In Szczecin there are many parks like Kasprowicza , Zeromskiego , Puszcza Bukowa. There are also nice lakes lake Dabie - forth largest lake in the country , Szmaragdowe with the emerald colour of water , Glebokie - a little one but a nice place for all children during summer .
Near Szczecin there are Miedwie and Binowo lakes, and of course Zalew Szczecinski - Szczecin Bay.
In the cellars of the building of Szczecin University Rectorate there is the Geological Museum.
Also the building itself has interesting architecture, at the fronton there is a Latin maxim:: Non scholae, sed vitae discimus - We learn not for school, but for life.
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The oldest cinema in the world is the Pionier Cinema which opened as the "Helios" on the 26 September 1909 is still in operation today as " Pionier".
It is situated at Wojska Polskiego Avenue 2 in Szczecin.
It may be surprising to hear- but here in Szczecin there are a few police patrols which consist of the rider and his/her horse :)
The program was launched a few years ago and was well received by the locals.
The horse patrols can be seen in the area of parks and places for recreation ( Kasprowicza Park, Jasne Blonia, Arkonka, surroundings of Glebokie lake).
At Unii Lubelskiej Street in the near proximity of the University Hospital there is a Napoleon's Mound. It was made by French soldiers during the occupation of the town by Napoleon Bonaparte's Army in 1808 to honour the Emperor ( his 39th birthday at 15th August).
There are five oak trees and the small monument in the middle.
The picture was taken at the sunrise.
Ksiaznica Pomorska - is the main library of Zachodniopomorskie district. There is a huge collection of books ( also in other languages), some very old ones , and the internet cafe. The building is quite modern and nicely looking outside and inside. Often some art galleries are organised here , too. It's situated at Podgorna Street 15/16, just opposite the building of the rectorate of my Medical University, and close to the St. Jacob Cathedral.
Here you can find movies about Szczecin and other cities in the West-Pomeranian Province ( Zachodniopomorskie Województwo ) : Choszczno, Szczecinek, Dobra, Slawno, Kolobrzeg, Pyrzyce, Przelewice, Stargard Szczecinski, Gryfino, Swinoujscie.
There are many places in Szczecin that are known only to the locals.
There is several view points where local people go to look at area (Szczecin is pretty flat so any hill is a thrill for locals).
There are few small lakes where people like to go after Sunday dinner for a walk.
Here are some pictures taken during trips like that.
The Lake Szmaragdowe (Emerald Lake, by 1945 ger. Hertasee) located in Bukowa Woods (Beech Woods, by 1945 ger. Buchheide Forst) is widely considered one of the most beautiful places in Szczecin. Its name comes from the calcium carbonate dissolved in water making it amazingly green. The lake is 16-20-metre-deep.
The lake appeared on the 26th July 1925 after the chalk mine belonging to the factory of Portland cement "Stern" had been flooded with subsoil waters. 39 miners died then. Until today there are remnants of mining machines and facilities at the bottom of the lake (you can see them when the weather is fine). When looking from the Kopalniana Street (by 1945 ger. Katharinenweg) side, you will see a vantage bridge which used to be the part of the route of mining trains.
According to the legend, the one responsible for appearing of the lake was the Treasure Keeper, the lord of underworld. He flooded the mine when workers found the treasure chests he was looking after. Due to this legend, the water gained its green colour when a gigantic emerald had been broken into tiny pieces. According to another story, flooding of the mine was the punishment for miners' immorality.
The Germans named the lake, "Hertasee", after Herta, the Teutonic goddess of earth. Before 1945, another name, "Kreidesee" (Chalk Lake) was also in use.
The impressive Second-Empire-Style residence at Wojska Polskiego Avenue (by 1945 Falkenwalder Strasse) was built between 1888 and 1889 for a manufacturer August Lentz, the co-owner of the Szczecin Fire-Clay Equipment Factory (ger. Stettiner Chamottefabrik), the then biggest company of this sort on the Central-European market. The residence was designed by Max Drechsler. Its original décor was mostly preserved.
In 1945, the residence was taken over by the Soviet military authorities and in 1947 - by the Roman Catholic Church. Between 1950 and 2007, it was the seat of the Youth Palace, the distinguished cultural centre. After the Palace was moved to the building located at Piastów Avenue (by 1945 Barnimstrasse), the residence became the branch of the "13 Muses Club. Currently, it houses the municipal cultural institution, "Szczecin 2016"
This impressive Art Nouveau building was designed by Friedrich Liebersgell and built in 1902 for Albert Netz. It's widely considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Szczecin. It stands next to Wladyslaw Anders' Park, not far away from Zwyciestwa Square
There is plenty of cute local villages around Szczecin.
You can spend nice time going for a day or getting a room in agroturistical accommodation.
Local farmers and housewives often rent rooms to travelers. Usually there is no breakfast included but you can bring your own food and use their kitchen (fridge, stove, utensils).
Sometimes you can arrange on making you a breakfast.
Here are photos from one small village near Drawsko and Borne Sulinowo
Mushroom picking is something that every Pole did at least one in his/her life.
Some people go mushroom picking every day in September and early October.
As kids we used to go few times a week sometimes on our own.
I will never forget delicious soup made of fresh mushrooms and I will also never forget dreadful threading each mushroom on the thread to dry it on the room heater.
This late August (2010) as the mushrooms started showing up in the woods I took my hubby (American/Italian hubby) to try some mushroom picking.
We found nothing but I think he got the feeling and enjoyed the experience.
Be aware of ticks - as they can cause Lyme disease / Lyme borreliosis.
Always wear your socks on the top of your pants, also take your clothes and shower as soon as you get home.
Visit this website to check what's on in the cinemas in Szczecin. The great advantage of the cinemas in Poland is that the movies are in the original language version ( English, French etc) with the Polish subtitles. Only movies for children are translated. The tickets usually cost 12 or 15 zl.
I saw a number of these rather ornate waterpumps all over Szczecin. I thought they were only decorative but, as the photo shows by the water on the ground, at least some of them are functional. Obviously, we didn't test all of them, but this particular one is just opposite the main door of the Basilica near ul. Farna.
The ex Mrs-p is seen here keeping herself warm on what was a bitterly cold day.