Gdansk

Targ Rybny/Fisch Markt

more than a year ago

Gdansk, as noted elsewhere in these pages, suffered serious damage during WWII and there are some notable differences between the city that greets you today and the city that stood here in 1939. While many are the effect of progress and development as in any major city, some are the result of the decisions made by the newly installed post-war Polish government.

The authorities inherited a city which was almost completely destroyed and were faced with tens of thousands of refugees and a severe shortage of available housing. There were also many with a strong desire not to rebuild the Danzig of the Free City and the German/Prussian Empire which had existed here since the last time the Poles had governed the city in 1772. In the end a passionate argument was settled with the compromise that a part of the central area of the old town would be rebuilt in a style that would reflect more closely the Gdansk of 1772 rather than the Danzig of 1939. The area to be rebuilt would cover ul. Dluga, Ogarna, Chlebniczka, Mariacka, Sw. Ducha and the Motlawa Embankment. The compromise left some areas of the old town empty once rubble had been cleared and one of those ‘forgotten’ areas was the embankment area around what is still known today as Targ Rybny (Fish Market or Fischmarkt).

Targ Rybny is the area on the bend of the Motlawa close to the Hilton hotel and the middle of it is today used as a car park. Surrounding it however is probably the best choice of restaurants in such close proximity to each other in the whole Tri-city and for that alone it is worth your attention. But what of Targ Rybny itself, its past, its demise and, we hope, its revitalisation?

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