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WILLS Travel ~ Europe's Ancient Amber City: Gdansk, Poland

WILLS Travel ~ Europe's Ancient Amber City: Gdansk, Poland


One of the legendary countries in Europe - Poland, in addition to the well-known "piano" and "war music", it also produces amber (Amber) which is very popular among jewelry fans. How did amber become famous in Poland? This time, the editor invited Polish expert " Kocham Polske HK " to give an in-depth explanation to fans. " Silk Road " is the oldest trade route between China and Europe. In Europe, there was an " Amber Route " that can be compared with the Silk Road. Have you heard of it?

Photo of Gdańsk & Baltic Sea
Amber is abundant along the Baltic Sea in Europe. It is a natural fossil formed from the resin of ancient pine trees over millions of years. Europeans call it "Baltic Gold " and use it to make precious jewelry. The Amber Road transports amber. The ancient European trade route passed through the Baltic Sea coast city of Gdańsk ( also known as Danzig ) in northern Poland, Hungary, Austria and other countries to Venice on the Mediterranean.
Photo of Amber
Gdansk, known as the " World Capital of Amber ", is located at the mouth of the Vistula River that runs through Poland. Its superior geographical location has always made it a battleground for military strategists. It was ruled by the Teutonic Knights and the Kingdom of Prussia, and even attracted the first bombardment of World War II in 1939 . Today, Poland is a democratic country that has joined the European Union, and Gdansk, which has experienced more than a thousand years of history, is one of the three most popular tourist cities in Poland, along with Warsaw and Kraków .
When visiting Gdańsk, the first stop must be the Royal Way (Royal Way) in the Old Town. This was the parade route of the Polish kings. It consists of the Long Street (ul. Długa) and the Long Market (Długi Targ). It is full of There are many pedestrian streets with medieval characteristic buildings. The center point is the city hall built in the 14th century, and next to it is the famous Neptune Fountain .
Photo of Old Town Night
Photo of Neptune fountain close up by Kocham Polskę 情情情 Poland
Photo of Neptune Fountain & City Hall Tower
The spire at the back is the prison tower (Wieża Więzienna). Grycan in the front right is a famous ice cream brand in Poland. I recommend you to try it.
Photo of Wieża Więzienna by Kocham Polskę 情情情 Poland
Photo of Grycan by Kocham Polskę Love in Poland
There is also the world's largest brick church , St. Mary's Church , in the old city. The front of the church extends to Mary Street, a stone-paved path by the river. It is lined with quaint houses with different carvings. In recent years, due to the move of There were many amber shops and was nicknamed Amber Street .
Photo of St. Mary's Church
Photo of Amber Street
The Motława River at the end of Amber Street is a hot spot in Gdansk. The ancient wooden crane on the riverside was recorded as early as 1367 , and it was the largest crane in Europe in the Middle Ages.
Photo of Motlawa river
Photo of Motlawa river with Crane

For three weeks from the end of July to mid- August every year, the Old Town of Gdańsk will be crowded with tourists. They all come to "take advantage of the market", which is the Saint Dominic Market (St. Dominic Market) that has been held since 1261 . Dominic's Fair) is a large-scale European cultural market event like the Christmas market or Oktoberfest. In addition to stalls selling various goods and snacks, there are also street performances and parades. Friends who like European style must experience it!

Photo of St. Dominic's Fair
Photo of St. Dominic's Fair
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