Things we love about Gdansk

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  • Amber!
  • Impressive architecture
  • Manageable city that was easy to walk and easy to navigate
  • Strong sense of place – People know their history and are proud of their city
  • Laid back vibe makes it easy to talk to locals
  • Memorial at Westerplatte
  • The Solidarity Exhibit at the National Museum of the Sea
  • Beautiful sandy beaches and refreshing waters of the Baltic at Sopot were an easy train ride away
  • Awesome, inexpensive, easy to use public transportation!
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A Strategic Location

Gdańsk’s history is one tied directly to its central strategic location. This is probably most well known in relationship to the start of World War II; but this is modern history for this city on the sea.  Gdańsk marks where the Vistula River trading routes meet the Baltic Sea and this trade and strategic location of markets where goods like grain and amber could connect to the sea has made Gdansk a beautiful, well situated, and dynamic place.

Today, it served as another strategic location – the start of the Coastal Cities course. Gdańsk has been a perfect start to our comparative approach with beautiful weather, a vibrant city center, and a welcoming community.

Gdansk city center

The Coastal Cities Course traveled from Milwaukee via Chicago and Copenhagen to Gdansk.

Preparations underway

Students enjoyed a taste of life on a 1,000 ft. freighter during a sunny winter Milwaukee day.

Students enjoyed a taste of life on a 1,000 ft. freighter during a sunny winter Milwaukee day.

Students and faculty are preparing for our trip to the Baltic Sea. As each day passes, it feels more and more like spring. After a long, hard winter of studying Milwaukee, we will welcome the spring days in Gdansk, Kalmar, Malmö, and Copenhagen May 22-June 1!