Lech Walesa tour Gdansk
Lech Walesa tour Gdansk

The Solidarity Route of Gdansk – The Lech Walesa Tour

Last update February 2024.

Very popular as a shore excursion to Gdansk since you may combine this trip with the Gdansk City Tour.

Even though many Polish cities were fighting against the communist regime, Gdansk is called the cradle of Solidarity. Here in the Lenin Shipyard, Lech Walesa (in Polish Wałęsa) worked as an electrician, and it was he who became the leader of the strikes in 1980 which ultimately brought about the fall of the iron curtain not only in Poland but in other European countries as well.

We will start our tour with a visit to the European Solidarity Centre (called also Solidarity Museum). Here we will go through Polish history, the reasons for and the causes of the strikes in 1970 and 1980, the Gdansk Agreement, the carnival of Solidarity and Martial Law. In the end we will learn about the first free elections.

Gate-no.2-of-the-Gdansk-Shipyard-photo-made-by-Ania-Anna-Kotula
Gate-no.2-of-the-Gdansk-Shipyard-photo-made-by-Ania-Anna-Kotula

Later we will see the neighboring Monument to the fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970, which commemorates the first three workers murdered here by the police during the strikes in 1970. Our next stop is St. Bridget’s church in Gdansk which served as a meeting place for the political opposition. Many famous heads of states have been here, among others: Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush. St. Bridget’s church is also famous for its amber altar which is under construction in the church. Even it is not ready yet, we can already admire its beauty. After completion it will be bigger than the famous Amber Room also built by craftsmen from Gdansk.

St. Bridget's Church in Gdansk
St. Bridget's Church in Gdansk

The Solidarity Route of Gdansk – The Lech Walesa Tour details:

  • Duration of the trip: 4 hours, it is a walking tour.

  • Cost: Euro 145 per group.

  • Meeting point: The European Solidarity Centre (Solidarity Museum in Gdansk) or I will pick you up at your hotel.

Entrance fees on the route of The Solidarity Route of Gdansk – The Lech Walesa Tour

European Solidarity Centre (Solidarity Museum in Gdansk): regular ticket 35 PLN, discount ticket 30 PLN, regular group ticket (11 people or more) 32 PLN, discount group ticket (11 people or more) 25 PLN

St. Bridget’s church in Gdansk: regular ticket 5 PLN

4 PLN is only about €1

How to book the Solidarity Route of Gdansk – The Lech Walesa Tour in English, Dutch or Spanish?

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private tour guide for Gdansk - Ania Anna Kotula
private tour guide for Gdansk - Ania Anna Kotula

The Solidarity Route of Gdansk – The Lech Walesa Tour in PDF

You may combine this trip with the Gdansk City Tour, Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot in one day or In the footsteps of John Paul II in Gdansk. If you come to Gdansk with children, let me know their ages and I will suggest some attractions for them.
The European Solidarity Center tour