Life centers on the pedestrian Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street (nicknamed "Monciak"), the main axis of trendy cafes, clubs, and restaurants. You'll see the much-photographed Crooked House (Bohaterów Monte Cassino 53; tel. 58/555-51-23), though it's not much to write home about. At the end of Monciak, you'll come to a 5km (3-mile) stretch of sandy beach and the Pier (Molo). Built in 1928, and stretching 515m (1,690 ft.) into the Gulf of Gdansk, it is the longest wooden pier along the Baltic coast. Strolling on the pier is a Sopot de rigueur and a certifiable must-do for the romantically inclined. In summer, you'll find opera singers crooning tunes from Sopot's heyday in the 1930s and old-timer sailors selling tickets for peeping into binoculars. To the north of the beach is another stunning landmark of Sopot: the Grand Hotel. Once you have had enough of the sun and sand, you can escape to the greens and shades of the hilly Opera Park (Opera Lesna; Moniuszki 12). The annual International Sopot Festival ( is held every August.

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