Szczecin is a captivating city that combines history, culture and beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. It’s set on the Oder River and is fuelled by a lively student population. Explore a centuries-old castle, admire the Pomeranian crown jewels and enjoy traditional Polish cuisine.
Things to do in Szczecin
Approaching St. James Cathedral, you’ll notice the beautiful stained-glass windows and soaring tower. Step inside to admire colourful religious artwork painted in the 14th century. A lift whisks you to the top of the tower for sweeping views over the city and the Oder River. The nearby Gothic Town Hall is another historic gem and houses a local history museum.
The Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes towers over the Old Town and recalls the city’s illustrious past. Stroll around the 14th-century stronghold and visit the Castle Museum to admire six intricately engraved stone coffins used to bury former dukes. In summer, the main courtyard moonlights as a venue for outdoor concerts and opera recitals.
The sparkling Pomeranian crown jewels are the main attraction at the National Museum’s Department of Art Gallery. It occupies an 18th-century palace and showcases paintings, woodcarvings and other treasures alongside the crown jewels. A night of classical music at the Philharmonic Concert Hall is the perfect way to spend an evening in Szczecin.
From stylish restaurants to rustic taverns, Szczecin is brimming with fantastic places to wine and dine. Start your day with fresh-baked pastries and espresso at a café. For lunch, enjoy traditional Polish dishes like “pierogi” stuffed dumplings topped with fried onions and sour cream.
Getting around Szczecin
Szczecin is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Trams and buses are a fast and affordable way to get around the city, while taxis are also a good option. Szczecin is a three-hour drive from Poznań and two hours from Berlin. Warsaw Chopin Airport is a 5.5-hour drive away.