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Castles, dukes, Gothic architecture and a great heritage that’s kept alive despite the turbulent times of the past. Search for cheap air tickets to Szczecin and you’ll get the point. Once wrecked by war, the modern Polish city today is going through a fast-growing development in every aspect - a much-deserved one! With a thriving cultural and arts scene, Szczecin is the focal point of Western Pomerania and attracts hundreds of visitors who get inspired and captivated by the spirit of this “modern old town”, as the locals call Szczecin. For your accommodation, you can find a wide range of cheap hotels in Szczecin and travel on a budget and on top quality. Definitely a destination worthy of your time, why not try it!
Szczecin is the capital of Western Pomerania, the part of the Province of Pomerania that belongs to Poland. A city with great and diverse heritage, Szczecin maintains a character different than most of the other Polish cities; this is mainly due to the fact that, after World War II’s extensive bombings that shattered the city’s historic centre, the restoration projects did not begin immediately. In fact, they’re still underway.
However, it’s exactly this particular fact that gave the city of Szczecin its distinctive charm that entices visitors and make them fall in love with the place.
Stretching at the banks of River Oder (Odra), lush green Szczecin is a precious architectural, historical and artistic treasure of Poland and couldn’t be omitted in your itinerary!
The airport of Szczecin (Port Lotniczy Szczecin–Goleniów im. NSZZ "Solidarność") is located 45 kilometres northeast of the city centre and is served by rail and shuttle buses.
Getting around Szczecin
You can get around Szczecin by bus, tram and taxi. Fares start from 2.00zł and minimum taxi fare costs 3.00zł.
The Old Town of Szczecin didn’t meet the same fate as the rest of the cities of Poland. World War II took its toll and left severe marks, destroying the largest part of the old town. Restorations didn’t start until the late ‘90’s and there are still ongoing works around the city; but don’t let this stop you!
The Old Town is the most pleasant part of Szczecin, boasting many idyllic corners, as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.
The Gothic City Hall of Szczecin (Ratusz Staromiejski w Szczecinie) is the primary landmark of the Old Town. Dating back to the 15th century, it is one of the few buildings that survived the bombings. Today, it houses the Szczecin's History Museum.
Continue to the most significant culture centre of Szczecin, the National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie), which consists of four annexes:
- the Maritime Museum
- the History Museum
- the Department of Art and
- the Contemporary Art Museum
Continue to the majestic Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes (Zamek Książąt Pomorskich), Szczecin’s supreme building and landmark. The Castle was built in the 14th century, badly damaged during the World War II bombings and was later rebuilt from scratch. Nowadays, the grand Castle looms over the Old Town and holds the title of one of Poland’s most monumental historic buildings.
While you’re there, be sure to visit the Castle Museum, to see collections of precious treasures and artefacts, with primary highlight being the sarcophagi of six Pomeranian dukes. Dating back to 1606-1637, these funerary boxes hold an enormous historical and artistic value, elegantly decorated by Königsberg’s artists.
Your last stop in Szczecin could be none other than the Cathedral Basilica of St. Jacob (Bazylika archikatedralna św. Jakuba w Szczecinie). This is the largest church in Pomerania and a beautiful architectural masterpiece, initially built in the 12th century and rebuilt in 1972, just as most of the Old Town’s buildings.
Szczecin’s official language is Polish.