New water tram services in Gdańsk

A brand new water tram service was opened on 5 June 2012 in Gdańsk. Two lines: F5 and F6 will take passengers along Motława and Martwa Wisła canals, thus providing an interesting opportunity for the city’s sightseeing from the water level perspective. The trams will operate until 30 September.

The F5 water tram runs from Żabi Kruk via the Green Gate stopping at a number of places on its way to the Nowy Port Lighthouse, while The F6 water tram starts at Fish market and cruise to National Yachting Centre. In both cases, the whole trip lasts about 4 hours; 20 -30 minutes between particular stops. There will be three cruises daily on each line.

The tram vessels are about 20 metres long and 1,5 metres high and can take up to 40 passengers and 15 bicycles at one go. They move with an average speed of 12 km/h. Tickets cost 10/5zł regardless of how many stops one travels and can be bought on-board.
The water tram scheme was developed within the framework of the programme “Revitalisation of Waterways in Gdańsk” partially funded by the EU.

Check here for the trams itineraries and timetables.

Members in Gdańsk, Poland

The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk, Poland, established in 1992, aims at enhancing cultural diversity in the Baltic Sea Region by realizing projects of European significance.
The Centre’s goal is to implement multilateral artistic projects, which in terms of structure and concept are more than the traditional form of bilateral cultural exchange. The Centre, through its activities, aims to connect artists, curators, cultural operators, researchers and policy makers who are interested in creating a new quality for cultural cooperation in Europe.

The Centre's activities focus on nearly all fields of arts. It organises interdisciplinary projects such as scientific and literary seminars, conferences, debates, contemporary art exhibitions, theatre and dance performances, new media presentations, festivals and concerts. The Centre administrates also St. John's Cultural Centre (Gothic church in Gdansk Old Town). The BSCC is a public institution subsidised by the Regional Government (Office of the Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodship).

The BSCC’s seat is the 16th- century Old Town Hall in Gdansk situated on the canal of the Radunia river - the town’s oldest hydro-technological monument. The Centre’s membership in the international network "River//Cities" shows its long lasting interest in waterways. Several of the Centre’s international projects such as: SEAS (meeting of the Baltic and the Adriatic: conference and artistic actions); international conference "Riverbanks as a space for inhabitants integration" and smaller, local ones e.g. historic walks “Gdańsk Fortifications”, "Zuławy" about the area in the Vistula delta or multidisciplinary "Gdańsk the city on water" have been inspired by water and took place on the water or river/canal banks. There are many more similar projects planned in the years to come.

Although today just a distant reflection of its past glory, Gdańsk picturesque network of canals, with the biggest Motława River, still constitutes a great attraction for the inhabitants and tourists alike and should serve as an inspiration for the town’s contemporary spatial and cultural development.


Gdańsk University of Technology, Archit. Faculty