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A hotel in Sopot is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Sopot hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Sopot are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Sopot hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Sopot hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Sopot have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Sopot
An upscale full service hotel facility in Sopot that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Sopot hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Sopot are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Sopot boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Sopot may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized Sopot hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Sopot traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Sopot hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Sopot
A bed and breakfast in Sopot is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Sopot bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Sopot B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Sopot
Sopot hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Sopot hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Sopot
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Sopot hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Sopot lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Sopot
Sopot timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Sopot often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Sopot on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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Sopot
Hotel Sheraton, Plaza Zdrojowy, Sopot, Polonia, 2013-05-22, DD 04.jpg
Muelle de Sopot, Polonia, 2013-05-22, DD 20.jpg
Sheraton Hotel (top) and Pier in Sopot (bottom)
Flag of Sopot
Flag
Coat of arms of Sopot
Coat of arms
Motto: Najmniejsze z wielkich miast
(Smallest of the great cities)
Sopot is located in Poland
Sopot
Sopot
Coordinates:  / 54.433; 18.550
Country Poland
Voivodeship Pomeranian
County city county
Established 8th century
Town rights 1901
Government
• Mayor Jacek Karnowski
Area
• City 17.31 km (6.68 sq mi)
Population (31.12.2010)
• City 38,141
• Density 2,200/km (5,700/sq mi)
• Metro 1,035,000 (Tricity)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 81-701 to 81-878
Area code(s) +48 58
Car plates GSP
Climate Cfb
Website www.sopot.pl

Sopot [ˈsɔpɔt] (Kashubian: Sopòt; German: Zoppot (Ltspkr.png listen)) is a seaside resort town in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, with a population of approximately 40,000.

Sopot is a town with powiat (county) status, in Pomeranian Voivodeship. Until 1999 it was part of the Gdańsk Voivodeship. It lies between the larger cities of Gdańsk to the southeast and Gdynia to the northwest. The three cities together make up the metropolitan area of Tri-City.

Sopot is a major health-spa and tourist resort destination. It has the longest wooden pier in Europe, at 515.5 metres, stretching out into the Bay of Gdańsk. The city is also famous for its Sopot International Song Festival, the largest such event in Europe after the Eurovision Song Contest. Among its other attractions is a fountain of bromide spring water, known as the "inhalation mushroom".

Sopot: Etymology

The name is thought to derive from an old Slavic word sopot meaning "stream" or "spring". The same root occurs in a number of other Slavic toponyms; it is probably onomatopeic, imitating the sound of running water - murmur (Šepot). (Today several streams run into the sea in the area of the town.)

The name is first recorded as Sopoth in 1283 and Sopot in 1291. The German Zoppot is a Germanization of the original Slavic name. In the 19th century and in the interwar years the German name was re-Polonized as Sopoty (a plural form, closer to the German pronunciation). "Sopot" was made the official Polish name when the town came again under Polish rule in 1945.

Sopot: History

Sopot: Early history

Dom Zdrojowy and garden
Grand Hotel in Sopot

The area of today's Sopot contains the site of a 7th-century Slavonic (Pomeranian) stronghold. Initially it was a commercial trade outpost for commerce extending both up the Vistula river and to cities north across the Baltic Sea. With time the significance of the stronghold diminished and by the 10th century it was reduced to a fishing village, eventually abandoned. However, a century later the area was settled again and two villages were founded within the borders of today's' city: Stawowie and Gręzowo. They were first mentioned in 1186 as being granted to the Cistercian abbey in Oliwa. Another of the villages that constitute today's Sopot, Świemirowo, was first mentioned in 1212 in a document by Mestwin I, who granted it to the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) monastery in nearby Żukowo.

The village of Sopot, which later became the namesake for the whole city, was first mentioned in 1283 when it was granted to the Cistercians. By 1316, the abbey had bought all villages in the area and became the owners of all the area of the city. After the Second Peace of Thorn (1466) the area was reincorporated into the Kingdom of Poland.

The spa for the citizens of Gdańsk has been active since the 16th century. Until the end of that century most noble and magnate families from Gdańsk built their manor houses in Sopot. During the negotiations of the Treaty of Oliva King John II Casimir lived in one of them, while Swedish negotiator Magnus de la Gardie resided in another - it has been known as the Swedish Manor ever since.

