While the Polish language contains some beautiful words and is easy on the ear, it is often cited as one of the more difficult languages to learn. For this reason, it’s a huge test for anyone to try and learn it. So at the time when the rest of those in Sopot are on the beach topping up their suntans and eating ice-cream, why not head to the Sopot School of English for foreigners and do a short course in basic Polish. The school provides a range of courses and is open all year round with between 50 and 80 students. Aside from learning Polish here, there are numerous school events you can attend.
Sopot might have a huge reputation for being a sunny seaside town with a tremendous beach and pier in the summertime, however in the winter, you can go the complete other extreme – skiing! Yes you can do it here too, on the edge of Sopot. Head to Łysa Gora in the winter for a real treat. The resort offers incredible views, a ski-lift and great terrain for skiing and snowboarding.
Sopot’s main strip, Monte Cassino runs almost from the main train station all the way down to the beach and pier. Halfway down is the Krzywy Domek (The Crooked House). Most people simply walk past it taking the photos they need or having a quick coffee downstairs, but you should stop and give it more time – there is a more unusual option here. Head to the top floor and you can party at Dream Club until the early hours. A nightclub at the top of the town’s most unusual building.
Sadly the Jewish Synagogue in Sopot was burnt down in 1938 by the Nazis. The synagogue dated back to 1914 and was located at 1 Dąbrowskiego Street. The dates of November 12th and 13th, 1938 are referred to as Crystal Night (“Kristallnacht”) where the Germans destroyed most of the the synagogues in Sopot and Gdańsk. Jews were subsequently banned from Sopot entirely. Today, only a plaque and a wall remain to represent where the old synagogue once stood. The founder of the plaque is a Jew from Sopot, Mira Ryczke-Kimmelman who lives in the USA. There is also a huge Jewish cemetery on the edge of town so you can explore deeper into the Jewish history.