SOPOT TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
SOMETHING INTERESTING AT EVERY STEP
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. In the opinion of its residents, Sopot is a dream place to live. Here dreams come true!
The city’s main promenade, affectionately known throughout Poland as ‘Monciak’ – is the pedestrian Bohaterów Monte Cassino (Heroes of Monte Cassino street), which runs straight down through the heart of the city to the pier. On either side are picturesque tenement houses, galleries, pubs and cafes. In the summer it turns into a colourful 600-metre stream of tourists. This is one of the most characteristic Sopot places, the heart of the city, and hence – the main place for meeting, fun and relaxation.
It is here, on ‘Monciak’, that visitors are attracted to one of the most interesting examples of bold modern architecture – the Crooked House. This building’s design references the drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg – a Swedish cartoonist who has lived in Sopot for years. Since its unveiling in 2004, the Crooked House has become a symbol of the city and is one of the most photographed objects in the city.
An example of more traditional architecture that dazzles with its magnificence is located near the “estuary” of the Sopot promenade – Grand Hotel. The proud outline of this monumental building, which stands right next to the beach, reflects the rich and anecdotal history of one of Poland’s most excellent hotels. The hotel has played host to hundreds of prominent figures from the worlds of culture, politics and science. Among those whose visits are most often mentioned are Charles Aznavour, Marlene Dietrich, Charles de Gaulle, Fidel Castro, Greta Garbo and Jan Kiepura.
The city is home to a truly wonderful and unique venue – The Forest Opera. This covered outdoor amphitheatre is regarded by experts as one of the most outstanding venues in Europe in terms of the acoustics. Each year it hosts some of the most fame classical and popular musicians for the pleasure of thousands of music lovers. This iconic venue, with its audience of 5,000, has seen some memorable performances by some of the world’s most famous acts such as James Brown, Charles Aznavour, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams and Simply Red, to name just a few. The International Forest Festival – Sopot Festival (Sopot Top of the Top Festival) has been held here for over 40 years. Another extremely popular event is the Sopot Classic Festival which is a wonderful summer event for those who love classical music.
Sopot also has a well-developed sports infrastructure. In addition to bicycle paths, paths for skaters and the athletic stadium located on the edge of the Tri-City Landscape Park, the city also has one of the most advanced sports and entertainment facilities in Europe – the Ergo Arena. Located on the border of Sopot and Gdansk, the modern construction can hold 11,000 with standing room for 15,000 spectators. The design of the facility allows a whole range of sport competitions to be hosted here. Volleyball, basketball, handball, martial arts and, interestingly, the ability to present hockey, motor sports or even windsurfing, make this a very special venue. In 2014, ERGO ARENA hosted the IAAF Indoor World Athletics Championships and regularly hosts the highest quality musical events and theatrical performances. The comprehensive technical facilities available also allow you to organise conferences, business meetings, fairs, banquets, galas or other less conventional events.
People who love sport should pay a visit to the Sopot hippodrome. This is one of three such venues in Poland. An excellent track and a picturesque location (the Hippodrome sits between forested moraine hills and the Bay of Gdansk) helps to make it a leading equestrian sport venue. With beautiful riding halls, track and open green spaces, the Hippodrome hosts international equestrian competitions and is a centre for recreation for residents and guests.
The most popular attractions for visitors in the summer however is the Baltic Sea and Sopot’s wide, sandy beaches which stretch for 4.5 km. They attract water enthusiasts and sunbathers while those seeking peace and quiet can discover a unique atmosphere and delicious cuisine offered by the restaurants dotted along the shoreline. Sopot beach is one of the best maintained beaches on the Bay of Gdansk and is very highly rated in all national rankings in terms of cleanliness and management and safety.
It is difficult to imagine a tour of Sopot, however, without a walk along the most characteristic places in the city – the pier or Molo. Sopot’s pier is the longest wooden pier in Europe and reaches over 511m into the sea. Dating back to the 1820s, since its creation the pier has been a signature Sopot spot.
The Sopot marina not only offers wonderful views of the city’s famous beaches but was also created for those who prefer to spend their leisure time on the water in Sopot. The modern marina is located at the end of the pier and was built in 2011. The marina offers spots for up to 103 vessels to moor across three pools. The marina has increased the attractiveness of the city as well as contributing to the protection of the pier against the destructive effects of waves and wind.
