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Chrobry Embankment (Haken's Terrace)

Chrobry Embankment (Haken's Terrace)

The Chrobry Embankment, formerly Haken’s Terraces, one of the most beautiful places in Europe. From here you can watch the vast panorama of the Odra River and the harbour. The viewing terraces are 500 m long and are located 19 m above the Odra river bank. The earliest written history of the area dates back to the sixteenth century. In 1873, a demolition of the eighteenth-century fortifications of Szczecin began. Thanks to the great commitment of Hermann Haken, High Mayor of Szczecin, in the years 1902-1905 a viewing terrace was formed on the site of Fort Leopold. Wide staircases run on both sides from the terrace to the banks of the river, where two pavilions were erected as the entrance to the restaurant, created contemporarily in the remains of the fortifications. At the bottom, there is a fountain decorated with figures of John of Kolno and Wyszak and two tall columns stylized as lighthouses. In the years 1906 to 1912 in the northern part of the terrace an architectural complex was built for the then regency of Szczecin, where now the authorities of the West-Pomeranian province have their headquarters. In addition, in the southern part of the Embankment a building complex of the Maritime Academy is located (from the years 1902-1905 and 1918-1921) and, housed in the same building, Contemporary Theatre and the Maritime Branch of the National Museum. Moreover, a large park is situated near the Chrobry Embankment.
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Baroque Royal Gate

Baroque Royal Gate

This stylish and cultural café offers a wide selection of drinks and lunches. It is situated right by The Royal Gate that was built between 1725 and 1727. Over the entrance you can see the crest with the Prussian eagle encircled by the chains of the black eagle and the royal crown. This is one of the two former gates to the city, which still exist today. There are (also online) numerous engravings, paintings and photographs showing the Royal Gate (Brama Królewska) in the past. Amazing monument, which together with the buildings in the area (philharmonic, Museum of Upheavals, Church of St. Peter and Paul, st. James' Cathedral ...) creates a unique atmosphere. Now in it you can drink chocolate from polish company Wedel.
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Szczecin Philharmonic

Szczecin Philharmonic

Have you ever seen an iceberg in the city center? If not, you must see the new premises of Szczecin Philharmonic which majestically emerges from urban buildings and pervasive greenery. Its metal and glass facade supplemented with light illuminations catch the eye of each person who comes nearby. The building was designed by catalonian architects from Barozzi Veiga from Barcelona and immediately has become the icon of our city. Modern design combined with inspiration taken from historic building of Konzerthaus creates a coherent whole of past, present and future of Szczecin. It has received numerous awards, including the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015, the Award of the President of the Republic of Poland for the Best Architectural Structure in Poland in the years 2013-2014 in the “LIFE IN ARCHITECTURE” contest, and the award of the “bryla. pl” website dealing with architecture.
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The City Tourist Route

The City Tourist Route

The City Tourist Route is a 7-km-long loop which connects 42 sites – the most interesting monuments and places worthseeing. The idea behind the route was to commemorate the 750th anniversary of granting town privileges to Szczecin. The route is marked by an easily found red dotted line painted on the pavement, and thus the common name of the trail is the “Red Route”. Numbers in circles act as supplementary signs corresponding to each site on the route. Near to each number an information board with a detailed description of the object is either suspended on the wall of the building or standing alone. A pocket guidebook published in various languages, including a map of the route, can be purchased at the tourist information centres, the local seat of Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society and in bookstores. The route begins and ends in front of the Szczecin Central Railway Station. The following sites are on the City Tourist Route (the numbers correspond to the numbering along the route): 1. The Central Railway Station 2. Post Office No.2 3. Snail Gate Barracks 4. Fragment Of City Walls 5. Gothic Church of St. John the Evangelist 6. Long Bridge 7. Old Town Hall 8. Late-Gothic Loitz House 9. Pomeranian Dukes' Castle 10. Ducal Stable and Manege 11. Maiden Tower or Seven Coats Tower 12. Castle Route 13. Maritime Academy 14. National Museum 15. Voivode's Office 16. Adam Mickiewicz Monument 17. PAZIM Complex 18. The Royal Gate 19. St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church, Dialogue Centre "Upheavals", Szczecin Philharmonic, Voivodeship Headquarters of Police 20. Professors' Houses 21. St. Mary's Gymnasium 22. Birthplace of the Empress Catherine II of Russia 23. St. James Arch Cathedral 24. Flora Statue 25. Eagle Fountain 26. Palace under the Globe 27. Velthusen's Palace 28. Diets' Palace (Nationalmuseum) 29. Art Gallery of the National Museum and 13 Muses' Club 30. Commemorative Plaque 31. Former seat of the Pomeranian Landowners' Bank 32. Former seat of the Prussian Royal Post 33. St. John Baptist's Church 34. Children's Hospital 35. Gen. Władysław Anders Park 36. Church of the Holliest Heart of Jesus Christ 37. St. Adalbert's Garrison Church 38. Kornel Ujejski Monument 39. Harbour Gate 40. Red Town Hall (New Town Hall) 41. Fountain with the Anchor
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Pomeranian Dukes' Castle

