Sopot is a well-known seaside resort and spa. Some say that they who have never been to Sopot in the summer don’t know what a seaside holiday is. Sopot is one of the cities with the highest living standard in Poland. The fresh air, heritage architecture and serenity, compared to the noisy Gdańsk, all make it a favourite place for tourists. Sopot has the most visitors in late August when the Song Festival takes place. In the wintertime, the streets and pier are empty, which only adds to their charm.
Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street is the town’s centre. This is a car-free pedestrian walkway with shops, restaurants and cafés. With its fin-de-siècle townhouses, you can feel like a wealthy early 20th century resort client. The street leads to Zdrojowy Square. Its name comes from the nearby Spa House. Ever since Sopot became a well-known resort, the Kurhaus has been the town’s focal point. It had hotel rooms, dancing and banquet halls, a restaurant and, between the World Wars, a popular casino that gave Sopot its moniker of the “Monte Carlo of the North.”
Of course, Sopot’s calling card is its pier. The first pier in Sopot was built in 1827. It reached its current length in 1928. Sopot’s pier is the longest wooden pier in Europe.