The Paris of the North
Szczecin is the capital and largest city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in north western Poland. Located near the Baltic Sea and the German border. It’s a lively city, shipbuilding centre and major seaport with many students and a mix of architecture inherited from different centuries.
The city is one of Poland’s cultural centres with a National Museum, a philharmonic orchestra, four higher education institutions and several theatres. It’s also a busy working port, dealing primarily with cargo shipped down the Oder from the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Germany.
Szczecin is picturesque with rivers, lakes, woods and parks taking up half of the city area and despite the mediaeval centre being severely damaged during World War II, you can still find some impressive architecture, reminiscent of times when Szczecin, as part of Prussia, was considered to be the “Paris of the North”.
There’s a few good attractions in Szczecin to keep you busy for a day or two, must-sees include; the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, built in the Renaissance style, Szczecin Philharmonic, Chobry Embankment, the Old Town, Szczecin Cathedral, Szczecin Underground, and the National Museum.
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There’s still a lot of derelict buildings and overgrown plots to be found in the city, there’s also a lot of new, modern retail establishments, but if you look hard enough, you can still find some historic architectural gems from Szczecin’s glory days. There are also some really good restaurants in the city.
The region of West Pomerania is considered to be one of the greenest regions in Poland and also one of the most attractive for tourists. There’s plenty on offer for visitors including beaches, woodlands, national parks, lakes, seaside resorts, golf clubs, cycling routes and health spas.
The province has two national parks, Wolin National Park, situated on the island of Wolin and Drawa National Park; which is a part of the huge Drawsko Forest. It also has 6 natural parks, 75 reserves, 3 forests and upwards of 1,100 Sites of Unique Nature.