Gdynia is for some people a city from the sea, for others a city of dreams ... for me Gdynia is a city in the forest, on the hills and by the sea. I lived in Gdynia for 25 years. I know this city quite well and that's why it was not easy for me to start photographing Gdynia. It is such a paradox - the most difficult to photograph known places. I missed the "fresh effect", the sense of observation is dulled by everyday life. I took pictures in Gdynia many times but I was not happy with them. I was always missing something ... The photos seemed too obvious ... For over a dozen years I have already lived outside the city. There were big changes in Gdynia. New roads, shopping centers, sports arenas, cinemas and even something like Sea Towers ... I've got a distance over the years. Now I look at "my city" with the eye of a tourist who sees more ...
I have always liked to see Gdynia from above ... From the observation tower on Witomino, from the escarpment above the suburban railway station on Wzgórze Nowotki (now St. Maximilian's Hill), from Kamienna Góra or the rooftops of the skyscrapers that we entered ... The city from above and from a distance has such a strange magic - you can not hear the city noise, you can not see exactly the cars and people - the effect of watching a live and very precisely made model. Without participating in urban life, from outside, without interaction, like a spectator on an endless spectacle.
Now I have the opportunity to see the city from my favorite perspective without going to the roofs. That's why I decided after a few years to come back to photographing the city in which I grew up. I also recommend you a gallery: Winter in Gdynia - there you can see the city in completely different colors.
A quiet June evening in Gdynia ... The city is slowly going to sleep ... Warmth, silence, peace, a slight breeze, the smell of the sea and an amazing spectacle in the sky ...
The largest music theater in Poland - Musical Theater D. Baduszkowa in Gdynia. Gdynia Film Center and Mercure Gdynia Centrum Hotel.
Most tourists visiting Gdynia will probably be here. I have always been surprised that this is a lookout point but you can not see much ... Only when we get up above the trees is the panorama of the city begins to amaze ... The perfect place for a view tower - but there is a cross ...
See the entire panorama of Gdynia on spherical photography.
Kościuszko Square and the Southern Pier are one of the greatest tourist attractions in Gdynia. There are moored: Blyskawica ship and Dar Pomorza sailing ship at the Southern Pier. Cruise ships from Żegluga Gdańska also depart from here. There is the Gdynia Aquarium at the end of the pier.
There is a new tourist attraction: funicular railway to Kamienna Góra (Stone Mountain) on the right, and on the left Panorama on Kamienna Góra - a cult restaurant and Night Club.
The Coastal Prestige Zone in Gdynia is in post-industrial areas at Kościuszki Square.
Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) at the Port of Gdynia. It looks like a large colorful toy made of blocks :-)
Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Poland, Świętojańska Street, Kamienna Góra in Gdynia. You can see that Gdynia is a young city... the basilica is so small...
Yacht Park - apartment buildings and a marina in one of the most prestigious locations in the center of Gdynia.
Aerial view of the center of Gdynia: Świętojańska Street, Kaszubski Square, the port and Sea Towers apartment buildings.
The Gdynia district of Witomino is located on post-glacial moraine hills and surrounded by forests. The center of Gdynia is less than 3 km. Just go down ul. Kielecka, go under the railway tracks. I know exactly this route because I lived in this estate for many years ... and how much time we spent in these woods and what was happening there ... long to tell ... "patch rallies" on bicycles, swings on trees, trenches, bunkers , huts, bonfires in the valley behind the block ... and in winter, sleds and downhill skiing from steep forest hills ...
Office buildings and the Experyment Science Center in Gdynia Redłowo were built in a place where there used to be a bus and a trolleybus depot. There is the SKM Gdynia Redłowo railway station and the Municipal Stadium on the spherical photo.
The storm is coming over Gdynia. There is the district of Saint Maximilian Hill (Wzgorze Swietego Maksymiliana) in the foreground.
The greenery of the beech forests, the sea shade of the Baltic Sea, the azure sky color and the city in the warm rays of the setting sun - Gdynia is in the top three best places to live in the World according to LivCom Awards.
Seaside Boulevard Feliks Nowowiejski in Gdynia. A promenade with a length of about 1.5 km begins at the city beach and leads south along the sea shore to the beach at Polanka Redłowska. In addition to the recreational function, the boulevard is also a breakwater protecting the shore against waves during storms.
The highway on a overpass (flyover) above the trees - a visionary idea fits perfectly with Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski, who initiated the development of a small fishing village to big city and the construction of the port in Gdynia.
Obłuże is a residential district on the hills above the port on the northern side of Gdynia.
A colorful housing estate in Gdynia Demptowo. There you can see the beautiful location of the district in the valley between hills covered with forest on a spherical photo.
Highway in Gdynia - route named after Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski (Kwiatkowski's Estakada) with a length of over 5 km connects the Port and Container Port with the Tricity beltway (Obwodnica Trójmiejska). The road was built from 1974 to 2008.
Fikakowo in Gdynia is a housing estate in the Wielki Kack district. There you can see the whole area including the Karwiny district on a spherical photo.
There is the crossroads of Eugeniusza Kwiatkowskiego and Janka Wiśniewskiego streets and the district of Gdynia Leszczynki in the background.
There are Gdynia districts: Karwiny, Fikakowo and Wielki Kack in this aerial photo.
Top view of the Śródmieście district in Gdynia and the setting sun.
I lived in Gdynia since the late 70s of the twentieth century and then it was the Nowotka Hill. From 1990, the name was changed to St. Maximilian Hill. This short history of this place perfectly shows the changes in Poland that have taken place after the transformation of the system. The communist was changed into Saint. There is no doubt who fought with whom and for what.
The Town Hall is at Aleja Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 52/54 in Gdynia.
Sunny but cold day on the beach in Gdynia Orłowo in the winter. You can see more winter photos in the gallery: Winter in Gdynia.
Pier in Gdynia Orłowo in sunny winter day.
Summer sunset in Gdynia. I like this city because there is a lot of nature here - hills and forests :-)
Two skyscrapers (height over 140) meters are built 12 meters from the sea by the harbor.
Gdynia - an evening view of the Karwiny and Wielki Kack districts.
Działki Leśne (Forest Plots) - a district in Gdynia located by the forests growing on the glacial plateau. Adam Mickiewicz II High School at Wolności (Freedom) street is in the foreground.
Seaport Gdynia and Dar Młodzieży sailing ship.
Apartment building Sea Towers in a sea of clouds.
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