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Upper Sopot is a rather quiet district with one story townhouses, but there are a few ten story high-rises. Upper Sopot is flanked by hills covered by dense forest from the west and this is where high-rises were built on the edge of the forest in the 1970s as a cheap housing project for the working class. Their presence destroyed the old Sopot panorama and they do not fit into the tradition of the spa resort. Nevertheless, a lot of effort was taken to redecorate the bare concrete of the high-rises by painting their walls and planting trees and flowers around it. This is where some of the buildings of the University of Gdansk are situated and of course "Bold Hill", where people come to play winter sports, as it has a ski lift and toboggan-run.
This district has the most beautiful houses. The real estate market is very tight here, and it is very hard to find property for sale as the prices are very high. This is the best place to live, as it is quiet and you do not feel that you belong to Tri City area. There are almost no shops except a few convenience stories and the entertainment sector is non existent here, which makes this place very quiet with low traffic, so for some it is a great attraction to live here. Bold Hill, which is called "Lysa Gora" in Polish, is a frequent destination for strollers with its magnificent panorama of the gulf and the city. During winter it is particularly busy, since almost everyone comes here to play winter sports or just breathe the air and relax. The magnificent scenery and the climate of the entire district attract many people. The main attraction is the Forest Opera, which was built in 1909 under the open sky and covered with a roof in 1964. It is the home of the famous Sopot Festival and before WWII it was famous for its Wagner Operas.
Most critics consider the Forest Opera to have the best acoustics compared to other similar places and it has a total capacity of 4400. Also, the forest stadium is one of the most beautiful stadiums in Europe, which lies on the verge of the forest with a wonderful surrounding terrain for jogging and recreation. The stadium has the capacity for 5000 spectators. It is open for everybody who wants to exercise here. The Forest Stadium has a lot of training facilities. It is a place where people come to exercise on various type of equipment, and there are aerobics classes and a sauna. There is a small hotel and restaurant. Developers are rarely seen in Upper Sopot, for the simple reason that there is no more ground available. On the rare occasion you can see some renovations going on, it is usually indication that a property was sold and a new owner is moving in. But you can still see some interesting projects.
The forest, which covers 1004 hectares and is filled with mushrooms and blueberries, flanks Upper Sopot to the west and is the main reason people want to live here. Most people tend to think about upper Sopot as an area west of Independace Avenue (Aleja Niepodleglosci in Polish). Dense development makes it hard to find the real border. On most maps you can see downtown as an area close the beach and upper Sopot as an area to the west. Downtown is an area east of the cliffs which was submerged about 7 000 years ago. The cliff is about 15 - 25 meter high and the area is about 300 meters wide in the north and about 1000 meters wide in the south. The climate in upper Sopot is dry and during winter it is easy to notice wide temperatures swings. On the intersection of Independence Avenue and Heroes of Monte Cassino, a settlement was established in the 12th century and was named on maps from that time as a Sopoth. Starting from 16th century this place became a popular destination for the rich from nearby Gdansk to built summer residences. The last remaining building is Spanish Mansion, which still can be admired at 781 Niepodleglosci Avenue.
The area below the cliff is known today as downtown was a swamp, which eventually dried up. After 1823, when Sopot was becoming a health resort the development of downtown took off, this was a place where people came to spend time off and rest. On the other hand, upper Sopot was place where schools, offices, residential buildings were situated. There were also a lot of industrial activities. Most of the small factories, such as the brick factory, were demolished long ago, to give space for residential development. The first residential villas were built between the cliff and Niepodleglosci Avenue during the 1860s. 30 years later the development moved higher to the west and the area was densely developed at the beginning of 20th century. Most of the villas were built on large lots with plenty of greenery. After WWII, most of the lost were divided to accompany new development, which turned out to be a rather chaotic development. The town lost most of its big parks, and in places which were undeveloped, a lot of high-rises found their place.
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