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. pomorskie.travel

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. pomorskie.travel

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. pomorskie.travel

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 Urban Plan of the City Centre (Śródmieście)

The Urban Plan of the City Centre (Śródmieście)

The construction of the City of Gdynia was a phenomenon on the European scale. During almost twenty years the village was transformed into a large modern harbour city. The design of Gdynia City Centre always assumed the architecture should be directed towards the sea.

The most important buildings in the city were created around the main streets of old Gdynia, i.e. 10 Lutego, Świętojańska and the current Wójta Radtkego Streets. Their architecture reflects various aspects of Modernism: the expressive functionalism of constructionism. The last had the greatest effect on the construction of the City Centre Ostatni, where the ship-houses were built. The majority of these had white facades, creating the so-called "White Gdynia". This style includes the old PLO building, the residential building of the Banku Gospodarstwa Krajowego, the City Hall, the Orłowski's House, and the Preczkowski's House. Thanks to this type of development Gdynia in 1939 was one of the biggest towns in the Second Republic of Poland.