the road to freedom and new Europe
Today was born in Gdansk.
Solidarity movement opened the gate to new Europe.
"Solidarity" was born in August 1980 and it was the beginning of the end of the communist regime.
The representatives of the striking workers from many Polish factories and firms formed Inter-Factory Striking Committee led by Lech Wałęsa who became later the president of Poland.
On Solidarity Square you'll see also the Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers killed by militia in December 1970.
It is also the opportunity to be in BHP Hall where the Agreement between the representatives of Government and striking workers was signed and to see launched in 2014 museum The European Solidarity Centre.
Next steps we'll make our way to the building which was the seat of the local Communist Party and to St. Bridget Church where help and support was given to protesting people and disseriters.
By the way it will be also occasion to see the nice interiors in the church and among others the amber monstrance and amber dress of St. Mary.
Among others you will see the famous Solidarity Square, the Historic Gate of Gdansk Shipyard, BHP Hall in which the negotiations between the representatives of striking workers and Polish Government in August 1980 were held, the former part of Gdansk Shipyard with place in which Lech Wałęsa jumped over the wall to change the history.
You will have the opportunity to touch the atmosphere of communist time in Poland, to see the exhibition in museum-ship The European Solidarity Centre and to see the building in which the local communist party had its seat and in front of which Milicja shot to protesters.
We'll go also to St. Bridget Church one of the place, where the activists of anti-Communist opposition got support and help. By the way you'll have the opportunity to see nice interiors of this Church.
In case of bad weather conditions or special Holy Masses in St. Bridget Church or meeting in BHP Hall, programme can be changed acc to agreement.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can meet just on Solidarity Square (Plac Solidarności,
in Gdansk Glowny Railway Station,
in front or at the reception of Scandic Hotel, Podwale Grodzkie Street, Novotel Pszenna Street, Hotel Królewski - Ołowianka Street, Radisson Blue Dlugi Targ Street,
or at the reception of other your hotel in the center Gdańsk
in Gdynia/Gdańsk Harbour, Gdansk Airport , other hotel at extra transport cost.
I will keep in my hands the sign board with your name and I'll have my guide ID.
End location: We can end the tour in St. Bridget Church or in place agreed at the beginning.
After the tour you can go yourself to not visited during the tour places and museums, to have your lunch, to have a rest in a caffe, to see the nearby vegetable market or shopping centres, to go to cinema, to take a boat (from May till September) to Westerplatte, Sopot, Gdynia, Hel.
I can also suggest you restaurant serving traditional Polish dishes like golonka(knuckle lunch), famous pierogi (dumplings), gołąbki (stuffed cabage) or other traditional Polish dish.
Plese note that museums (despite BHP Hall and European Solidarity Centre) are closed on Monday.
Duration: 3 hours
The duration can be affected by weather, many visitors on the exhibition, closing the entrance to BHP Hall and to exhibition and others.In such cases other programme will be suggested. In case of bad weather conditions programme can be changed a little bit.
Please note that mentioned objects are located close to each other and no transport during the tour is necessary.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
120 PLN (Polish Zlotys) - (about USD 40,-).
Entrance to the exhibitions:
in The European Solidarity Centre - PLN 25,-/person,
St. Brigitte Church - PLN 2,-
Lunch - PLN 30-60.
Glass of beer - PLN 5-12.
Cup of tea about PLN 5-6, coffee - PLN 7-8,
toilets on the way - PLN 2-3.
Public transport cost (bus and commuter train) from Gdynia Harbour to the centre of Gdansk - abt PLN 10,-/person/1 way.
Public transport cost (bus) from Gdansk Harbour to Gdansk centre abt PLN 3,80/person/1 way.
According to Polish law visa formalities ALSO related to ashore should be dealt BEFORE coming to Poland and/or start the cruiser journey.
Read carefully Ministry of F. A. conditions