Among the Best European Destinations of 2017, Gdańsk was ranked on the third place. The 837,359 guests who paid it a visit during the summer season of that year, including 289,494 foreigners, rated their stay 9,1 out of 10. Situated on the Baltic Sea coast, Gdańsk is the heart of the metropolitan area known as Tricity, which includes also the neighboring cities of Gdynia and Sopot. Its total population reaches 700,000 people, whose average age is 43 years and 10 months.
The city is proud of its rich history, dating all the way back to the Middle Ages. It was an important member of the Hanseatic League, a confederation of market towns dominating the Baltic trade, and has remained a prosperous economic centre ever since. It is where the World War II started, but also where Solidarity, the movement which changed the national history and is directly responsible for the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, was created.
From its inception Gdańsk has remained truly multicultural. The authorities estimate that circa 20,000 people from other countries live here, including 2000 international students. It is also a vibrant centre of technological innovation. Numerous global corporations can be found in the area, recruiting well-educated graduates of local higher education institutions for their workforce. 150,000 enterprises and corporations, 3000 foreign investors and 30 leading international companies operate in the city itself.
Contemporary Tricity offers a wide selection of museums, cinemas, restaurants, pubs, clubs and sport venues, as well as ranks among the ten safest and most tolerant cities in Poland. It can be conveniently reached via the international Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport, which lies only 12 km away from the city centre. There is a wide selection of bus, train and ferry connections with other major cities in Poland and abroad. A well-developed network of public transportation makes it easy to travel also within the Tricity itself.
The air of Tricity is smog-free and, for such a vast metropolitan area, relatively unpolluted. Gdańsk has an oceanic climate, with moderate winters, when temperature falls near or below 0°C, and mild summers, although in July and August it can get as hot as 30–35°C. At this time of the year both inhabitants and tourists visit the beautiful city beaches, the closest one lying only 6 km away from the Gdańsk University of Technology campus. Current weather forecast can be found here.