Another interesting place for water lovers is the Sopot Aquapark. The water attractions here have been designed for visitors of all ages. The main part of the park features swimming pools of various sizes connected with each other by flow channels and bridges. There are also slides and a wild river feature.
You can also spend time actively in the winter in Sopot. Łysa Góra (Bald Hill), found close to the centre of the city and on the edge of the Tri-City Landscape Park has a ski-lift which is nearly 300 metres in length and which takes you up to 110m above sea level where the slope offers you a drop of 39m. This is the one place from which you can enjoy views of the sea while skiing. Two ski runs, a toboggan run, a ski school, professional instructors and a well-stocked equipment rental and service await guests. It also caters for the increasing number of snowboarding enthusiasts and a new snow park has been created.
Those who’ve been enchanted by the historical anecdotes of the resort, can expand their knowledge about its past at an early medieval fort found at ul. Haffner, just 400 m from the sea. The fort is a remnant of a fortified settlement which existed from the 8th to the 10th centuries. This is Sopot’s oldest artefact. Bordered by the Grodowy and Kamienny streams, the fortress is located on a wooded hill, on top of which is a courtyard with dimensions of 45 x 49.5 m, surrounded by ramparts. Since 1998, a small open-air Skansen has operated here under the supervision of the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk. Festivities and educational meetings are organized here, promoting the history and cultural artefacts of the early Medieval Pomeranians. In 2011, at the foot of the fortified hill, an exhibition and educational pavilion was opened.
These are just some of the attractions of Sopot. The openness and hospitality of the inhabitants, renowned throughout Poland, combined with the city’s natural and architectural treasures make Sopot the heart of the Tri-City, a heart which beats with the rhythms of festivals, concerts, club parties, sports competitions, parades, festivals, business conferences and cultural and business events which take place throughout the year.
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The city’s main promenade, affectionately known throughout Poland as ‘Monciak’ – is the pedestrian Bohaterów Monte Cassino (Heroes of Monte Cassino street), which runs straight down through the heart of the city to the pier. On either side are picturesque tenement houses, galleries, pubs and cafes. In the summer it turns into a colourful 600-metre stream of tourists. This is one of the most characteristic Sopot places, the heart of the city, and hence - the main place for meeting, fun and relaxation.
Address: Bohaterów Monte Cassino, 81-701 Sopot
Pier and marina
The longest wooden pier in Europe reaches out into the sea to a length of over 511 m. Originally built in the 1820s, the pier is one of Sopot’s signature features. This is a place for recreational and healthy walks (the concentration of iodine on the further sections of the pier over the sea is twice as high as on land). At the end of the pier there is a yacht marina, which also helps to protect the pier against the adverse effects of the waves and wind. The marina is home to prestigious regatta and a centre of sailing training for children. During the winter season you can find an ice rink on the spa square at the entrance to the pier.
Address: Plac Zdrojowy 2, 81-723 Sopot
Sopot’s wide, sandy beaches, which stretch for 4.5 km are the biggest attraction for tourists during the summer. They attract water enthusiasts and sunbathers, and the restaurants dotted along the coastline attract those seeking peace and quiet with their unique atmosphere and delicious cuisine. These are some of the best-kept beaches on the Bay of Gdansk and rank very highly in national rankings for cleanliness, management and safety. The many beach rental companies can provide the equipment you need to spend your time actively on the sea.
The Crooked House
Sopot’s famous Crooked House is an interesting and wonderful example of bold contemporary architecture. This building’s design which references the drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg, a Swedish cartoonist who has lived in Sopot for years, has made the building a symbol of the city. Since its unveiling in 2004, the Crooked House has become one of the most photographed places in the city.
Jaś Rybak Square
On this quiet square you will find a fountain with the figure of a young man with a basket of fish on his head signifying Jaś or Johnny the Fisherman after whom the square is named. Around the square there are restaurants and cafes with gardens and places to relax. The BOTO Theatre is also located here - a popular place on the cultural and gastronomic map of Sopot. The building features a cosy theatre and concert stage as well as a club-café with exhibition space. The theatre presents plays, performances, literary meetings, concerts and regular jazz and blues sessions.
