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Garrison District

Close to the main road between the airport and the city Garnizon (Garrison) district occupies nearly 30 hectares in Gdańsk borough Wrzeszcz (German: Langfuhr). Garnizon is a place where the past smoothly blends the future. The area was originally developed at the beginning of the 20th century with the construction of the first barracks for the 1st and 2nd Hussars Regiment of the Imperial Guard of Emperor Wilhelm II.

Buildings of the Hussars of Death barracks, 1903.
Barracks, 1910.
Leibhusaren Brigade.
Leibhusaren Brigade.

The fate of the area was significantly influenced by the establishment of Free City of Gdańsk in accordance with the terms of Article 100 of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles after the end of World War I. A home for nearly 2,000 men, the garrison (then on what was called Hochstrieß in Langfuhr) was taken over by the Schutzpolizei (Free City of Danzig police force).

Barracks at Słowackiego Street.
The Barracks.

After the Second World War, the area was nationalized and taken over by the People’s Polish Army stationed in various formations for over 50 years. At the end of the 20th century, a decision was made to liquidate military units and a garrison in Gdańsk Wrzeszcz and sell the area.

Recognizing the historical and traditional importance of the acquired area the new owner started an ambitious re-development which has seen 10 of the old red brick buildings modernized and gradually being turned over to new uses such as cafes and restaurants, a concert venue, offices, hotel and eventually a cinema and theatre. The bulk of the development consists of modern offices and apartments and it promises to breathe new life into a square of land that has lain empty for years. The new multifunctional district under the name Garnizon.