The Tri-city agglomeration is the biggest urban area in the north of Poland and it includes 2 major Polish harbour cities. The agglomeration consists of three centres: the biggest Gdansk with over 1000 years of marine and trade history and Hanseatic heritage; the smallest sea resort town Sopot with the longest wooden pier in Europe and finally the interwar Polish dream harbour town and the window to the wider world Gdynia. Depending on the counting criteria for delimiting areas, the population of the Tri-city agglomeration ranges from over 993 thousand up to 1.5 million people. According to the concepts presenting the area range, the agglomeration covers from 2,161.8 to 3,719 km². It is no wonder that such a big and diverse cluster of cities located at the sea coast offers numerous attractions for tourists and is one of the major tourist destinations in Poland. Below we present the main highlights presented to us by the local travel agency ITS DMC Poland. Let’s start our journey now!
10 top attractions of Tri-city by ITS DMC Poland:
- European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk
- WWII Museum in Gdańsk
- Emigration Museum in Gdynia
- Experiment Centre in Gdynia
- Sopot Pier
- John Paul II Avenue in Gdynia
- Gdańsk Old Town
- Westerplatte Peninsula
- Stutthof Nazi German Concentration Camp
- Malbork Castle
Tri-city with three hearts
Each of the three cities has different character. Gdynia’s heart includes Kosciuszko Square and John Paul II Avenue. Tourists can find here the most recognised ships such as Dar Pomorza tall sailing ship and the warship destroyer “Lightening”, sometimes there is also Dar Młodzierzy tall sailing ship belonging to Gdynia Marine University and other magnificent ships. Apart from this, tourist during sightseeing the area also want to see Gdynia Aquarium with exotic and native fish and other sea creatures, Gdynia’s white and sandy city beach and finally Gdynia City Museum. In Sopot tourists usually stroll along Monte Cassino Promenade with numerous restaurants, cafes and shops. They enjoy the beauty of the resort park located just by the Sopot beach and relax at the Sopot Pier. One of the fairly new Sopot curiosities is the Crooked House, which matches visions of Salvador Dali. Finally, there is Gdansk with its might of 1000 years tradition. Here tourists must see the Royal Route and Długie Pobrzeże streets. The main monuments include the biggest brick church in the world St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Old Town Hall, Arthurian Mansion, Arsenal, Green Gate, Golden Gate, High Gate, Old Mill, Arsenal and numerous colourful tenement houses. ITS-Poland DMC also heartily recommends visiting smaller but precious amber museum as this rock is called the gold of Gdansk and explains the success of the city.
The offer of the Tri-City museums has widened a lot in the last few years. Tourists will find here some of the most modern museums in the country. The European Solidarity Centre is an ultra-modern and huge exhibition area showing the history of Polish trade unions and overthrowing of the communist regime in Poland. The WWII Museum is the biggest and the fullest exhibition devoted to the war period that started with the attack of Nazi German on Westerplatte Peninsula in Gdansk. Another very interesting unit is the Emigration Museum in Gdynia. It shows the extent of this phenomena in Poland and tells the story of Polish diaspora around the world. Most tourists are really positively surprised with this very modern, multi media museum located in the historic maritime station for transatlantic ships. ITS DMC Poland highly recommends visiting this place not only for the exhibition itself but also for the very interesting and pretty museum location in Gdynia harbour. Finally, there is also the Experiment Centre in Gdynia. It is huge and modern science museum where young people can touch, discover, experiment and learn on their own about the forces surrounding us and determining how we live.
Commemorating WWII history
WWII started on the 1st of September 1939 with the attack of the Nazi Germany on Westerplatte Peninsula in Gdansk. The conflict that claimed the lives of an estimated 55 million people is a both a huge and complicated story to tell and it is more than suitable to narrate this story in the place where everything started. Usually, tourists interested in history visit Westerplatte Peninsula with the WWII Monument and remains of military buildings, then they continue with the Polish Post Office Museum. Next point includes the biggest exhibition in the most modern WWII Museum. Finally, they leave Tri-city for a moment to see Stutthof Museum which is a former Nazi German Death Camp just on the outskirts of Gdansk in Sztutowo village. ITS DMC Poland advices to see a short film before you start visiting the camp available in the museum cinema. Taking this sightseeing route tourists learn really a lot about the biggest war in the human history.
If you plan to visit Tri-city area it is a real must to take one day tour to Malbork town, with the biggest brick Medieval castle in Europe. Malbork Castle was constructed by the crusader order of Teutonic Knights. Nowadays, the castle is enlisted at UNESCO World Heritage List and it is a real tourist gem that cannot be omitted in your Tri-city adventure.
Summing up, Tri city agglomeration has really much to offer and all tourists will find something interesting here for themselves. With Lech Walesa Airport conveniently located not far from the hearts of agglomeration and many cheap flight connections the area should be high on your list of priorities of what to see in Poland. If any of the above mentioned places caught your interest, feel free to contact ITS DMC Poland a local travel agency whose group specialists will be happy to help you to plan and organise your Polish stay.