During the 1733 War of the Polish Succession, Imperial Russian troops besieged the nearby city of Gdańsk and a year later looted and burned the village of Sopot to the ground. Much of Sopot would remain abandoned during and after the conflict.

Memorial Stone for Danuta Siedzikówna in Sopot

In 1757 and 1758 most of the ruined manors were bought by the Pomeranian magnate family of Przebendowski. General Józef Przebendowski bought nine of these palaces and in 1786 his widow, Bernardyna Przebendowska (née von Kleist), bought the remaining two.

Sopot: Kingdom of Prussia

Sopot was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1772 in the First Partition of Poland. Following the new laws imposed by King Frederick the Great, church property was confiscated by the state. The village was reconstructed and in 1806 the area was sold to the Gdańsk merchant Carl Christoph Wegner.

In 1819, Wegner opened the first public bath in Sopot and tried to promote the newly established spa among the inhabitants of Danzig, but the undertaking was a financial failure. However, in 1823 Dr. Jean Georg Haffner, a former medic of the French army, financed a new bath complex that gained significant popularity. In the following years, Haffner erected more facilities. By 1824, a sanatorium was opened to the public, as well as a 63-metre pier, cloakrooms, and a park. Haffner died in 1830, but his enterprise was continued by his stepson, Ernst Adolf Böttcher. The latter continued to develop the area and in 1842 opened a new theatre and sanatorium. By then the number of tourists coming to Sopot every year had risen to almost 1,200.

In 1870 Sopot saw the opening of its first rail line: the new Danzig-Kolberg rail road that was later extended to Berlin. Good rail connections added to the popularity of the area and by 1900 the number of tourists had reached almost 12,500 a year.

In 1873, the village of Sopot became an administrative centre of the Gemeinde. Soon other villages were incorporated into it and in 1874 the number of inhabitants of the village rose to over 2,800.

The "Crooked House"

At the beginning of the 20th century it was a favourite spa of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. The city again became a holiday resort for the inhabitants of nearby Danzig, as well as wealthy aristocrats from Berlin, Warsaw, and Königsberg. Soon after World War I, a casino was opened in the Grand Hotel as the primary source of money for the treasury of the Free City of Danzig.

In 1877, the self-government of the Gemeinde bought the village from the descendants of Dr. Haffner and started its further development. A second sanatorium was constructed in 1881 and the pier was extended to 85 metres. In 1885, the gas works were built. Two years later, tennis courts were built and the following year a horse-racing track was opened to the public. There were also several facilities built for the permanent inhabitants of Sopot, not only for the tourists. Among those were two new churches: Protestant (September 17, 1901) and Catholic (December 21, 1901).

On October 8, 1901, Wilhelm II granted Sopot city rights, spurring further rapid growth. In 1904 a new balneological sanatorium was opened, followed in 1903 by a lighthouse. In 1907, new baths south of the old ones were built in Viking style. In 1909 a new theatre was opened in the nearby forest within the city limits, in the place where today the Sopot Festival is held every year. By 1912, a third complex of baths, sanatoria, hotels, and restaurants was opened, attracting even more tourists. Shortly before World War I the city had 17,400 permanent inhabitants and over 20,000 tourists every year.

Sopot: The Treaty of Versailles

Pier in Sopot. The longest wooden pier in Europe, 450 metres from the edge of the shore, 650 m total.
View of the pier from the surface.
Sopot pier.
Beach in Sopot.

Following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, Sopot became a part of the Free City of Danzig. Due to the proximity of the Polish and German borders, the economy of the town soon recovered. The new casino became one of the main sources of income of the tiny free-city state. In 1927, the city authorities rebuilt the Kasino-Hotel, one of the most notable landmarks in Sopot today. After World War II, it was renamed as the Grand Hotel and continues to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Poland.

A Richard Wagner festival was held in the nearby Forest Opera in 1922. The festival's success caused Sopot to be sometimes referred to as the "Bayreuth of the North". In 1928, the pier was extended to its present length of 512 metres. Since then it has remained the longest wooden pier in Europe and one of the longest in the world. In the early 1930s the city reached its peak of its popularity among foreign tourists - more than 30,000 annually (this number does not include tourists from Danzig/Gdansk itself). However, by the 1930s, tensions on the nearby Polish-German border and the rising popularity of Nazism in Germany saw a decline in foreign tourism; in 1938 local German Nazis burned down Sopot's synagogue.

