Trip Tips: Long Baltic summer days in Poland's 'Tricity'
By Roberta Cucchiaro
GDYNIA Poland (Reuters) - The Baltic Sea conjures up images of cold and ice, but in summer Poland's sister cities of Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk offer travelers beautiful beaches, bracing sea air, abundant forests and plenty of history.
Known collectively as Tricity - or Trojmiasto in Polish - they have witnessed key chapters in European history from the early years of the Hanseatic League mercantile association in the 14th Century through to the birth of the resistance movement Solidarity, the trade union that played a major role in the collapse of Communism in 1989.
A fierce battleground in World War Two, Gdansk's cobbled roads, grand facades and industrial sites are steeped in history, including the shipyard that was Solidarity's power base.
Gdynia is a jewel of modern architecture, while Sopot, nestled along the coast between the two, is a party town favoured by Polish actors that boasts the longest wooden pier in Europe.
Here are tips for getting the most out of a visit to Tricity from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists throughout the world offer visitors the best local insights.
Founded in the 10th Century and later run by the Teutonic Knights order, Gdansk was part of the Hanseatic League and was once among the biggest ports in Central Europe. It was annexed by Prussia in 1793, was extensively damaged during World War Two and saw massive reconstruction in the post-war period. Continued...