Gdańsk is situated on the Baltic coast in northern Poland and it forms a large metropolitan area of three cities. Gdańsk is famous for several historical sites, Sopot is known as a resort, while Gdynia is a modern city.
Gdańsk is a principal seaport and shipbuilding centre in Poland. In the past, Gdańsk was also a member of the Hanseatic League. The city was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which, under the leadership of Gdańsk political activist Lech Wałęsa, played a major role in bringing an end to Communist rule across Central Europe. Gdańsk has many fine buildings from the time of the Hanseatic League. Most tourist attractions are located along a pedestrian thoroughfare surrounded by buildings reconstructed in historical style and flanked at both ends by elaborate city gates. The Crane on the Motława river was the biggest port crane in medieval Europe. The entire region is rich in interesting tourist attractions and places that offer entertainment. The region hosts various events including sailing races and International Song Festival organised in the greenery of the Forest Opera. Fine and wide sandy beaches attract people who are looking for relaxation and entertainment.