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Bike Trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach

We were visiting Gdansk that is an inland city and we wanted to see the Baltic coast of Poland so we rented bikes in a bike rental in Gdansk Old Town and made a lovely bike trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach.

Sopot is a pretty spa town famous for its thermal baths, sandy beach and music festivals.

Sopot Pier

Sopot beach and pier, Poland

We noticed that there was a very good bike lane running  all the way from Gdansk to Bzezno that is the first town when you reach the Baltic coast. From Bzezno we followed the bike lane to Sopot, along the long sandy beach.

In Sopot we walked on the famous Sopot Pier, visited other top attractions and finally had a good lunch. This all took us so much time that we decided to take a train back to Gdansk since it was getting dark by the time we wanted to return.

Bike Trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach on the Map

 

This is the biking itinerary from Gdansk to Sopot Beach, first to Brzezno and north along the beach to Sopot. We took the train back but you can choose another biking itinerary back to Gdansk.

Renting Bikes in Gdansk

We had booked the bikes in advance so you just walked from our hotel to the bike rental in the outskirts of the Old Town. In the picture you can see an old tower belonging to the red city wall of Gdansk. To the right is the old market hall of Gdansk Old Town.

Gdansk Old Town and a tower

The garage where the bikes were kept turned out to be on a back yard, in fact we had to walk through two or three back yards to find the place. I saved their contact information in the picture if you get interested in renting a bike in Gdansk. But check with them where the bike rental is located!

 

You can click on the small photos to open them up in a slideshow.

Starting a Bike Trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach

The bikes were good and we set off towards Sopot Beach, first along small side streets. We saw pretty houses and quiet streets on the way to the central railway station of Gdansk that you can see in the picture below.

 

After the train station we had to cross some busy main streets, but no problem, a bike lane began here and it continued all the way to the Baltic coast that was only  7 or 8 kilometers away. On the way we stopped and examined at a green tank that was placed on the roadside to remind of the Second World War.

 

In this part of the city there were no suburbs with high buildings as we had expected to see, it was more like a quiet residential area.

Bike trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach

Between Gdansk and Bzezno there is an open green area with small garden plots where people used to grow their vegetables in the Communism period. And the garden plots are still in use and why shouldn’t they? Growing your own potatoes and vegetables always is a good idea.

The Baltic Coast: Bzezno

Bzezno beach and Sopot pier

We didn’t go to the center of Bzezno but headed straight to the long wooden pier that is similar to Sopot Pier, but shorter. The Sopot Pier is the longest wooden pier in all Europe, 511 meters long. You can see the Sopot Pier in the distance. And in between it’s all sandy beach – all the way.

 

Like Sopot, Bzezno too has a pretty beach on  both sides of the pier. It was a cold Friday morning and yet there were lots of locals walking on the Bzezno pier.

A restaurant by Bzezno pier, Gdansk

Bzezno beach has a restaurant, or wine-bar, where locals were sitting on the terrace and enjoying the spring sunshine.  We locked our bikes in modern red bike holders that you can see below.

Sopot, a Baltic Sea Spa Town

Towards Sopot Beach

The bike road follows the beach but mostly you don’t see the beach, it is behind the high sand dunes.

There are beautiful old villas and other kind of holiday accommodation all the way to Sopot, and cafes and restaurants were preparing to open for the high-season that was to begin in a few weeks.

Bike Trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach

Before reaching central Sopot we passed a cluster of houses that is called the Fishermen’s Village, designed in early 1900s for fishermen. Only a few houses remain, the Fishermen’s Village had to give way to the crowds of bath tourists that started to flock to the area.

Today many artists are living in the pretty houses around Fisherman’s Square. You can see the Fishermen’s Village and Sopot villas on the photos.

 

This picture shows the Kosciol Zbawiciela church that is the only Lutheran church is the Sopot area. As Poland is a Catholic country all other churches are Catholic.

Kosciol Zbawiciela church, Sopot

In a lush park in front of the church you can find a fountain that has natural thermal water coming from a spring deep down in the earth. The Sopot beach area is famous for it’s natural springs and baths. Sopot has lots of  bath hotels that provide beauty and health treatments.

