Gdynia, Poland: More Than A Baltic Port

The second largest city port in Pomerelia, The Land at the Sea is Gdynia. This former fishing village on the Baltic coast in the German Empire is now transformed into a tourist destination after Poland gained independence after the Central Powers’ defeat in First World War. Due to the support of the French, the port has been expanded, but was heavily destroyed by Nazi Germany in the Second World War before it was recaptured by Soviet Union which had great communist influence in Poland until the fall of the Iron Curtain. These series of events in Gdynia make the city interesting in terms of world significance. This drew me to visit the Polish port.

1.     Fontanna

The fountain in Kashubian Square has thirty nozzles, which creates illumination of different colors. This has been part of the environmental political measure of the city residents.

2.     Skwer Kościuszki

The square is a street in the downtown Gdynia for commemorating the Catholic pope John Paul II.  Interestingly, during the Nazi Occupation, the German altered the name of the square to Adolf Hitler Platz.

3.     Okręt-Muzeum ORP "Błyskawica"

ORP Lightning was used during the Second World War in the Atlantic and Norway. It has been stationary ship defense and a museum ship, given it is the world’s oldest preserved destroyer.

4.     Statek-muzeum "Dar Pomorza"

The White Frigate is a sailing school in the twenties, and currently a ship-musuem. It almost sank in the Bay in Biscay and was purchased by Poland at a very cheap price. The ship gave extremely financial contribution to the society Pomerania, training thousands of students. It is also the first Polish ship in the history to circumnavigate around the world.

5.     Basen I Prezydenta

The seaport on the Bay of Gdynia is the third largest in Poland. This is the literally named after the President.

6.     Nabrzeże Pomorskie

The Pomorskie wharf is located on the south pier and commonly called the Kosciuszko Square. This is where ORP Lightning and White Frigate are docked.

7.     Molo Południowe

The South Pier was newly built in the 20th century. It is mistakenly called the Kashubian Square but it is onlt the area between the streets of St. John and the beginning of the Southern Pier.

8.     Puck Bay

The shallow western branch of the Bay of Gdansk. This is separated from the open sea by the Hel Peninsula. The bay is only available for small fishing boats and yachts. It is believed that there are deposits of potassium salt on the bottom of Bay of Puck.

9.     Marina Gdynia

It is a place to hold number of sailing events at the European and global levels. The area has access to water and electricity and infrastructures conducive for the stay of international sailors.

10.  Park Rady Europy

The Park Council of Europe is near the Musical Theatre and the seaside boulevard. The tribute exiles of Siberia is found.

11.  Plaża miejska w Gdyni

Beach Gdynia is the most popular destination in the city port. It is known as the wild beach by the residents prompting lifeguards to be in the area.

12.  Plac Zabaw

This is a playground near the Beach Gdynia. This is somehow a visual break from the beach and the Gdynia port where ships are docked. It is a place for children and their family for recreation.

13.  Muzeum Miasta Gdyni

The purpose of the museum is documenting and spreading information about the history and present of Gdynia, with particular emphasis on the importance of urban-port facility in the Polish state.

The historic and commercial significance of Gdynia is obvious. However, the seaview of the port city makes it a unique Polish city worthy of a visit by any tourist interested on the things city port could offer. I know this will not be the last time I would be visiting the city. I recommend the city actually.


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