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
The fishing harbour and fishing houses
Fishing was practised not only on the sea but also in water streams. The fishermen worked for landowners who leased land from the Cistercians. However, after the village was burned down by the Russians in the 18th Century and rebuilt by the Cistercian Abbot, they were governed by the monastery. Abbot Jacek Rybiński established the rights and duties of the fishermen. Each of them had to work for 60 days, deliver the monastery's letters, guard the monastery, participate in hunting trips, give back specific types of fish…. Despite the growing list of duties the number of fishermen families grew. After the monastery's property was taken over by the Prussians the number of fishermen diminished but then grew again. Initially the fishing village initially was located in the area of today's Monte Cassino Street.
As the resort developed the fishermen had to give space to the resort;s patients. They moved towards Karlików, where a fishing village was built in the early 20 Century. Only a small part of the fishing developments survived to this day, together with a small fishing harbour. The fishing equipment used earlier and also now, and cutters and fishing boats can be seen on the beach. The fishermen of Sopot sell fresh and smoked fish. There is a shrine located at the harbour "For safe return" with Christ looking at the fishermen coming back. The shrine is a vote of thanks for the visit of John Paul II to Sopot.
Bohaterów Monte Cassino - "Monciak"
The Pier in Sopot
The fishing harbour and fishing houses
The Grand Hotel
Jean Georges Haffner
The Sopot Health Resort
Night life in Sopot