Sopot on Poland’s Baltic coast is a magnet for tourists in the summer months. With bars, cafés and restaurants aplenty, this is a great hangout for party go-ers escaping their busy lives. The town is the middle settlement of Poland’s famous Tri-city, sandwiched in between Gdańsk and Gdynia. There are some very obvious places to check out here such as the beach and pier, but beyond that, Sopot offers you a host of incredible attractions to visit, here is our top 20 rundown.
BoastingPoland’s largest and rumoured (often debated) to be the longest wooden pier in the whole of Europe, take a stroll along Sopot’s “Molo” over the Baltic Sea for splendid views. A range of cafés and restaurants prevent you from becoming hungry and thirsty. There are also some boat cruises available.
Down by the pier is the impressive Sopot Lighthouse, which at first glance doesn’t really look like a lighthouse but is a colourful and striking building. It’s not used as a lighthouse anymore but is open for viewing and offers good views of the town and nearby area.
On the hottest days of the summer, Sopot beach becomes one of the busiest beaches on the Baltic Coast. Top up your tan, play some beach sports, swim in the gorgeous waters, eat an ice cream or have a beer and relax to your heart’s content on Sopot’s golden sands. You can find quiet areas slightly further down the coast if you fancy a stroll.
Welcome to one of the most famous streets in Poland, Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino. This street is central to almost everything Sopot has to offer. With many of the attractions on this list being in or around Monte Cassino, it also plays host to more bars, cafés and restaurants than most main streets in Polish towns. In the summer months, by day it is packed with those headed to the beach. By night there are parties everywhere along this strip – Sopot pumps a lively beat until dawn.
Bigger Polish cities might have more impressive and larger museums, but that doesn’t stop Sopot getting in on the act. This museum is situated in a early 20th century mansion, which once belonged to the Claaszen family. Inside you can find pictures, postcards and prints documenting the history of Sopot and the Claaszen family, as well as regularly changing art exhibitions on the second floor.
Gazing from Sopot’s Baltic coastline, you can’t help but be impressed by the stunning exterior, sheer size and beautiful gardens that grace the Grand Hotel. If you’re feel like it, you could also stay overnight here. The building has a bit of history to it; once being used as a casino when the town was part of the “Free City of Danzig” region, following the 1919 Treaty of Versailles.
Perhaps the most famous building in Sopot is the Crooked House. Known in Polish as Krzywy Domek, this is a peculiar looking building half way down Sopot’s main drag, a favourite for Instagrammers. Inside you will find numerous bars, cafés and restaurants. Dream nightclub on the top floor parties hard until 5 a.m.
For a taste of ‘Sopot Spring Water’, head to the Spa House (Dom Zdrojowy) and up in the modern lift to drink the local spring water for free.
Sopot first rose to fame during Communist times, when the town was the venue for the Soviet Bloc’s version of the Eurovision Song Contest. You can check out the very venue that was used – Opera Leśna. Even more impressive perhaps is the scenery around it – as it is nestled within a huge forest. More recently the Backstreet Boys, Sting and Whitney Houston have all played here, maintaining the town’s impressive musical popularity.
Hoisted high on a street just off Sopot’s main street, Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino, is the instantly noticeable tightrope walker statue.
Get your fix of Sopot’s Jewish history with a visit to the Jewish Cemetery. Most of Sopot’s Jews were tragically killed or exiled during World War II but the cemetery offers a glimpse of how large the Jewish community here once was.
While you’re visiting the Jewish Cemetery, you can see the plaque which represents where the old Jewish Synagogue once stood. Unfortunately the building was destroyed by German Nazis in 1938.
All Polish towns have their fair share of churches. The instantly recognisable Church of St. George sits at the top of Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino before you walk down towards the Baltic Sea.
Popular with children, Aqua Park Sopot is a fun place to spend the day; with both indoor and outdoor pools, water-slides, games & relaxation facilities, plus bowling.
Get your selfies taken with wax stars at Sopot’s very own answer to Madame Tussauds. Get up close and personal with Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, George Michael and Marilyn Monroe.
Sopot has its fair share of artists and budding creatives. The streets might be full of vendors selling paintings of the likes of Angelina Jolie and Robert Lewandowski, but Sopot art gallery offers more authentic and eclectic art that Sopot residents have offered the world.
A notorious hangout for Sopot’s creatives, Spatif Bar is an artistic venue which is located on Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino; and attracts writers, poets, and musicians. Head upstairs, order a drink, admire the wall art and get chatting to the regulars. You might not want to leave.
It comes as a shock to a lot of people, even the Polish, that Sopot is also a ski-resort. In the winter months, on the edge of the town you can experience some fantastic skiing and snowboarding opportunities at the Łysa Góra Ski-Resort.
Sopot doesn’t have a huge range of monuments, nor an old town like nearby towns Gdańsk, Elbląg and Starogard Gdański do, however the Jas Rabka fountain is a popular local work of art which is worth checking out, if only to cool down when the sun gets too hot.
Take to the wheels at the popular Kartcenter Sopot and go up against your friends on the go-kart track. The venue caters for business functions, birthdays as well as hen and stag parties.