The Polish coast is one of the most interesting places that you can visit. Tourists who want to relax on the seashore can stop in small coastal towns. However, fans of sightseeing shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the Tricity. Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot are three cities located next to each other, one of the most beautiful ones in the country. Here are some interesting and little-known places that are worth seeing there.
1. Motor Museum in Gdynia
Gdynia Automotive Museum is the fruit of passion for the motorization of Mr. Witold Ciążkowski. He bought his first old motorcycles and cars for his pocket money when he was a child. When his garage no longer housed his collection, he decided to open a museum.
Today in the museum you can see such pearls of the world’s automotive industry as Ford T or Harley Davidson 42 WLA, as well as a rich archive full of schemes, maps of rally routes and photos. And all this in a stylized environment as if it were drawn straight from the 1920s.
2. Torpedo Launch Station in Gdynia
The ruins of the torpedo launch station, the German research center created during World War II, are one of the most inspiring attractions of Gdynia. The torpedo launch station was built on caissons sunk three hundred meters from the shore. However, unreported and unused after the war, it fell into disrepair, and the port basin became silent. The torpedo ship was connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge, which was destroyed in the 1990s to make access to this place difficult. For this reason, it is difficult to get there without a boat, but you can admire the view of it from the beach in Babie Doły.
3. Sierakowskich Manor House in Sopot
The classicist Sierakowskich manor is one of the oldest monuments in Sopot’s architecture. Historic details are preserved on the ground floor of the building: tiled stoves from the end of the 18th century, several ornamented double doors, numerous metal fittings, stucco facades, a rosette and paintings on the ceiling. Currently – as the seat of the Society of Friends of Sopot – it plays the role of one of the most active centers of cultural life in the city.
Cyclical events that take place in the Sierakowskich Manor House include exhibitions, vernissages, Thursday Musical Evenings, Poems on the Floor or Teatr na Stole. In the intimate interiors on the ground floor of Dworek Sierakowskich, there is an artistic cafe Młody Byron.
4. The Shakespeare Theatre in Gdansk
The Shakespeare Theater was established in a place wherein the 17th century functioned the Fencing School – the first public theater of the then Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Multiple artists used to come to the Gdańsk theater regularly, including wandering English actors to exhibit the art of English playwrights in Gdańsk – among them Shakespeare ones. The building of the present theater is inspired by the seventeenth-century prototype. The present theater functions in a similar way to its 17th-century predecessor as an impresario theater, without its acting group, inviting theaters and artists from Poland, Europe, and the world. It is also the headquarters of the Shakespeare Festival. In addition to participating in plays, there is also the possibility of visiting the theater building.
5. Teatr BOTO in Sopot
The BOTO Theater is located in one of the most recognizable spots of Sopot – near the famous Monciak, not far from the pier. It is a space that combines theater, music and visual arts. The creators assume that BOTO should be a place open to searching, an artistic experiment and a direct relationship with the viewer.
The repertoire consists primarily of guest performances. Besides, the foundation that runs the theater creates cultural projects – such as the Sopot Non-Fiction Festival. On the ground floor of the building, there is also a baroteka – a combination of a bar and exhibition space.
6. Bunkier nightclub in Gdansk
Bunkier is a nightclub situated inside the old German bunker. From the outside, it greets with a large concrete block of the old shelter. On the one hand, it is extremely intriguing – who wouldn’t want to see what’s inside? On the other hand, a visit there isn’t the best idea for people who feel bad in tight, dark rooms. Although the decor of each of the several rooms on five floors is varied (arrangements for, among others, a knight’s room, prison, African or classic pub room), the harsh and cold atmosphere of industrial space prevails.
Despite over a thousand square meters, the club does not look like a moloch, in almost every room you can feel intimate. It should especially appeal to alternative enthusiasts, not necessarily to fans of classic disco clubs.
7. Vistulamouth Fortress in Gdansk
The fortress is located right next to the harbor channel – it guarded Gdańsk against the sea. Until the 16th century, it was located directly by the seashore. As a result of the activity of sea waters and the Vistula river, the Westerplatte peninsula was formed, which separated it from the sea. However, in the fortress walls, there were sea waves, and on its tower, a fire was burning, pointing the way to ships heading for the port of Gdansk. The object is usually closed to visitors due to ongoing renovation and conservation work.
The full opening of the Wisłoujście Fortress Department will take place after the completion of the Fort Carre reconstruction and adaptation for the museum and tourist purposes. Currently, you can visit this place from June to September.
8. Street Art on Zaspa in Gdansk
Zaspa in Gdansk is the largest integrated gallery of monumental painting in Poland. There are over 50 murals created on four-story, eight-story or 11-story blocks. The first 10 murals were created in Zaspa in 1997. Every year, as part of the Monumental Art Festival, artists from around the world create new murals here. If you want to see all the works and learn about their history, you can use the services of local guides. The walks with the guides are free and take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 17:30 and Saturdays at 13:00.
9. Hotel Zdrowie in Gdynia
One of the most recognizable places in Gdynia is the exclusive Orłowo. The deserted walls of the former health sanatorium have been towering over the Orłowo panorama for years. The resort, which doesn’t remember the times of its magnificence, was still vibrant with day and night in the 90s. Today it is deteriorating but it doesn’t deter tourists. On the contrary, urbex enthusiasts are happy to visit this object. Visiting an abandoned sanatorium, you can look into the dining room, rooms, rehabilitation room, reception. However, it is worth remembering to keep security measures when visiting this place because it is not protected and supervised.
10. Beaches for dogs in Gdynia
People traveling with dogs can face numerous problems when they go to the seaside. There are, however, dog-friendly places in the Tricity, where your pets can play freely. In Gdynia, there are two such beaches. The first one is located between the entrances to the beach no. 18 and 19 near Kolibki Park. The second one is at the entrance no. 4. However, it must be remembered that dogs must be kept on a leash and if you want to release them – they must have a muzzle.
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Updated: October 11, 2019