This stage of the EuroVelo 13 offers panoramic coastlines, welcoming fishing settlements and some major cities. Since it runs parallel with many white sandy beaches, you can often take a cooling dip in the Baltic. This section starts in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and takes in both the southern end of the Curonian Spit and the city of Kaliningrad itself. In Poland you must visit the old Hanseatic city of Gdańsk, the birthplace of the solidarity movement of the early 1980s – a major contributory factor in the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe. You then continue along the coast between dunes and forests and attractive seaside towns.