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.

ODER BOULEVARDS AND THE ALLEY OF SAILORS

The renovated boulevards near the Long Bridge and the Castle Route (Piast, Gdynia and Elbląg boulevards) are promenades with attractive food and drink options, as well as a mooring quay for sport and tourist vessels and small passenger ships. The Alley of Sailors is an outdoor exhibition dedicated to seafarers, legendary sailing ships, yachts, vessels and sea voyages, from the 12th century to modern times. Construction will involve several stages and will be completed by 2020.

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.
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