Since I visited Gdansk for the first time in 2012, I went back 5 times. No surprise that I really love the city. It was only on my 6th visit that I explored Zaspa, home of fabulous street art.
Gdansk was one of the first cities I travelled solo to. The old town looks nice, but the city has so much more to offer. Earlier, I wrote some random reasons why I keep returning to Gdansk.
Zaspa is kinda Gdansk’s little secret. On my previous visits I never went to this neighbourhood, but got more curious every time I saw it from the tram. There’s no other tourists around, let alone vendors who try to sell their crap at souvenir stalls.
Even the locals don’t get what’s so special about this area. They may tell you that there’s nice murals, but don’t seem to think it’s worth visiting as a tourist. They’ll tell you disdainfully that Zaspa is just a residential area with a bunch of blocks of flats.
It may be a residential area, but possibly the one with the most phenomenal paintings. The murals of Zaspa are colourful with some fine artificial and funny looks, while others have a more historical background.
I used about 2.5 hours of my time exploring the murals of Zaspa. On each of the flats there’s one or more murals worth seeing. Between the buildings there’s often some play courts for children or sports facilities. The neighbourhood of Zaspa is also a historical area. Where once Wrzeszcz airport’s runway was located, you’ll now find an open car park. The car park basically divides Zaspa and on both sides you’ll find the murals.
Although the locals don’t consider this area as an attraction, it has turned into one of my favourite places in the tricity. Decide for yourself, do you think it’s worth checking out?