Sopot: World War II (1939-1945)

World War II broke out on September 1, 1939. The following day the Free City of Danzig was annexed by Nazi Germany and most of the local Poles, Kashubians, and Jews were arrested and imprisoned or expelled. Due to the war, the city's tourist industry collapsed. The last Wagner Festival was held in 1942.

Sopot remained under German rule until 1945. On March 23, 1945, the Soviet Army took over the city after several days of fighting, in which Sopot lost approximately 10% of its buildings.

As per the Potsdam Conference, Sopot was incorporated into the post-war Polish state. The authorities of Gdańsk Voivodeship were located in Sopot until the end of 1946. Most of the German inhabitants who had remained in the city after the evacuation before the advancing Red Army were soon to be forcibly expelled from their homes, to make room for eastern settlers from Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union.

Sopot: People's Republic of Poland (1946-1989)

Exterior of St. George's Church.
Interior of St. George's Church.

Sopot recovered rapidly after the war. A tramway line to Gdańsk was opened, as well as the School of Music, the School of Maritime Trade, a library, and an art gallery. During the city presidency of Jan Kapusta the town opened an annual Arts Festival in 1948. In 1952, the tramways were replaced by a heavy-rail commuter line connecting Gdańsk, Sopot, and Gdynia. Although in 1954 the School of Arts was moved to Gdańsk, Sopot remained an important centre of culture, and in 1956 the first Polish jazz festival was held there (until then jazz had been banned by the Communist authorities). This was the forerunner of the continuing annual Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw.

In 1961, the Sopot International Song Festival was inaugurated, although it was held in Gdańsk for its first three years – it moved to its permanent venue at Sopot's Forest Opera in 1964. In 1963, the main street of Sopot (Bohaterów Monte Cassino, "the Heroes of Monte Cassino") was turned into a pedestrian-only promenade.

New complexes of baths, sanatoria, and hotels were opened in 1972 and 1975. By 1977, Sopot had approximately 54,500 inhabitants, the highest ever in its history. In 1979, the historical town centre was declared a national heritage centre by the government of Poland.

Sopot: Third Polish Republic (1989 onwards)

In 1995, the southern bath and sanatoria complex were extended significantly and the Saint Adalbert spring opened two years later, as a result in 1999 Sopot regained its official spa town status.

In 2001, Sopot celebrated the 100th anniversary of its city charter.

Sopot is currently undergoing a period of intense development, including the building of a number of five star hotels and spa resorts on the waterfront. The main pedestrianized street, Monte Cassino, has also been extended by diverting traffic underneath it, meaning the whole street is now pedestrianized. Sopot, aside from Warsaw boasts the highest property prices in Poland.

City centre
Balneotherapy Centre
Sheraton Sopot Hotel
State Gallery of Art in Sopot
Old lighthouse

Sopot: Notable residents

The following is a list of notable personalities born or living in the city.

  • Kiejstut Bereźnicki, painter
  • Janusz Christa, comic book author
  • Winfried Glatzeder, German actor
  • Lech Kaczyński, former President of Poland, and his twin brother Jarosław Kaczyński, former Prime Minister of Poland
  • Wojciech Kasperski, filmmaker, film director, writer
  • Klaus Kinski, German actor (My Best Fiend)
  • Seweryn Krajewski, composer, pop-singer
  • Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski, statesman, economist
  • Janusz Lewandowski, politician, economist, Commissioner for Budgetary Affairs of the European Commission
  • Leszek Możdżer, jazz musician and composer
  • Anton Plenikowski, politician
  • Carl Maria Splett, bishop of Danzig
  • Jacek Tylicki, multimedia artist
  • Fritz Houtermans, physicist

