Szczecin is a lively city, an important seaport and a shipbuilding centre close to the border with Germany. Although the mediaeval centre of Szczecin was severely destroyed during wartime, there are still some remaining magnificent monuments of architecture, reminiscent of the times when Szczecin, was considered the “Paris of the North”. But Szczecin is mostly about water and lush verdure: rivers, lakes, woods and parks take up half of the city area.
Fly to Szczecin with Ryanair up to two flights a week.
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Things to do in Szczecin
- Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes
This vast, blocky building looms over the Old Town, but the square central courtyard and simple Renaissance-style decoration atop the walls has a certain understated grace.
- Take a trip to the Town Hall
A short walk south of the castle will bring you to the 15th-century Gothic Town Hall, one of the finest buildings in the city. This is the only relic of the Old Town, having miraculously survived the near-total destruction of the district in WWII.
- Visit the Castle Museum
Its star exhibits are six spectacular sarcophagi of the Pomeranian dukes. These large tin boxes are decorated with a fine engraved ornamentation, and were made between 1606 and 1637 by artists from Königsberg.
- Explore the Red Tourist Route
The Red Tourist Route is a 7km walking circuit around town covering 42 important historic sights and buildings; pick up the explanatory map at one of the tourist offices and look for the red arrows sprayed graffiti-style on the pavement.