|Skyline views from
|Beachfront||Sopot by night|
|Montecassino, Crooked House
Place Konstytucji 3 Maja
Aleja Wojska Polskiego
Population: 38 000 (metro 1 081 000)
Sopot is a city that is situated between Gdansk and Gdynia with about 38 000 inhabitants. It is a nice resort town that is famous for its spa, casino and a long beach on the Southern coast of the Baltic sea. It also has Europe's longest and oldest wooden pier (that we visited by night), two large de luxe hotels, a famous strange crooked house, a firehouse that we visited to see the views and a nice, hilly pedestrian street called Montecassino. It is famous for its international song festival. It has been a popular holiday resort for Polish and German aristocrats since the beginning of the 20th century. In 1919 it became part of the free city of Danzig (that's what the Germans called Gdansk when they took control over the area). It has survived the two world wars and the decline during the communist regime well. Sopot (together with Warsaw) boasts the highest property prices in Poland.
We went to Sopot as a daytrip from Gdansk, went to Gdynia for a couple of hours and then back to have diner in Sopot in the evening. Sopot is a very nice city to visit and a must if you are in Gdansk, it feels like the Polish riviera with its long beach, open-air restaurants, pedestrian streets and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The weather was ok for September, mixed sun and clouds.
We also visited Gdansk, the main destination on the trip, and Gdynia, both also part of the Tricity metropolitan area.