Museum of Sopot
The Museum of Sopot is located in the historic Villa Claaszena which dates to 1904. On the ground floor you will find rooms decorated with old art and furniture which have been recreated using archival photographs from the early twentieth century, to show the villa as it looked when it was a family home. Currently, the villa is open to the public as a permanent display of historic burgher interiors.
The upper floor of the villa has various exhibition halls. The museum presents temporary exhibitions devoted to various aspects of the history of Sopot every year.
- Villa Claaszena - reconstruction from 1904-1924
- The exhibition "Silence before the storm. Summer 1939 in Sopot"
Sopot Mineral Spring
In Sopot, mineral spring waters flow naturally from the Saint Wojciech Spring which is found at a depth of 800m below the city. The waters are a 4.3 percent bromide and iodine natural brine, which also contain significant amounts of potassium, magnesium and iodine. The waters, in a diluted form (20 times), can also be sampled in the Mineral Water Tasting Room found on the third floor of the Spa House. In the resort’s beautifully restored Southern Park and Gardens, walkers will find picturesque fountains, known locally as ‘inhalation mushrooms’ from which flows Sopot mineral spring water. The air here is used to treat inflammation and allergies of the upper respiratory tract.
Adres: Grunwaldzka 1, 81-759 Sopot
Created in 1903 to the designs of Paul Puchmüller and Heinrich Dunkel, in the area previously occupied by the bathing department of Jerzy Haffner. The facility is located within the Regional Rheumatology Department where you can bathe in the spring waters or receive treatments such as cryotherapy, kinesitherapy, balneotherapy, hydrotherapy and inhalation therapy as well as treatments for the rehabilitation of motor organs.
In 1975, the boiler room of the Rheumatology Hospital was modernised, and a tower built around its chimney with a lamp placed at the top. Initially, the range was 5 Mm (over 9 km). The tower was granted the full status as a lighthouse in 1977, when the range was extended to 31.5 km. Currently, the light reaches 13 km and officially the building is no longer listed as a lighthouse. The height of the tower is 30 m.
The park was created on the initiative of Jan Jerzy Haffner in the early 19th century and has been renovated in such as way as to reflect how it would have looked in all its splendour when it was in its prime in the 1920s. Even then, the place was famous for its beautiful flowerbeds, in which roses dominated. Nearby is the Evangelical Augsburg Church of the Saviour with its characteristic tower. Behind it is the wooden building of the former Southern Baths. It was here that family changing rooms were introduced for the first time anywhere in Europe which was revolutionary for seaside resorts of the time.
Adres: Piastów 5, 81-758 Sopot
Fishing Harbour and Museum of Fishing
Apart from the stalls with their fresh and smoked fish, you’ll also find a small museum of fishing down at the charming Fishing Harbour. The brightly painted fishing boats standing on the beach are one of the most photographed scenes in Sopot. It is also worth visiting the nearby Fishermen’s Square (Plac Rybaki). It was here that a small fishing community was moved from close to the pier in 1914, due to the growing number of patients the increasingly popular resort was attracting.
Address: The beach at the mouth of the Karlikowski Stream
The fort is a remnant of a fortified settlement which existed from the 8th to the 10th centuries and is Sopot’s oldest artefact. Bordered by the Grodowy and Kamienny streams, the fort is located on a wooded hill, on top of which there is a courtyard with dimensions of 45 x 49.5 m, surrounded by ramparts. Since 1998, a small open-air Skansen has operated here under the supervision of the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk. Festivities and educational meetings are organized here, promoting the history and cultural artefacts of the early Medieval Pomeranians. In 2011, at the foot of the fortified hill, an exhibition and educational pavilion was opened.
Church of St. Jerzy (formerly the Evangelical Church of Our Saviour)
The landmark church of St. Jerzy (George) was built in the neo-gothic style between 1899-1901 under the patronage of the Germany Empress Augusta Victoria who donated 1,000 marks towards the project. Her husband Emperor Wilhelm II added a further 2,000 marks to personally approve the project while recommending that the tower be raised by 7.5 m so that it would be visible to ships sailing on the bay. The empress of Germany attended the dedication ceremony for the church on September 17, 1901. The church was a place of protestant worship until May 1945, when it was handed over to the Roman Catholic Church. Since January 1948, the church of Saint Jerzy has held the role of garrison church.
