Sopot – romantic, crowded and charming.
Sopot, not a big city, situated between Gdansk and Gdynia. On one side surrounded by the waters of the Baltic Bay and from the other by the Tricity Landscape Park. For some group of people, it is the most romantic city in Poland, for others the destination for health treatments, the rest come here to relax and to have fun.
Sopot is a health sea resort. Every year people from all over Poland come here to have health treatments and drink special salt brine and the iodine water from the deep ground.
Sopot is a city with rich history with its characteristic symbol of Poland – the pier. This pier is a symbol of Sopot as well as the longest such object in Europe. It was built Between XIX /XX c. The walking section is over half kilometre long, with its 450 metres leading into the Baltic bay waters. Gradually renovated and modernised, today the pier is proud to have a modern marina, where luxurious yachts and boats can come. Pier is Sopot is the place for strolls and relaxation. You can have a rest on one of the benches, direct Your face towards the sun, listen to the waves and the birds singing, to feel the true happiness.
The pier in Sopot with modern marina, fot. Pomorskie.Travel
Near the pier there are two historical parks – the Northern Spa and the Southern Spa. We can find over 60 different kinds of trees and plants under protection. There is a recreation park, small football pitch, picturesque walking paths and the cycling paths. In the southern Spa there are also so called inhalation mushrooms, where You can try the healthy salt brine.
Sopot - unobvious attractions
Sopot is also the place with a big number of walking paths along the sea shore, where we can walk (or cycle or use a pedicab or roller skaters) towards Gdynia or Gdansk. Along the walking paths there are plenty of bigger and smaller restaurants, serving mainly fish. There are also luxurious hotels along, including almost 100 years old Grand Hotel and spa and health facilities. There is also a Balneological Hospital which offers swimming in salt brine pools and the former lighthouse, from which there is a beautiful view to the pier, beach and the Baltic Bay.
Legendary Grand Hotel, fot. mat. Sofitel Grand Sopot
The central part of the spa is a pedestrian street called The Heroes of Monte Cassino. This is the place where are most of cafes, restaurants , clubs and the Chamber Stage of the Cost Theatre and characteristic due to its architecture Crooked House. Walking down the city towards South – West we reach the forested part of Sopot with the famous Forest Opera. It is an amphitheatre, which since 1909 is one of the most important point on the concert map of Poland. There are shows, festivals and concerts organised here till today.
Along the Haffner Street (the city founder, by the way), there are the most imposing houses and mansions in Sopot and the archaeological open air museum – “Grodzisko” in Sopot. It is something for the history lovers due to the fact that this was the place where the first settlement was located at VIII c.
Sopot is full of life all year long. It is worth coming here during the summer, when the streets are all the time crowded, as well as in the Winter time, when You can only hear the waves and the seagulls…
The Forest Opera in Sopot, center of artistic life in the resort
Bohaterów Monte Cassino - "Monciak"
Long before anybody thought of Sopot as a town, to get from the rural Upper Sopot to the sea and the fishing village located in the Lower Sopot one had to go down a nameless steep road falling towards the seashore. When at the beginning of 19th Century the first bathing facilities were created they were located near the sea in the area of today's Skwer Kuracyjny (Therapy Square). Guests were accommodated by the locals in both parts of Sopot and the neighbouring villages. The road leading to the sea became a footpath for more and more holiday makers. This is how the street, later called Morska Street, started to be a place for walks and meetings of the Sopot health resort guests. In the 20th Century not much changed. From its beginninga as the urban Sopot Street, the Seestrasse used to be a resort boulevard and a main communication axis connecting the railway station to the sea and the beach.
After 1945 old Morska Street was renamed Bohaterów Monte Cassino, then shortened into "Monte Cassino", and then simplified to informal "Monciak".
During the postwar period Monciak was a typical Sopot street, slightly sleepy in winter and livening up with every possible colour just before the summer season started. The most flashy and sophisticated makes of cars could be found there, driven by the wealthier citizens at 10 km/h, and shown to the audience with pride. There, in numerous cafes and pubs, led by the famous SPATIF, Polish art life flourished. The annual Sopot Song festival organised since 1964 ensured the presence of celebrities who could be met on Monciak.
Today's Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street has been closed for vehicle use for years and is the most popular street in the Tri-City. The famous cars have disappeared since then, celebrities are less likely to be seen, and it is slightly less glamorous, but it remains one of the most attractive places for tourists visiting Sopot.
Pomorskie in books
Sopot walking trails.
The Grand Hotel
The Pier in Sopot
The Sopot Health Resort
Beach offer of the Tri-City
Bohaterów Monte Cassino - "Monciak"
The fishing harbour and fishing houses
Jean Georges Haffner
Night life in Sopot