The city’s name is thought to originate from the Gdania River, the original name of the Motława branch on which the city is situated. The name of a settlement was recorded after St. Adalbert’s death in AD 997 as urbs Gyddanyzc.
In the 1980s, Gdańsk was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, which played a major role in bringing an end to communist rule in Poland and helped precipitate the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact.
Gdańsk is a city on the Baltic coast of northern Poland.
Gdańsk is twinned with: Bremen, Germany; Cleveland, United States; Kaliningrad, Russia; Kalmar, Sweden; France Nice, France; Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Petersburg, Russia; Sefton, United Kingdom; Turku, Finland & Vilnius, Lithuania
Gdańsk cooperates with Le Havre, France; Marseille, France & Odessa, Ukraine.
Gdansk was once part of Germany, after World War II the city became part of Poland.
The St. Mary’s Cathedral in Gdansk is the largest brick church in Europe.
The longest building in Poland, the Falowiec, is located in Gdansk.
Gdansk was previously known as Danzig, Kdanzk, Gyddanyzc, Danczig, Danczk, Gdąnsk, Danzc, Gdania, Danczik, Gdanzc and Danceke.
Prior to the occupation of Germany and Poland, Gdansk was a free and independent city-state first in 1807 to 1814 and once again between 1920 and 1939.