Polish way to democracy
During this excursion I will explain to you the history and events that took place in 1970, 1980 and 1981.
Our excursion will start at the entrance to the historical Gdansk Shipyard, before 1989 named after Lenin.
At this workplace some workers protests against the communist government took place. Each strike used to end with severe repressions and bloodshed. However, August 1980 brought a hope of change. During the strike inside the shipyard 21 demands were presented.
Most of them focused on the following issues: freedom of speech, the right to strike and acceptance of independent trade unions. Solidarnosc - free trade union, independent of the communist party was born. 10 million Poles joined the new union within one year. However, on 13 December 1981 the martial law was imposed. The communist authorities declared a war against their own nation.
Other victims, arrest, confinement, imprisonments and banning of Solidarność were a symbol of the martial law. Debate of "the round table talks" in 1989.
- The Solidarity Square
- The monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers
- Shipyard Gate number 2
- Board with 21 demands
- BHP Hall - a place where August Agreement in 1980 was signed to create the Free trade Union "Solidarność" in 1980.
- The European Center of Solidarity (ECS)- the modern building where conferences, debates, and concerts take place. Part of ECS is the museum with permanent exhibition consists of 6 rooms dedicated to different parts of history. Symbolizing Polish steps to freedom.
- The itinerary is flexible. If you have any special request just contact me.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: - Solidarity Square (Plac Solidarności), about 10 minutes walking distance from the Main Station in Gdańsk
- Other meeting locations and transportation to the Solidarity Square can be arranged for an extra fee. Please contact me for details and a quote.
End location: - end of the trip at Solidarity Square (Plac Solidarności) in Gdańsk
Duration: 3 hours
- in the low season the ECS is closed on Tuesdays
- due to scheduled lectures and meeting as well as unexpected decision of Mayor of the City - the ECS or BHP Hall might be closed
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 PLN - - entrance ticket to the European Solidarity Center (20 PLN)
- coffee & snacks
- personal expenses
I do not have a license to give tours inside the Second World War Museum in Gdansk