Sopot: Mayors

  • 1902–1905 dr Volkmar von Wurmb
  • 1905–1908 dr Johannes Kollath
  • 1908 Baron von Gagern
  • 1908–1919 Max Woldmann
  • 1919–1930 dr Erich Laue
  • 1930–1934 dr Hermann Lewerenz
  • 1934–1936 dr Wilhelm Fließbach
  • 1936–1941 Erich Temp
  • 1941-1942 Gerhard Koß, acting
  • 1942-1943 Kurt Schrödter, acting
  • 1943-1945 Wolfgang von Tobien, acting
  • Feb./March 1945 Hermann Jacob, acting
  • 1945 Henryk Michniewicz
  • 1945 Tadeusz Soboń
  • 1946 Antoni Turek
  • 1946–1948 Leonard Wierzbicki
  • 1948 Srebrnik
  • 1948 Bolesław Śliwiński
  • 1948–1949 Jan Kapusta
  • 1949–1950 Piotr Novak
  • 1950–1952 Alfred Müller
  • 1952–1954 Hieronim Kozieł
  • 1954–1958 Roman Kosznik
  • 1958–1965 Stanisław Podraszko
  • 1965–1969 Zenon Bancer
  • 1969–1978 Bolesław Robakowski
  • 1978–1981 Lech Świątkowski
  • 1981–1984 Cezary Dąbrowski
  • 1984–1990 Andrzej Plona
  • 1990–1992 Henryk Ledóchowski
  • 1992–1998 Jan Kozłowski
  • 1998–present Jacek Karnowski

Sopot: Transport

The city is covered by both the Gdynia and Gdańsk municipal bus lines, the regional commuter rail line (with three stops in the city: Sopot Wyścigi, Sopot, and Sopot Kamienny Potok), and the Polish national railway, PKP. Sopot is one of four Polish towns to have trolleybuses. The others are Lublin, Tychy and Gdynia. - [1]

Sopot: Sports

See also: Sports in Tricity

There are many popular professional sports teams in Sopot and the tri-city area. The most popular in Sopot today is probably basketball thanks to the award-winning Prokom Trefl Sopot. Amateur sports are played by thousands of Sopot citizens, as well as in schools of all levels (elementary, secondary, and university). Sopot held the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2014.

  • Prokom Trefl Sopot - men's basketball team, Polish Champion 2004= 1st place in Era Basket Liga, will play in basketball Euroleague
  • Idea Prokom Open - ATP and WTA tennis tournament held in August. Rafael Nadal and Flavia Pennetta won in 2004.
  • Ogniwo Sopot - [MKS Ogniwo Sopot] is a rugby club, founded in 1965. Since the 80's, Ogniwo is one of the best Polish rugby teams. They were undefeated since 1989 to 1993, with Edward Hodura as a coach.
  • Klub Piłkarski Sopot (KP Sopot) – Football Club founded in 1987. In 2007/08 season it won the Regional Polish Cup.[2]
  • PDP Karlikowo Sopot - Men's football club
  • Spot was the training base for the Republic Ireland during the European Championships 2012.

Sopot: Economy

Sopot: Major corporations

  • STU Ergo Hestia SA
  • BEST SA

Sopot: Higher education

  • Department of Economy, Department of Management
  • College of Finances and Administration
  • Sopot College
  • College of Physical Education and Tourism
  • Uniwersytet Gdanski

Sopot: International relations

Sopot: Twin towns - Sister cities

Sopot is twinned with:

  • Israel Ashkelon, Israel
  • Germany Frankenthal, Germany
  • Sweden Karlshamn, Sweden
  • United States Lake Worth, Florida, United States
  • Denmark Næstved, Denmark
  • Russia Peterhof, Russia
  • Germany Ratzeburg, Germany
  • United Kingdom Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
  • Poland Zakopane, Poland

Sopot: See also

  • Tricity
  • Gdańsk
  • Gdynia
  • Sports in Tricity
  • Sopot (station)
  • Grand Hotel (Sopot)

Sopot: References

Sopot: Notes

  1. www.sopot18.webpark.pl
  2. Maria Malec, Słownik etymologiczny nazw geograficznych Polski
  3. amk (2009-12-25). "O sopockiej Polonii po latach". rp.pl. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  4. The History of Sopot
  5. Danuta Żebrowska, Mieczysław Gulda (2016)
  • (in English) Municipal website
  • (in English) Gdańsk website
  • (in English) Gdynia website
  • (in English) Danzig-Online
  • (in Polish) Sopot
  • History of Sopot
  • Sopot Gallery
  • The inhalation mushroom
  • Images from Sopot
  • Sopot Tourist Guide

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