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 Sopot Health Resort
Creating a health resort in Sopot two hundred yeas ago is attributed to Jean Haffner, a doctor devoted to popularising hygiene. Haffner’s programme was implemented with a strong accent on treatment and health improvement. The Doctor managed to develop this fishing village into a town with modern health-treatment equipment
Sea bathing was given a crucial role in healing processes, initially used only by the most determined guests of the resort. Other bathing equipment enjoyed much more attention and was initially located in the one and only "hot and cold baths spa" in Sopot, owned by Haffner. The place offered baths in fresh and sea water, warm and cold water, in bath tubs and under showers and even under a special waterfall, which discharged large amounts of water from some height directly onto the patient. This was known as "the rapid bath".
The word of mouth from Sopot patients about the visible health improvement effects prompted an increase in the number of people willing to use the facilities and get better in Sopot. The health resort facilities also became more and more specialised. The beach bathrooms were used separately for bathing in the sea as opposed to the more advanced equipment and water health treatment techniques located in the centres next to the beach.
The 20th Century, together with growing tourism, brought to life a new chapter in water qualities in the health resort. Tourists arrived to Sopot to enjoy the sea, and those with weak health to get better, in the specialised watermedicinal health centres. Such a centre was erected in the early 20th Century and it exists to this day as Zakład Balneologiczny, located next to the entrance to the pier, the same location as Dr Haffner's bathing centre. The rheumatological hospital is located there to this day, providing bathing and inhalation treatments stemming from the two-hundred-years tradition. There are four other health spas in Sopot offering help to persons with rheumatic and respiratory-system problems.
The health resort functions of Sopot were strenghtened by the discovery of brine underground sources at the turn of the 20th Century and the construction of brine intakes, from which it is directed by waterpipes into the inhalation spot at Południowy Park and the fountain in front of of Zakład Balneologiczny. Although health resort activity has been conducted in Sopot for 200 years, official health resort status was granted to the city only in 1999, upon meeting some strict environmental protection requirements.
Sopot, thanks to its location, tourist and medical infrastructure, is a fully-professional health resort. It offers treatments, prophylactic health improvement and the beautiful surroundings, and the relaxing and recreative atmosphere has a good effect on the psyche, and thus fulfils the healing function of the city.
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