The swanky seaside town of Sopot lies on the Baltic Sea in northern Poland and is a popular summer vacation destination. Forming what is known as the Tri-City (Trojmiasto) metropolitan area with the neighboring cities of Gdynia and Gdansk, Sopot is a charming seaside town that is renowned for its sandy beach, long wooden pier that extends into the Bay of Gdansk, and numerous health spas. The town’s main pedestrianized main street, Ulica Bohaterów Monte Cassino (Monciak) is packed with cafés, bars, and restaurants, as well as the fairy-tale and very surreal Crooked House. Here are some of the top things to see and do in Sopot. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
Extending for over 1600 feet into the Bay of Gdansk, the Sopot Pier is undoubtedly one of the town’s most popular attractions. Poland’s largest pier, and one of the longest in Europe, the Sopot Pier was built in 1827 and is made entirely out of wood. The pier is lined with several cafés, bars and restaurants providing traditional food and drinks, and a viewing platform offers spectacular vistas of the Baltic Sea. Cruises leave from the pier throughout the year, and numerous activities are hosted on and around the pier in the summer months.
Sopot Pier, Plac Zdrojowy 2, Sopot, Poland, Phone: +48-585-51-12-76
2.Sopot Lighthouse (Latarnia Morska)
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The Sopot Lighthouse (Latarnia Morska) is a colorful and impressive building near the pier that was once used as a navigation facility on the Polish Baltic coast. Built in 1904 as part of the Balneological Institute spa complex, the building was later converted into a lighthouse and acted as a warning for ships in the Baltic Sea. Today, it is no longer used as a lighthouse but is open for the public to explore, offering fantastic views from the 82-foot high tower.
Plac Zdrojowy 3, 81-720 Sopot, Poland
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Sopot Beach is the beating heart of Poland’s premier seaside resort and is one of the busiest beaches on the Baltic Coast. The beach offers a wide variety of activities from sunbathing, swimming, beachcombing, and other watersports. The beach is lined with cafés and bars offering light food and drinks, ice-creams (known as lody by locals), as well as beach rental companies offering all sorts of gear from water-based fun.
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4.Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino
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Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino is a bustling pedestrian street in Sopot and one of the most famous streets in Poland. Named after the fallen heroes in the battle between Poland and German in the Second World War, Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino, also fondly called Monciak by locals, is home to a wealth of bars, cafés, restaurants, shops, and service stores. The street comes alive at night when the bars and restaurants become busy with live music and parties going on until dawn.
Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino, Sopot, Poland
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The Sopot Museum is a museum based in an early 20th-century beachside villa that once belonged to the family of Gdansk-Dutch merchant Ernst Claaszen. Built in 1903, the beachside home-turned-museum features an array of permanent and temporary exhibits that showcases the history of the Claaszen family and the town of Sopot. The mansion is a fine example of the architecture of the city at the turn of the 20th century and is filled with period furnishings, paintings, family possessions, and even children’s toys. The upper floor of the villa hosts temporary exhibitions documenting the history of the city, and the villa’s leafy garden is a short walk from the beach.
Ksiecia Józefa Poniatowskiego 8, 81-724 Sopot, Poland, Phone: +48-585-51-22-66
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6.Grand Hotel Sopot
Set on a private beach along the Gulf of Gdansk, the historic Sofitel Grand Hotel is a palatial beauty dating back to 1927 with offers elegant, luxurious suites and world-class facilities. The hotel features beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites with modern amenities and stunning sea views, and a stylish Art Deco restaurant with a wood-paneled bar serves international cuisine and a full range of libations. High-end facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a spa, and wellness center with a Turkish hammam, a fully equipped gym, tennis courts, a putting green, and bike and boat rentals. An on-site casino provides 24-hour entertainment and the hotel is a short walk from the famous Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street.
Powstancow Warszawy St 12/14, 81-718 Sopot, Poland, Phone: +48-585-20-60-00
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7.The Crooked House (Krzywy Domek)
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The Crooked House (Krzywy Domek) is an unusual attraction on Sopot’s famous Monte Cassino. Designed by Polish architects Szotyncsy & Zaleski and built in 2004, the house features remarkably curved walls and windows, giving the building a surreal look. Spanning over 13,000 feet, the unmissable work of art is part of the Rezydent shopping center, and houses restaurants, bars, cafés, nightclubs, a gallery of artworks, and a radio station. The ground floor has a wall of fame with signatures from Polish celebrities, while the top floor is home to the Dream Nightclub, which is open from dusk until dawn.
Bohaterów Monte Cassino 53, 81-767 Sopot, Poland, Phone: +48-585-55-51-25
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8.Spa House (Dom Zdrojowy)
Located in the heart of Sopot’s spa district, the Spa House (Dom Zdrojowy) is an elegant building dating back to 1824 that featured a grand hotel with restaurants and ballrooms, and a casino. The building features a magnificent rotunda and is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens with fountains and water features. The building was recently renovated and now boasts a world-class spa and wellness center, the State Art Gallery, and several cafés, restaurants, and high-end stores.
