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Gdynia

Gdynia is the second and youngest of the Tricity sisters. It is located on the Gulf of Gdansk on the Baltic sea, on the northern edge of the Tricity. A tiny, inconspicusous fishing village before the 1920's, Gdynia suddenly became a place of prominence in the wake of World War I, when it was transferred to Poland and it was decided that this sleepy hamlet would become a major port. This decision was ratified by the Polish Parliament in 1922, and the population of Gdynia, in the next 10 years zoomed from 300 to 100,000 inhabitants. It also became a trendy seaside resort. Today, it is a highly successful economic region of Poland, with the sea being the pivot of its economy.

Being such a young city, Gdynia may lack the historical architecture and culture of its neighbor Gdansk, but it makes up for these by far with its throbbing nightlife and opportunities for entertainment.

Being a sea port, Gdynia offers great views of the sea. There a sidewalks for long strolls, yacht clubs, marinas and a very long and easy-to-access seashore.

Begin your sightseeing tour of Gdynia in Kosciuszki Square. Head for the dockyards, where ships like the ORP Blyskawica Destroyer ('Lightning') or Dar Parmoza ( the Pomeranian Gift) are anchored. The Viking II, a tourist ship takes tourists for day sightseeing cruises around the Bay of Gdansk. At night, it doubles up as a boat restaurant.

The Maritime Museum and Aquarium or Oceanarium, transports you to the depths of the deep blue ocean, where the sights leave you dumbfounded.

Next, consider taking a walk down the Seaside Promenade (Bulwar Nadmorski). Stop for some Polish beer and some real revelry at the Contrast Café.

Breathtaking views of the harbor and the city are unveiled from the top of the Kamienna Gora (Stony Mount). It has a large cross at the top, so you won't miss it. Enroute, try for tickets for a show at the famous Musical Theatre (Teatr Muzyczny) which stages world-famous musicals.

Starowiejska street is a shopper's paradise, so head there to spend your money. Ask for 'Batory', a modern shopping centre, where also you can shop till you drop.

The range of hotels available in Gdynia is fast increasing. If you are seeking exclusive accommodation, you could consider Hotel Gdynia. It is a huge property, overlooking the Baltic Sea. It offers top class facilities even for the business traveler. The rooms are clean and functional. The other option in the up market category is the Willa Lubicz. A very lavish hotel, it transports you to the time of Poland's golden age.

Hotel Antracyt is a mid-range property, perched on a hill near the sea. Its quiet environs and friendly staff allow you to loosen up and relax after a hectic day of sightseeing and shopping.

If you want to eat out, try the Pueblo restaurant that serves Mexican cuisine. Unlike most other Mexican restaurants in Poland, this one will surprise you pleasantly with its very authentic fare.

So what are you waiting for? Gdynia beckons!


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