The Imperial Shipyard Trail
Inaccessible for more than 170 years – it is now open for tourists. Traverse the Imperial Shipyard Trail.
The Management, Forge and Ironworks buildings, as well as the Dock Basin – these are just some of the places along the new tourist route. Stocznia Cesarska Development and the Maritime Historical Foundation invite you to follow the Imperial Shipyard Trail in Gdansk.
13 panels containing descriptions and visual materials can be found along the route, enabling you to learn the history of the shipyard and its employees. Visitors can also learn more about the industrial heritage of the place and the plans to restore it.
“Launching a tourist path in the Imperial Shipyard is an extremely important part of restoring this historical, heritage space”, says Gerard Schuurman, leader of the Imperial Shipyard project. He also adds that “We want to keep the memory alive, not only in architecture, which can be simply seen. However, its value remains hidden until you learn about the people who worked here and the events which took place. The context is indispensable, which is why we decided to create this path.”
The panel which begins the trail is located near the OHS Room of the Gdansk Shipyard, the next one can be found on the other side of the street, near the “Defender” mural by Belgian artist Sefaan De Croock. The third one is near the Management building, and the final, thirteenth panel is located at shipyard crane no 13, along with the Imperial Shipyard Manifesto. The path has been designed to lead you to all of the most interesting places. These include historical buildings and places related to certain people and the shipbuilding industry.
“The fire station building is an important part of the project. It is one of the oldest buildings along the path, having been built in the 1880s. It used to be part of a larger building, but the fire station is all that remains now”, says guide Jaroslaw Zurawinski, President of the Maritime Historical Foundation. He goes on to explain that, “the brick part of the fire station building is the original building, but the extension and the gates were built after the war. The building served as a fire station the entire time: both during Imperial times and during the Free City period, as well as after the war. It was not until the 21st century that it was moved to Ostrow Island, and there is no fire station on Shipyard premises now after it was shut down.”
The path will be available all the time, regardless of any ongoing construction efforts, which are planned to begin early next year.