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.

Orłowo A Polish riviera

Orłowo A Polish riviera

  Gdynia. It’s a modern port city comprising impressive infrastructure, a developing business potential, and tourist attractions. There’s a unique place in Gdynia, where time has stopped – a getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Orłowo is an exceptional district of Gdynia, where you can experience the intact atmosphere of a spring and summer seaside resort of the 20s. Such atmosphere, unpretentious and a bit artistic, and beautiful surroundings attract a number of visitors. Whether you're after aesthetic experiences, walking among seaside townhouses, or you're a fashion buff - you'll find it all here.

There are many beaches in the Tricity, but the one in Orłowo is second to none. The most characteristic spot in Orłowo is a sea cliff covered with trees and shrubs. And even though it can't compare to Scandinavian fjords, it is a must-see here. Its uniqueness is related to the fact that the cliff is covered with the woods and it towers above the narrow beach. The main part of Orłowo is the boulevard, the pier and exceptional Art Nouveau townhouses at the bottom of the hill.

At the beginning, Orłowo was a small fishing village. It became a seaside resort at the end of the 19th century, when a trend for going to the seaside for health and recreation emerged among the bourgeoisie. Before the Second World War, in the interwar period, Orłowo was the favourite getaway of an eminent Polish novelist, Stefan Żeromski. He came there in 1920 and settled in a wooden house that had previously been a fishing house. That season Orłowo became the meeting spot of writers and artists who visited him. The house where he stayed was named after its visitor as Żeromski's House. These days, it houses a cosy café with a terrace overlooking the bay.

Opposite to Żeromski's House, in another wooden house, there is Tawerna Orłowska - an excellent restaurant with a vast array of dishes, including various fishes and seafood, including lobsters. Another asset of the restaurant is the view of the sea.

Last but not least, Orłowo is a great place for shopping. Klif, a shopping centre located in a walking distance from the beach, houses a number of carefully selected popular Polish and foreign chain stores, premium brand stores, as well as designer outlets. It's all about fashion here. Klif is a perfect place to find a stylish outfit for a reasonable price. And for maximalists, there is the Riviera Centre, located a few kilometres away, which is the largest shopping centre in the Northern Poland. Riviera houses all types of stores and it's situated in the vicinity of the city centre.

Sylwia Gutowska