 Sopot Beach and Pier

Sopot Pier

In these pictures you can see the 511 meters long Sopot Pier. Originally the wooden Sopot Pier has not been that long, it has gradually been lengthened. In the summer there is a pier restaurant, a pier cafe and – a marina at the very end of the pier.

 

Ferry from Sopot to Hel

You can make a day trip to Hel from Sopot in the summer, there is a boat connection to Hel from the end of Sopot Pier.

Hel is a long, narrow peninsula that protects the bay from storms in the Baltic Sea and the peninsula also makes Sopot waters keep warm. Hel is a good destination for a biking trip and I would love to go biking there. But outside the summer season you would first have to drive a long way around the bay to get to Hel.

Bike trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach

Sopot Beach originally was a resort where rich citizens of Gdansk built their summer houses. Later Sopot got popular with people that wanted to improve their health in thermal baths, and in the 1920s Sopot developed to an international spa resort . Sopot was a well-known holiday resort in all Europe.

 

Today Sopot has 40 000 inhabitants and a dozen quality spa centres and hotels. You can see some beautiful old Sopot hotels in these pictures. The most famous hotels are the Grand Hotel and Sheraton.

Bohaterow Monte Cassino Promenade

Monte Cassino Promenade, Sopot

Bohaterow Monte Cassino Promenade is the main street of Sopot that leads through straight the city to the pier. It’s said the promenade is swarming with people all times of the day. As the Promenad was packed with people we and to slow down and walk with our bikes 🙂

The Crooked House

The Crooked House, Sopot

The Crooked House was built in 2004 and it’s listed on the top 50 strangest buildings in the world.

Inside the house there are cafes, shops and restaurants – and everything inside is crooked, as well as in the outside. I have to say I got the feeling I had something wrong with my eyes. The house looks like all other houses in the row, but yet so different. I like the Crooked House!

Sopot Forest Opera

We continued up the hill towards the famous Forest Opera. The Opera is the place where the Sopot International Song Festival is held yearly. And as you can imagine the Opera is located in a deep forest, a quite pretty forest indeed.

Bike trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach

But we were not going to the Opera, there is also a well-known steak house we came here for it! We really started to feel hungry after cycling 17 km, and a demanding uphill ride from Sopot Beach made us feel even more hungry.

Delmonico Cut Steakhouse, Sopot

Delmonico Cut Steak House, Sopot

The Delmonico Cut Steakhouse is a family enterprise that has imported Wagyu cattle from the U.S.  They are serving Wagyu steak at the steak house but only at certain times, wagyu steak is not always available.

 

They let us taste different steaks that they brought to table in a hot pan.

Wagyu steak, Delmonico Cut Steak House, Sopot

To start with we had tomato soup. Everything we tasted including their house wine was delicious. As this restaurant is located next door to the Forest Opera it must be a perfect dining option for opera guests.

 

I tried to learn more about Wagyu cattle on the Delmonico Cut Steakhouse website but the English version didn’t work. But you can read in Polish:

Delmonico Cut Steakhouse >>

From Sopot to Gdansk

After we had finished the lunch we noticed that to get back to Gdansk before dark we’ll have to take the train. No problem. There is a train every 7 minutes and you can easily transport your bike on the train.

 

The bike holders in the train were not particularly usable but we finally managed it. And the lifts at the stations didn’t work but we managed to carry our rental bikes up the stairs.

 

In just 25 minutes we were back in Gdansk. Where should we go next?

Yes, we have to return the bikes to the bike rental!

Distances from Gdansk

I hope you liked reading about our bike trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach. We liked the trip and I can recommend renting a bike in Gdansk for sightseeing.

Alternatively you can take the train to Sopot both ways and just have a nice walk in Sopot. Sopot train station is at a short walking distance from Sopot Pier, just follow the main promenade downhill.

Bike Trip from Gdansk to Sopot Beach on Sports Tracker

If you got interested, here is a more precise bike route with Sports Tracker:

Bike trip to Sopot

 

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2 comments

  1. Great trip! I love cycling from Gdańsk to Sopot. Sometimes I choose your route by the seaside and sometimes I choose the route that is in the forest (Lasy Oliwskie) where you can get a little more tired as you go up and down the hills 🙂

    Bartek from Gdańsk

  2. Thanks Bartek. I’d love to see that forest, your forests are so pretty!

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