I wrote about Gdańsk. I wrote about Sopot. Time for Gdynia - a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland. Together with the spa town of Sopot and the city of Gdańsk, Gdynia forms a metropolitan area called the Tricity (Trójmiasto), with a population of over a million people.
Gdynia is the most modern of the three.
During the the communist era, the city was a window to the world; it is from here that famous tall ships would sail out to sea. Which brings us to the first stop on the sightseeing tour of Gdynia: Dar Pomorza.
The Dar Pomorza (English: Gift of Pomerania) is a Polish full-rigged, three-masted sailing ship built in 1909. In 1929, it was bought with public donations and handed over to the Gdynia Maritime University. It was the first Polish vessel to circle the earth and sail around Cape Horn, calling at hundreds of ports and training 14,000 students.
Today, the unit is a floating museum, a branch of the National Maritime Museum. Check it out if you’d like to see what life on a sailing ship feels like. Preserved intact, the interiors, photographs, maps and memorabilia tell the history and describe the day-to-day life of its crew.
A cliff-like coastline and a wooden Gdynia Orłowo Pier bring in big crowds of tourists in high season but.. it’s still my favourite pier on the Baltic Sea coast! Love it!
Of course, a visit to Gdynia wouldn’t be complete without a stop-over at PĄCZUŚ - a famous doughnut shop that serves, undoubtedly, the best doughnuts in Tricity. The fillings include cranberry, chocolate/raspberry or halva, just to name a few. Yum!