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 Culinary Route

The Culinary Route

The Culinary Route of the Central Gdynia is a means of promoting the city connected with good cuisine. The places located on the route are mainly restaurants, of typically local origin, born out of the “Sea of Dreams” similarly to the city itself.  Run by passionate owners who show their love for the place in its quality, menu and original decor.
The gifts of the sea taste the best in Gdynia. The city is a real ocean of special dishes, with something nice for everybody, be it for traditionalists or seekers of new tastes. It is also a harbour of tastes offering a fusion of meals from various cuisines, creating a multicoloured mosaic. The culinary walk across Gdynia is a cruise over four continents. .
Gdynia, from the moment of its establishment, was a modern city open to new trends and styles. The new restaurants located there are the best example of courageous creations in the city and reflect the contemporary trends in interior decoration. Many interiors have been designed by the stars of architecture and design. The original decoration and great menus coexist with good music and the ambience of these places. Gdynia is the Polish Cannes and Roskilde at the same time. This is the venue for the most important Polish events of film and music (the Polish Film Festival, the Open'er Festival) and the most interesting jazz and theatre events (including the Ladies' Jazz Festival, and R@port, JaZzGdyni) which create the cultural character of the City. The culinary route restaurants and bars easily connect with this way of promoting artistic activities.
There are the following restaurants on the route: A-dong, Barbados, Blick (Hotel Blick), Bohema Jazz, the Boolvar Club, Calipso (Hotel Hotton), Charlie, Coco, Da Vinci, Del Mar, Dobry Adres, El GrecoEureka, Gustus, Hollywood Dinner, Kapitan Coock, La Marée, La Vita, Li-Du, Monte, Moon, Moshi Moshi Sushi, Naleśnik ART Bia, Perla Nera, Pueblo, Rodisio el Toro, Safari, Santorini, Shanghai, Strefa Kuchnie Świata (Hotel Nadmorski), Taj Machal, Tawerna,Thai Hut, Tokyo Sushi, Trafik, Trattoria La Fortuna, and W Ogrodach.