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 Tall Ships Regatta

The Tall Ships Regatta

Once upon a time, when all ships were powered by sails, every harbour was a place of an everyday regatta nobody paid attention to. However, when the sailing ships era ended, with sails being successively replaced by steam and fuel-engined ships, the idea of such events came up, so that ships using only wind as the source of their power could meet again. 

The first regatta took place in Stockholm just before the outbreak of WWII. The proud White Frigate "Dar Pomorza" participated there. After the break caused by the war the idea was revived in the 195O's. and a regatta of tall ships was organised. The popularity of such events made the event an annual one, in a different place each time. Gdynia hosted the event called "The Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races" for the first time in 1974. The largest tall ships arrived in Gdynia for the same reason several times more. Thus in the natural course of events Gdynia harbour became the capital of Polish sailing and regularly hosted the representatives of elites among Polish sailors, such as "Dar Młodzieży", "Pogoria", "Iskra", or "Zawisza Czarny". Apart from the universal events Gdynia also hosts the European and Baltic regattas. The time of arrival of the tall ships in the harbour is always a great holiday for local residents, who gather at the harbour in thousands - even those who are not normally interested in sailing sports but want to admire the outstanding view of the harbour roadstead decorated by colourful sails. After mooring the next stage of the event usually starts and the spectators are allowed to visit the ships and even go on them for short trips on Gdańsk Bay.

Visiting Gdynia during a regatta is an unforgettable experience. It is worth planning your stay at the sea bearing this in mind in order to appreciate that the sea and ships are not only a means of transport but can also be extremely beautiful.