Discovering Szczecin – a charming city
Located in North West Poland, the port city of Szczecin is a popular destination for tourists who are attracted to its magical architecture inherited from different ages, as well as the city’s famously friendly residents, unique atmosphere, character and charm. There’s a lot to explore in the city of Szczecin, so let us take you through the main attractions.
1. Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes
Originally built in the mid-14 century, this castle was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the past centuries. Located in the Old Town, its renaissance style has ensured that this monument is one of the most popular in the city. Come to this castle to see spectacular engraved ornamentation from between 1606 and 1637, and while you’re at it why not climb to the top of the bell tower for a view of the city and the picturesque old town.
2. Cathedral Church of St. Jacob
This impressive cathedral was built in the 12 century, and as was the case with most of Szczecin’s monuments, destroyed during World War II and reconstructed in the early 70’s. As a tourist you are welcome to take the lift up the cathedral to bear witness to the striking views of the Oder river.
3. Philharmonic Hall Szczecin
Located in the heart of Szczecin, this is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Built on the historic site of the ‘Konzerthaus’, this monument creates a cultural link between the past and the present. In a similar vein to a musical instrument or composition, the Philharmonic Hall Szczecin is built from small scale elements which help form the Philharmonic Hall.
4. Chrobry Embankment
Regarded by locals as one of the most beautiful places in Europe, join tourists and locals alike in viewing the magical panorama of the Oder river and harbour from the terraces, which are located 19 metres above the river. Or you can also take a peaceful walk and experience all that the Chrobry Embankment has to offer, which includes a fascinating fountain, museums, theatre and the Maritime Academy, as well as a large park situated nearby.
5. Szczecin Underground
A hugely popular attraction, its main entrance is located in the underground of Szczecin’s main train station and is made up of concrete tunnels. Szczecin underground was designated as a bomb shelter for citizens during World War II. Visit this monument and experience a guided tour through long and mysterious tunnels, concrete rooms and of course the history of those who hid between the underground walls to ensure their own lives were not in any danger.