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 Open`er Festival

The Open`er Festival

Although the first Open'er took place in 2002 at Stegny in Warsaw, it was moved to Gdynia the next year. During the next nine years the event’s connection with Gdynia grew and now it is one of the most important music events in summer in northern Poland. 

For several first years it was organised on the central square in Gdynia-Kościuszki square. However, the number of participants was so huge that it had to be quickly relocated to a new venue. The Marine Army airport in Babie Doły, Kosakowo proved to be the ideal place, located just over the northern city limits of Gdynia. The location is very convenient, as it is distant from the quiet centre of town and all participants can feel at ease just there. It is accessible by a special bus line which runs from the centre of Gdynia. Upon presenting your concert ticket.

The Festival evolves from year to year and it has a very diverse character.The artistes perform on several stages and the audience can plan their own itinerary among music styles. The event starts late afternoon and last overnight until dawn. The safety of participants is guarded by security and medics and after the whole night of fun sleep can be found on the local camping site.

The Open'er Festival is extremely popular among audience and artistes. In the previous years it hosted such stars as the Sex Pistols, Massive Attack, Faith No More, Björk, Skunk Anansie, Maria Peszek, Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa and Izrael.

The recognition of the Open'er Festival and the attending audience are still growing, and it also wins prestigious awards. The first edition at the airport was nominated by "Q", the British magazine, as one of the six most important festivals that year.