Szczecin, the capital of West Pomerania, is a city of vast natural beauty. Situated on the estuary of the Oder River, Szczecin is ringed by scenic rivers, lakes and three dense beech forests. The city itself is called ‘The Green City’ because parks and lakes take up one half of the city’s real estate. The most beautiful natural asset in Szczecin is Kasprowicz Park. With more than 120 acres of rolling hills, kilometres of shaded walking paths, a playground and a bustling café, it’s the most popular place in the city for tourists and locals to relax.
Thanks to the various countries that have alternately controlled the city throughout the centuries, Szczecin is a fascinating blend of historic and modern architectural styles. Although many of its medieval buildings were destroyed during World War II, several stunning examples remain.
Sixty-five kilometres from the Baltic Sea, Szczecin is Poland’s only seaport that links to inland rivers, making it a vital centre for trade. While the port is extremely hectic and busy, the city it serves is calm and classy. Szczecin, famous for its bar scene, comes to life each night.
The port’s location makes it an ideal stop for many European cruises— Szczecin connects Scandinavia to Western, Central and Southern Europe. Even many German river cruises leaving from Berlin head to Szczecin before heading up the Oder River back into Germany.
The main cruise ship port in Szczecin is called the Bulwar Chrobrego Quay and is located on the Chrobry embankment of the Oder River. At only 500 metres from the city centre, it is an easy walk to numerous facilities.
Facilities near the Bulwar Chrobrego Quay in Szczecin include:
Tourist information centres
Medical centre and pharmacy
How To Get Around
Travel times from the Bulwar Chrobrego Quay in Szczecin:
It is a 10 minute journey to the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes
It is a 21 minute journey to Zawisza Square (one entry to Underground Szczecin)
It is a 22 minute journey to the Central Station of the Polish State Railways.
It is a 3 minute journey to the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes
It is a 4 minute journey to the Central Station of the Polish State Railways
It is an 8 minute journey to Zawisza Square (one entry to Underground Szczecin).
It is an 11 minute journey to the Central Station of the Polish State Railways
It is a 14 minute journey to Zawisza Square (one entry to Underground Szczecin).
Currency – The currency in Szczecin is the złoty (zł), which is divided into 100 groszy (gr). Notes come in zł10, zł20, zł50, zł100 and zł200. Coins come in 1gr, 2gr, 5gr, 10gr, 20gr, 50gr and zł1, zł2 & zł5.
Time Zone – Szczecin employs Central European Time (CET), where clocks are set one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) or two hours ahead during daylight savings (from March to October).
Weather – Szczecin enjoys a marine west-coast climate with warm summers and mild winters. July is the hottest month, with temperatures averaging at 18 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of -1 degrees Celsius.
Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes – This vast building, built in the 14th century and restored following World War II, dominates the Old Town. With ornate, Renaissance-style white carved stone walls and green roofs and turrets, this Ducal Palace is a beautiful example of Renaissance style. Climb the 58.6-metre high bell tower for a beautiful view over Szczecin. The Castle Museum houses permanent and temporary exhibits, including Ducal sarcophagi and art. The courtyard hosts various classical music concerts and choral recitals in the warmer months.
The Municipal Tourist Route – Also known as the Red Trail, the 7-kilometre path of the Municipal Tourist Route passes by more than 40 attractions. Follow the red, dashed line on the pavement from outside the Central Railway station, and either carry a pocket guide with you or simply stop wherever you see a circled number on the trail and read the adjacent information board. The trail will walk you past Castle Manege, the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes, medieval fortifications and the Maritime Museum amongst other sites of interest.
Underground Szczecin – A fun way to explore Szczecin is to head underground on a tour through the city’s air-raid bunkers and shelters. The network of shelters was built in 1941 to protect the people of Szczecin using old 19th century tunnels. Join a guided tour of this underworld any day of the week.