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
Sopot walking trails. Not only by the sea, but in the woods.
Sopot. Resort and Spa, which is associated primarily with the sea. And so it will be probably for all times. However, we today want to draw attention to a slightly different form of recreation than the typical spa, fun and rest on the beach. Sopot has many faces, and one of them leads us to the forest walking trails.
Sopot walking trails, organized and well-marked encourage the discovery of Sopot from another side. It is primarily a western side that leads to the Tri-City Landscape Park. There are five forest trails at the disposal of the pedestrians: Squirrel Trail, Wild Boars Trail, Deer Trail, Hares Trails and Foxes Trail.
Colourful Forest trails
Each of the trails in Sopot Woods is marked with a different colour.
The shortest trail is the white Squirrel Trail. Its length is just over 4 kilometres, so it is also available for children. The beginning of this forest path was designated near the “Lesnik” sanatorium. Along the way, apart from unusual specimens of oaks and beech trees, there is a Great Star, which is a former restaurant (it worked here from the 19th century to 1945 years). From the Clay Hill you can admire the panorama of the Gulf of Gdansk and the resort. The end of the trail is at the Sopot Athletics Stadium.
Panorama Sopotu z Glinianej Góry, fot. p.t/M.Ochocki
A little longer is the Deer Tail, it takes about an hour. It is marked with blue, and it begins at Zeromskiego Street (forest border). What do we find on the Deer route? Among other things, it will be the Devil's Stone, the memory of Otto Gerike, we owe him the designation of Sopot trails. On the route we will still find the Esperantists oak, which is a souvenir from 1927 year. The finish area was designated in the garden and at Smolna Street (before Independence Avenue).
The Wild Boars Trail is about 5.7 km long and is marked in black. Begins in Przylesie and ends in Brodwino. Due to the fact there are steep slopes and hills, it is worth the right footwear.
Dąb Esperantystów na szlaku Saren, fot. pomorskie.travel
The Fox Trail has 11.7 km and connects Sopot Kamienny Potok with Sopot Races. This is a tour You visit extremely attractive viewing points. They offer a fantastic view of the resort and the Gulf of Gdansk. By walking along this trail there is a Bold Hill, which is the Sopot ski lift.
The longest walking route in Sopot is the Hares rail. It has more than 12 kilometres and begins in Brodwino. It's a trail for around two hours walk. It was mainly set in the area of the Tri-City Landscape Park. It is marked with a red colour.
Sopockie szlaki w Trójmiejskim Parku Krajobrazowym, fot. pomorskie.travel/M.Ochocki
It would be unnatural if on the list of Sopot walking trails would be no coastal route. Therefore, there is the sixth route, the Seagull Route, which begins in Sopot Kamienny Potok in the gorge of the Swelinia Stream. It is worth noting that here was the border of the Free City of Gdansk and the Second Polish Republic. The trail leads to the Northen Park, to the “Grodzisko” Open-air Museum, to the “Zdrojowy” Square, and the South Park. Along the way we pass not only the most important objects of the resort, but we take the sea air from the Baltic Sea (Gulf of Gdansk) which is few steps from us. The end of the trail is located at the St. Adalbert. The Seagull Trail is an easy route, and it takes about two hours to go.
Long tradition of trails in Sopot.
Although some would say that the Sopot walking trails are a relatively young attraction, nothing more mistakable. The forest walks were designated in the 19th century at the time when the resort was managed by Doctor Jan Jerzy Haffner. He advised his patients not only to enjoy bathing, boat trips around the Gulf, but also to hike through the surrounding woods.
Na szlaku Mew, fot. pomorskie.travel/M.Ochocki
The trails, which were then arranged, were adapted to the needs of walkers-there were forests gazebos, benches, observation points. Walks in the western part of the resort were so popular that a horse-riding tramway was launched, to bring the people to the trail, and today's 23 March Street was a kind of walking trail with benches.
You can also take a look at the Forest Opera while walking along the Sopot trails. It is the famous Sopot Amphitheatre, where during festivals and concerts there were stars from all over the world performing. If you are tired of hiking, you will find some rest in the cosy Sopot pubs and restaurants, which are all ever the spa the spa.
Przyroda Trójmiejskiego Parku Krajobrazowego, fot. p.t/M.Ochocki
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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