Szczecin

They say it is an incredible city

Water, green areas and freedom – this is what Szczecin is like. It is a modern city which surprises with its versatility and a multitude of interesting leisure-time options. A conglomerate of islands, canals, beaches and bays. A real 'floating garden', a city which changes one's perspective on the meaning of life.

At the heart of Europe.

Located in north-western Poland, not far from Germany, Sweden and Denmark, Szczecin attracts tourists with its nautical atmosphere, proximity to the sea, and multicultural history. Its unique charm is due to 15 municipal parks, canoe trails amidst the flood waters of the Oder, lakes which are ideal for sailing, the ubiquitous magnolias, and historic architecture.

Places worth visiting in Szczecin

MIECZYSŁAW KARŁOWICZ PHILHARMONIC

This modern icon of architecture was designed by Barcelona-based architects Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga. The edifice draws upon the symphonic tradition of the site: it was the location of the Concert House before World War II. Opened in 2014, the philharmonic has won awards in prestigious architecture competitions, both domestically and abroad.

JASNE BŁONIA

This extensive park was created between 1925-1927 on land belonging to the Quistorp family. It is a great place for a stroll or a picnic on the grass between alleys which wind among the spreading plane trees. In June 1987 Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass here, with the altar positioned against the Monument to the Deed of Poles, which features 3 majestic eagles.

POMERANIAN DUKES' CASTLE

A former residence of dukes from the Pomeranian Griffin dynasty, it is situated on a tall slope near the river Oder. Reconstructed after the war (1958-1980), it corresponds to the style of the Renaissance. Today it is a cultural centre with opera in the Castle, a Castle Museum, Lubinus' Study, the Witches Cell, galleries, a chamber theatre and cinema, and a musical stage in the main courtyard.

The Odra River Embankments

Renovated embankments of Long Bridge (Most Długi) and Castle Route (Trasa Zamkowa) appeal to strollers, cyclists roller skaters and sailors. Wyszak Boat is the decoration of Sailors Avenue. The smell of cacao and chocolate temps our noses. It is an unusual aroma therapy of the embankments. This sweet aroma comes from Confectionery Enterprise „GRYF”. in 1976 it started production of drinking chocolate as the 1st in Poland. Recently food stalls have appeared on the boulevards, which will certainly attract tourists and locals.

CHROBRY EMBANKMENT

This spacious lookout terrace, situated on a slope next to the river Oder, is the showcase of Szczecin. The embankment was built from 1902-1921 on the site of a demolished fort, through the efforts of Lord Mayor Herman Haken. It features monumental architecture and offers a panorama of the Oder, islands and the port.

Central Cemetery

It is an architectural park masterpiece and a monument of European class. The masters of garden and gravestone design had shown their craftsmanship. Unique and vanguard gravestones are embedded in the vast greenery of beautiful park. The necropolis was opened in 1901 and it is the biggest in Poland and the third in Europe

Dialog Centre “ Upheavals”

is one of branches of the National Museum in Szczecin, where we present the newest history of Szczecin and West Pomerania region. The building that houses our museum is partially hidden under the Solidarity Plaza, adjacent to the Concert Hall. In July 2016, the Dialogue Centre Upheavals was ranked the Best Public Space in Europe. Four months later, on November 18, the same building was named World Building of the Year.

Urban Summer Zone

In 2016, the Urban Summer Zone (or "city beach" as the residents call it) was established near the marina, on Grodzka Isle. It is an area right on the bank of the Oder designated for rest and recreation on warm summer days. It has umbrellas, sunbeds, hammocks, pillows, beach balls and sand toy sets for children. There are also real palm trees planted in the sand and atmospheric garden lanterns.
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