Please, calibrate your monitor. On the scale above, you must see all 11 squares; the leftmost square should be white and the rightmost square should be black. The scale itself should be gray, without any color tint.



This is not the city that visitors or even Warsaw residents usually see. It is other than architectonic monuments, modern skyscrapers in the city center or huge residential areas. But it is still very close, albeit often unseen... New photos added!


Gdansk - the city located at the mouth of the Vistula river on the Baltic sea. In 14th and 15th centuries, it was a wealthy member of the Hanseatic League. It is also known as the center of workers' unrest of 1970 and 1980. The latter brought to life "Solidarity" trade union that eventually led to the defeat of Communism in Poland in 1989. See also the panorama of the Old Town shot from the 11th floor of the "Hevelius" hotel (220 kB).



On 14 September 1309 the Grand Master Siegfried von Feuchtwangen moved the Teutonic Order's headquarters to Malbork. Thus, the castle rose in rank to become capital of one of the most powerful states on the southern Baltic coast. Together with a system of multiple defense walls with gates and towers, covering over 80 acres, it is one of the largest such strongholds in the world.


Olsztyn is a provincial city on the North of Poland. Before the Second World War, it was in East Prussia. Now it is one of the poorest regions of Poland. But it is still worth seeing...


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Last updated July 12, 2007