Adres: Tadeusza Kościuszki 1, 81-881 Sopot
Telefon: +48 58 551 05 48
Strona www: http://www.jerzy.sopot.pl/
The first Spa House with a ballroom was built in 1824. A hotel and casino were later added to the ballroom and restaurant halls. Towards the end of WWII, in 1945, the Spa House was almost completely destroyed. The present building was opened in 2009. Within the complex you can find, among others, the State Art Gallery, Tourist Information, the Salt Water Pump Room, restaurants, cafes and a shopping gallery.
Adres: Powstańców Warszawy 2, 81-764 Sopot
The city’s famous Grand Hotel is a wonderful example of the style of architecture found in Sopot before World War II. The outline of this impressive building, found right on the beach, reflects the rich history of one of the best hotels in Poland. The hotel has played host to hundreds of prominent figures from the worlds of culture, politics and science. Among those whose visits are most often mentioned are Charles Aznavour, Marlene Dietrich, Charles de Gaulle, Fidel Castro, Greta Garbo and Jan Kiepura.
Adres: ul. Józefa Czyżewskiego 12
One of the oldest buildings in Sopot is also the seat of the Society of Friends of Sopot. The Dworek, or manor house, offers residents of Sopot and visitors to the city many cultural, educational and artistic events. Inside the historic building there is an intimate café with an artistic atmosphere.
Strona www: www.tps-dworek.pl
State Art Gallery
The State Art Gallery presents various artistic phenomena with around 25 exhibitions of contemporary and classical art each year in galleries covering a combined total space of over 1,200m2. The gallery cooperates with galleries and museums throughout Poland and the world and aims to demonstrate the most important phenomena of Polish and foreign art in order to reach the widest possible audience. Its success has been recognised with a top three ranking for contemporary art galleries in Poland from the Polityka magazine.
Previous exhibitions have included paintings by Jacek Malczewski from the collection of the Lviv National Gallery; works by Georges Braque and the work of Ivan Aivazovsky. Among the other artists who work can be seen at the gallery are those by Alina Szapocznikow, Artur Żmijewski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Robert Kuśmirowski.
A truly wonderful venue, Sopot’s covered amphitheatre, which is found in a hollow in the lush woodland surrounding the city, is widely recognised both at home and abroad as one of the most outstanding musical venues in Europe thanks in no small part to its superb acoustics. Now with seating for 5,000 people, over the years the audience of the Forest Opera have been entertained by some of the biggest names in music, including James Brown, Charles Aznavour, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams, Sting and Simply Red.
The Forest Opera is also the home of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot, a string orchestra which has performed in the most important concert halls in Europe.
Sopoteka is a branch of the Sopot Library. This newly created and very modern multimedia library consists of several zones, among which you can find a computer workshop, music stands, a reading room with beach baskets and quiet workplaces and a children's corner with consoles and colourful blocks. The heart of Sopoteka is the multifunctional hall that plays host to cinema, theatre, a meeting place for authors, poetry readings, music workshops and lectures on travel and history. Sopoteka, with its natural, light wood; beach baskets and cushions; e-books, audiobooks and traditional printed books; its technology and people provides visitors with culture, education and entertainment both in an everyday sense and with special occasions with exalted visitors. A place which does not overwhelm but inspires with its modernity is the perfect way to describe Sopoteka.
Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday, between 9.00 and 20.00.
Adres: Sopot Centrum, poziom +2, Tadeusza Kościuszki 14, 81-704 Sopot
Tel: +48 58 551 27 06
Strona www: http://www.mbp.sopot.pl/placowki/sopoteka
A place of international horse competitions and a recreation centre for residents and guests. An excellent track and a picturesque location (the Hippodrome sits between forested moraine hills and the Bay of Gdansk) helps to make it a leading equestrian sport venue. The stands are positioned so that it is the only equestrian venue in the world with a view of the sea. Each year the Sopot Hippodrome is the host of the International CSIO Jumping ***** Competition, race meetings and also many other non-equestrian events.
