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Fort Grodzisko (Gdańsk)
Fortress on the Hill

Grodzisko Fort is located in the very center of Gdańsk, in the closest distance to the Main Railway Station and Central Bus Depot. It is situated on the Gradowa Hill, which is of more than 40 m height and dominates over the center of Gdańsk. The place was fortified around the 17th century and - together with Bishop’s Hill - formed the western front of Gdańsk’s fortifications. In its present shape the Grodzisko Fort origins from the 2nd half of the 19 th century when the great building works were undertaken by the Prussians. It was rebuilt as a polygonal fort.

 

Fort Grodzisko - Gdańsk
rich history of fortress town

City:

Postal Adress:
Municipality of Gdańsk
ul. Nowe Ogrody 8/12
PL-80-802 Gdańsk
Phone:
+48 (0)58 / 323 60 00
+48 (0)58 / 323 60 05
+48 (0)58 / 323 60 30 (info)
Fax: +48 (0)58 / 302 39 41
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www.gdansk.pl




Tourist info:
PTTK O/Gdańsk (tourist information,
city-guiding and city excursions)
ul. Długa 45
PL-80-827 Gdańsk
Phone: +48 (0)58 / 301 91 51
Fax: +48 (0)58 / 301 13 43
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www.pttk-gdansk.pl

Gdańska Organizacja Turystyczna
(tourist information)
ul. Heweliusza 29
PL-80-861 Gdańsk
Phone/Fax:
+48 (0)58 / 301 43 55
+48 (0)58 / 301 66 38
+48 (0)58 / 305 70 80
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Fortress Grodzisko:

Postal Adress:
Park Kulturowy Fortyfikacji Miejskich
“Twierdza Gdańsk”
(administration of Grodzisko Fort)
Director: Przemysław Piotr Guzow
ul. 3 Maja 9a,
PL-80-802 Gdańsk
Phone: +48 (0)58 / 30 00 842
Fax: +48 (0)58 / 322 03 85
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www.grodzisko.pl

Guidances:

Mrs. Sylwia Bryła
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Mr. Piotr Stoppa
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(English, Polish)

After the siege of Napoleon I against Frederic William III, Prussia had to place the just recently at the second Polish division annexed Gdańsk territory at France’s disposal in the treaty of Tilsit from July 7th and 9th, 1807. This happened after the occupation of the city through French troops from the middle of March until May, 27th, 1807 - the day of the capitulation.

It became the Free City of Gdańsk and even though Samuel Pullet temporarily fortified the Bishopsand Hagelshill in 1806, Napoleon started the occupation on April 21st, 1807 with the first parallel against both hills. A week after the opening of the third parallel on May 11th, 1807 the blockhouse at the Hagelshill fell on May 19th; shortly after, on May 26th the capitulation followed after 54 days of open battles. 4,000 civilians died under the deprivations of war.

On July 21st, 1807 the Republic of Gdańsk was called out in the City of Gdańsk and the neighboring Vistula mouth regions.

After Napoleons failure in Russia in the winter of 1812, the Russian army surrounded the fortress at the end of January 1813. About 40,000 French soldiers were in the city at that time. After their withdrawal on January 1st, 1814 under general Rapp, the Free City of Gdańsk was reunited with the Province of West Prussia for the next 100 years and thus following the regulations of the Wiener Congress.


Fortress events
Historical plays July-August
Picnic
March, September
The Knight Tournament May
The Baltic Festival of Science
June

Culture Park Concept
nearby the Old Town

In the 1920s, after demilitarization of Gdańsk, the area was redeveloped as a town park and became a popular place for recreation. Without any military importance the whole area survived the time of the 2nd World War almost without any destruction.

Today, Grodzisko is a very attractive place for inhabitants and tourists. The area of over 20 ha is open all year round. It is a great place for sightseeing. Historical buildings, some of which are underground, can be explored by tourists (only with guide).

A few viewpoints at the Gdańsk Bay, shipyards and the Old Town are very picturesque. The biggest post-fortification park, in the city center, is a habitat for many species of animals and plants. Because of that, the educational route for ecology was created.

In the closest future Grodzisko will become a place of big investments and redevelopment. All buildings will be repaired and adapted to new functions.

New exhibition areas will be created. New walking paths, lamps and small architecture will be built.

Reenactment of Military
History

In the memory of Napoleons occupation in the year 1807, the first big reenactment took place at Grodzisko Fort in April 2006. This great event, with
only a short history in Poland, attracted thousands of visitors.

 
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