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West Prussia region was a place where German authorities introduced Germanization and kulturkampf to decrise number of Poles living there. One of examples of Germanization were restrictions on the speaking of Polish as well as its education in schools. This process took a few decades but the result was the opposite of what was intended. The result of such Germanization policies stoked nationalism in Prussia’s Polish citizens’ was continued resistance to assimilation.
During the trip you will visit places related to Otto von Bismarck life. We will drive to Warcino where he spent many summer holidays. In Gdansk you will see traces of Prussian/German period such a fortifications, barracks or machine guns factory facilities. Imagine that part of Prussian fortfications in Gdansk is adapted to a science & culture center for children and youth called Hevelianum.
Chancellor Otto von Bismarck and Prussia history. The Prussian and German period in Pomerania is particularly interesting because of Otto von Bismarck who was one of the most eminent European politicians of the 19th century, and who is still a fascinating and controversial character. He chose Pomerania as his living place and bought a mansion in Warcino/Varzin. It was there where he sought refuge from intensive political life, welcomed European leaders, hunted and strolled over neighboring forests.
Day 1 – Gdansk: