Gdansk (Old Town)
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Like many Polish towns Gdañsk lay in ruins after the war, but it was meticulously rebuilt over a 20-year period, returning it to its former glory, and the interesting architecture and beautiful painted buildings are part of the town's historic charm. Its turbulent history includes the rule of the Teutonic Knights in the 14th century, who then lost it to Prussia, and after the first shots of World War II were fired at the nearby Polish garrison, Westerplatte, it came under occupation of Nazi Germany in 1939.
Gdańsk with nearby fashionable beach resort town of Sopot and the modern seaport of Gdynia are often referred as Tri-city. Gdańsk is considered the most beautiful city on Baltic Sea having rich magnificent architecture.
Gdañsk is a picture postcard of picturesque streets, none more so than Mariacka Lane which is lined with quaint 17th century burgher houses with iron railings and decorative steps. The huge St Mary's Church towers over the city and offers splendid panoramic views. Gdańsk is also lined with magnificent buildings featuring beautifully painted facades. The most splendid of which, belongs to the Golden House, one of Gdañsk's most decorated buildings, along with the Town Hall and Artus Court. In front of the Artus Court, stands the Renaissance-style Neptune's Fountain. Gdańsk also features a delightful waterfront with fashionable restaurants and cafes. The huge Gdañsk Crane is the focal point of the promenade and is the largest crane in medieval Europe (currently houses the Maritime Museum).