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Gdansk Shipyard: the Birthplace of Solidarity

The Gdansk Shipyard (Stocznia Gdańska) played an important role in European history. It was here that demonstrations began in the formerly Lenin Shipyard which would lead to the birth of the Solidarity (Solidarność) movement in 1980. This trade union was led by Lech Wałęsa and eventually resulted in Poland's first post-communist election in 1990. This presidential election was won by Lech Wałęsa and brought the end of the communist regime in Poland.

Today some of the important places of the uprisings and buildings can still be visited. You can take a cruise on the River Motława to see a part of the shipyard or a bus tour to visit the buildings. One of the most important places in the Gdansk Shipyard is the Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers at the shipyard's gates. Next to it you can find the European Solidarity Centre, inside the building is also a museum with a permanent exhibition. Here you can find more information about the story of Solidarity.


Gdansk Shipyard


View of Gdansk Shipyard with cranes and ships


view of old cranes at Gdansk Shipyard


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ships in dry dock at Gdansk Shipyard


ships and crane at Gdansk Shipyard


Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers at the shipyard's gates in Gdansk



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A Cruise on the Motława River with the Galleon Lion

At the Old Harbor in Gdansk you can find many ships for a cruise on the Motława River. They all follow the same route from the harbor through Gdansk Shipyard, to Westerplatte and back.

We chose the Galeon Lew (Galleon Lion) because it looks spectacular and the children couldn't wait to set aboard a pirate ship. The galleon has an upper and lower deck and offers the possibility to eat or drink during the trip. There's also a tour guide on board who explains more about the important sights during the cruise in Polish, German, English and Russian.

From the galleon you have a great view of the docks and the ships in Gdansk Shipyard. You get the possibility to get off the ship at Westerplatte and get picked up by the next galleon. The whole cruise takes around 90 minutes. More information about a cruise on a galleon on the Motława River you can find here.

Location: Długie Pobrzeże, 22-100 Gdańsk, Poland

 Picture of the Galleon Lion on the Motława River in Gdansk


ships in Gdansk Shipyard on the Motława River


View from the Galleon Lion on Gdansk Shipyard


ferry boat of Polferries on the Motława River in Gdansk


view of Westerplatte in Gdansk from the Galleon Lion on the Motława River


view of the Seven Mar from the galleon on the Motława River


View of the galleon Black Pearl on the Motława River in Gdansk


view from the Galleon Lion on old harbor in Gdansk



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