Powstanców Warszawy 2, Sopot
9.Forest Opera (Opera Lesna)
Nestled within a vast forest near Sopot, the Forest Opera is an open-air amphitheater that once hosted the Soviet Bloc’s version of the Eurovision Song Contest during Communist times. Built in 1909 by the Germans when the region was under German rule, the amphitheater was used for a range of opera performances, song festivals, and special events. Renowned as the ‘Bayreuth of the North,’ the theater hosted operatic festivals such as the Zoppot Festspiele in the mid-20th century, with Wagner’s operas featuring regularly. Today, the 4,400-seat theater hosts a wide variety of international musicians, singers, and performers, ranging from the Backstreet Boys to Sting, as well as renowned operas and other theater shows.
Stanislawa Moniuszki 12, 81-829 Sopot, Poland, Phone: +48-585-55-84-00
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10.Tightrope Walker Statue
Suspended on a tightrope high above Sopot’s main street, Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino, the Tightrope Walker Statue is an unusual statue of an African fisherman carrying a net. Created by Polish sculptor Jerzy Kedziora, whose specialty is to produce artworks that defy gravity, the piece of public art is one of many such sculptures for which he is famous. The sculptures re not only eye-catching and mystifying but have become symbols of the cites in which they are placed.
Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino, Sopot, Poland
Founded in 1913, the Jewish cemetery on Malczewskiego Street hosts the graves of well-known members of Jewish families who resided in Gdansk. Located next to the Catholic and municipal cemeteries, the cemetery was devastated during and after World War II and was subsequently closed in 1948. It was restored to its former glory in 1988 by the Nissenbaum Family Fund, during which time many gravestones of Sopot’s Jews who were tragically killed or exiled during the war were found with inscriptions in German, Polish, Russian, and Hebrew.
Jacka Malczewskiego 20, 81-817 Sopot, Poland
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12.The Garrison Church of St. George
Resting at the top of Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino with beautiful views over the town and the Baltic Sea, the Garrison Church of St. George (Kosciól Garnizonowy PW. sw. Jerzego) is a Roman Catholic that was designed by Louis von Tiedemann of Potsdam and built in 1899. The church features striking architectural elements such as beautifully decorated interiors with hand-cut stone, striking stained glass designs, and an interior Neo-Gothic chapel with a ceramic roof and a statue of St. Adalbert.
Tadeusza Kosciuszki 1, 81-881 Sopot, Poland, Phone: +48-585-51-05-48
13.Aqua Park Sopot
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Aqua Park Sopot is a family-friendly park that offers a wealth of water-based activities and adventures for the whole family. The park features several indoor and outdoor swimming pools, waterslides, games, a bowling alley, and a luxury spa and wellness center with saunas, hot tubs, and a range of treatments on offer. The bowling alley has six tracks, a full-service bar serving drinks and light snacks, and a snooker area, and there are plenty of shaded areas with picnic tables and chairs to relax at around the park.
Zamkowa Góra 3, 81-713 Sopot, Poland, Phone: +48-585-55-85-55
14.Sopot Wax Museum
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The Sopot Wax Museum is a wax museum and popular tourist attraction on Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino featuring life-like wax models of favorite celebrities, film and music stars, and other famous people. Sopot’s version of Madame Tussauds, the museum boasts a range of wax figures of a variety of stars, ranging from Marilyn Monroe, Beyoncé Knowles, and Michael Jackson to Elton John, George Michael, and Brad Pitt. Photography is encouraged and visitors can have their photo taken with their favorite star.
63 Bohaterów Monte Cassino, Dolny Sopot, pomorskie, 81-767, Poland, Phone: +48-666-95-36-51
15.Sopot Art Gallery
The Sopot Art Gallery is one of the best contemporary art galleries in Poland, housing collections of authentic and eclectic art by local Sopot residents. Established in 1952, the gallery is housed in the magnificent Spa Complex and showcases a wide range of modern and traditional art forms from both Poland and around the world. Working in conjunction with other galleries and museums around Poland, the gallery presents around 25 exhibitions of artworks annually, showcasing well-known and up-and-coming local and foreign artists, and hosts workshops and special events throughout the year.
Pl. Zdrojowy 2, Sopot, Phone: +48-585-51-06-21
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Spatif Bar is a legendary hangout and artistic venue on Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino which is renowned for being a hangout for Sopot’s creatives. Designed in an avant-garde style with art-adorned walls and quirky décor, the venue attracts musicians, poets, and writers, and has a full-service bar that offers an extensive list of local and imported beers, wines from around Europe and further field, signature spirits, and classic cocktails.
