Gdansk – is the city at the center of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Poland.
It is Poland’s principal seaport as well as the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.
Historically an important seaport and shipbuilding center, Gdansk was a member of the historic Hanseatic League.
The city was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which, under the leadership of Lech Walesa,
played a major role in bringing an end to communist rule across Central Europe.

The most famous symbol of Gdansk is seen on the Motlawa River harbor – the classic Great Crane (Zuraw)
with its 2 huge hoists for unloading ships. The oldest documented mention of Zuraw as a wooden port crane was in 1367.