Jean Haffner , a doctor in Napoleon’s army is accredited with changing Sopot from a fishing village into a health spa about two hundred years ago.
Bathing in sea water was a central part of the treatment but only for the brave. Some of the other possibilities were bathing in warm and cool water ,fresh and salt water in tubs and showers .There was also the ‘Rapid Bath’ where large amounts of water was released onto the patient from a height.
As Sopot became more popular the number of visitors grew as well as the range of services on offer and their effectiveness also got better. The SPA also became more specialized .At that time bathing in the sea was segregated between men and women
As the 20th century dawned growing tourism and cleaner water brought more developments. Some Visitors came to relax and others with medical ailments came to be cured .The Balneology Centre was established at that time using the mineral-rich water for treating different complaints. The center still exists today beside the famous pier located in a beautiful building. The Rheumatological Hospital is housed there too, providing water treatments that were first used at the beginning of the spa’s existence. There are four more spas in Sopot which treat people with rheumatic and respiratory illnesses.
Highlights of Sopot
Nightlife in Sopot
Sopot thanks to its location, facilities, surroundings and atmosphere has a positive impact both on body and soul. It is a city that doesn’t sleep and is popular among all ages and groups of people. A popular place for hosting all kinds of events like concerts, conferences ,festivals and exhibitions. The streets are lined with numerous cafes, restaurants, clubs and art galleries .A good alternative from Gdansk and Gdynia to spend the evening doing what you like most and a beautiful, sandy beach right in the city centre.
The pier in Sopot was built at the start of the 19 th century and is one of the longest in Europe .However, the first pier had been built before that and was used by the Russians during the siege of Gdansk for transportation purposes
The architecture in Sopot is unique and different than the Gothic, Baroque and Modernisim that is found in Gdansk and Gdynia .When the present day Sopot was developing, eclectic architecture was in fashion and that is what is most dominant today. Sometimes it is referred to as Resort Architecture and its beauty and richness is really eye-catching.