Szczecin is the historical capital of Western Pomerania, and lies on the bank of the Odra River and the southern end of the Bay of Szczecin. The city is located 12 km from the Polish-German border and 60 km from the Baltic Sea. Thanks to geographical location a lot of transit routes meet here: 130 km from Berlin, 455 km from Stockholm, and 275 km from Copenhagen.
Szczecin is a city with over thousand years of tradition and turbulent history. Through ages Szczecin developed from a little village to the prominent port city. In 13th century the city was granted its municipal character. Its most illustrious period was the time of the 500-year reign of the dukes of the Griffin dynasty, when the city belonged to the Hanseatic League. In the 17th century the city was very often the reason of attacks of neighboring countries. The shipping trade has developed in XIX century.
The 2nd World War destroyed 60-70% of the city and harbor, but Szczecin was reconstructed after the war and now is one of the most beautiful cities of Poland. The hundreds years of the Szczecin history left the numerous traces of the past. The most splendid of them are the Castle of Pomeranian Dukes and the block of buildings situated on the slope along the Odra River, called “Wały Chrobrego”. The other valuable objects are also the gothic City Hall from 14th century and several churches. Along with a number of historical places, there are a lot of theatres, Philharmonic hall, museums, galleries, libraries and other cultural places in the city. There are also several schools of higher education, e.g. Technical University, Agricultural University, Maritime University and University of Szczecin.
Szczecin has 420000 inhabitants. Its economy is closely linked to harbor, shipyards, repair yards and transport companies. There are also a lot of sport facilities, including a golf court. It should be added that the region of Szczecin is one of the most beautiful in Poland, with its vast forests and the 900 or so clear lakes that are perfect for yachting.
How to get there?
You can travel to Szczecin by bus, by train, by ferry (Ystad-Świnoujście) or by plane directly to Szczecin airport or to Berlin airport (and from there to Szczecin it is only a 2-hour drive by car).