According to Clothesbliss, Gdynia is a young city; it was built on the site of a small fishing village after the end of the First World War. It was then that Poland received access to the sea, it was then that the construction of a seaport began in Gdynia. The first naval ship entered the port in 1923. The port became the most important city-forming factor, and by 1926 the population of Gdynia had grown from 1,000 to 100,000 people.
The port is also famous for the fact that it was here that the Solidarity trade union movement was born, thanks to the actions of which Poland regained its independence.
During the Second World War, the city was captured by the Nazi troops and almost completely destroyed. After the war, the Poles restored it literally from ruins. Today Gdynia is one of the largest and, perhaps, the most modern equipped ports in the Baltic.
How to get there
Together with Gdansk and Sopot, Gdynia forms a conglomerate of cities, which in Poland is called the Tricity. These cities do not have a common transport system, but the connection between them is carried out by special electric trains, so visiting Gdansk and Sopot is not a problem.
Port of Gdynia
The port of Gdynia is commercial, fishing, military and yachting. Sea communication with Scandinavia and the countries of the American continent is carried out from here, here you can also see huge ocean liners and warships at close range. Often ships of the naval forces of friendly countries come to Gdynia on friendly visits and, as is customary among sailors, invite those who wish to get acquainted with the structure of the ship and the nuances of ship life. For tourists, this is an additional experience, and for cadets of nautical educational institutions, who are many in Gdynia, this is an additional opportunity to expand their professional erudition. There are several professional yacht clubs in the city, which have their own berths and yacht repair shops.
Several dozen hotels in the city offer a variety of types of accommodation, oriented both to tourists and business people, of whom there are many here. Restaurants and cafes of the city offer a variety of cuisines and await guests with traditional Polish hospitality.
Entertainment and attractions in Gdynia
Gdynia gives the impression of a modern, bright, spacious city – this is the effect of the architectural concept chosen for the city. The central part was built up in the 20-30s of the last century, the Art Nouveau style prevails here, which was very popular at that time.
Tourists are sometimes surprised by memorial plaques with the inscription “ancient monument”, but if we consider the time period during which Gdynia exists, it becomes quite obvious that the buildings built in the first third of the 20th century are precisely the monuments of antiquity.
As in any Polish city, there are many churches here, during the construction of which innovative architectural solutions were often used, thanks to which they became not only places for prayers, but also decorations of the city. Kosciuszki Square is decorated with various fountains worthy of the attention of tourists.
Very picturesque areas of the city of Orluv and Redlevo. On the steep coast, into which high sea waves of all shades of blue beat, many snow-white villas have been built, which you can admire from the promenade pier. The landscape is good in any weather, and any weather gives it its colors. Near these areas is the Kempa-Redłowska nature reserve, a favorite place for walks and sports among the townspeople.
You can view the panorama of the city center, the port and its water area from the Kamennaya Gora observation deck, which can be reached by a fairly comfortable wooden staircase.
Two museum ships are moored in Gdynia, this is the warship Blyskawica and the incredibly beautiful training sailboat Dar Pomoza. The sailboat was built in 1909 for the German merchant fleet, later became the property of a French baron, and even later Poland bought it for the cadet corps. The sailing ship has a glorious track record, it includes participation in five famous regattas, in two of which it won. Visitors enjoy looking at the interiors of the sailboat and the collections of souvenirs from distant wanderings.
The torpedo bomber “Blyskavitsa” makes it possible to get acquainted with the internal structure of a warship, which is dictated by its purpose. The Museum of Oceanography in Gdynia is considered one of the most interesting and extensive on the Baltic coast. His oceanarium introduces visitors to the diversity of the Baltic underwater world and the evolution of the region.