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 Automotive Museum in Gdynia

The Automotive Museum in Gdynia

     The Automotive Museum in Gdynia has resulted from many years of work by a man driven by passion who spent every one of his free moments over decades on old cars and motorbikes.  Today he presents his exhibits with a pride which is fully deserved.  

It started as the young boy's passion of Witold Ciążkowski. When other children drew animals, flowers and houses he would always be doing drawings of cars or a motorbikes. He bought his first motorbike when he was eight, paying with his own savings. Then the next ones came, followed by old cars to which he could return their old glory and technical efficiency using his more and more elaborate skills. Finally, he decided to show his collection to people and thus the idea of establishing the Automotive Museum was pursued. The implementation of the idea was not the easiest of processes but he finally succeeded. The venue of exhibition was located in an old reconstructed hall of the shipyard which was rearranged to imitate an urban corner, and here the various pieces of automotive history were placed, which in many cases miraculously avoided being just scrapped as waste. Each of the acquired vehicles, a car or a bike, was deconstructed into the smallest pieces, cleaned, preserved, and fixed by the museum creator, who was highly skilled and educated in automotive mechanics. The collection of Witold Ciążkowski is huge (30 cars and 150 motorbikes), but, the museum only contains the exhibits which are fully repaired and display their full glory. There are ten beautiful cars from inter-war times and 28 motorbikes, all available to be viewed in the museum hall. The exhibition changes over time as new objects are constantly being added and there are also many objects attributed to automotive history and the history of motor sports.

Mercedes, Fiat, Ford - these makes are still popular on the roads all over the world, and in the Gdynia museum their older siblings can be admired - or rather the grandparents of the models produced nowadays. Among the exhibits there are also marques no longer made. Beauty of design, quality of finishing and the great technical condition of these cars and motorbikes, the oldest one harking back to the end of the first world war, are astounding, not only to those who share the passion with the museum creator but just to everyone who cares to visit.