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.

EXPERYMENT Science Centre in Gdynia

EXPERYMENT Science Centre in Gdynia

     The Pomeranian Science and Technology Park (PPNT) in Gdynia was established in 2001 in Gdynia, as an initiative of the Pomeranian Technology Centre Association and the Gdynia City Hall.

Several hundred interactive stations, temporary exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, experiments - all of this can be found in Gdynia EXPERYMENT Science Center.

EXPERYMENT is one of the first and largest Polish science centers. Since 2007, it combines learning and fun in an attractive form of leisure activity. The center is an unusual experimental workshop for little and big explorers, where they can, on their own, carry out experiments and thus learning about the rights that occur in nature. The center is a place where curiosity about the world around us is stimulated through the most pleasant of methods - great fun, in which everyone can participate regardless of age or interest. 3500 m2 of exhibition space, more than 200 interactive stations, unlimited sightseeing, passionate educators, constantly available at the exhibition.

Gallery HYDROWORLD is certainly a jewel in the crown of the EXPERYMENT exhibition.The stations provide visitors lots of fun, and at the same time give an opportunity to gain knowledge of hydrology. At the gallery, playing the role of engineers, constructing and setting in motion complex mechanisms, we will familiarize ourselves with the operation of a sluice, a dam, the Archimedes screw, and even we will have a chance to create a huge whirlpool!

Gallery TREE OF LIFE in an interactive way will make visitors better acquainted with the consistency, beauty and fascinating wildlife activity. The central point of this area is a huge sized tree - a spectacular exhibit, which also serves as an observation deck on that part of the exhibition space. Visitors will experience the earthquake first-hand, and also check what the animals' eyesight is. There will also be paleontological and recreation zones.

No less interesting seems the exhibition space of OPERATION: HUMAN. Here, visitors - explorers learn the secrets of the functioning of the human body. Interactive stations will answer, inter alia, the questions: how are we built? How do our senses function and if they can deceive us? You will have the opportunity to become a little corpuscle in an enormous heart, you can also perform a virtual surgery and see how you will look in 30 years!

Exhibition INVISIBLE FORCES proves that you do not need to study patterns and charts to better understand the field of science, such as physics. The interactive stations allow to ingest the nature of sound or the essence of electricity and magnetism. You can also see how the laws of physics help strengthen our grip so as to pick up a heavy stone with no effort at all.

The center is open from Tuesday to Sunday. At the weekend from 10:00 to 19:00, and on the other days from 9:00 to 18:00.

Ticket prices are: a regular ticket 20 PLN and a discount/group ticket 12 PLN.

Free entry is granted to children up to 2 years of age, one caregiver of group of 10 people, one caregiver accompanying a considerably disabled person.

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