Their Royal Highnesses in Gdansk
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official tour to Poland and visit Warsaw and Gdansk by the Baltic Sea. Find out more about unique places which will be visited by Their Royal Highnesses in Gdansk Region.
Day two of royal trip to Poland starts with a trip to the former Nazi Germany Concentration Camp, Stutthof. Stutthof was the first camp set up outside German borders, in September 1939. Stutthof was freed on 9th of May by troops of the Soviet Army- the 48th Army of the 3rd White Russian front.
Stutthof served mainly for extermination of the most aware and patriotic Poles, mainly from the educated circles from Gdansk and Pomorskie Region. Since 1942 transports of Poles arrived and were directed not only by police units from Danzig-West Prussia, but also from other regions of the occupied country. At this time Stutthof became an international camp. In June 1944 it became part of the project "the final solution of the Jewish problem" - "Endloesung". In this way it became a camp of mass- extermination. 110,000 people – men, women and children – from 28 countries were imprisoned in Stutthof, of whom as many as 65,000, including 28,000 Jews, died. Find our more: Museum in Stutthof.
During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet a group of five former prisoners of the camp.
The Long Market and Polish food
Following their morning at Stutthof, the Royal couple will travel to Gdansk. Gdańsk is one of Poland’s oldest cities with a history going back a thousand years. It has an important place in Polish consciousness as the location of the start of World War II and where the fall of Communism in Central Europe began. This is where the famous Solidarity movement started, protecting worker’s rights and, later, the symbol of resistance against the People’s Republic.
Długa and Długi Targ (its extension) Streets are also known as the Trakt Królewski (the Royal Route) and rank among the most beautiful streets in Gdańsk. This area was once inhabited by patricians, which is why the houses are richly ornamented with crests, allegoric figures and images of ancient heroes. The city’s most important secular buildings – the Hall of the Main City and the Artus Court – are on Długi Targ Street. When walking down this street, you’re looking at Gdańsk’s most ancient history.
On the central market square Their Royal Highnesses will join a street party where they will be offered Goldwasser - a Gdansk liqueur, and traditional Polish pierogi, while watching amber craftsmen at work, and listening to local musicians and artists who will contribute to the festive feeling.
The Shakespeare Theatre
From here they will visit the Gdansk Shakespeare theatre, of which The Prince of Wales is Patron. During the seventeenth century there was a large English-speaking community based in Gdansk, which made the city an important destination for travelling English players. The Shakespeare Theatre opened in 2014, and is home to the city’s annual Shakespeare festival, attended by theatre-lovers from around the world. The Theatre has an adaptable auditorium which allows for three different sized stages, and a retractable roof. Their Royal Highnesses will see the roof opening during a special performance, before attending a small reception inside the theatre for Poles from the world of arts, culture and media.
European Solidarity Centre
Their time in Gdansk will end with a trip to the European Solidarity Centre, in Gdansk’s shipyards the birth-place of the Solidarity movement in Poland. The Duke and Duchess will tour the museum there, and meet with founding members of Solidarity. On departure Their Royal Highnesses will walk through the iconic shipyard gates, a key symbol of the protests during the 1980s,before laying a wreath at the foot of the Solidarity Monument.
This visit will mark the end of the second day and visit in Poland.