Difference between revisions of "Gdynia"
Revision as of 09:46, 18 June 2007
Gdynia is a port city in northern Poland. Gdynia, together with nearby Gdańsk and Sopot are often referred as Triple-city (pl: Trójmiasto). Gdynia was first mentioned in the 13th century as a fishing village. Its career began after World War I, when it became Poland´s main harbour and the biggest sea port at the Balitic Sea, which it still is.
By bus and trolleybus
Buses and trolleybus are cheap and frequent. Locals are keen to help with directions but always ask several people and see if they agree.
Here's the key to understanding Gdynia bus and trolley-bus route numbers:
Sights and tourist attractions
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 harbour there are two museum ships anchored, the ORP 0Błyskawica 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. 1.5 kilometres long promenade leads from the marina in the city centre to the beach in Redłowo. Most of Gdynia can be seen from Kamienna Góra (54 metres asl) or a newly built observation point near Chwaszczyno. You can also take hydrofoil or ship trip to Gdańsk Westerplatte, Hel or just see port.
City of Gdynia is also the host of the Heineken Open'er Festival, one of the biggest contemporary music festivals in Poland. The festival gathers many foreign Hip hop music, Rock music and electronic music artists every year.
There's a huge market in town called "Hala Targowa".
On the Hel Peninsula:
On the Vistuale Peninsula: