gdansk cultivates its centuries-long tradition in the field, and its nickname of the world capital of amber is well earned. The local masters have developed their own amber processing school, and the quality of their works is unrivalled elsewhere.
The contemporary Gdańsk is an open space for everyone, offering a wide range of tourist, cultural, and sport attractions. The location at the crossroads of important commercial and communication routes, the developing sea-port and mercantile traditions make Gdańsk a meeting place of many cultures, nationalities, and religions.
With all the tourist attractions of Gdańsk, it is also the most important and fast-growing economic centre of the region. On an unprecedented scale, modern office and technology centres are being built here, and the world's largest companies are locating their offices in Gdańsk.
The rapidly growing Lech Walesa Airport offers more and more direct flights to the most important European cities (e.g. Munich, Hamburg, Dortmund, Cologne or Frankfurt), and the road and rail networks provide a safe and fast connection to the south of Poland and Western Europe.
What is important, especially for tourists, there are already 50 hotels in Gdańsk, including guesthouses and hostels, more than 19,000 beds are available!
Today, Gdańsk is a modern European metropolis, a knowledge-based economy, a thriving centre of culture, science, entertainment and sport, an attractive tourist destination, and the world capital of amber.
Sopot - the summer capital of Poland
Sopot is one of the most charming towns in Poland and one of the most popular Polish seaside and health-spa resorts. Sopot has approximately 40,000 inhabitants. It spans between Gdańsk, southeast, and Gdynia, northwest.
Sopot's biggest summer tourist attraction is the sandy beach stretching for 4.5 km. One of the major attractions is also the longest wooden pier in Europe (515.5 metres), stretching out into the Bay of Gdańsk. Sopot is also famous for Poland's most beautiful amphitheatre, the Forest Opera, and the Heroes of Monte Cassino Street (a promenade that is closed to traffic and leads straight to the Sopot pier).
Besides the bustling “Monciak” boulevard, there are some charming peaceful areas where you can enjoy Art Nouveau villas, pleasant parks, and forests cut through by gorgeous ravines. Over 60% of the city is covered with green areas. It is an excellent place for weekend leisure, family holidays, and business meetings.
Gdynia - the city of sea and dreams
Gdynia is a young, dynamic, and rapidly developing city. It is referred to as “a city built of sea and dreams” since its foundation was the aftermath of Poland regaining independence after years of enslavement. On the sands of the Baltic Sea beach, a modern harbour city was built “from scratch.”
Until the early 20th century, it was a fishing village. It received city rights less than a century ago, in 1926. Since then, it has been one of the most interesting examples of thoughtful urban planning, an example for businessmen and lovers of modernity. This is Gdynia, the city of sea and dreams.
Gdynia is a rapidly developing harbour city with a young sea port. Gdynia is inhabited by almost a quarter of a million people. The entire downtown area of Gdynia was built in the spirit of the avant-garde stream in modernism, which is rare on a global scale. Gdynia can also boast of the sea, beaches, hills, forests right on their doorstep, and the highest annual number of sunny days. It is a city with reliable public transport, safety, and availability of services.
Gdynia is the second largest port in Poland, specialising primarily in transshipment. From here, passenger ferries start to Scandinavia, and one hundred years ago, famous transatlantic voyages (including the defunct passenger ship Batory) were sailing from Gdynia to the United States.
In addition, the stories of travelling Gdynia citizens, sailors, and the immigrant population inspired the creation of the unique Emigration Museum in the city. It is located in the former harbour master's office, just off the French Quay.
Now, Gdynia is inhabited by almost a quarter of a million people and the vast majority of them are proud to be living here. Gdynia's citizens value their city for the ease of finding attractive jobs, good education, and comfortable apartments. Also, they point out the reliable public transport, safety, and availability of services – not to mention the sea, beaches, hills, and forests right on their doorstep. Add to this the highest annual number of sunny days and you will meet the most satisfied Polish citizens, sociologists say.
Gdynia is a city that puts a strong emphasis on culture. The younger generation of Europeans is certainly familiar with one of the biggest music festivals – Open'er Festival. Such stars as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, Rihanna, Coldplay, and Radiohead performed here.
Gdynia also hosts the annual Gdynia Film Festival, the largest film festival in Poland and the only one which for decades has been promoting Polish cinematography in Europe on a large scale.
REACH OUR CAMPUS
You can quickly get to the University of Gdańsk campus by car, bus, tram, and SKM train (Fast Urban Train) - the most convenient way to travel around the Tri-City.
The Faculty of Law and Administration is located at the University Campus in Gdańsk-Oliwa.
How to reach us from the Airport?
Lech Walesa Airport is situated 12 km from University Campus.
It takes about 20 minutes to reach University by car or taxi.
A taxi ride from the airport to the University Campus costs
approximately 10 euros during the day or 20 euros during the night
SKM (Fast Urban Train)
To get from the airport to the University Campus by suburban train, get at the “Gdańsk Airport” stop adjacent to the arrivals terminal and get off at the “Gdańsk Strzyża” stop. From here, the distance to the Faculty is about 1 km.
OUR REGION: Pomerania
Gdańsk Pomerania (Eastern Pomerania) is a historical and geographical region in northern Poland covering the eastern part of Pomeranian Voivodeship. It is one of the two main parts of Pomerania – next to Western Pomerania.
Pomerania is an area spanning the lower Vistula River on the Baltic Sea, covering the area with a wide belt to the west of the lower Vistula River.
There is also a traditional division of Gdańsk Pomerania into Kashubia, Bory Tucholskie, Kociewie, and Krajna.
There are very different types of landscapes – cliffs, lowland coasts with dunes, sandy spits, and the coast overgrowing in the Puck Bay. The region is generally flat, and there are numerous small rivers and many lakes.
The largest cities of Eastern Pomerania include: Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot, and Władysławowo. There are also fashionable and well-known summer resorts: Jastrzębia Góra, Jurata, Jastarnia, Hel, Karwia, Chłapowo, Rozewie, Dębki and Łeba. The attractions of the region are Teutonic castles in Malbork or Gniew.