Train Tours In Eastern Europe #4

Recent post on my train travel sister site

On Track

Gdansk to Kaliningrad to Minsk to Vilnius

This trip started in the home of Solidarity, followed by a bus to the secretive Russian enclave, home of its Baltic fleet, a train to one of Stalin’s favourite cities and finally on to the capital of Lithuania.

Gdansk turned into a gem of a visit. The shipyards where Lech Walesa led the Solidarnosc Union from a vehicle to look after ship worker’s rights to being the governing party of post Communist Poland with Lech himself president, were a fascinating insight into the movements that led to the collapse of Communism and the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Gdansk 2

We stayed just outside the old town, a stone’s throw from the Green Gate entrance to the historic walled settlement. The buildings resembled the tall, narrow, gabled variety so familiar to the Netherlands. They had been built when Gdansk was a prime member of the…

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