You have few reasons to visit the district of Przymorze apart from to marvel at one of the longest residential buildings in Europe. Known as Falowiec (The Wave), the communist-era residential block stretches for nearly a kilometre (860m officially), boasts three kilometres of drainpipes, and has three separate bus stops to service its estimated 7,000 residents. Constructed between 1970 and 1973, the monstrosity was originally four separate ten-storey tower blocks. Possibly to alleviate housing shortages, more likely in a moment of madness, city planners decided to go hell for leather and link each building together. For whatever reason the link-up work did not run in a straight line and the completed structure runs in a meandering line, hence its nickname. All this a far cry from the 1950s, when Przymorze had no asphalt roads and was little more than a few potato fields. If you’re curious to see for yourself head up to ul. Obrońców Wybrzeża.
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