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    The Red Town Hall

    by Dagon Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    Pic taken from bus station :)

    Its building was conducted in the years 1875-79 with the view to be the seat of
    the city authorities. They wanted it to be as big as city halls in Gdansk (maybe, but surely isn't as beautiful, as Gdansk one ;p), Stralsund and Greifswald taken together :)

    At present The Red Town Hall houses among others marine
    related institutions.

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    Flora Statue.

    by planxty Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Flora statue, Szczecin, Poland.

    If you are following your tourist red route guide this one comes along at number 25. The statue dates from the 18th century and was designed by one J.G.Blume. If you're interested, Flora was a goddess of flowers and the season of spring, hence the term entering the English language as in "flora and fauna".

    Personally, I think a bit of high-pressure hosing wouldn't go amiss - she is a bit grubby, poor thing.

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    A pleasant building.

    by planxty Written Dec 27, 2005

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    National Savings Bank building, Szczecin, Poland.

    I had no reason to enter this building, it being the National Savings Bank, and me not an account holder! It is, however, arcitecturally very pleasing. It was built in 1893 - 1895 and was designed by Emil Drews. The figures above the entrance represent a knight and a landowner, and the griffin on the top holds the shield of the King Freidrich II of Prussia, although I'm damned if i could make out that detail from street level.

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    The Castle Route ( Trasa Zamkowa)

    by sprdak11 Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    The most picturesque way to enter the city is going by the castle route - Trasa Zamkowa. It connects the right part ( prawobrzeze) and the left part (lewobrzeze) of the city. And the center of the city is situated at the left bank of the Odra river.
    This 2300 meter long bridge was opened to inward in 1987. Going by car or a bus you can enjoy the beautiful view at the heart of Szczecin - the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes, Waly Chrobrego, the rebuilt houses of the Old Town, the tower of the Medical University
    I really like it.
    The picture was taken from Waly Chrobrego.

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    Take a boat, have a beer!!!

    by Jawnuta Updated May 18, 2007

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    The "thing" you MUST do while you are in Szczecin is to take a boat ride on Odra river.
    You can find those boats docked right on Waly Chrobrego harbor. There is few operators, so ask how long is the ride, compare boats and prices, etc. You can't go wrong.
    Make sure you get a whole table on the deck for you and your friends and before boat takes off go get some cold beers from the bar downstairs.
    We went with my whole family one "almost sunny" day and we had a great time. Santo loved it, he never saw a shipyard from the water.
    Boat we were on took us as far as the Bismarck tower, which is north of the city. We also saw some wildlife and local life along the river.
    After a boat ride I recommend a coffee on the deck of another boat, LADOGA. LADOGA is an restaurant I describe in my RESTAURANT TIP.

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    A strange thing to erect.

    by planxty Written Dec 13, 2005

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    Mast monument, Szczecin, Poland.

    This rather impressive structure is a relatively new addition to the Szczecin skyline, having only been erested in 1990. It is the mast from a steamship, the SS Kapitan Maciejewicz, which was built in 1929. It stands on the site of the old City theatre which was built in 1848 and destroyed by Allied air raids in the last war. It was subsequently demolished in 1953. I can only assume the roads have been widened since, or else it must have been the narrowest theatre in history!

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    The Maiden Tower.

    by planxty Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Maiden Tower (Tower of 7 coats), Szczecin, Poland.

    This building, dating from the start of the 14th century is also known as the tower of Seven Coats. I frankly have no idea why. If you're following your red tourist route (see seperate tip) it is number 11 on the map.

    It was used as a prison until 1723. As best I could tell, it's not possible to enter it.

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    The Castle

    by J4r0 Updated Jul 21, 2008

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    The Rennaisance Castle of Dukes of Pomerania in Szczecin is one of the most precious historical buildings of Western Pomerania. It consists of 5 wings surrounding 2 courtyards (Mint and Tower Courtyard) and 4 towers (Bell Tower, Clock Tower, Prison Tower and a small tower facing the Tower Courtyard with the staircase inside). For 300 years it used to be the main seat of the duke's Griffith dynasty. Its construction was initiated by duke Barnim 3rd the Great, who erected the so called "stone house" at the Castle Hill. For ages the castle has been developed and remodelled. After the Griffith dynasty had died out in 1648, it became the seat of Swedish (and then German) administration. During then its original Rennaisance form was distorted when some Gothic-like elements had been added.

    During World War 2, the castle was destroyed in 60%. During the reconstruction which took 22 years (between 1958 and 1980), the original Rennaisance shape of the castle was restored.

    Nowadays the castle is the seat of cultural and self-governmental institutions. You will find there art galleries, museums, West Pomeranian Marshall Office, Centre of Tourist and Cultural Information, Opera house and restaurants.

