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Gdynia, Poland

Gdynia is a port city in northern Poland. Gdynia, together with nearby Gdańsk and Sopot are often referred as Tricity (pl: Trójmiasto). Gdynia was first mentioned in the 13th century as a fishing village. After World War I, it became Poland´s main harbor and the big seaport at the Baltic Sea, which it still is.

Gdynia is one of the youngest and modern cities in Poland. In the early 1900s Gdynia was a little village, but after World War I and establishing the Free City of Danzig, the Polish Government decided to build a deep-sea port. Construction began in 1921. The city rose fast in the 1920s and 1930s, so architecture and planning reflect European trends of the day - Modernism. The city continues to grow to this day. Today, Gdynia is a modern city with a population of a quarter-million and is the second major polish port in the Baltic Sea after Gdansk.

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Gdynia, Poland

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Gdynia is a port city in northern Poland. Gdynia, together with nearby Gdańsk and Sopot are often referred as Tricity (pl: Trójmiasto). Gdynia was first mentioned in the 13th century as a fishing village. After World War I, it became Poland´s main harbor and the big seaport at the Baltic Sea, which it still is.

Gdynia is one of the youngest and modern cities in Poland. In the early 1900s Gdynia was a little village, but after World War I and establishing the Free City of Danzig, the Polish Government decided to build a deep-sea port. Construction began in 1921. The city rose fast in the 1920s and 1930s, so architecture and planning reflect European trends of the day - Modernism. The city continues to grow to this day. Today, Gdynia is a modern city with a population of a quarter-million and is the second major polish port in the Baltic Sea after Gdansk.

Climate

The climate of Gdynia is an oceanic climate owing to its position of the Baltic sea, which moderates the temperatures, compared to the interior of Poland. The climate is cool throughout the year and there is a somewhat uniform precipitation throughout the year. Typical of Northern Europe, there is little sunshine during the year.

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Gdynia, Poland: Port Information


Small cruise liners dock at the Pomorskie Pier. It is 10 minutes on foot to the center of Gdynia or within a 45-minute ride to the Old Town of Gdansk.
Larger vessels dock at the Francuskie Pier. There are no facilities since it is an industrial zone of the port. It will take you about 30 minutes on foot to get to the town and train station.
There are shuttles and taxis.

Get around Gdynia, Poland


Zarząd Komunikacji Miejskiej (ZKM) operates buses and trolleybus. The network is efficient and frequent. Locals are keen to help with directions but always ask several people and see if they agree.

Szybka Kolej Miejska (SKM) 3 is fast regional commuter rail between Gdańsk - Sopot - Gdynia. It's fast and cheap. Ticket price depends on distance e.g.

What to see in Gdynia, Poland


Gdynia is a relatively modern city and one will not find many historical buildings. The oldest building in Gdynia is 13th century St. Michael Archangel's Church in Oksywie. There is also a 17th-century neo-Gothic manor house located in the Folwarczna Street in Orłowo.
However, what most tourists look for Gdynia deals with its recent past. In the harbor, there are two museum ships anchored, the

ORP Błyskawica

destroyer and the

Dar Pomorza

Tall Ship frigate. Gdynia is also famous for its numerous examples of early 20th-century architecture, especially monumentalism and early functionalism. Recently reconstructed Świętojańska street and Kościuszki square are also worth mentioning. The surrounding hills and the coastline attract many nature lovers. Leisure pier and cliff-like coastline in Kępa Redłowska, as well as the surrounding Reservation Park, are also popular. A 1.5 kilometer-long promenade leads from the marina in the city center to the beach in Redłowo. Most of Gdynia can be seen from Kamienna Góra (54 meters asl) or a newly built observation point near Chwaszczyno. You can also take hydrofoil or ship trip to Gdańsk Westerplatte, Hel or just see the port.
Gdynia is the only city in Poland and one of the few in Europe to pride itself on such long and accessible seashore. You will easily catch great views of the sea, and also find long promenades, beautiful waterfronts, marinas, yacht clubs, and great sand beaches.

