West Pomerania – updated 23 September 2022
West Pomerania (Zachodniopomorskie) in north-west Poland has a border with Germany to the west and the Baltic Sea to the north and 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.
Its capital and largest city is Szczecin, which is a busy working port. Other important ports in the region are Świnoujście and Police. The major seaside towns in West Pomerania are Międzyzdroje, Dziwnów, Kołobrzeg and Mielno.
West Pomerania has a very diverse landscape ranging from sandy beaches to lakes to large forests. One of the most popular forests in the region is Wkrzańska Forest, which is shared between Germany and Poland with 22% of the forest being on the Polish side.
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.
Each year, many tourists visit the Crooked Forest located near the town of Gryfino. It is a grove of about 100 oddly shaped pine trees planted around 1930. The reason why the pines are shaped this way has never determined and remains a mystery to this day.
Golfers can enjoy a good choice of courses such as: Binowo Park Golf Club, Amber Baltic Golf Club, Modry Las Golf Club & Kamień Country Golf Club.
Szczecin was once called Stettin and was a city located in Germany. It was transferred to Poland at the end of World War II. The city is known for its 19th-century Wały Chrobrego, or Chobry Embankment, and the renovated Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, now a cultural centre.