On Sunday I went to the beach in Sopot to take some pictures. The day was nice, and sunny.
Sopot is a small town situated halfway between Gdańsk and Gdynia. And it is an interesting place – not only because it is Poland’s summer gossip capital (winter gossip capital of Poland is Zakopane)
For the history of Sopot – see HERE. Even though it is Wikipedia – it’s quite well written. Sopot was a birthplace of such known people as: Fritz Houtermans, or Klaus Kinski (born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski) – (which in fact is a disputable honor – if should be any at all). Sopot however became famous between the two world wars when a famous Casino was opened here. Soon accompanying the Casino – a splendid hotel was built. It resembled (some said it had the same design) the Grand Hotel in Szczawno (Bad Salzbrunn – where Daisy von Pless visited often). The Sopot Casino Hotel was built to accommodate visitors coming eager to try their luck in gambling. Many lost their fortunes, many lost their lives too, comitting suicides, stricken with grief after losing everything at the green table. Up till today one of the park lanes nearby bears the nickname of the “lane of the hanged men”. Not only fortunes were gambled here. After Hitler gained power also the strategic information was of value. After Hitler attacked Poland in 1939 – the capitulation of the Hel Peninsula was signed in the Casino Hotel…
Today – Sopot is struggling to return to the pre-war glamor. For many years now it has been a known spa in Poland.
So whatever one would think of Sopot – it is worth coming here. See the place, walk around, feel the atmosphere. When visiting Sopot in summer – go to the nearby forests – to see the amount of shades of green… maybe to hear the music 🙂