PUNTO MICE on Gdansk
We are pleased to present an article written by Eva Lopez Alvarez for the Spanish tourism magazine, PUNTO MICE. The article was written by Eva after her stay in Gdansk, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic. We are publishing it in the Gdansk/Tricity section in addition to the original version in Spanish, available as a separate downloadable file.
The capital of amber and of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, located on the Baltic coast in the northern part of Poland, the city's rich history is intertwined with that of the Hanseatic League.
Today its historic and modern aspects result in an interesting contrast between the history of the city's Northern European aristocracy and a movement which began in the Gdansk Shipyard and changed the political landscape of Europe.
Gdansk Shipyard, where the strikes by workers began in 1980 and where the Solidarity movement was born, now houses the European Solidarity Centre, one of the most interesting places to visit in the region. This cultural institution teaches its visitors about the history of Solidarity, which played
a key role in the fall of communism. The ESC opened in 2014, and Lech Walesa, one of the movement's founders and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has his office there. Happy to meet the enormous demand for his presence, he eagerly welcomes all visitors and participates in every event.
The building's architecture resembles a ship under construction, and offers much more than just an hour and a half audio guide tour, also available in Spanish. There is enough space on the ground floor of the building to host a cocktail party for up to 470 guests, in addition to an auditorium seating 417. Two more rooms on the upper floors are dedicated for MICE events.
Rich history and the capital of amber
The history of Gdansk dates back to the discovery of what came to be known as “Baltic gold”, but the city is also known as the place where the Second World War began – with the first clash between the Polish army and German aggressors.
As a result of the war, 80% of the city was left in ruins. The historic city centre, which is currently being rebuilt, takes you on a trip back to the pre-war era, its old tenements are architectural pearls, built by members of the local aristocracy and merchants who made their fortunes from trade.
The four-star Radisson Gdansk Hotel, which opened last year in the very centre of the city, was constructed over the wartime ruins and now pays beautiful homage to the city's origins. The hotel offers 351 rooms and 9 conference halls for up to 700 participants, in addition to a beautiful view over the Motlawa River. Up to three people can enjoy the views of Gdansk Main Town from each of the three largest apartments offered by the hotel. The uppermost terrace has ample space for up to 160 people. The hotel also features a fitness centre, a spa zone with five massage rooms and an indoor swimming pool.
The hotel is a perfect choice for anyone who wishes to venture out into the city to explore. It is neighboured by the largest mediaeval crane in Europe, today a tourist attraction but which was in use for 500 years, as well as the Zielona Gate for access to Dlugi Targ Street and what can be called the Main Market Square, which features the city's most beautiful tenements and the historic Main Town City Hall.
The City Hall building currently houses the Museum of Gdansk. Its White Room can host events for up to 90 people, while the Red Room features a uniquely-adorned ceiling, and is also used for various events which do not require catering. Official dinner parties with up to 150 guests are organised in the neighbouring Artus Manor House.
The historic city centre is also where the Gdansk Hotel is located, with its four and five-star sections.
The small windows of the building, which is an old mediaeval granary, help create a warm atmosphere for the high-end part of the hotel. The hotel offers a total of 90 rooms (38 in the four-star section) as well as a conference centre capable of hosting training sessions for up to 120 participants. The hotel restaurant organises beer tasting events, during which organised groups can tap kegs and enjoy the taste of delicious beverages.
Gdansk is the largest of the three cities which make up the Tricity, along with Gdynia and Sopot. Now a seamless urban area, each of the Tricity's one million residents live in one of three vastly different environments: historic Gdansk, resort Sopot and modern Gdynia.
The Olivia Business Center exemplifies the present and the future of the Tricity. It is a new building located in one of the oldest districts of Gdansk, along a road leading to Sopot and currently housing the offices of 200 companies, including Amazon and PwC. Floors 32 through 34 of the tallest building in northern Poland are dedicated to corporate events, available since December 2019.
Floor 32 houses an observation point, two small conference rooms and a terrace. Floor 33 is home to a restaurant run by a Spanish chef, Paco Pérez, featuring a private room seating up to 12 guests and offering a beautiful view. At Arco by Paco Pérez, everything appears as though enveloped by the sky, including the kitchen, which “floats” above the city thanks to the glazed walls. Floor 34 houses
a conference hall for up to 350 participants.
Sopot is a resort city which sees a lot of traffic, particularly at the weekends and during the summer season. It is famous for its air and water quality, as well as having the longest wooden pier in Europe, which offers a view of the Bay of Gdansk.
The Marriott Resort & Spa hotel, situated right next to the Baltic Sea and featuring heated pool sections and an external Jacuzzi, has recently been renovated. Wood and glass dominate the 145-room hotel.
Gdynia is a new city – a jewel of Polish modernist architecture, featuring such unique points of interest as the Museum of Emigration, which is located in the 1933 Marine Railway Station building. The first floor houses a large room with a terrace offering a view of the port – perfect for cocktail parties.
The museum features an interesting exhibition on the causes of the individual waves of Polish emigration. For a brief while, the exhibition puts the viewer in the shoes of a traveller experiencing the hardships of leaving, the journey itself and the eventual arrival – first in New York, and later in other American cities.
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