Szczecin is a city with a population of around 400,000, situated in the north-west of Poland, where the river Odra meets the Baltic Sea (through Szczecin Bay). For centuries this location has been at the centre of European transit routes, from the west to the east and from the north, through the Baltic, to the south of Europe. Szczecin is also the capital of the Western Pomeranian Province.
Szczecin has a reputation as a 'green city', and not without reason. There are few cities in Poland so replete with vegetation, water areas, and convenient climatic conditions for residence or tourism. Only an hour's journey by car, rail or waterway divides the residents of Szczecin from well-known seaside resorts: Świnoujście (with its ferry services towards Denmark and Sweden), Międzyzdroje, Dziwnów, and Rewal.
Szczecin and the West Pomerania Province are located in what is one of the most attractive areas of Poland, as far as tourism is concerned. Szczecin is surrounded by a vast forest and 900 or so clear lakes, which are perfect for yachting and other water related sports. The forest and Szczecin`s vast parks are perfect for walking, hiking, bird watching, and/or mushroom and berry picking.
Pedestrians crossing al. Piastów in Szczecin, c.1982.
Sailboats and yachts on the River Odra (Oder) in Szczecin, c.1982.
Polish name: Szczecin
German name: Stettin
Province: Zachodniopomorskie - Western Pomerania
Local attractions: museum, St. James' Gothic Cathedral, 17th century historical houses, 11th-century Pomeranian Knights Castle, 14th Century Church, Baroque Palace.
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