Pomeranian Dukes' Castle

Anyone entering Szczecin by bridges over the Oder River can see the towering red-brick gothic Cathedral and an elegant, pale silhouette of a Renaissance castle with green towers, which used to be the seat of the dukes of the Griffins dynasty who ruled the Duchy of Pomerania. The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle has five wings and two courtyards. Acting as a cultural institution it organizes an array of cultural events: concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, conferences and meetings to popularize science, as well as to spread knowledge about the history of West Pomerania. The largest wing houses an Opera. In the wing that housed a mint in the olden days one can find today Cultural and Tourist Information Centre. There is a panoramic terrace on the rooftop of the northern wing from where splendid views can be appreciated. The wing’s basement houses a Vault with sarcophaguses of six princes. The Duke Boguslaw X hall, which used to be a princely chapel, is now a concert hall with a polychromatic ceiling decorated in Renaissance style. A 17th century astronomical clock is the Castle’s special tourist attraction. Also a room dedicated to Eilhard Lubinus and the Witches’ Cell are definitely worth a visit.
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Łasztownia isle & boulevards

Łasztownia isle & boulevards

Łasztownia (ger. Lastadie) is located in the very heart of Szczecin, vis-a-vis the Chrobry Embankment. It is a river island whose history stratches back to the Middle Ages. After the Allied air raids of 1942 - 1944, most of the buildings on Łasztownia were destroyed. Currently, Łasztownia is one of the most interesting (and most mysterious) places in Szczecin. One particularly interesting spot is the part of the Old Town Wharf situated right next to the historic cranes, affectionately dubbed the "cronosaurs". Following the renovation works, they have regained their former splendour. Symbols of the port of Szczecin, these historical cranes from 1929 are most beautiful during the night.
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Museum of Technology and Transport

Museum of Technology and Transport

“Art Depot” in Szczecin is an old tram depot which was built in 1912 with reinforced concrete. It has a sloping roof and a front glass wall with a clock. Since 2006 it has been one of the biggest Polish museums of a technological profile. The collection of almost 100 antique vehicles that was bought from Leszek Liszewski is the most precious. There, you can find such curiosities as micro-car Smyk or the one and only SUV version of Fiat 126p called in Polish “maluch” (tiny). Moreover, there are trams, buses (that you can enter), motorcycles, bikes,non-typical vehicles, electronic, telecommunication and household equipment and many more.
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Jan Kasprowicz Park

Jan Kasprowicz Park

Kasprowicza Park and JasneBłonia Square is a wide green house located by the Szczecin Municipal Office. It's a great place to rest: you can walk, ride a bike or sit comfortably on a bench or on the lawn. The park was built in the years 1925-27, it was designed with rows of maple plane trees on the sides of a wide lawn with ground-based flower arrangements in the middle. It is the largest concentration of this species of trees in Poland, of which over 200 are growing here. Computational continuity is ensured by an alley stretching towards Kasprowicz Park and further to the Arkonian Forest. Try to come to the park in early spring when the lawns are carpeted with bright crocus flowers.
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Szczecin Beer Trail Pivny Szczecin

