The port city of Gdynia, and even more so the port of Gdynia, caused a stir in the 1920s and 1930s on the map of Europe. The port was the most modern in Europe. The city was growing at “American speed”. And then, boom! Its development was abruptly halted by the outbreak of World War II.

Gdynia was conceived as soon as Poland experienced its return to independence in 1918, after disappearing from the European map for more than 120 years (independence and the borders of Poland confirmed by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919).
Poland within its borders at that time lacked a port.
Gdańsk, with its isolated harbour at the mouth of the river, was “Free City of Danzig”, therefore a city-state landlocked in the territory of Poland at the time.

And so for the economic development of the country the nation hastened to build its port.

The architecture of the port and the city was very modern compared to previous constructions of this type, which were seen all over the world. This is thanks to fairly recent technological discoveries that permanently changed the universe in which humanity lived for centuries.
Gdynia’s simple urban skeleton was already designed for car use.

The urban layout of downtown Gdynia is listed in the register of the country’s heritage monument.

In 2013 I toured Gdynia (as well as Gdańsk and Sopot) for a group from one of the universities in Paris*. The proportions of the buildings and the proportions of the facades on the streets were something that the architecture professor loved and spoke a lot about this subject.
Some like it, some don’t like it too much. It’s up to you.

*About*: since the site you are looking at dates from 2023 only, I offer you written recommendations on my service for this excursion. You will find them on the “offer” bookmark where I have posted recommendations, including those in French. None in English yet, sorry!


I invite you to discover the city center of Gdynia, take a look at the neighboring district: the Kamienna Góra with its villas, and at one of the most modern European ports in the first half of the 20th century with warehouses and cold rooms of the era. It is also there – in the port of Gdynia, in its old maritime station where the transatlantic ships for America arrived and left – the Museum of Emigration. It was a very busy place in the 1920’s as a lot of people were coming back from abroad to invest their money in developing Gdynia while still some were leaving for new destinations to get a better start for their family abroad. I wonder who does not have an emigrant within his family and so I advise you to visit it, as it’s been set up for both Polish and English speakers and is also offering audio guides in several languages including Polish, English, German, French, Spanish and Swedish, as well as in Polish sign language.