The historical part of Szczecin was rebuilt in the late 90s. It's still very nice to walk around and drink a beer in one of the outdoor restaurants under the umbrellas. You will probably find there are much fewer tourists than in Poznan or Krakow, so it will feel more authentic.
the tourist information office is situated at the rear of the Pomerainian Dukes Castle. The staff are helpful and speak English. There are also a number of publications in English, German and Danish.
What you really should get is the guide to the City Tourist route (see seperate tips) which costs 4Zl. this really is indispensible, and is a great tool to help you get the most out of the city.
The website given is not the Tourist Information site per se, but it gives a lot of useful information on the city.
This would have to be high on the lists of "must sees" for visitors to Szczecin. Sited on a commanding position (originally strategic, no doubt) it is one of the landmarks of the City skyline, along with the huge Basilica (see seperate tip).
The first structure here was built in 1346 - 1347 by Duke Barnim III, one of the Pomeranian Dukes it is named for. Extended over the years by successive Dukes, it was completely rebuilt in the mid 16th century in Rennaissance style, and was much as we see it today. The depradations of World War 2 seriously damaged the structure of the building, and much rebuilding work had to be undertaken in the post-war period. Judging by the numbers of workmen I saw about the place, that work continues to this day.
The Castle is obviously the cultural centre of the City, housing the Opera House and the Museum of the Sargophagi and Art Gallery (see seperate tip) amongst other things. There is an open air arena in the central courtyard which has concerts in good weather.
The only thing that slightly detracts from this otherwise beautiful building is the unsightly graffiti on the exterior walls (see main photo) but I suppose that is an unfortunate fact of modern life.
Admission to the complex itself is free, although there are seperate charges for the Museum etc.
The newest tourist attraction in Szczecin is a shelter from the World War II. The main entrance is situated under the building of the railway station ( Dworzec Glowny) at Kolumba Street. It's opened Mon-Fri 8.30-16.00 and on Saturdays 8.30-14.00. The entrance costs 20zl.
Standing in the same small park as the Flora statue (see seperate tip), this fountain marks the end of the pipeline bringing water from the hills around Warsaw to the city.
It was designed by Johann Heinrich Koehl and erected in 1732. i did attempt to find out more about Koehl, but there appears to be an unusual dearth of material on the internet regarding him. This may have been his finest hour!
Everyday many people - locals and tourists visit the monument of the Pope John Paul II at Jasne Blonia. Like these school teenagers in the picture.
In the internet there is also a great collection of photos showing how people of Szczecin gathered at Jasne Blonia to pray for the Pope in April 2005 . Please follow the link below to see it.
The route leads the visitors through Szczecin to the most interesing sites of the city. The red line of the route has been painted on the pavements.
Check the link below and see the short description of interesting buildings and monuments.
At Jasne Blonia you can spend nice time taking a walk with your family or friends. You can see here a Monument to Polish Deeds which portrays three eagles ready to fly off, and built a few years ago a monument of the Pope John Paul II .
The Park Kasprowicza is a very peaceful, nice place full of old trees ,for instance the limes which smell wonderfully in June.
There is a summer theater - many performances of very different kinds of music take place here in spring and summer - the rock and pop stars, country bands, even a philharmonic orchestra.
There is also a small lake Rusalka, and a nice small bridge over it - the picturesque place for a romantic kiss.
Finally in 2010 we got to go to Slavs & Vikings Festival in Wolin.
What a luck - it was raining all day - miserable.
We could only imagine how great this place must have been during a nice sunny day.
Enjoy my photos in this and next two albums.
Explore the world of Slavs and Vikings
We all love fireworks, don't we? So, when August approaches, you should be ready to visit Szczecin to see a stunning firework show - "PyroMagic" Festival. Each year, during one of the Summer weekends, the international firework contest is organised at Waly Chrobrego (Chrobry Embankment) in Szczecin. The magnificent performances, accompanied with the electronic music concerts ("Music Wave" Festival), can be seen during these two evenings.
Nowadays more and more young people from different countries come to Poland and Szczecin to study in English. Apart from the studies in English offered by the Pomeranian Medical University - medicine and dentistry ( www.pam.szczecin.pl ), foreign students can choose studying at some faculties of the University of Szczecin ( www.us.szc.pl )
The Szczecin University offers courses in the English language (International Courses).
- in economic sciences (International Courses in Economic Sciences):
Finances & Banking;
-in social sciences (International Courses in Social Sciences):
-in pure sciences (International Courses in Pure Sciences):
Advanced Physics & Computing.
The Medical University in Szczecin - Pomorska Akademia Medyczna has studies in eleven interesting faculties: Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry with the English Programs offered for foreign students the with good knowledge of English ( currently there are about 500 foreign students mainly from Norway, Germany, Sweden, Canada, USA, also from Finland, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and other countries), Faculties of Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedics, Medical Analytics, Cosmetology, Public Health, Dental Hygiene, Biotechnology, Physiotherapy.
Due to its continuous development the University is well recognised in Poland and abroad.The passion and efforts of the staff of the University resulted in an increasing number of students and academic teachers, a widening scope and rising level of specialised health services, and scientific research of growing importance. The Medical University has accreditation of the Polish Medical Universities' Accreditation Commission.
The strongest advantage of the Medical University in Szczecin lies in its staff, scientists, teachers and physicians, well-educated and strongly motivated to do a good job, keeping pace with the forefront of world medicine, numerous publications in reputable journals. A number of the University's departments are very well known in Poland and abroad for outstanding work and research of high quality. The most important goal for the University is permanent modernisation of the curriculum in order to make teaching more attractive and the students graduating from our University well prepared to meet the needs of their profession.
The graduates receive the diploma of a medical doctor ( M.D.) or a doctor of dental surgery entitling them to enter the medical profession and practise in their countries. So far there are over 140 graduates of the English Program. The number of foreign students studying here increases each year.
This year the municipality of Szczecin decided to reconstruct the beautiful garden of roses, which existed here before the II World War. Hundreds of shrubs of almost 100 types have been planted. It is looked after by the students of the Agricultural University of Szczecin. When roses will be in bloom, it's really worth visiting this place and taking a walk there.
The Maiden's Tower or the Tower of Seven Coats was built in the 14th centuty. It is the only Mediaeval structure remaining in the city. The name Maiden's Tower comes from a nunnery that was located nearby. This tower served as a prison until 1723. During the second world war it was completely destroyed by bombing and was reconstructed in 1964.
This Castle is the largest monument in the city. Although originally built in the mid-14th century, it attained its present structure during later half of the 16th century. It has been remodelled and renovated many a times but the basic architecture has been retained each time. The Szczecin opera house is located inside the castle. There is also a Castle Museum. the items on display show the history of the castle . In the courtyard of the castle, there are also provisions for live music concerts and other performances. On the 58.6m high bell Tower of the Castle, one can have a nice view of the picturesque city.