Port Profile: Gdynia, Poland

Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, the Gdynia, Poland.

Getting To Know Gdynia

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You could argue that Gdynia is three destinations in one. That’s because it is hardly possible only to visit Gdynia when in Gdynia. Together with the neighboring cities of Gdansk and Sopot, Gdynia is part of a metropolitan area referred to as the Tricity (Trójmiasto, in Polish). Altogether the cities have more than a million inhabitants, making the region the fourth largest metropolitan area in Poland.

Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk are situated within 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) of each other, effectively forming a conurbation. Still, each of the three cities has a distinct character of its own.

Established only in the mid 1920s, Gdynia was the result of a decision in 1920 by the Polish Government to build a major seaport at what was then only a small village. The city that was built in connection with the port – Gdynia – received its city rights in 1926.  In spite of this, and thanks to the town that existed before today’s Gdynia was being built, visitors can also experience a rich and vibrant past. Examples include the church from the 13th century (St. Michael the Archangel’s Church) and the Kolibki Palace (see below under Do Not Miss and Museums). Read the full Port Profile of Gdynia Poland.

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