Flights to Szczecin
The city of Szczecin is Poland’s largest sea port on the Baltic Sea and is the capital of West Pomeranian Province. Szczecin is the seventh largest city in Poland and has some beautiful architecture including its popular Old Town.
The local Szczecin-Goleniow “Solidarnosc” Airport (airport code: SZZ) is about 45 kilometres away from the city so you should plan on renting a car once you arrive. Many major airlines have flights to Szczecin from South Africa, all with 2 connections. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways both have a route through London and Warsaw, and Lufthansa connects in Munich and Warsaw. You can also go another way through Zurich and Warsaw if catch a flight to Szczecin with South African Airways.
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The Tourist Attractions of Szczecin:
Szczecin Old Town
You may hear some of the locals refer to this as the ‘new’ Old Town, because strictly speaking it’s not the old town of Szczecin! Some of the buildings are originals, but many have been reconstructed, admittedly from original plans, to give the neighbourhood the appearance of being old. All the same, if you’re interested in seeing what a Polish city would have looked like several hundred years ago, this is a good way to see it and the buildings are attractive and interesting too. Many were built in the late 1990s, and even today some are still being added.
The Old City Town Hall is one of the major landmarks and is a unique looking building that was restored in 1968 to its original 15th century appearance. The Museum of the City of Szczecin is housed inside today.
As well as admiring the historic architecture, this part of Szczecin is popular for its shops and restaurants and is particularly busy in the summer with both locals and tourists visiting.
Pomeranian Dukes Castle
A major landmark of Szczecin is the Pomeranian Dukes Castle which dates back to the 1100s. After alterations and changes of use over the next centuries the castle was restored to its former glory over a period of time between the 1950s and 1980s. It’s a centre for culture today and is a popular tourist attraction for its architecture as well as for the Castle Museum, restaurants and more that are housed here.
Cathedral Basilica of St James the Apostle
Another major landmark is Szczecin Cathedral, officially named the Cathedral Basilica of St James the Apostle. The church was originally built in the 14th century in a Romanesque style, but when one of its towers fell down, taking a lot of the building with it, the church was rebuilt. Another two times the church suffered in storms and was rebuilt, then during World War 2 it was again damaged. A final reconstruction took place in the 1970s to the appearance you see today.
The National Museum is situated in Szczecin and as well as the main museum building it includes four others: the Maritime Museum, the Museum of the History of the City of Szczecin, the Gallery of Contemporary Art, and the Narrow Gauge Railway Exhibition, which is actually in the town of Gryfice.
When Should You Visit?:
Szczecin has warm and pleasant temperatures during the summer months though between May and September it is a little wetter than the rest of the year. The average highs range between 18 and 23C. Spring and autumn are cooler, and winters are cold.