Gdynia

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Introduction

Gdynia is a city and a seaport of Gdańsk Bay on the south coast of the Baltic Sea, with a population of 246,309, making it the twelfth largest city in Poland and the third largest in historical region of Pomerania (after Gdańsk and Szczecin). Gdynia is called the capital of Kashubia with traditions of Eastern part of Pomerania.

Gdynia is one of the youngest and modern cities in Poland. In the early 1900s Gdynia was a little village, but after World War I and establishing the Free City of Danzig, the Polish Government decided to build a deep-sea port. Construction began in 1921. The city rose fast in the 1920s and 1930s, so architecture and planning reflect European trends of the day - Modernism. The city continues to grow to this day. Today, Gdynia is a modern city with a population of a quarter-million and is the second major polish port in the Baltic Sea after Gdańsk.

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Neighbourhoods

Gdynia, along with Gdansk and Sopot forms part of Tricity municipal area. Those three cities cooperate in many areas, including transport and culture. Gdynia is also close to the Kaszuby region (many lakes and forests) and Hel Peninsula (beaches).

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Sights and Activities

Gdynia is a relatively modern city and one will not find many historical buildings. The oldest building in Gdynia is the 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 Błyskawica 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. 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. A 1.5-kilometre-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.

Gdynia is the only city in Poland and one of the few in Europe to pride itself on such long and accessible seashore. You will easily catch great views of the sea, and also find long promenades, beautiful waterfronts, marinas, yacht clubs and great sand beaches.

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Events and Festivals

Open'er Festival is the biggest music festival in Poland, and one of the biggest in Europe. It takes place at the end of June/beginning of July and lasts 3-4 days. Tickets are usually sold out long before the festival starts. There are several stages and lineups vary from famous music stars (Kylie Minougue, Depeche Mode) to best Polish artists.

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Weather

As Gdynia is located on the Baltic Sea coast, it's a bit warmer here in winter and cooler in summer, compared to the rest of Poland. Temperatures vary from -5 degrees in winter to 30 degrees in summer.

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Getting There

By Plane

Gdansk Airport in the area.

By Train

Train connections to the most of cities in Poland, including Szczecin, Koszalin, Slupsk, Poznań, Wroclaw, Warsaw and Krakow.

By Car

Gdynia is on the European route E28 from Berlin through Szczecin and Koszalin to Gdansk, Elblag, Kaliningrad, Vilnius and Minsk.

By Boat

Gdynia is accessible by boat and large Ships and is a popular destination among cruise ships. You may then arrange a trip to Gdansk, which is older and more interesting than Gdynia. Also, regular boats go between Gdynia and Hel

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Getting Around

Zarząd Komunikacji Miejskiej (ZKM) operates buses and trolleybus. Network is efficient and frequent. Locals are keen to help with directions but always ask several people and see if they agree. You apply for the reduced fair if you can show an international student card and are younger than 26.

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Sleep

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Work

Gdynia is part of Tricity (Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia) and there are many job opportunities both for locals and expats.

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Keep Connected

Internet

In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.

Post

Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.

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