    Between 2006 and 2007 the facade of the castle was thoroughly renovated.

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    The River Odra

    by sprdak11 Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    Odra River in Szczecin


    The river Odra.
    It is 854 km long: 112 in the Czech Republic, 742 in Poland (including 187 on the border between Germany and Poland) and it's the second longest river in Poland (after the Wisla - Vistula). It flows in north-western direction to the Baltic Sea.

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    My favorite place to go for coffee or beer.

    by Jawnuta Written Apr 22, 2007

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    Boguslawa Promenade is my favorite place to go. Plenty of restaurants to choose from and plenty of cafes. During the summer you can seat outside and enjoy great weather and cold beer. During late evenings and nights there is lots of happenings like concerts and smal shows or plays. Off course it is all free of charge.

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    The Pope John Paul II

    by sprdak11 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The monument of John Paul II in Szczecin

    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.

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    Mickiewicz monument.

    by planxty Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Mickiewicz monument, Szczecin, Poland.

    This statue, in a pleasant park, is a monument to Adam Mckiewicz, a famous poet. whom the Poles revere. He was born, in 1798 in Zaosie, in the former grand duchy of Lithuania. He was politically motivated and was active in the movement to rid Poland of Russian control. He was imprisoned and later exiled to Russia, although he was later allowed to leave. After visiting several countries, he ended up in Turkey, trying to raise Polish forces to fight the Turks. He died during a cholera epidemic in Constantinople in 1885, and after being originally buried in Paris, his remains were later returned to Poland where he is now interred in Krakow.

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    An excellent Mueseum.

    by planxty Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Marine Museum, Szczecin, Poland.

    This is the Marine museum although, in truth, it is very much more than that. As you can see from the photo, it is a beautiful building, designed by William Meyer Schwartau and opened in 1913. As you enter, the interior with the broad sweeping staircase is very impressive.

    On the ground floor are exhibits tracing local history from prehistoric times, and also a history of the maritime history of the city. Included in this is an excellent collection of model ships, if that's your thing.

    Ascending the staircase, there is an atrium absolutely full of reproduction Greek busts. Mrs.-p, a native Greek, was able to name them to me, which was helpful, as my classical Greek isn't all it might be!

    Turning left at the top of the stairs you are led into what is probably the most interesting part of the museum, a series of tableaux used to display the various exhibits in relation to ethnography. Featured areas are Africa, Polynesia and South America. They are really well done, some of the best I've seen, and make best use of the available material.

    On the other side of the upper floor is a more recent history of the city in the post World War 2 period. For those of us brought up in the 60's and 70's with the "Cold War" and the "Iron Curtain" it was a fascinating insight into how those "on the other side" lived. My particular favourite exhibit here was perhaps the strangest motorcycle I have ever seen. It was something like a mutant Ariel Leader for the bikers amongst you, with the most appalling pastel green livery. Absolutely intriguing.

    A couple of video presentations showing life in Communist times will conclude your tour of a very fine museum.

    We were slightly pressed for time, but you could easily spend half a day in here. Admission is 6zl. Open 10-16 Tue-Thur-Sun; 9-15 Wed; closed on Mon.

    Recommended.

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    Miedzyzdroje I

    by Jawnuta Updated May 17, 2007

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    August 06, rainy walk on the beach
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    When you see everything htere is to see in Szczecin, the best thing to do is to hop on the train and go to MIedzyzdroje for a day or two.

    Miedzyzdroje is a booming, full of toursts vacation destination from June to September and a sleepy "not anymore"-fishing village off season. Yes, unfortunately there is only few fisherman left and you can find them early morning on the far eastern side of the beach.

    My favorite think to do in MIedzyzdroje aside of the beach is to stroll on the Promenade and the Pier and do all the touristy stuff.

    My favorite place to eat is the Fisherman dock on the far east end of the Promenade, where you can get all kinds of fried and smoked fish with french fries and cold beer.
    Another good place to grab a bite is a food garden right next to the Pier across from Comunity Center and adjacent to the Promenade. You can find there your favorite bites just walk around and look what's cooking.

    You can also find a room for few days just by walking into residential street and asking around. Farder you go from the beach, easier is to find a room.

    Miedzyzdroje is also booming during summer nights, you will be able to enjoy a good party if you just fallow the younger crowd.

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    It probably looked different then.

    by planxty Written Dec 24, 2005

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    Zycie Insurance building, Szczecin, poland.

    Although it is now the offices of an insurance company, this rather functional building is actually the site of the birthplace of Catherine the Great of Russia. Born Sophia Augusta Fryderyka von Anhalt-Zerbst (what a mouthful) in 1729, she married in 1745 the man who was to become Peter III, Tsar of Russia. She soon did away with him and entered history as the somewhat notorious character she is now.

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