The City of Gdynia is one of Poland's youngest cities, and the Port of Gdynia is the gateway to Poland. In addition to having a major seaport, the Port of Gdynia supports a busy international business center and four modern shipyards. Gdynia is especially interesting for people who like architecture from the 1920s and 1930s. To get information on the tourist attractions in the Port of Gdynia, please visit the city's tourism webpage.
The Port of Gdynia has a temperate climate with mild summers and cold winters. Summers are damp, with frequent thunderstorms and showers. Winters can be severe and cold. The Port of Gdynia has four distinct seasons. By the end of spring, it is warm and sunny, with occasional heavy rains. Autumn brings cold foggy weather by November. Winter, from December to March, brings periods of heavy snow. Humidity levels are relatively high throughout the year, ranging from 81% to 86%. Temperatures range from an average high of 14 °C (57 °F) in July and August to an average low of -4 °C (25 °F) in February.
Offering a long, easily accessible coastline, the Port of Gdynia is a popular destination for recreational boaters. Boasting one of Poland's biggest marinas, the Port of Gdynia offers space for 200 boats and can host 50-60 20-meter yachts. In 2003, the Port of Gdynia was recognized with the Honorary Award from the Polish Yachting Association for its outstanding organization.
In 2009, the Port of Gdynia will host the wonderful tall ships fleet, Central Europe's greatest yachting event and the World Cup Olympic Regatta. In June, the city celebrates the popular Marine Festival that attracts visitors from all over the world. A fleet of ferries in the Port of Gdynia takes tourists to many areas of interest in the region, and water taxis are available. The Port of Gdynia offers many marine-related activities for visitors including angling trips, motor boat driving lessons, diving courses, and diving expeditions to shipwrecks in the Gulf of Gdansk.
The Port of Gdynia Aquarium (Polish), located in the Marine Fisheries Institute building, is a popular attraction where visitors can observe aquatic life from the world's oceans and learn about the Baltic Sea. One of the largest facilities of its type in Poland, the Aquarium presents four major world aquatic ecosystems: coral reefs, deep oceans, the tropical Amazon Basin, and the Baltic Sea. The Aquarium contains three floors with 68 exhibition tanks containing over 1500 individual living specimens of fish, amphibians, and reptiles from 250 different species. The Aquarium also offers educational programs in marine biology for children.
The Port of Gdynia's Tall Ship Museum is a favorite for tourists. The Dar Pomorza was the most famous Polish tall ship. She was built in Hamburg in 1909 as a training ship for the German merchant maritime school. She won many prizes in the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Races during her active life. The tall ship is a three-mast full-rigger with a hull that is 72.6 meters long and 16.6 meters wide. Her masts are 41.4 meters tall, and the sails are about two thousand square meters. Open to the public since 1983, she is called the "White Frigate." A gift to the State Maritime School in Gdynia, she took 102 school cruises carrying over 13 thousand students and covered more than one-half million sea miles in her 51 years with the school.
Visitors to the White Frigate will start at the between-decks where the students lived during their cruises. Today, the area contains an exhibit with pictures, maps, and objects from the ship's past. The engine room contains the equipment that was used during bad weather and includes the engine, generator, pumps, compressors as well as other mechanical equipment. The tour includes the officers' cabins and the officers' mess. In one of the officers' cabins is a collection of objects from the home of Karol Borchardt, a famous Polish author who wrote about the sea and served as first mate on the White Frigate in the late 1930s. Visitors will see the Captain's sitting room, bedroom, and bath and the owner's cabin. The tour also includes the galley, the forecastle, and the Victory Bell.
Travelers who would like to visit the Port of Gdynia by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.