Sopot – romantic, crowded and charming.

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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

 

Check attractions and points of interest in the vicinity of Sopot in Gdansk or Gdynia.

The Hippodrome

The Hippodrome

     The horse-racing track in Sopot dates back over hundred years. There were several historical events which interruppted its functioning; each time however, it was reborn and is again regaining its position as a Sopot attraction.

The idea of using the areas of the current Hippodrome for horse riding purposes came from the Prussian hussars in Gdańsk in the 1870's. Initially, they used to organise their hunting runs there. Later on, horse races were more often organised there and in the last years of the 19th Century the races became a regular event. The race track was put in order, and special stands for spectators were constructed, and most of them have survived to this day. Horses were transported for each race and there was no need to build stables.


During the Free City period the venue flourished and became part of the Sopot health resort. Thanks to its location in the vicinity of a railway, the sea, and other attractions of the bathing resort, the horse racing track became more popular year by year among horse owners, riders and gamblers. Next to the classic races regular sporting events were also organised there, including showjumping and dressage.


The splendid history of the Hippodrome was abruptly broken by WWII. However, not later than just a few years after the war, seasonal races were revived, and lasted to the beginning of the eighties. Then the races stopped and Hippodrome's functions gradually changed. First it turned into horse-training centre and a horseriding sports centre. The races came back to the track at the end of the nineties, after the Hippodrome was taken over by the City of Sopot. Ergo Arena, a new sports spectator hall, was constructed nearby, which increased the sporting value of the area. Today's Hippodrome fulfils the joint purposes of horseracing track, training centre and the place where numerous horse riding lovers can learn how to cooperate with a horse. Regular sporting events occur at the Hippodrome, in particular showjumping competitions.


The Hippodrome is gradually becoming more important as an attraction in Sopot but also in the whole region. It is enjoying growing popularity among the locals and visitors as a venue for sporting competitions, races, horse recreation and hippotherapy. Everybody can find something of interest for themselves here.

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