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Roads to Freedom

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Basic Information
This tour runs in this version until the end of July 2022. It will be replaced by "Gdańsk Shipyard Uncovered" from August 1st, note the change in Meeting Point!
English, German, Polish (check the booking calendar for availability)
Total time
2h 15min
Meeting point
the Golden Gate (Złota Brama) - look for a guide with a yellow umbrella!
Walking tour


Winter – only as a private tour 

Two of the watershed moments of the 20th century were World War II and the collapse of communism. Gdańsk is the city where both of these events began.

The death of the city at the end of WWII is our starting point. Post-war Gdańsk was left in ruins, nearly all of its pre-war population was gone and the city had to be repopulated by settlers from the east. On the rubble of the past, the new communist city arose. Like all the other countries on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain, Poland became the part of the Soviet bloc. Despite persecutions and repressions it was the workers of the Gdańsk shipyards who started the strike that sparked the decade-long process leading to the collapse of communism.

We will travel in time from the destruction of Gdańsk to the shipyards, from the Free City of Danzig to the City of Freedom. Join us for a tour that will help you understand the complicated modern history of Gdańsk and its people. Walk with us along the path that brought freedom to half of Europe.


The Gdańsk Shipyard is a must-see for visitors to Gdańsk, so we invite you to our Walkative! tour to uncover with us the Shipyard of change.

For many, the Gdansk Shipyard is the cradle of “Solidarity” and a symbol of the fall of communism in Europe. For fans of industrial buildings, it is a magical space where the industrial architecture of the late 19th century meets the early 20th century, where relics of communism intertwine with modern 21st century architecture.

The Gdańsk Shipyard is a place where imperialism changed into capitalism, where the industrial goals of Nazism changed into the industrial goals of socialism, where communism with the entire Iron Curtain changed into freedom, where the brutal hand of the free market changed the industrial space into a place of entrepreneurship, culture and entertainment.

We will start our tour in the Old Town at the Jan Hevelius Monument, next to the Great Mill (home of the Amber Museum), from where we will take a journey through the dark years of communism, arriving at the Shipyard, where a lot happened and is still happening.

Discover with us a magical part of the city, a district of entertainment, art, history, industry and symbols. Come to the Gdansk Shipyard Ucovered Tour by Walkative!

Additional Important Information
Ticket Message

Look for a guide with a yellow umbrella or Walkative! sign.  

  • Meeting point: the Golden Gate (Złota Brama)
  • Start time: Participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.
  • If more than 7 ppl: Please bear in mind that the tour you’ve booked is not a private tour.
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Meeting Point
the Golden Gate (Złota Brama) - look for a guide with a yellow umbrella!

Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travelers. In the best interest of our visitors, we aim to keep our free tours relatively small (up to ~35 people in one group). Hence, we cannot accept parties of 8 or more people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a Private Tour or select an option with a fee of 8 Eur per person. For more information please contact us.

This tour is also available as
a Private Tour.

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