Gdansk – the capital of amber – the Baltic’s gold, has always been the trading city also due to its port function. And the best example of old style trading with modern goods and souvenirs can be experienced during St. Dominic’s Fair. The tradition of St. Dominic’s Fair reaches back to the 13th century. On the last Saturday of July, Gdańsk attracted German, French, English and even Spanish and Portuguese merchants. 400 ships with French and Spanish wine, silk, preserves, Portuguese spices, tin and cloth called at the port. Circus performers, acrobats, jugglers and troupes of actors arrived from far and near. Today the fair continues to attract tourists and residents, combining a trade fair and a rich agenda of cultural and sports events. The events calendar encompasses a wide range of festivities, concerts and contests. The scale of the Gdańsk fair is comparable to such European events as Oktoberfest in Munich.

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