During an extended stay in Gdańsk, it’s worth visiting Sopot, located just up the coast. Founded in the mid-19th century, often called the Monte Carlo of the north, from the very beginning Sopot was a seaside resort and a place for vacationers. The city offers a wide range of attractions in the summer, including numerous restaurants, cafés and night clubs. After a day on the beach, there’s time for a stroll down the promenade and a concert at the beautiful Leśna (Forest) Opera. The pier is Sopot’s most unique feature the half-kilometre-long wooden promenade is nearly 150 years old. The pier offers a great view of the long coastline and an equally picturesque panorama of the city. Right next to the beach is the Grand Hotel, Sopot’s largest and most elegant hotel, built in the 1920s in the Emperor Wilhelm Baroque style, and recently renovated.