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.

Kościuszko Square and the Southern Pier

Kościuszko Square and the Southern Pier

     Kościuszko Square which is then extended into the Southern Pier, are the most typical places for Gdynia.  There are many people walking here and it is full of tourists in the summer season. It’s not a surprise that its maritime character is omnipresent.
On Kościuszko Square there is the big Hotel Gdynia, with the Music Theatre of Danuta Baduszkowa located nearby. On the other side of the square one of the biggest Modernistic houses in Gdynia can be admired, the one in which a cinema used to operate over ten years ago. The Polish Navy Headquarters building is located nearby. Passing through Waszyngtona Street Gemini can be reached, an entertainment and culture centre with a Multicinema. The Sea Towers skyscrapers constructed in 2003-2006 overlook the area, being the highest residential and office building in Tricity. Kościuszko Square itself contains various monuments, including the Polish Sailor 1939-1945, Polish Army Forces in the West,and the AK Soldiers monuments which are decorated with flowers on the more important State events.

The Southern Pier was built in the 193O's and currently it is the tourist and recreation centre in Gdynia. ORP "Błyskawica", is located there, the destroyer which participated in battles in WWII and now serves as a museum ship. Also "Dar Pomorza" can be visited there as a museum. From the pier cruiser ships sailand the local public transport ship which take passengers to Gdańsk and Hel in summer. On the other side of the pier there is the Gdynia Aquarium and the Modenistic building of the Maritime Academy. The Gdańsk Marina with yacht is located in the neighbourhood. This is the biggest yacht harbour on the Polish coast. The Pier ends with a monument to Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski and the plates of the Avenue of Passenger Cruisers which visit Gdynia.

The whole area is a special maritime forum extremely attractive for tourists, and representative of Gdynia. This is where the contact with sea is felt strongly, probably the strongest on the whole Polish coast.