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
It was the opera by Conradin Kreutzer completely forgotten today - "The Night Camp in Granada". The fine acoustics, unusual, beautiful surroundings and the really romantic aura of the amphitheatre brought the music lovers to the Forest Opera and the crowd was captivated by the Germanic style. More and more of Wagner's performances were staged and the place was referred to as "Wagner's Theatre". From the beginning of the twenties in Sopot there were annual festivals of Wagner's art. Music lovers coming from various distant places gathered there. Those who could not find seats in the audience rented fishing boats and went several hundred metres out to sea, where, thanks to the specific form of the arena, music could be heard almost as well as in the amphitheatre.
After WWII the famous Forest Opera and its staging values were forgotten. During the first post-war quarter century it was only used occasionally. The breakthrough occurred in the sixties, with the general reconstruction of the amphitheatre and with the organising of song festivals there. The place again became a festival stage and Sopot again became the musical capital for several days. The audience of the amphitheatre was filled to the last seat and those who could not get a ticket did not rent fishing boats any more but watched the event on TV.
The largest growth in the festival event took place at the end of the eighties, hosting stars such as Boney M, Charles Aznavour and Demis Roussos.
Today's Sopot Festival has a tradition of almost half a century and still attracts the stars and their fans. It remains the most important highlight on the list of summer-season attractions at the Baltic Sea
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