Szczecin is an amazing city. It stands out from other Polish cities due to its unique natural environment, interesting geographical location and history, the city’s architecture and urban design, as well as a plethora of cultural and sports events.
The most convenient way to explore Szczecin is on foot. Most of historic buildings and other places of interest are located in the city centre, on the left bank of River Oder. Attractions situated outside the centre are easily accessible by bike, public transport or car.
Szczecin – Interesting Places
Have you ever seen an iceberg in the city center? If not, you must see the new premises of Szczecin Philharmonic which majestically emerges from urban buildings and pervasive greenery. Its metal and glass facade supplemented with light illuminations catch the eye of each person who comes nearby. The building was designed by Ccatalonian architects from Barozzi Veiga from Barcelona and immediately has become the icon of our city. It has received numerous awards, including the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015. www.filharmonia.szczecin.pl
It is one of the most beautiful observation decks in Europe and the Szczecin’s Landmark. You can watch there a vast panorama of the Odra River and port. It is 500 meters long and rises up to 19 meters above Odra coast. The history of this masterpiece dates back to the 16th century. It is a complex of the three buildings: from the South – Marine University, the building of the National Museum together with the Modern Theater and the Provincial Office. www.muzeum.szczecin.pl
Renovated boulevards of Long Bridge (Most Długi) and Castle Route (Trasa Zamkowa) and on Łasztownia island attract strollers, cyclists, roller skaters and sailors. Wyszak Boat is one of the decorations of Sailors Avenue. The smell of cacao and chocolate tempts our noses. This sweet aroma comes from the chocolate factory „GRYF”. For more info and events calendar please visit: www.bulwary.szczecin.eu
The Odra River boulevards
Anyone entering Szczecin by bridges over the Oder River can see the towering red-brick gothic Cathedral and an elegant, pale silhouette of a Renaissance castle with green towers, which used to be the seat of the dukes of the Griffins dynasty who ruled the Duchy of Pomerania. The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle has five wings and two courtyards. There is a panoramic terrace on the rooftop of the northern wing from where splendid views can be appreciated. A 17th century astronomical clock is the Castle’s special tourist attraction. Also a room dedicated to Eilhard Lubinus and the Witches’ Cell are definitely worth a visit. www.zamek.szczecin.pl
Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle
Trafostacja Sztuki in Szczecin is the first center for contemporary art in the northwest of Poland. Founded in 2013, TRAFO takes advantage of its geographical potential – the cross-border location within the Baltic Sea region and the immediate vicinity of Berlin, the cultural capital of this part of Europe. It acts as a unique “display window” through which Szczecin confronts its artistic image with the world. www.trafo.org
Dialog Centre “ Upheavals” is one of branches of the National Museum in Szczecin, where newest history of Szczecin and West Pomerania region is presented, with particular attention given to social protests and breaking events in the years 1970–1971, 1980– 1981, 1988–1989, that lead Poland to regain sovereignty in 1989. The building that houses our museum is partially hidden under the Solidarity Plaza, adjacent to the Concert Hall. The exhibition is interactive, apart from subject-related pieces, in its underground rooms you may see films, pictures and recordings of the events’ witnesses and participants. Location of the museum has not been chosen by an accident – it was here when on 17 December 1970 first shots were fired at the protesters. 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. www.przelomy.muzeum.szczecin.pl
Dialog Centre “ Upheavals”
Films can be watched in a soft armchair in cozy, historical room or at the table in „Kiniarnia” which is 2 floors below. It is a retro-style room with a jabbering projector and a piano from 1898. Seems like atmosphere in an old cinema? It is even better as it is the oldest cinema in the world which has been operating in the same place continuously for more than 100 years. Before you enter the cinema please look at the glass-case, there is a certificate from The World Guinness Book. www.kino-pionier.com.pl
„Pionier 1907” Cinema
Central Cemetary in Szczecin is almost 170 hectares big and 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. In the competition called „Seven New Wonders of Poland” organized by National Geographic magazine it took the 5th place. Two routes are marked there: historical and dendrological one. www.cmentarze.szczecin.pl
Jasna Błonia is a wide green park located by the Szczecin City Hall, one of the favorite places for walks, riding a bike or simply to spend time sitting comfortably on a bench or on the lawn. The park was built in the years 1925-27, it was designed with rows of maple plane trees on the sides of a wide lawn with ground-based flower arrangements in the middle. It is the largest concentration of this species of trees in Poland, of which over 200 are growing here.