It is probably impossible to explain the phenomenon of popularity of Sopot – better not to worry about it, but let yourself be drawn to the city's magnetism. This has already been understood by people from pre-war Polish "high society", who passionately visited Sopot, also calling him "Sopoty". They played champagne and with fantasy, which often echoed loud scandals, which were only forgotten with the advent of the next season.
This popular and nowadays seaside resort is situated between Gdańsk and Gdynia, bringing the romance of Art Nouveau buildings to the atmosphere of the Tri-City, the wildness of mountainous landscapes and the colorful tradition of the health resort once known as the "Riviera of the North". Looking at the small, the old part of Sopot, whose villas are drowned in the thicket of gardens, and on modern apartment blocks located in the hills outside the city, hard to believe, that he lives here over 50 thousand. residents, and in the season several times more guests rest. The newcomers hang out in cafes and bars, they play in casinos and at races, they climb the surrounding hills. The main route of Sopot has always been the route leading from the busy and colorful Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street to the Kuracyjny Square and the famous pier. Probably no other place on the Baltic Sea has witnessed so many social events, hadn't listened to so many rumors, what's this short, only a kilometer long route. Today's Sopot is a worthy heir of its own tradition, both as a resort, as well as a place of cultural events, whose inseparable element are social reunions of more and less famous people.
There is an excellent Art Gallery in the city, Atelier theater, faculties of the University of Gdańsk and the University of Physical Education and the Forest Opera. SKM allows you to quickly move to Sopot from other districts of the Tri-City.
Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street and its surroundings
The route of the classic Sopot walk leads along ul. Heroes of Monte Cassino, which is the popular promenade to the Spa Square and the pier. From the railway station, go to ul. Kosciuszko, which, running towards the north, connects to ul. Heroes of Monte Cassino. Kościuszki Street is built up with low Art Nouveau tenement houses, whose facades are decorated with beautiful, small details – tiles, stucco, cornices.
On the ground floor of the tenement house at no. 10 there is a pub serving Kinski beer and a small gallery with a photo exhibition devoted to Klaus Kinski, who was born just under the ten. There is an unusual bas-relief commemorating the German actor… down the drain in front of that house.
In April 1994 r. the city authorities decided to commemorate the late 1991 r. aktora Klausa Kinskiego, which in 1926 r. was born in Sopot as Klaus Nakszyński. The inauguration of the Klaus Kinski Days was the unveiling of a commemorative plaque embedded in the wall of the house at ul.. Kosciuszko 10. where the German actor was born and spent several years of a poor childhood. From the very beginning, the event was accompanied by hostility on the part of Catholic groups and some residents who attributed it to Kinski “devilish mouth”, immorality, zepsucie etc. Only a respected humanist and scientist sent messages of congratulations, Professor Maria Janlon. During the week-long event, a press conference with Beat Presser was held – friend of Kinski, the author of the actor's portraits and a participant in the Fitzcarraldo team's expedition to South America. You could watch the best films with the participation of the controversial artist, mostly directed by Werner Herzog. Kinski played close 200 movie roles. As he claimed, had five thousand women in his life.
A little further it stands eclectic, a brick and red post office with a massive turret, and on the opposite side of the street, on the site of the former French Court – 19th-century rectory surrounded by a green garden.
The French Court had a fortified character; w 1733 r. King Stanisław Leszczyński took refuge there, fleeing the pursuit of the tsarist and Saxon armies.
W 1660 r. The Swedish delegation stayed here. To this day, the outline of the moat and defensive ramparts can be seen in the parish priest's gardens. On the slope, near the presbytery, there is a neo-gothic church with 1901 r. of St.. George.
Right behind the church there is a descent leading to the peculiar Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street. At the beginning of the summer season, cafe guests sit at the tables on the pavement, who converse for hours, sipping one coffee. Seasonal newcomers are more fussy and more excited, regulars are confident and nonchalant. Among the latter, there are old ladies and gentlemen who are reading or concentrating on chess.
High position among Sopot cafes, due to its "strategic" location at the central walking route, occupies Złoty Ul. Outside the cluster of shops, bars, fruit stalls and shell souvenirs, there are two cinemas at Bohaterów Monte Cassino, galleries and chamber stage of the Wybrzeże Theater.
Side streets, departing from ul. Heroes of Monte Cassino, they are as charming as the frequented and known routes. Peaceful and peaceful, they can be full of surprises – one of them is e.g.. villa at ul. Czyżewskiego 6a (tel.5514051), in which the fairy accepts. It works mainly with scientific methods, at the computer, surrounded by books. Just in 25 PLN puts the astrological horoscope – individual or for couples, foretells etc.. The fairy takes every day (also on Saturdays) in hours. 11.00-19.00.
A little further down the street, in the basement of the library at no. 16, houses an extremely interesting New Age bookstore called Mefis, where nice and competent sellers offer over 500 book titles in the field of religious studies, astrology, healthy cuisine, occultism, parapsychology etc., plus a wide selection of talismans, wands, pendulums.
At no. 12, on the edge of a steep ravine there is a two-story Sierakowski Manor from the mid-18th century. A whitewashed building with a high roof and characteristic side alcoves is the seat of the Sopot Lovers Society and a place for cultural meetings, readings, vernissages and Thursday chamber concerts.