Orunia Park

 

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In 17th century Orunia settlement with its great values, attracted the attention of a rich Gdansk middle class. The neighbourhood was gradually decorated with summer residences, palaces, gardens and parks. The garden of Andrzej Schopenhauer deserved a special attention, located nearby today’s City Cultural Centre, which in 1777 attracted a famous traveler and scientist Johann Bernoulli.


Today, it is hard to imagine charming, currently presented in a completely different way, surroundings. The wars resulted in enormous devastations: Gdansk siege by Russian army from 1734 and two Napoleon campaigns – 1807 and 1813. The act of destruction was completed by sudden urbanization, which in the second half of 19th century totally and ruthlessly transformed the look of a significant part of Orunia. Currently, the only one trace of splendour of a described district is Orunia Park, which tradition dates back to the end of 16th century. The garden has reached a rare beauty and flowering thanks to long lasting endeavours of the richest Gdansk families. At the end of 18th century, the park was a great collection of rare plants. The fame of this botanic garden went far beyond the city borders, and even of the country. In 1918, a daughter of Hoene – Emilia, donated the park to the city, which perfectly used this precious purchase, by arranging a popular place of entertainment and recreation for pre-war Gdansk inhabitants. Currently, Orunia Park attracts with its picturesque alley of forty lime trees, ponds located on different levels, waterfall and palace. The garden is good for beneficial, healthy walking.



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