Bohaterów Monte Cassino 54, 81-759 Sopot, Poland, Phone: +48-585-50-26-83
17.Lysa Gora Ski-Resort
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Lysa Góra Ski-Resort is a family-friendly resort that offers fantastic skiing and snowboarding during the winter months. Located in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, the resort features almost 15 miles of ski slopes ranging from green to black and catering for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The slopes are situated between the elevations of 1,700 and 2,200 feet and six ski lifts carry skiers and snowboarders up the slopes. Meaning 'Bald Mountain' in English, the Lysa Góra ski slope rests at 360 feet above sea level and is 128 feet long, offering a perfect slope for all levels of skiers from beginners to advanced and the slope is floodlit at night.
ul. Herberta 9, Sopot, Phone: +48-501-35-96-98
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Kart Center is a 1640-foot-long, high-speed outdoor track that offers an exhilarating karting experience. Designed with challenging chicanes, twists, and turns, the Polish go-kart circuit is between 16 and 22 feet wide and features a 13-foot bridge and tunnel and two 14-foot passages, providing unforgettable adrenaline-rushing races. The track also boasts a state-of-the-art computer time measurement system, a synchronized light-signaling system, and reinforced borders made from polyethylene for additional safety. The center caters to special events and celebrations and offers extra-exciting late-night racing.
3 Maja 67/69, 81-850 Sopot, Poland, Phone: +48-692-27-79-78
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Boasting a beautiful beachside location on the southern shore of the Gdansk Bay, Restauracja Bulaj is one of the oldest restaurants in Sopot and a fantastic spot for traditional Polish cuisine in a gorgeous setting. The family-run restaurant is helmed by one of the best chefs in Poland, Artur Moroz, who creates a blend of traditional and international cuisine with Polish, Italian, and French accents. Signature dishes include braised rabbit, fish golabki, and a variety of fresh seafood, and the cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails.
22 Aleja Franciszka Mamuszki, Dolny Sopot, pomorskie, 81-718, Poland, Phone: +48-585-51-51-29
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20.Smak Morza (Taste of the Sea)
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Set right on the beach overlooking the Baltic Sea, Smak Morza (Taste of the Sea) restaurant is a spectacular spot for sundowners, world-class cuisine, and live jazz music. The restaurant features contemporary décor, a stunning outdoor terrace with deck chairs and beach beds and has direct access to the beach for a real ‘toes-in-the-sand’ experience. The menu focuses on fresh seafood from the Baltic Sea with delightful fish dishes such as Krewetki Black Tiger z Poncu (Black Tiger Shrimps) and Sledz Baltycki (Baltic herring). The elegant restaurant is a perfect spot for an early morning coffee, lazy brunch and lunch or sundowners, and romantic dinner.
2 Aleja Franciszka Mamuszki, Dolny Sopot, pomorskie, 81-729, Poland, Phone: +48-601-20-84-35
Pieprz is a friendly, welcoming restaurant that serves a mixture of international and regional dishes, including fish and chips, burgers and fries, healthy made-from-scratch salads, gourmet sandwiches, hand-tossed pizzas, and hearty entrées. The restaurant has modern décor, comfortable seating, and a vibrant atmosphere and a full-service bar offer a wide range of drinks from craft beer and wine to cocktails and spirits.
7/9 Jana Jerzego Haffnera, Dolny Sopot, pomorskie, 81-717, Poland, Phone: +48-505-70-93-00
Crudo is a stylish restaurant in the heart of Sopot’s famous Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino that serves a mix of European-style cuisine with Italian, Spanish and Polish influences. Crudo (meaning raw in Spanish) boasts interiors that reflect the name – sleek, chic and modern with concrete elements, bare walls, and wood and metal touches. A creative Mediterranean-inspired menu features a variety of dishes prepared with prime meats, fresh seafood, and organic salads, as well as some superb Polish soups. An extensive wine list of world-class wines is available to pair with the cuisine, as well as signature cocktails and imported spirits.
36 Bohaterów Monte Cassino, Dolny Sopot, pomorskie, 81-767, Poland, Phone: +48-512-82-45-00
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22 Best Things to Do in Sopot, Poland
- Sopot Pier, Photo: pixssell/stock.adobe.com
- Sopot Lighthouse (Latarnia Morska), Photo: Jarek Fethke/stock.adobe.com
- Sopot Beach, Photo: kilhan/stock.adobe.com
- Ulica Bohaterow Monte Cassino, Photo: Peter Brewer/stock.adobe.com
- Sopot Museum, Photo: Sopot Museum
- Grand Hotel Sopot, Photo: eska2012/stock.adobe.com
- The Crooked House (Krzywy Domek), Photo: The Crooked House (Krzywy Domek)
- Spa House (Dom Zdrojowy), Photo: meseberg/stock.adobe.com
- Forest Opera (Opera Lesna), Photo: Lux/stock.adobe.com
- Tightrope Walker Statue, Photo: Olivia/stock.adobe.com
- Jewish Cemetery, Photo: mysikrysa/stock.adobe.com
- The Garrison Church of St. George, Photo: katatonia/stock.adobe.com
- Aqua Park Sopot, Photo: Aqua Park Sopot
- Sopot Wax Museum, Photo: Sopot Wax Museum
- Sopot Art Gallery, Photo: Rawpixel.com/stock.adobe.com
- Spatif Bar, Photo: Spatif Bar
- Lysa Gora Ski-Resort, Photo: Lysa Góra Ski-Resort
- Kart Center, Photo: Eduards/stock.adobe.com
- Restaurant Bulaj, Photo: Restaurant Bulaj
- Smak Morza (Taste of the Sea), Photo: Smak Morza (Taste of the Sea)
- Pieprz, Photo: Pieprz
- Crudo, Photo: Crudo
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