Gdynia, a  city where You always hear the seagulls singing

From all the Tricity cities, Gdynia is the one where tradition permeates with modernity, fot.

At the beginning of XX c. it was still a fisherman village. It was given a city law nearly one hundred years age, in 1926. Since then is one of the most interesting example of a deliberate example of a city planning, an example for the businessman and modernity lovers. This is Gdynia, he city from the sea and dreams, where You can hear the seagulls singing.

Gdynia was designed for a specific purpose. Due to the fact, that after WWI Gdansk became part of the Free City of Gdansk and the Second Polish Republic needed the access to the sea and the modern port, it was decided to develop Gdynia.

The city started the impressive development and what is more important it lasts till today. Gdynia is the seat of many modern companies and international corporations. In a big and modern building in Redlowo, there is a Pomeranian Technological and Science Park, where the new start up can develop.

In Gdynia, there is second, largest re-loading port. This is the place, where now ferries to Scandinavia leave and 100 years ago, where famous transatlantic ships (including, sorely missed passenger ship “Batory”) took people to USA and Canada.

Stories of those who decided to leave the country became the inspiration to open a new, unique Museum of Emigration. It is situated in a former Sea Station at the French Embankment.

Museum of Emigration   is situated in a former Sea Station at the French Embankment. Fot.

The modernism passionate will love the central part of Gdynia. Gdynia architecture in an example how 100 years ago new, modern cities were built, combining the classics with the new. It is worth paying attention to the houses in a centre as well as bigger buildings. For example a market hall complex, built in 30ties last century. Every day, even during the past, dark history days, this place was always full off life. You could buy everything here – from the vegetables and fruits brought to the jeans by the sailors from USA, perfumes from China or Persian carpets. The market halls were the symbols of modernity and openminded Gdynia, where You could meet “the whole world”. The complex of Gdynia Market Halls, still full of life, was registered on the list of stationary monuments.

Gdynia's modernism trail. The A. Ogończyk – Bloch and L. Mazalon Tenement House

Gdynia is a city where culture is very important. The younger European generation for sure recalls one of the biggest musical festivals – Open’er Festival. Stars like: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, Rihanna, Coldplay or Radiohead played there. Gdynia is also the capital of Polish film business. Every September, all famous Polish film stars come to Gdynia for the Polish Film Festival. There are also Film Centre and the Film School in Gdynia. Close by there is a Musical Theatre with the name of Danuta Baduszkowa, famous from the most spectacular musicals.

Moby on Opener, fot.

If We want to admire this sea city, the port, the shipyard, the beach and the sea boulevard take a funicular to the Stone Hill. There is a picturesque city panorama from there. Those who prefer a stroll along the beach, inhaling fresh, sea air, we recommend going to Orlowo. Walking down the Orlowo pier it is worth entering the nearby Tawerna to try fresh fish and climb up the cliff, from where there is a view to the Baltic Bay, Sopot and Gdansk.

The Aquarium in Gdynia

The Aquarium in Gdynia

   There is one of the most attractive zoos located in Gdynia - the water zoo.  Each year thousands of visitors view the underwater world there and the aquarium has become a compulsory visiting place for tourists.
The impressive and very-well-located building at the end of the Southern Pier contains the Gdynia Aquarium. With a combined scientific and educational character the place is a cross between a museum and a water zoo. In several tdozen huge aquariums there are over two hundred species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates. Before getting to the living exhibits there is a theoretical training. The museum exhibition room offers a transparent and understandable explanation of the issues related to the sea, sea life and the methods of exploration and exploitation of the sea;s natural resources by humans. It is worth the attention as the next rooms display maritime life in its full glory. The aquaria are huge, and arranged to reflect natural conditions, so the animals living there can be watched in their natural habitats. Crocodiles, snakes, crabs and tortoises, i.e. the animals of sea and land, introduce their world, which normally is not available to humans, with its natural side unknown to many. The real aesthetic and exotic impressions are fully realised in the next room, continuing the warm-water fish and real living coral reef with colourful fish living there next to other animals, whose names are difficult to remember and whose shapes are outstanding. The most popular exhibits of the Gdynia Aquarium are the sharks and the octopuses. The sharks are not big, as they are quite young, but the visitors still feel respect for their older siblings. The octopus astonishes crowds of visitors who gather at the glass wall in awe of this unusual animal.

When in Gdynia the Aquarium is definitely worth seeing. It is a great fun place both for children and adults, admiring the beauty of the underwater world, and the pictures made there (without flash) are similar to those made by divers during their deep water trips.