Attractions in Szczecin
As in many other cities in Europe, the main attraction in Szczecin is to
stroll around the city center and look at the public life. The old town of
Szczecin is an attraction in itself. Although the old town is nothing but a
"Brand New Old Town" since the restoration largely happened in the 1990s. But
many of the houses were fortunately rebuilt like the originals, and you still
get the feeling of really being in a Hanseatic city.
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Szczecin has great scenery in the immediate vicinity and there are also nice
parks in the city. Park Kasprowicza, located a short distance northwest on the
"left" bank of Oder, is the park where the town's residents like to trim.
Another popular park is the Stefana Żeromskiego Park right in the center of
Szczecin, just off the Galaxy shopping center.
Main landmarks and attractions in Szczecin
Pomeranian Dukes Castle
The dukes of Pomeranian Castle (Pomeranian Dukes Castle or Zamek Książąt
Pomorskich in Polish) are the very heart of Szczecin's attractions. Here you
will find tourist office, restaurants and cafes as well as museum, gallery and
opera. Originally, the castle belonged as the name implies to an old family
dynasty in Pomerania. The castle was destroyed during World War II but was later
restored, though not completely rebuilt as the original. The address is
Korsarzy, just off the river on the west side.
Technological Museum in Szczecin
If you are interested in everything that has an engine, be it cars, buses or
motorcycles, then the Technological Museum is the place to visit. The address is
A cemetery might not be what you expect to see on a list of attractions and
sights? But Cmentarz Centralny is Europe's third largest burial ground and
something special happens with body and soul when you walk around here. You will
find Cmentarz Centralny at ul Ku Sloncu 125a, about 3.5 km southwest of
the Old Town. Feel free to take a taxi!
St. Jacob's Cathedral (Cathedral of Jakuba)
St. Jacob's Cathedral is a large Gothic Basilica located in Szczecin. This
basilica is a model of a church from 1187. Like most other Szczecin, the church
was destroyed at the end of World War II (1944). The build-up happened in the
1970s. In 2008, the church received a new spire which includes an observation
deck for spectators.
The Rose Garden (Rozanka Garden) in Szczecin was first organized in 1928, and
resumed in 2007. Here you can wander among hundreds of different varieties of
roses and a variety of monuments, not least the sculpture with the three flying
geese arouses admiration. The three geese symbolize three generations of Poles,
the pre-war generation, those who rebuilt Poland and the modern generation.
Rozanka Garden is located 3.5 kilometers northwest of Szczecin Railway Station,
"behind" Park Kasprowicza.
This baroque entrance portal testifies to the city's fortifications of the
past. Originally erected in the early 18th century. The portal was once called
the Berlin Portal from the time the city was called the "gateway to Berlin ". In
Polish it is called Brawa Portowa. You will find it at the Brawa Portowa square
about 1 kilometer west of the river and the Old Town start.
The city gate to Szczecin can be found at the square Holdu Pruskiego and
today it is called the Royal Gate. It may look somewhat out of place on a modern
busy street. "Inside" in the portal you can relax at Brama Jazz Cafe.
Monument of the Three Eagles
"The three eagles monument" is a large and famous monument representing three
generations of the Polish people. These are the people before World War II, to
those who rebuilt the city and the modern generation of Poles. This magnificent
monument reminds us all of what Poland has gone through.
The monument is located at Park Kasprowicza.
Monoument by Jan Czekanowski
A rather special attraction is the monument of Jan Czekanowski, which you
will find at General Władysław Square in Szczecin. [See image first
in article]. Jan Czekanowski saved a number of Polish-Lithuanian
"Crimean-Karaites" from the Holocaust in World War II. The monument is touching
differently than the magnificent one you would otherwise encounter when it comes
to monuments. Jan Czekanowski is also buried in Warsaw (Warsaw Powązki
Tourist in Szczecin
Getting good days in Szczecin is easy. There are large shopping centers such
as. Galaxy, and the city has great parks where both residents and visitors enjoy
hot spring and summer days. The parks are popular with joggers and are used for
all kinds of sporting activities.
For an overview and view of Szczecin, we suggest you have a coffee in the
Pazim building (Cafe 22 on the 22nd floor). The address is Pl. Rodła 8
just off the Galaxy shopping center. Or you can go up into the towers of the
Pomeranian Dukes Castle or visit the Gothic St. Jacobs Cathedral.
Just off Teatr Pleciuga (ul. Wielkopolska) is the small but cozy "dancing
fountain" which at 2130 (in the summer) has a free half-hour "performance" that
tourists must bring.
Water is (and always has been) important to Szczecin. Located close to the
Baltic Sea and the river Oder which divides the city in two (Odra) as well as
the large Dabies lake just to the east is easy to understand. A number of tour
operators offer boat trips from Szczecin, and there is no bad tip to take to the
riverbank at Waly Chrobrego (between Stefana Zeromskiego Park and the River
If you are of the active type then a kayak sightseeing is your luck. You can
rent a kayak from Kąpielisko Dziewoklicz (ul. Autostrada Poznańska).
Tourist offices in Szczecin
Center for Cultural and Tourist Information, 34 Korsarzy Street, ie
at Pomeranian dukes' castle, phone +48 91 4891630, email@example.com
Center for Tourist Information, 1a Niepodległości Avenue, phone +48
91 4340440, firstname.lastname@example.org
Szczecin can tempt with a tourist card that contains both bus and tram
tickets, as well as discounted rates at a number of attractions. You buy the
tourist card at the tourist information scattered around Szczecin, or the
tourist offices above.
Red sighseeing in Szczecin
Most tourists in Szczecin choose to follow the city's marked tourist route.
This is a 7 kilometer long "trail" that takes you past 42 sights. On the
sidewalks and streets you simply follow a red line, and each landmark is marked
with a red circle with a number. Near each number you will find an information
board that tells you a little about the point of interest. You can also buy a
detailed guide at the tourist information offices. The sightseeing starts
outside the Szczecin train station.
Taxi in Szczecin
Taxi in Szczecin is not necessarily simple. Taxis are really cheap, but there
are several taxi companies to choose from, some of which are simply not safe to
use. Be careful of taxis that "hang" around the train station and outside
popular nightclubs and pubs. Taking one of these taxis can get you a pretty
In general, we can say that you should bring cash for payment and check in
advance that there is a tachometer in the car. Feel free to talk to your hotel
for advice on taxi companies and a phone number you can call to book.