Gdansk

Gdansk districts - Wrzeszcz

more than a year ago

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.

Around 4km north of Gdansk old town, straight along al. Zwyciestwa (Victory Avenue), you’ll find yourself in the heart of Wrzeszcz. After decades of neglect Wrzeszcz is truly on the up and is these days far more of a commercial centre than the centre of Gdansk itself. This is where you’ll find the biggest shopping mall in Gdansk, a rapidly expanding, modern, business district, the home of Gdansk University, the city’s newest large concert venue as well as 50,000 residents. While nowhere near as picturesque as Gdansk old town, the area is not without its attractions and points of interest. A growing number of decent cafes, bars and restaurants are also worth further investigation if you feel like getting away from the madding crowds of the historic centre.

The first thing that stands out about Wrzeszcz (pronounced v-zeh-sh-ch) is the name – surely a word with that many ‘z’s and so few vowels can’t be spelt correctly? Granted it was easier to pronounce when it was known by the German Langfuhr, but the name actually comes from the Polish word ‘wrzos’ meaning heather.

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