Tag: Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes

Tag: Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes

Top things to do in Szczecin

There’s a lot to see and do in the city. Here’s our list of the Top things to do in Szczecin. Click on the links for further information or to book a tour & buy tickets.

1. Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes

You can’t miss the castle, it is a big structure, which looms over the Old Town. Originally built in the mid-14th century, the castle was extended until it reached its current form prior to being destroyed by Allied bombing in 1944 and then extensively restored. The castle now houses the Castle Museum exhibiting six spectacular sarcophagi of the Pomeranian dukes in addition to various temporary displays of art.

Further information

Szczecin Old Town with Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle tour

2. Karłowicz Philharmonic Szczecin

The Philharmonic is housed in a building, which was awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2015. The music venue covers an area of 13,000 square meters and contains a main concert hall with 1000 seats for concert-goers as well as a smaller hall with a capacity for 200 spectators and a number of conference rooms. In 1958 the Philharmonic was named after the renowned Polish classical composer and conductor Mieczysław Karłowicz. The hall is home to the Szczecin philharmonic orchestra but hosts many other performances.

Further information

Szczecin Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle private tour with Karłowicz Philharmonic

3. Museum of Technology & Transport

Just outside of the city, you’ll find this interesting museum with exhibits of vehicles of all types, mostly produced in Poland by Szczecin-based company, Stoewer. Among the exhibits are communist-era cars, motorbikes, public transport vehicles and a six-wheel amphibious vehicle from the 1970s.

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4. Cathedral Basilica of St James

Szczecin’s 12th century cathedral is the largest church in Pomerania. You’ll find it on ul Wyszyńskiego downhill from the city centre. The cathedral was reconstructed in 1972 putting right damage caused by Red Army artillery back in 1945. It is not the prettiest cathedral by any stretch of the imagination; the views from the tower, the stained glass and the tiny crypt are the highlights.

Further information

Cathedral Basilica of St James the Apostle ticket and Old Town highlights tour

5. History Museum

The History Museum is located in the 15th century Gothic Town Hall. It houses a number of permanent and temporary exhibits, many focussed on Szczecin’s history. You’ll find a remarkable collection of coins, banknotes and stamps from the region and an impressive collection of gold and silver from across Europe.

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6. Town Hall

Located in the Old Town district, the red-brick 15th century building was brought back to life in 1968. The Town Hall houses the History Museum.

Szczecin Old Town highlights private walking tour

7. Red Tourist Route

If you enjoy walking and sightseeing, then check out the Red Tourist Route. It takes you on a 7km circuit around town covering 42 important historic sights and buildings. You can pick up a map at any of the tourist offices.