Arriving to discover that you have three cities to visit instead of the one written on your air ticket might be daunting enough. But for the intrepid among you who like to get out and really see the city off the typical tourist trail, Gdansk has a few districts which are worth further exploration.
JelitkowoJelitkowo (Glettkau) is the Gdansk (Danzig) district which borders on Sopot (Zoppot). Like its neighbours, Jelitkowo spent many years as a small coastal village with its few inhabitants scraping a living from fishing and gardening on their small holdings. It began to gain popularity with holidaymakers around 1875 and within a couple of years an inn had been opened to serve them. Early visitors would rent rooms from fishermen.
Reinhold Kamerke seems to have been the man that started to put Jelitkowo on the map. As the owner of the first inn and mill, he opened a bathing area in 1893 for those wanting to come and relax by the sea. Before long he had opened a shop, 3 more inns on Kapliczna Street and a mill by the bridge that flows over the Oliwski stream, next to today’s Jelitkowski Park.
Records show that Jelitkowo was famous for its pure, crystalline iodine water and air, making it a perfect location for a resort as it was so close to an urban centre. Once it was merged with Oliwa in 1907, Jelitkowo began to attract investment turning the village into a significant bathing area. The basic existing facilities were demolished and a new spa house was built on their site. Also in 1907, a small pier was built. Cruise ships started calling here from Gdansk and Sopot and in August 1909 a new bathhouse was opened.