Szczecin

Copyright: Szymon Maksymiuk

Szczecin

Szczecin is an energetic city where the River Odra eventually flows into the Szczecin Lagoon. Today, it is the capital of the region of West Pomerania, which has suffered a turbulent history and now looks to an enlightened and cultural revival. A focal point is that it has managed to preserve its unique character and charm since its recent reform. Szczecin is now awakening to its full potential at an ever-increasing pace. You will feel truly inspired as you explore this enthralling city.

The City

"Echte Stettiner" (True Szczeciner) - this was the way to describe someone stubborn, resolute, courageous, raw - in XIX-th century. Genius loci of Szczecin is felt here easily: in the communist era Szczecin was the city, where strikes broke out, where people put up a continuous resistance to the communist regime. Today, Szczecin is also full people with a firm, but at the same time welcoming character. Szczecin was the capital of the Duchy of Pomerania, but also had been ruled by Denmark, Prussia, France, Sweden, Germany. Today it's inside the Polish borders. This extraordinary past can be seen today on every step: in architecture, urban planning, squares, parks; while walking you pass the still operating water pumps, shelters, old signs. During the Second World War, Szczecin was destroyed in 80%, so - in contrast to most of the cities - we don't have the Old Town. Currently, it is being re-built. Even visiting pubs and discos brings you a trip in time: in one of the pubs you can move to the seventeenth century, to the time of the Swedish Szczecin (it is opened in the former city fortifications); in another - to the Communist times (when there was a militia station). One of nightclubs is located in the former headquarters of the Royal Iron Railway. The past is everywhere here and it is always clearly visible - while walking in Poland's largest cemetery, which is both a park and botanical garden; the largest shelter in today's Poland, during the session in the oldest cinema in the world... Szczecin is also the history of technology: the wreck of the tanker made of concrete, Poland's only one railway drawbridge or the oldest floating dock in Europe. At the same time Szczecin is not afraid of momentum and bold architecture. Two buildings that have won the highest architectural awards make this city even more woth visiting: Szczecin Philharmonic, that gained the Mies van der Rohe award and the Centre for Dialogue Upheavals with the World Building of the Year award that was won during the festival of architecture in Berlin in November 2016. How much time is needed to see Szczecin? Someone may say that the one-day intensive tour will do the trick. But this is not true, because Szczecin is not only about the past. Szczecin is also the vastness of space, water and greenery, which is best viewed from boat or kayak. Szczecin is a Floating Garden - many rare species of aquatic plants and animals have here their home. Szczecin has many faces. How much time is needed to see and get to know them all?

Top 10!

Szczecin is a city with lots of stunning places. Some are famous for their history or architecture; some of them are hard to find and you really need a good guide to show you them. And some are to find here!

Szczecin Tourist Card

Discover Szczecin with the Szczecin Tourist Card available in 24h and 72h options. Enjoy the huge savings with just one card! The Szczecin Toursit Card you can buy: • in every tourist information in Szczecin • via "GoPay" mobile application available on iOS and Android, selecting „Szczecin - Karta Turystyczna” > Zakup biletu > Okresowy > Normalny • online through the service "GoPay", selecting in the drop-down menu „Szczecin - Karta Turystyczna” option • at "Szczecin Manufacture" on Chrobry Boulevard The Szczecin Tourist Card means: • traveling with public transport for free • 50% discounts in all museums • discount tickets for city's attractions, such as rope park, civil shelter or ferry trips • discounts in pubs, cafes, restaurants, hotels • discounts for kayak rentals and kayak trips • discount tickets for exhibitions in the Ducal Castle Full map of discounts is available on www.szczecin.eu Terms and conditions for selling the Szczecin Tourist Card is to be found on the www.szczecin.eu.

Events

Szczecin is the place to see and enjoy, including great recurring events. In planning your visit will help you the list below . Find out what’s happening during your stay!

Off the trail

Useful Information

There are three Tourist Information Offices in Szczecin ready to help you: Tourist Information Center 20 Żołnierza Polskiego square /the glass pavilion in Flower Avenue/ 70-551 Szczecin tel. no. +48 91 434 04 40 e-mail: cit@zstw.szczecin.pl Opening hours: High season (May-September): Monday- Saturday 10.00-18.00 Sunday 10.00-15.00 Low season (October-April): Monday-Saturday 10.00-18.00 Sunday 10.00-14.00 Tourist Information at the Main Railway Station 2 Kolumba street /building of the train station on the ground floor/ 70-035 Szczecin tel. no. +48 91 483 08 50 e-mail: cit.pkp@zstw.szczecin.pl Opening hours: High season (May-September): Monday-Saturday 9.00-17.00 Sunday 9.00-14.00 Low season (October-April): Monday-Saturday 9.00-17.00 Sunday 10.00-14.00 Tourist Information Center provides information about the city and the region. The centre sells Szczecin Tourist Card, tickets for cultural events from the bilety.fm website, souvenirs, maps and much more.. Helps in contact with tourist guides and offers travel advice. Cultural and Tourist Information Center (The Castle) 34 Korsarzy street 70-540 Szczecin tel. no. +48 91 489 16 30 fax. no. +48 91 434 02 86 e-mail: cikit@zamek.szczecin.pl Opening hours: High season (15 April-15 October): Every day 10.00-18.00 Low season (16 October-14 April): Monday close Tuesday-Sunday: 10.00-18.00 Cultural and Tourist Information Center is situated in Mint Wing of the Pomeranian Dukes' Castle. The centre offers tourist and cultural information about Szczecin and our region, ticket sales for visiting the castle and events organized by the castle. The centre runs its own bookstore selling guidebooks, maps, special publications, albums and history books.

