Pier in Sopot
This most famous promenade in Poland is fashionable among tourists as a place for meetings and walks, and the longest pier in Europe. It is the showcase of Sopot – a health resort situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
Not without a reason, the pier has been popular since the 19th century. In 1827 it was ca. 30 metres long; in 1910 it was extended to over 300 metres, and it acquired its present shape in 1928. This historical object is now 500 metres long and 10 metres wide. Currently, at the end of the pier, a modern marina constructed in 2011 is located suitable for mooring 100 yachts. The southern leg of the pier is a perfect place for sunbathing. Its end that cuts into the sea, in turn, is an attractive scenic point with a view on the Gdańska Bay and Trójmiasto.
On the land, next to the entrance to the pier, the Zdrojowy Square is situated with historical buildings housing, among others, a Balneologic House with a characteristic tower, open since 1903, where therapeutic baths, inhalation or cryotherapy can be enjoyed. A beautiful historical fountain is located nearby, to which brine with healing qualities is pumped. A few steps away tourists can visit a cafe, a restaurant or a bar, buy souvenirs or listen to music in a concert bowl.
The Zdrojowy Square and the pier are a venue of numerous mass events held in the summer: from concerts, through picnics and sport shows to art exhibitions. Since 2014, the Sopot Match Race is held near the pier, which is a World-Class Championship event within the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. In winter, an artificial ice-rink is open at the Zdrojowy Square.