A COASTAL GREEN RESORT
Sopot is one of Poland’s most charming Polish cities and one of the most visited resorts on the Baltic. During the day or night, in summer and winter, it enchants tourists with its diversity of attractions, the beauty of its architecture and the openness of its residents.
Since its founding, Sopot has been a favourite place for the cream of society to come to relax, it inspires poets and painters, motivates athletes, attracts entrepreneurs and excites foreign guests. It’s the perfect place for a weekend vacation or family vacation. A rich base of hotels and spas, restaurants, cafes and bars, entertainment, interesting sports and cultural events and a wealth of greenery attracts visitors to this beautiful city every year.
Sopot is a place ideally suited for walking and recreation – over 60% of the city’s area is green, which places Sopot as the undisputed leader in the country. The city’s abundance of green areas was one of the decisive factors in the city gaining the status of a spa town. It is also worth noting that Sopot is one of the leading Polish cities in terms of air quality.
When preparing a trip to Sopot, it is worth planning a visit to the forests of the Tri-City Landscape Park, where you’ll find many picturesque walking trails. The Northern and Southern Parks, located along the beach, are popular places to spend time actively or to rest shaded from the sun by the many trees. Sopot Common is an open, green area with unlimited recreation possibilities. Lots of interesting playgrounds await families who are holidaying with their children, guaranteeing our younger visitors wonderful adventures during their stay in Sopot.
Sopot is not just about beautiful sandy beaches. It is also ideally suited for walks and recreation with over 60% of the city covered by green parks, gardens and forests. The forests, which form part of the 200km2 Tri-city Landscape Park are particularly worth a visit where you will find numerous, picturesque walking routes. Meanwhile the Northern and Southern Parks, which are located in the heart of the city alongside the beach, are popular places to spend time actively or relaxing in the shaded gardens. Sopot Common is another new green area which offers unlimited recreational possibilities.
For lovers of active leisure, we have prepared a walking guide with 4 separate routes which take you to all the most interesting places in Sopot which can be reached on foot.
By bike – paths and bicycle routes
The bicycle is one of the most convenient ways to get around Sopot.
In the revitalised Northern Park, you will find separate, purpose-built bicycle, pedestrian and roller-blade paths where you can ride, walk or skate in comfort. Thanks also to the unique terrain of the city, Sopot offers you the change to either gently cycle along flat seaside routes or challenge yourself with hilly climbs through the forests on the edge of the moraine plateau. Sopot’s impressive network of bicycle routes make the city safe and extremely bicycle-friendly.
The Northern Park in Sopot runs for 2km along the shore from the Grand Hotel to the Swelina stream, the natural border with Gdynia which between the wars marked the border between the Free City of Gdansk and the Polish state.
Within the park, which covers an area of approx. 25 hectares, you will find a modern, purpose-built network of separate paths for cyclists, pedestrians and skaters. There is also an educational trail dedicated to the flora, fauna and history of the park. The park is characterised by, among other things, its manicured pathways, the statue of city founder Jan Jerzy Haffner, sculptures, benches, playgrounds, open air gym, sports pitch and basketball court and above all the rich stands of trees featuring common pines, black oaks, maples and beeches.
The Northern Park is an ideal place to relax and is vibrant with life throughout the year.
The South Park was originally created on the initiative of Jan Jerzy Haffner. The area has been renovated in such a way as to resemble a park from the 1920s, the time of its greatest splendour. Even then, it was renowned for its beautiful flower beds which were dominated by different varieties of rose. Within the park you will find the Evangelical Augsburg Church of the Saviour with its characteristic tower. Beyond that, you will see the wooden buildings of the former Southern Baths. It was here that family changing rooms were introduced, a first for seaside resorts in the whole of Europe. You will also discover beautifully refurbished ‘Inhalation Mushrooms’, ornate glass and metal covered fountains from which flow waters from the St Wojciech spring. You will see people sitting on benches surrounding these fountains and breathing in the recuperating iodine filled air. The park also has a playground for children.
Following the tragic crash of the Polish president’s plane in 2010 at Smolensk which killed 96 Polish officials the park was renamed to commemorate President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria.
Tri-City Landscape Park
Created in 1979, this 200km2 forested national park is one of the oldest in Poland. It is a protected area due to its natural, historical and cultural value.
The Tri-City Landscape Park consists of two extensive forest complexes separated by the urban areas of Wielki Kac, Mały Kac and Gdynia-Dąbrowa. The northern complex includes parts of Gdynia, Rumia, Szemud and Wejherowo, while the southern complex is about half the size containing parts of Gdynia, Sopot and Gdańsk. The park’s most valuable natural assets include a unique post-glacial relief formed by processes associated with the glaciation of northern Poland.
There are 7 nature reserves in the park which are named ‘Źródliska w Dolina Ewa’, ‘Zajęcze Wzgórze’, ‘Kacze Łęgi’, ‘Cisowa’, ‘Lewice’, ‘Gałęźna Góra’ and ‘Pełcznica’ and 144 natural monuments including 88 trees and groups of trees; 2 trees on boulders; 52 boulders and groups of boulders and 2 surface objects.
An interesting attraction in the park is the ‘Pachołek’ hill. Standing at a height of 100.8m, it can be found at the intersection of Opacka and Spacerowa Streets. Walkers can reach Pachołek by following the Kartuski Walking Trail which you will find marked on maps in blue. The 15m high viewing platform allows you to admire the vast panorama of Gdańsk, the Bay of Gdańsk and the Oliwa Forest.
Sopot Common (Sopockie Błonia) is a few hectares of recreational area that’s popular with children. You’ll find playgrounds equipped with swings, carousels, sandpits, tunnels, climbing rocks, etc.
In addition, there is also an area to play football, a barbecue area and a dog walking area.
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