Aquapark Sopot is one of the best-known places in the Tri-city for entertainment for the whole family. Not only can you take part in active relaxation throughout the year but there are many other options for taking care of your body too. In addition to the wonderful water park, you will also find the Sauna and Spa World, while on the lower floors you’ll find a six-lane bowling alley, a bar and a pool and snooker area. The complex also offers a great menu at its restaurant which is regularly booked for special cultural and entertainment events. An added bonus of the restaurant is its outdoor seating area and terrace which offers direct access to the beach.
Rollerblade and bicycle paths
In the recently modernised Northern Park, you will purpose built and separate bicycle and rollerblade paths. Due to the city’s unique terrain Sopot is ideally suited for either cycling along the comfortable, flat, seaside paths or challenging hilly tracks along the edge of the moraine plateau. The comprehensive network of bicycle routes makes Sopot an extremely bicycle friendly and safe city.
Łysa Góra (Bald Hill), found close to the centre of the city and on the edge of the Tri-City Landscape Park has a ski-lift which is nearly 300 metres in length and which takes you up to 110m above sea level where the slope offers you a drop of 39m. This is the one place from which you can enjoy views of the sea while skiing. Two ski runs, a toboggan run, a ski school, professional instructors and a well-stocked equipment rental and service await guests. It also caters for the increasing number of snowboarding enthusiasts and a new snow park has been created.
The full-size Forest athletics stadium (Stadion Leśny) is the training base for current and future Olympians. Thanks to its location in the Tri-City Landscape Park, Sopot’s athletics stadium is one of the most beautiful in the whole of Europe.
Telefon: +48 58 551 23 60
Strona www: http://stadionlesny.pl/
Stadium "Ogniwo" them. Edward Hodura
Sopot’s modern Edward Hodura Ogniwo Stadium is home to a high-quality, full-sized, artificial pitch with floodlighting and plays host to a number of local sports clubs including leading Polish rugby side Ogniwo Sopot. The facility offers excellent conditions for organising professional and amateur sports matches as well as other events such as integration meetings.
KartCenter in Sopot is one of the largest and most modern carting tracks in Poland. It is great fun for anyone who is over 1.30 m tall and wants to feel like a F1 driver.
Carting can teach strategy, precision and mastery of the wheel.
Sopot has one of the most advanced sports and entertainment facilities in Europe - the Ergo Arena. Located on the border of Sopot and Gdansk, the modern construction can hold 11,000 with standing room for 15,000 spectators. The design of the facility allows a whole range of sport competitions to be hosted here. Volleyball, basketball, handball, martial arts and, interestingly, the ability to present hockey, motor sports or even windsurfing, make this a very special venue. In 2014, ERGO ARENA hosted the IAAF Indoor World Athletics Championships and regularly hosts the highest quality musical events and theatrical performances. The comprehensive technical facilities available also allow you to organise conferences, business meetings, fairs, banquets, galas or other less conventional events.
Theatre on the Beach
The Theatre on the Beach (Teatr na Plaży) is a theatre stage combining the formula of a commercial theatre with that of a municipal theatre, which you will find located on the edge of the beach, in the Northern Park in Sopot. The theatre in its new form was created in 2013. During the summer months the Agnieszka Osiecka Atelier Theatre stages performances here.
The theatre itself is a stage with an auditorium for 90 seats, while the foyer houses the Atelier Club and a rehearsal room where art classes and workshops take place.
In the theatre apart from commercial performances, the company also stages its own cultural projects and stages performances, which are later included in the permanent repertoire. Despite the fact that the Theatre on the Beach does not have its own company of actors, the performances are staged with the participation of invited guests or in co-production with other theatres or NGOs.
The Chamber Stage of the Wybrzeże Theatre
Observation deck (Gdańsk Oliwa)
The observation deck on the 32nd floor of Olivia Star
is a public space, located 130 meters above the ground, from which you can admire the unique panorama of the entire Tri-City. In addition to an unforgettable view, visitors can count on an attractive culinary offer, intimate concerts and other cultural events.