Do & See

This region begs to be explored, both the city and its surroundings. The area is full of spots for nature getaways with an array of leisure activities for those of you with a taste for the outdoors. If you like hiking, cycling, fishing and canoeing this is a wonderful place for it with forests and huge lakes.

Dining

Szczecin offers an abundance of restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. The choice is yours but whilst here, you ought to indulge in a hearty traditional Polish meal. Savour one of Poland's favourite meat dishes "kielbasa" (Polish sausage), and do not forget to sample the numerous pickled dishes as well. Polish food is truly flavoursome and plentiful. In Szczecin, we have few regional dishes, such as Pasztecik, Paprykarz Szczeciński, Szczecińskie Pierniki, and Frytburger. Paprykarz Szczeciński: A Polish canned fish spread made from ground fish, rice, tomato paste and vegetable oil, seasoned with onion, salt, and spices. The recipe was developed in the 60s on a 20th-century laboratory of Deep-Sea Fishing and Fishing Sevices Company "Gryf" from Szczecin. Those were the golden years of the cult can. Szczecin production finished in the early 90s. Later the brand has been used by many manufacturers. Pasztecik – Pasztecik (Pastry) is a favourite snack of many Szczeciners and tourists. Pastries are made of deep-fried rolled yeast cake, stuffed with meat or vegetable filling. The most popular stuffings are meat and mushrooms with cheese. On the outside, the cake is crispy and slightly crunchy; inside it is tender and delicate. Pastries are usually served with spicy beetroot soup. The origins of Szczecin pastries dates back to 1969 when the first bar serving meals cooked with the use of a machine bought from the Russian army. The same bar is still serving them. In 2019, there was the 50th birthday of the bar called “Pasztecik”, the one that first served pastries. The bar is located at aleja Wojska Polskiego 46. Szczecińskie Pierniki (Szczecin’s gingerbread cookies): The tradition of baking gingerbread cookies in the Pomerania region dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. Stettiner Poperkoken could be bought in all bakeries and pastry shops in the city. Sweet treats took the shape of ships, sailors, anchors, fish, and seagulls. Today, we can also boast the fragrant, edible souvenir in "Filipinka" bakery at Witkiewicza 1b street. Frytburger – It’s the local version of a kebab. It’s is just meat with fries in a roll with sauces. You can always go with the vegan version without meat, which is called Bułka z Frytkami – roll with fries.

Cafes

There is definitely an exceptional vibe about the city of Szczecin. The street Boguslawa has plenty of restaurants and clubs for the visitor to enjoy and explore. If you are looking for a panoramic view while having a drink you can visit Café 22 at Radisson Blu.

Bars & Nightlife

The city is full of old vaulted cellars, perfect for convivial evenings, sharing good times, and drinks with friends. There are many bars to choose from, and you will find a warm welcome from everyone. Like every university town, there is a hive of activity once night falls. Classic trance, electro, funk, rock and blues, all showcase among the city’s club nights.

Shopping

Szczecin is a shoppers’ paradise. The shopping malls are filled with internationally recognised brands in abundance. There are a few market places to rummage around too. At Tobrucki Market or Manhattan Market or Kilińskiego Market you should not forget to pick up your fruit and vegetables. Woodcarving, particularly wooden boxes and dolls, embroidery, religious depictions on painted glass and pottery are amongst the many local handicrafts tempting the visitors. Amber is characteristic and found in this region and you will find fine jewellery fashioned in local galleries. You cannot leave this city without taking away a little bite from the many confectionery shops. The cakes here are delightful and you should try them all! There is a ban on Sunday trading in Poland except selected Sundays. In 2020, there will be only 7 shopping Sundays in Poland: January 26, April 5, April 26, June 28, August 30, December 13, and December 20. Trade ban does NOT include cinemas, restaurants, cafés, small local stores where the owner can work, stores at gas stations, pharmacies. Shopping malls can be open but most of the stores inside will be closed (only cinemas, restaurants, pharmacies in shopping malls can be open). Please note that stores in Poland are closed during bank holidays. In 2020, there are the following public/bank holidays in Poland: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – New Year Monday, January 6, 2020 – Epiphany Sunday, April 12, 2020 – Easter Monday, April 13, 2020 – Easter Monday Friday, May 1, 2020 – Labor Day Sunday, May 3, 2020 – Constitution Day Thursday, June 11, 2020 – Corpus Christi Saturday, August 15, 2020 – Army Day and the Assumption of Mary Sunday, November 1, 2020 – All Saints Day Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Independence Day Friday, December 25, 2020 – Christmas Saturday, December 26, 2020 – Christmas