A large city in the Pomerania region of Poland, Szczecin lies just a few miles east of the border with Germany. Due to its location, the city has plenty of influence from its neighbour to the west, as evident in its cuisine, architecture and general atmosphere. Established in the 8th century, it has been a major port for the west of Poland, not to mention parts of Germany. Split in two by the River Oder, Szczecin is one of Poland’s more aesthetically-pleasing cities, with old castles and shimmering offices sitting side by side. The city has played a big role in the region’s recent history and, in the past couple of decades, has been reinvented as a tourist-friendly destination, embracing its maritime heritage while hosting major cultural events.
Although it’s a large city, the roads here are wider than in other major Polish cities. A hatchback should be fine for driving into and around Szczecin.
Driving in Sczsecin
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Important things to note
On weekends and after 5pm on weekdays, parking in the central business district of Szczecin is free of charge.
Parts of the city centre and the Niebuszewo district are undergoing constant renovation, helping to exacerbate existing road traffic during weekdays.
Szczecin can be reached by road from many major cities in Poland and Germany. The E28 goes to Berlin while the 10 will take you to Bydgoszcz.
Highlights & Hotspots
Zamek Książąt Pomorskich, translated as Pomeranian Dukes Castle, is the city’s greatest landmark. Here, there is a museum, several restaurants and a café. Touring the site, you can learn about how Pomerania has developed through the years.
The Museum of Technology (Muzeum Techniki) is a good place in Szczecin to see some fine examples of automotive engineering such as cars, motorbikes and buses up close, as well as a few newer examples of tech made in this part of the world.
Although it has undergone extensive reconstruction in recent years, the Old Town district has a number of charming buildings which evoke the architecture of the previous decades in Pomerania and the German Empire during the 17th to 19th centuries. There’s a museum and plenty of shops.
A big festival which takes place between the end of May and beginning of June is the Baltic Rock Meeting. Rock and metal acts gather in venues all over Szczecin to play in front of thousands of fans coming from all over Central and Eastern Europe.
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The airport is located just south of Route 6. That will take you west onto the S3, which goes all the way south towards Szczecin‚Äôs southern suburbs. Taking Route 10 into the city northeast is easiest.