Gdynia is a relatively modern city, but the oldest building in Gdynia is nevertheless the 13th century St. Michael the Archangel's Church in Oksywie. There is also a 17th century neo-Gothic manor house located on Folwarczna Street in Orłowo. However, what attracts most tourists in Gdynia deals with its recent past. In the harbour, there are two anchored museum ships, the ORP Blyskawica destroyer and the Dar Pomorza Tall ship frigate.
Gdynia is famous for its numerous examples of early 20th century architecture, especially monumentalism and early functionalism, and modernism. Great example of modernism is PLO building situated at 10 lutego street. Recently reconstructed Świętojańska street and Kościuszko square are also worth a mention. The surrounding hills and the coastline attract many nature lovers. A leisure pier and a cliff-like coastline in Kępa Redłowska, as well as the surrounding Reservation Park, are also popular locations. A 1.5 kilometre long promenade leads from the marina in the city centre, to the beach in Redłowo.
Most of Gdynia can be seen from Kamienna Góra or a newly built observation point near Chwaszczyno. You can also take a hydrofoil or ship trip to Gdańsk Westerplatte, Hel or just see the port.
The obvious place to begin your exploration of Gdynia is probably Square Kościuszki. Located at the end of the Southern Pier ( Molo Poludniowe) it is considered as Gdynia's main square. In the warmer months it is a popular hangout for people who can enjoy the sea scape whilst stopping to browse the souvenir kiosks or sitting down at one of the many bars or restaurants that line the pier.
In the middle of the Square is a monument to all the Polish sailors who lost their lives during World War 2. Alongside is also a monument to one of Poland's favourite sons, the author Joseph Conrad.
On the western side of the pier are two museum ships, the ORP Blyskawica Destroyer and Dar Pomorza Tall Ship. The Blyskawica saw action during World War 2 before being donated to the Polish government as a museum ship. Both ships are still used as training ships and are still manned by sailors from the Polish navy.
From the pier you get a great view of one of Poland's newest residential developments, the Sea Towers. Expected to be completed in 2009 it will be the tallest building in Poland outside of Warsaw and will offer spectacular sea views for many of it's residents.
Further along the pier is the Gemini Centre which houses the Silver Screen Cinema (which often plays English speaking movies). This complex also houses a variety of shops and eateries including Dom Czekolady or House of Chocolate. At the top floor is an internet cafe and also a terrace with views of the pier.