Gdynia. One of the youngest cities in Poland. Thanks to its relatively young age, the urban space in Gdynia is planned out in a more modern way than in most cities with centuries-old tradition. You can tell that immediately when you arrive.
Begin your trip with Kamienna Góra, a hill giving splendid views of the city. From up there, you will spot the next attraction on your list – the Emigration Museum located in the port of Gdynia. The museum is devoted to the difficult history of Poland and Polish patriots forced to abandon their country due to political reasons. You won’t get bored here – the museum, just like the city itself, is modern and interactive and employs latest technologies to present the lives of Polish emigrants in an accessible way.
Another must-see in Gdynia is the district of Orłowo. Its name may have its origins in an inn Adlershorst, which literally means eagle’s eyrie (Orle Gniazdo in Polish), set up by Hans Adler, a fisherman, at the beginning of the 19th century. The name of the district was officially changed into ‘Orłowo’ in 1920. The district perfectly renders the character of the city, blending a calm atmosphere of a 1920s resort and business spots and modern shopping centres. Its highlights include a cliff covered in shrubs and trees, separating wild nature from the calm grandeur of the sea, and a beautiful, hundred-metre wide beach. It’s one of the cleanest and least crowded bathing spots in the area.
This district has also been very popular with artists. For example, in the interwar period, it was often visited by Stefan Żeromski, a Polish novelist also known as ‘the conscience of the nation’. The place he used to stay in was later turned into a museum with a café. Another artist who fell in love with Gdynia was Antoni Suchanek, who was later commemorated by a statue on one of benches in Orłowo.
Gdynia is also a perfect place for shopping. Suffice to take a walk down one of main streets in Gdynia – Świętojańska Street – to find plenty of shopping spots. The street is sometimes called ‘a shopping salon’ of Gdynia, and the wide selection of stores will satisfy even the most discerning customers. After shopping, you can go to one of numerous cafés or have a dinner in one of restaurants, which offer a wide selection of original and excellent dishes.
Exclusive boutiques on Świętojańska Street aren’t the only shopping spot in the city. In Gdynia, there are plenty of shopping centres, where everyone will find something to their liking, such as Klif in Orłowo or Riviera, which is one of the largest shopping centres in Poland.