Szczecin Beer Trail Pivny Szczecin

During the walk you will taste the local specialities, get to know the legends related to the history of Szczecin and you will feel the extraordinary character of the Griffin’s City. Beer is, just right next to the wine, one of the oldest man-made drinks, inseparably linked with bread baking. However in its present form is widely known only since the 19th century. The brewing accompanies humankind since the dawn of time. Over the years this tasty and heathy drink has evolved. But the overall principles of its production remained the same. What are the secrets of brewing? Find it out in Szczecin! This special sightseeing tour leads through breweries and monuments of the Old and New Town of Szczecin. And for those of you, who want some more attractions, we have prepared additional tailor-made options. Main points on the Szczecin Beer Trail: 1. Tourist Information Centre 2. Diet’s Palace 3. Palace under the Globe 4. Baroque Fountain with an Eagle – Flora Statue 5. Archcathedral Basilica of St. James 6. Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle 7. "Browar pod Zamkiem" Brewery 8. Seven Coats Tower 9. Old Town Hall 10. Wyszak Family Brewery 11. Gothic Church of St. John the Evangelist 12. New Town Hall 13. „Stara Komenda” Brewery 14. Szczecin's Brewery „Nowy Browar Szczecin” 15. Harbor Gate That's not all, folks... We have prepared for you the special Szczecin Beer Trail tasting glasses - designed especially for this trip! You can find them in the Tourist Information Center where we start our beers' tour.
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Dialogue Center "Upheavals"

Dialogue Center "Upheavals"

It's one of branches of the National Museum in Szczecin, where we present the newest history of Szczecin and West Pomerania region, with particular attention given to social protests and breaking events in the years 1970–1971, 1980–1981, 1988–1989, that lead Poland to regain independence in 1989. The building that houses our museum is partially hidden under the Solidarity Plaza, adjacent to the Concert Hall. The exhibition is interactive, apart from subject-related pieces, in its underground rooms you may see films, pictures and recordings of the events’ witnesses and participants. Location of the museum has not been chosen by an accident - it was here when on 17 December 1970 first shots were fired at the protesters. In July 2016, the Dialogue Centre Upheavals was ranked the Best Public Space in Europe. Four months later, on November 18, the same building was named World Building of the Year.
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City Tour

City Tour

During sightseeing tour by minibus with an audio guide you will admire the most famous sights of the city and find an answer for many non-standard questions like: What is the similarity between Szczecin and Egypt? There are 2 stops planned for you to take some unique photos. Service description: - Free pick up at hotel or at the other appointed place. - There is no fixed timetable. We start on request. - Sightseeing route inclusive all the key sights. - Two 10 minutes stops are planned. - Tape presentation doesn't require headphones. - Audio Guide in English / German / Danish - Minibus for max. 8 persons, but there is a possibility for making special tour for more than 8 persons
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St. James Arch Cathedral and the tower

St. James Arch Cathedral and the tower

After the 1147 crusade against the Polabian Slavs, Szczecin became a place of German colonisation. St Jacob’s Church, intended for German colonists, was consecrated in 1187. It was founded by Beringer, a Bramberg pilgrim, and given to the custody of the Benedictine brothers from the St Michael Monastery in Bramberg. The construction of the brick church continued for dozens of years, starting in the middle of the 13th Century from a three-aisle basilica with two spires and a basilica-like presbytery, surrounded with a by-pass and a circle of chapels. The altars were founded by the Szczecin guilds and companies. The presbytery reconstruction started in 1370. The basilica frame was changed into the hall frame with a circle of chapels between the interior buttresses. At the outset of the 15th Century Henry Brunsberg built additional chapels on the southern aisle, decorating them with impressive ornaments made of tiled moulders. In 1456 the southern spire collapsed during a hurricane, destroying the basilica corpus. During reconstruction, additional chapels were erected in the northern section, together with only one spire in the western part, as a result of which the corpus was changed from the basilica frame into a hall church frame. The reconstruction work was completed in 1503. In the last 25 years of the 17th Century, the interior section was reconstructed in the Baroque style. The St Jacob bell, constructed by Wawrzyniec Köckeritz, the Szczecin bell-founder, was placed in the church tower. The altar was created by sculptor Erhard Löffler, and the painting, entitled “Taken down the cross”, was made by Lengereich. The organ front was sculptured by the Amsterdam master Van der Linden. While assembling the organs with a large scale of sounds, advice was provided by master Buxtehude from Lübeck. The capacity of this instrument was wonderfully utilised by organist and composer Karl Loewe, residing in Szczecin in 1820-1866. The church was badly damaged during the 16 August 1944 shelling. Its reconstruction did not start until 1972 and has continued until today. The official consecration of the cathedral was performed on 31 May 1982 by Kazimierz Majdański, the Szczecin-Kamieniec Bishop. The status of Cathedral Basilica was given by Pope John Paul II on 23 May 1983, and the status of Metropolitan Basilica on 25 March 1992. Considering the ongoing additions to the rich furnishings of the church, we suggest that you buy a current version of the guidebook while visiting this astonishing place. The tower is an element of the St. James Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral. An observation deck is available for tourist all year long. The entrance to the terrace is only via a lift.
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