One of the most famous landmarks in the tri-city area, the luxurious Grand Hotel was built between 1924-1927. Some famous hotel guests included, Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, former French president Charles DuGaulle, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and even Fidel Castro, and Adolf Hitler, stayed in this hotel.
Today, the hotel is a symbol of Sopot, and it is one of the most famous and most luxurious hotels in Europe. Rich tourists flock from all over the continent, to stay at this hotel. When we were there, there were a bunch of Russian tourists hanging out in the hotel courtyard.
I certainly could never afford this place.
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This Lutheran/Evangelical church was built between 1913 and 1919.
The church is small, and doesn't have any historical significance, other than being nice to look at.
There is a small organ loft inside the church, and they were playing it when I went in.
The architecture is different from most Polish Catholic churches. It's built in a modern style, and fits in well with Sopot's architectural style. It's worth a quick stop, if you're interested in churches or architecture.
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The beach in Sopot is part of a 6 mile long beach, that stretches from Brzezno to Orwolo. The beach is the most popular, and most beautiful beach in the tri-city area. It is also the most popular vacation beach in Poland, and probably even on the entire Baltic coast. This beach is a must on any trip to the tri-cities. The beach is pretty loose on weekdays, but on weekends, during summer vacation, it gets packed. There are over 38 million people in Poland, and most of them like to spend their summer vacation on their own coast, so this is no surprise. First time, I visited on Friday, and it wasn't too bad, but than I visited again on Saturday, and it was packed. But at least you can still move. There was only a small section next to the pier, that was empty, and everything south of the pier, was also pretty empty. Everything in front of the Grand Hotel, and to the north of it, was packed. Sometimes it gets so packed, that people are literally right next to each other, and there is just no space at all.
When I was there both days, there was a local radio station throwing a beach party, and playing music, and giving away prizes.
I didn't swim, because we went there for site seeing, so I didn't have my trunks.
This beach is more of a party beach. If you're looking for a quieter beach, head to Brzezno or Orlowo.
Monte Cassino Steet
Monte Cassino Street (Heroes of Monte Cassino Street) is the street running between the railway and the pier. It is a busy street lined with lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. If you visit Sopot you will probably find yourself wandering up and down this street.
I can just imagine how crowded it would be on a sunny summer’s day.
The pier in Sopot - Molo
First I was surprised to see so many people on the pier in Sopot, during a day in January. But thinking of it, it was not strange as it was the first sunny day for some time and it was holiday, Twelfth Night-weekend. It was a very nice day to walk on the pier and at many places there are benches where you can sit down and rest, or watch people walking by.
The pier in Sopot is 511,5 metres long. That makes it the longest wooden pier in Europe. In 1827 the first pier was built and at that time it was only 31,5 metres. It was then lengthen a few times and in 1928 it got its present length of 511,5m. After the latest renovations a marina has been added and also a restaurant with a viewing platform.
Old Lighthouse – Stara Latarnia Morska
The tower next to the pier in Sopot is an old lighthouse. It was built in 1904 and the building it is a part of is an old spa. It is possible to walk the stairs up to a viewing platform, 25 metres above ground. I did. It is a nice view from there, over the pier, the beach and the surrounding buildings. Admission was 5 zloty.
Garrison Church of St Jerzy
Walking up Monte Cassino I passed the Church of St Jerzy, a large church built with red brick and grey stone. The church was constructed between 1899 and 1901 and it has a Neo-Gothic style.
It was open so I went inside. The interior is whitewashed and quite plain. Behind the altar there are a couple of colourful stained glass windows and when I visited the choir was decorated with Christmas trees and a crib.
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Like other many other people I stopped to take a photo of the Crooked House with its interesting shape. It is an award winning building which opened up in 2004. Inside there are a few cafes, bars and shops. I went inside, but didn’t see anything of interest and quickly went out again (it was the only sunny day during my visit to Poland).
Monte Cassino street goes practically from the malecon to the railway station and this is where are it is all going on , cafes, terraces, ice cream , bars , shops ...
It surprises the "crooked house" which has nothing to do with beer that you have taken before , but it is based on the fairy tales of the Polish writer Jan Marcin Szancer
La calle Monte Cassino va prácticamente desde el malecón hasta la estación de ferrocarril y aquí es donde está toda la " movida " , cafeterías , terrazas , heladerías , tiendas ...
Sorprende la " casa torcida " , que nada tiene que ver con la cerveza que te has tomado , sino que está basada en los cuentos del escritor Polaco Jan Marcin Szancer
El muelle - Molo - Pier
In Sopot is the longest wooden pier in the world with more than 500 meters
It is the ideal place for walking, seat on the sun and from there to see the sea and quiet beaches
To go to the pier you have to pay 5.5 zl
En Sopot está el muelle de madera más largo del mundo con sus más de 500 metros
Es el sitio ideal para pasear , tomar el sol y desde allí ver tranquilamente el mar y las playas
Para pasar al muelle tienes que pagar 5.5 zl
Grand Hotel is on the right on the beach of Sopot, could be nicely admired from pier. It is art deco style structure, functioning from 1927. As it is written at advertisements, it has its own casino, private beach, indoors swimming pool and so on. Actually such hotel shows the richness and popularity of resort.
St. Andrew Bobola Church
This small church was built at 1870 and dated as the oldest on in Sopot resort. I have’t been inside it, I think they open it only during mass time. There are newly built chapel and (maybe) monastery just nearby it.
One of reasons travelers visit Sopot is a long pier, it is 511 meters long and is longest one in Baltic region. Pier was built by initiative Napoleon’s army doctor in 1827, pier had numerous renovations. Visitors gather here to see gulf of Gdansk, to enjoy sunrises and sunsets.
When I was there I was suprised that I needed to pay to go on pier. It was about 2 zloty for adult.
Old lighthouse of Sopot
Lighhouse of Sopot is located just near famous pier of this town. It as completed to built at 1904 as a part of one spa complex. Construction is 25 meters high, actually don’t have big architectural value, but it is really worth to go up to see nice panoramas of town and seaside, as well the longest pier in Baltic coastline.
Crooked house is one of the most popular objects to see in Sopot. Construction that appeared in 2004 is not usual form due architect’s inspiration of fairytale illustrations (fairytale author Jan Marcin Szancer) and drawings (author Per Dahlberg).
Thinking generally, people are so dependent and so used for standard forms (it could be building, car, spoon or other object), that if something different appears, it makes positive or negative impression. A crooked house is one of examples to raise popularity of Sopot resort town.
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