Most of the tourist attractions are by the Southern Pier (Molo Poudniowe) waterfront. The destroyer Byskawica (tel. 58/626-36-58; www.navy.mw.mil.pl) is moored here and a must-see for fans of maritime history. Upon news of imminent invasion by the Germans in 1939, the vessel was dispatched to join the Allied naval forces. Retired from active service, it became the only Polish ship to receive the Golden Cross of Military Virtue in 1987. Chirpy, uniformed mariners conduct you through the engine rooms and the on-board museum. The tour is in Polish, but English information booklets are available for sale at the ticket booth. A quick tour of the ship will take about 30 minutes, but you might spend more time queuing, as this is a popular attraction. On the opposite side of the Southern Pier is the Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium (Muzeum Oceanograficzne i Akwarium) (Al. Jana Pawa II 1; tel. 58/732-66-01; www.akwarium.gdynia.pl). A state-of-the-art facility it's not, but it has some rare specimens such as Chinese water dragons and snapping turtles to make a less-than-an-hour visit enjoyable.
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