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Archaeological Museum
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History Museum
Malbork Castle
Maritime Museum
National Art Museum
Neptune's Fountain
Oliwa Zoo
St. Mary's Church (Kosciol Mariacki)
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Address: Sopot

Sopot, a small seaside city and spa resort, is a tourist destination, which together with the neighbouring Gdansk and Gdynia, forms the Tri-City conurbation with a population of over one million. Along the coast, the town is flanked by wooded hills, while the Bay of Gdansk is sheltered from the open sea by the Hel Peninsula, thanks to which the sea off the beaches of Sopot are warmer than at other locations on the Baltic coast. The town's unique character stems from the Art Nouveau townhouses and villas, surrounded by trees, historic parks and beautifully cultivated gardens, with greenery covering 60% of the town area. The enchanting scenery of the town, with the natural beauty of its landscape and attractive tourist facilities, as well as many cultural and entertainment events and convenient access by many modes of transport, make Sopot a tourist destination visited each year by over two million tourists and holidaymakers.

The longest wooden pier in Europe (511.5 m), stretching into the sea from the middle of Sopot beach is a popular venue for recreational and health walks (the concentration of iodine in the air at the sea end is twice as high as on land) or public entertainment events, and it also serves as a mooring point for cruise boats and water taxis. Tickets for cruises to Gdansk , Gdynia and Hel can be purchased at ticket desks located at the pier entrance. From the pier head one can view the town's panorama through binoculars. The pier also provides an ideal spot to watch sporting events taking place in the Bay, such as the World Sailing Championship, the Wind-surfing Baltic Cup or the Sopot Triathlon. Also, from October through March there is a skating rink set up at the pier entrance. The pier is managed under lease by the Sopot Beach Resort. Numerous life guards with state of the art equipment are always on standby in case of emergency.

 An excavation conducted in Sopot indicates that this region was inhabited during the early Iron Age, around 500 B.C. Amber was mined in this region during this time, which was then transported to south to the Roman Empire . The first document where you can see the name Sopot is dated March 5, 1283 when Polish prince Msciwoj II gave Sopot to the Cistercian monastery which was located in Oliwa (today you call this Gdansk Oliwa, which is part of the large city of Gdansk just a few miles south of Sopot). Eventually Sopot became a tourist attraction for neighbouring Gdansk . During the Renaissance Sopot was slowly transformed into a tourist resort.

The turning point in history was when Jean Haffner, a doctor from Napoleon's army settled down in Sopot and opened the first baths and also began construction on the park and pier. In a short time, Sopot was transformed into a very attractive resort, being visited by an increasing number of visitors from all parts of Europe . On 8 October 1901, Sopot was promoted to town status by the Prussian government in Berlin . After the conference at Versailles (1918), Sopot, which many foreign citizens inhabited, went under the jurisdiction of the Free Town Gdansk. After World War II Sopot became a popular place for artists. Sopot Gallery, which is located in old casino building, is one of the most important art centers in Poland . In the Forest Opera, a festival which takes place every year, attracts many stars from around the world. There are many places where you can play tennis, watch horse races and ride a horse of your own. As a matter of fact the track is a unique place where many state heads used to come to watch the races. If you like to gamble you can go to Grand Hotel, which is located near the pier, which is a friendly place where you can meet almost anybody. 


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