Pier in Sopot

Sopot, Poland

The Sopot Pier, built as a pleasure pier and as a mooring point for cruise boats, first opened in 1827. The next reconstruction extended the length of 150 metres, then to 315 m. The pier was brought to the contemporary length in 1928, along with the walking passage of the spa. The first non-wooden elements appeared after 1990, when the head was modernised using steel elements.

At 511.5m, the pier is the longest wooden pier in Europe. It stretches into the sea from the middle of Sopot beach which is a popular venue for recreation and health walks (the concentration of iodine at the tip of the pier is twice as high as on land) or public entertainment events, and it also serves as a mooring point for cruise boats and water taxis. It is also an excellent point for observing the World Sailing Championship, the Baltic Windsurfing Cup and the Sopot Triathlon taking place on the bay. Sopot pier consists of 2 parts: the famous wooden walking jetty and the Spa Square on land, where concerts and festivities are organised.

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    Viktor Stojic (11 months ago)
    I had great moments there. I was in October and it was still nice and quiet. Really nice and enjoyable view. I will for sure come back at this place. Also you have pretty much places where you can drink coffee and enjoy. Whole place of Sopot have some incredible spirit. I recommend everyone to visit sopot and to take a walk along beach.
    Marta Szymanski (12 months ago)
    A must-see. The most beautiful wooden pier I have ever seen. Words can't describe how gorgeous the setting is - day or night. Just book your trip already! :)
    Taiyaba Kz (12 months ago)
    Absolutely loved it. Took some amazing pictures and to be honest when I first laid my eyes on it, the inner one direction fan in me screamed because it looked like the pier in their " You & I" music video.
    Marek Bladowski (13 months ago)
    It's fantastic, very beautiful and romantic place. Not expensive but, in my opinion, public and historical places should be for free. However I recommend it at least to take a holiday photo.
    Aleksander Sobecki (13 months ago)
    The pier itself is fine, bigger than most I've seen with a nice marina at the end. The view is nice, I've especially enjoyed the big container ships on the horizon. Luxury boats in the marina are fun to look at too. I don't understand why there is a fee to enter since, in the end, it's just a pier.
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