What is the Tri-city?

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While this guide is called Gdansk In Your Pocket, it is worth noting that it is a guide to the whole of, what the locals call, Trojmiasto (Tri-city). The Tri-city is made up of three cities (Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia), each proudly independent; each with its own city government and mayor and, most importantly, each with its own history. For the sake of clarity this guide is named after the city which is the oldest, largest and best known internationally. Gdansk is recognised as being over 1,000 years old, a city that has been fought over for centuries by Poles and Germans, Russians and Swedes to name just a few, but which has a rich yet sometimes tragic history. Sopot developed as a spa resort developing a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous. Gdynia meanwhile is a city which was born with a purpose little under one hundred years ago. Today’s city was conceived to represent Polish independence and to give the country access to the sea. It was built to challenge and resist the power of Gdansk and though the world has changed a lot in the last century it still often sees itself playing the role of yang to Gdansk’s ying.

The growth of the cities in the past 60 years has meant that the spaces and boundaries between them have gradually been filled and whittled away to the point where there is now an almost seamless conurbation running over 40km along the Baltic coast from Gdansk in the south to Gdynia in the north.

For the purpose of brevity we have joined the three cities together in this guide but please note the city name included next to each review as they may literally be in a different city to the one you are in.


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