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Mar 20 2015

Sopot Pier: The Longest Wooden Pier in Europe

Having lived by the sea in the UK for a number of years, I’m used to seeing piers, and taking the occasional wander down one on my days off.  What I hadn’t expected to see on my trip around Poland was a pier, especially one that is the longest wooden pier in Europe.  Well, that’s exactly what I found, so it is this week’s Foto Friday.

The Longest Wooden Pier in Europe

While doing a bit of research for this post, I found out that there are different types of piers: working, pleasure, and fishing piers.  The function of working piers was to on and offload passengers and cargo from ships.  Pleasure piers were introduced in the 19th century so tourists could take a stroll out over the sea.  Fishing piers were built so fishermen without boats could have access to areas they would otherwise be unable to reach.

The pleasure pier in Sopot was built in 1827, and extended in 1928 to its current length of 511.5 metres.  It’s a long way off the longest pier in Europe though, which is in Southend in the UK.  That one is a whopping 2158 metres long, although it is made of iron rather than wood.

I was fortunate to be in Sopot on a beautiful winter’s day.  There was a clear blue sky, and the sun was shining.  It was perfect for a day at the beach.  I walked the length and breadth of this pier.  Unfortunately, I was lugging my backpack around as I was on my way from Gdansk to Łeba.  I was hoping to find somewhere to dump it for a few hours – at the train station, or the Tourist Information Office – but I had no such luck.  The train station is tiny, and the Tourist Information Office was closed.  Thankfully, there is a restaurant near the end of the pier, so I took advantage of that, took a load off, and had a hot chocolate.

Location

Here’s where the pier is in Sopot.  Whether you are staying in Gdansk or Gydnia, it’s very quick and easy to get to Sopot by train.

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Do you like piers?  If so, which is your favourite pier?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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