Visiting the lively maritime town of Gdynia, it is hard to believe that some eighty years ago it was a small village. Nowadays, this important harbour and business centre is bustling with life. Gdynia can be a great destination for anyone who wants to relax without giving up the advantages of a vibrating urban area with many entertainment opportunities, superb clubs and restaurants.
Gdynia is one of the youngest Polish cities, which is reflected in its appearance and atmosphere. Its bustling centre and harbour are visited mainly in the summer, due to its maritime location and the long sandy beaches. Throughout the entire year, it plays the role of one of Poland’s major seaports and a major shipbuilding area.
Gdynia is situated along Gdansk Bay, the part of the Baltic sea sheltered by the Hel peninsula. The coastline is fringed with a long, sandy beach. The main engineer of the port and its founder chose this place because, as he wrote in 1920, Hel defends it from the wind, the water by the seashore is deep, the coast is low,and the Chylonia brook provides Gdynia with fresh water. There is also a small river named Kacza that crosses the southern area of the city.
Although the first written notes about its settlement primarily appeared in the 13th century, there is no doubt that Gdynia is one of the youngest towns in Poland. It was built almost from scratch just after World War I, when Gdansk became a free city under the control of the League of Nations and the country was lacking a seaport. As a result, Poland obtained a wide and modern window on the world.