Beaches

  • Plaża Miejska (city beach) is located in the center, next to Gdynia Marina and Bulwar Nadmorski (Seaside Promenade).
  • Plaża w Orłowie is located in Orłowo District, next to beautiful Orłowo cliffs. Reach by SKM Gdynia Orłowo or trolleybus lines 21 and 26.
  • Osada Rybacka (Fishermen Village) is a quite wild beach located in Oksywie district - besides suntanning, you can see beautiful, old fishermen equipment and a funicular for fish transport. It is better to go there in the morning, as in the late afternoon the sun is hidden by cliffs. The beach is accessible by 152 bus line from the city center - get out at the terminus of the line in Oksywie Dickmana direction.

Museums

  • Akwarium

    (Aquarium), Al. Jana Pawła II.
  • Muzeum Marynarki Wojennej, ul. Sędzickiego 3. Open air museum of Marine Weapons, helicopters, cannons, torpedoes, fighters.
  • ORP Błyskawica (Warship museum), Al. Jana Pawła II. Warship ORP Błyskawica (Lightning) started service in 1937 and operated during World War II. You can see a deck with artillery, engine rooms and a historic exhibition display of the Polish Navy.
  • Dar Pomorza (Tall ship museum), Al. Jana Pawła II. It's the most famous Polish training tall ship. It was built in 1909.

Sightseeing

  • Kamienna Góra with a nice panoramic view, also possible to see Hel peninsula.
  • Cliff and wooden pier in Orłowo. Reach by SKM Gdynia Orłowo or trolleybus lines 21 and 26.
  • Trójmiejski park krajobrazowy (Tricity Sightseeing Park) - a forest-park surrounding all tricity, with many sightseeing spots.
  • Bulwar Nadmorski (Seaside Promenade).

What to do in Gdynia, Poland


  • Beach: beaches in Gdynia are nice, clean and not as crowded as those in Gdańsk and Sopot.
  • Cinema
  • Heineken Open'er Festival. If you plan to come early summer don't miss one of the best European open-air music festivals with more than 70,000 fans and top world stars. Every year, internationally known musicians, as well as Polish musicians, add their names to the marquee.

What to eat and drink in Gdynia, Poland


  • Pueblo, ul. Abrahama 56 (entrance on Wladyslawa IV), ☎ +48 58 621-60-07, e-mail: pueblo3@wp.pl. Noon-11 PM. It's tough to find a good Mexican restaurant in Poland, let alone Europe, but Pueblo makes a good attempt. Better yet, the servings are plentiful and the price is muy bueno.
  • Barracuda, Bulwar Nadmorski im Feliksa Nowowiejskiego 10, ☎ +48 58 620 8000, +48 58 620 4000, e-mail: biuro@barracuda.net.pl. Noon-Midnight. This restaurant, right on the shore of the Baltic sea, serves up the best seafood in Poland, hand down. The interior is a cool fusion of dark and modern, but the ocean breeze and the Sinatra sonnets make the patio far more pleasant.

Shopping in Gdynia, Poland


Gdynia is a great place for shopping.
  • Batory, Ul. 10 lutego 11. Modern shopping mall right in the city center.
  • Klif, Al. Zwycięstwa 256. High-quality shopping mall not far from the Orłowo cliff.
  • Gemini, Ul. Waszyngtona 21. Shopping mall and cinema with a lot of restaurants and a small flea market with handmade artwork.
  • Świętojańska and Starowiejska. Two main shopping streets in Gdynia.
  • Hala Targowa, ul. Wójta Radtkego 36. Local marketplace with fruits, fish, and some flea market.

Safety in Gdynia, Poland


In general, Gdynia is safe. However, pickpocketing is possible so you should stay alert and watch your belongings. 
Always use your common sense.

Language spoken in Gdynia, Poland


Polish is the official language. English is widely spoken. 

LOCAL TIME

8:29 am
September 16, 2019
Europe/Warsaw

CURRENT WEATHER

13.73 °C / 56.714 °F
light rain
Tue

10.85 °C/52 °F
moderate rain
Wed

12.31 °C/54 °F
light rain
Thu

11.35 °C/52 °F
moderate rain
Fri

13.05 °C/55 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

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