The Best Travel Guide to Szczecin
Provided by: Szymon Maksymiuk

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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m/s Joanna

A real treat for fans of parties or relaxation on the water. For lovers of good beer and beautiful views of Szczecin. The ship, where you can relax with chillout music or party with the electronic music. A ferry, which invites DJs such as Zombie (Simon Karpierz), Kuncfot (James Kondarewicz), Porek Simon (Simon Porowski), Vitek, Sin Sensor, Maciej Wunsch, Konrad Kacak, Pinio, Cee Dee or Rado. The only one that will take you on a cruise with sunset, showing the unusual sights of Święta River or Lake Dabie.
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Łasztownia isle

Łasztownia (ger. Lastadie) is located in the very heart of Szczecin, vis-a-vis the Chrobry Embankment. It is a river island whose history stretches 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 ”cranosaurs”. Following recent renovation works, they have regained their former splendour. Symbols of the port of Szczecin, these historical cranes from 1929 are at their most beautiful during the cyclic events organised on the Oder river.
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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 seen. 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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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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