Building School (Zespół Szkół Budowlanych im. Bronisława Bukowskiego) is one of many schools in Gdynia. It’s a vocational school for 16 – 19 students who graduated middle school called gymnazjum in Polish. The thing which makes me write about it is the unique localisation of school buildings. (It has a dorm either. )
The school is on the hill just near the sea, in fact the Bay of Gdansk. There is a spectacular bluff and beautiful woods nearby.
I recommend to hike, let’s say, from the City Hall along Kopernika Street and take left just behind the school. You can get to the school by bus No. 133 either to avoid breathless walking up the hill. There is a path you can go down through a scenic woods to Polanka Redłowska and the sea shore.
Sea Towers is the name of a newly built skyscraper in Gdynia, just by the sea. The idea of constructing such a high building in a relatively small city with excellent modernist architecture was very controversial. I was one of the critics, but now I have adjusted to the view of the building and appreciate a piece of not banal architecture in a town which once was made from the scrap. Gdynia is 86 years old. Once it was a village.
Kashubian Square (Plac Kaszubski) is quite interesting place in Gdynia located at the end of the main street of the town called Świętojańska Street. What interesting in the square that you can see buildings from 1920., 1930. but also modern ones. And I think they are in a kind of harmony. There is a statue of a Kashubian activist, Antoni Abraham. You cans see the Gdynia’s skyscraper from the square and you can prolong your walk and reach the port.
While touring around Gdynia, we stopped by on the top of the hill to see the panorama of the city. I was taken a photo. That's one of many advantages of hosting friends.
"You can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the harbor and of the city from the top of Kamienna Góra (Stone Hill), easily recognizable by the large cross at its top. "
If you are fond of architecture, especially modernism, Gdynia is the best place to do a lot of sightseeing. You can read on: that: “…only a few cities had their city-centres and key public buildings built in the spirit of modernist avant-garde such as the case was with Gdynia, Tel Aviv or Brasilia. Gdynia is a an exceptional ubran complex of modernist buildings, including Śródmieście (Downtown) which was entered to the register of monuments.(…) The modernist Gdynia Downtown was shaped over a very short period of the 30's which additionally reinforced the symbolic message of the "white architecture" and the "sunny city".”
But not only Świętojańska or 10 lutego Streets are worth seeing with their “cuboidal tenement houses and more distinctive silhouettes of aerodynamic buildings” but also industrial buildings. For example some warehouses in Polska Street.
Some routs of that kind of architecture is professionally described on: http://en.modernizmgdyni.pl/?page_id=18.
There are at least for routes: 1) 10 Lutego Street – Southern Pier, 2) Kamienna Góra, 3) Świętojańska Street and the last one, they call it 4) “Unknown Modernism”.
When in Gdynia you must take a sea trip to Baltiysk which is in Russia; it takes a whole day to go there and back and costs 100 zloty; unfortunately passengers are not allowed to leave (as it is a military area) but can watch the port and do some extremely cheap shopping in a duty free shop aboard.
When you are in Gdynia in summer you can go for a day trip to Koscierzyna to visit an open air museum of steam locomotives.Of course it's open not only in summer, but in July and August at weekends there's a train from Gdynia to Koscierzyna which is pulled by a steam locomotive and usually consists of old carriages.The trip takes about 2 hours and in Koscierzyna you can visit a museum. Even in high season you meet there only a few tourists and if you're interested in those steam engines you can climb and explore them wherever you want.
I have seen this hill with huge cross from the main street of Gdynia. It is not so far from Gdynia central part. As it is mentioned, mount is about 54 meters high and you could see panorama of town from this upland. Surely if someday I will return to Gdynia, I will make sightseeing from that place :)
Pier of Gdynia is a home for ships and yachts museum. Let say, ship Dar Pomorza stands on right side of pier, walking from train station side. Ship is 91 meters long and actually 100 years old already; it was used for training purposes at Naval School of Poland. After last voyage at 1983 it was opened for public eyes. It is not only possible to see ships outside, but to enter them to see interior and the way in which sailors lived.
Other, left side of pier is full of yachts from different corners of the World.
After walking the long street from Gdynia train and tram stations, you will meet concrete pier of Gdynia. This is a place of main city attractions and sites – there are ship museum (presented mostly newer war ships and yachts), some sculptures, restaurants and souvenir kiosks.
If you like gambling you can visit a casino in Gdynia. It's located in the centre of the city in the Musical Theatre. Don't expect too much- the casino is small and doesn't offer a wide variety of games but it a kind of cheap, so- why not to try?!
Gdynia has also got its wooden pier and it's worth a visit although it's not as long and famous as that in Sopot, by the pier there also a cliff of Orlowo. if you like fish-by the pier you can buy fresh.
In my previous tip I recommended a visit to Koscierzyna. Once you get there and you have a car, think about a visit to the next open air museum. The museum is situated in Wdzydze in the beautiful surroundigs. On the display there are many old houses, mills, a church etc.There are also two small country restaurants, but I haven't eaten there so I can't recommend.
This aquapark is located in Sopot-Kamienny Potok, not far away from Gdynia. I strongle recommend you going there especially when you visit Gdynia off-season or when the summer is cold as it offers a wide variety of different water (and not only!) attractions.
When you are in Gdynia go for a walk to Kamienna Gora - a hill with a big cross on the top. No problem with finding it as it is in the very centre of the town. The sooner you go there, the better you do because now you can still admire the picturesque view. But the trees are growing all the time...
If you feel hungry-visit Rodizio El Toro (see my restaurant tips)