The Paris of the North! Star-shaped squares, a city of parks, magnolia trees, crocuses
and the Oder River and its marshes and lakes. Green areas and water constitute more than half of the entire area of Szczecin!
There are not many cities like that in Europe.

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A bit of history

Szczecin is a city with a tradition spanning over a thousand years and turbulent history. In its heyday, the city was ruled by the dukes from the House of Griffins and was a member of the Hanseatic League. At that time, the city was among the greatest ports and trade centres on the Baltic Sea. In the 17th century, after the house of Pomeranian dukes died out, the strategic location of the city became a reason for the many armed interventions of neighbouring countries – Denmark, Sweden, Brandenburg and Germany. At the turn of the 20th century, Szczecin experienced an incredibly strong upswing in the economy. Capital from the whole of Europe was flowing to the city. The port, maritime economy and transport of goods were booming. After World War 2, the destroyed city was rebuilt by settlers from all around the country. When it comes to its post-war history, Szczecin led workers’ movements, which accelerated the radical political breakthrough of 1989, such as the December 1970 and August 1980 strikes.

Green and modern

Today, Szczecin is a modern developed city with many residential estates and a new grid of streets, but also it is a city which allows its residents to be closer to nature. The primeval forests which surround the city, parks and squares in the centre, the many islands on the Oder, channels and great marshes lend Szczecin a unique charm of a green and floating garden.

the Chrobry Embankment

You can admire the view of the Order River and the moored ships from the Chrobry Embankment, which is located in the vicinity of the Maritime University of Szczecin, the National Museum and Voivode’s Office. It is on the Chrobry Embankment where major outdoor events are usually held, such as the annual Days of the Sea, which take place in June, and the finals of the Tall Ships Races.

Located at the interface of countries and communication hubs, Szczecin is a city open to people due to its immigrant history. The city residents have a positive attitude towards newcomers, including foreigners.

- An open city

An open city

Położony na styku państw i węzłów komunikacyjnych, dzięki napływowej historii mieszkańców, Szczecin  jest miastem otwartym dla ludzi. Mieszkańcy są do przyjezdnych – w tym do obcokrajowców – życzliwie nastawieni.


Szczecin is also an important academic centre. About 70,000 students, including many international ones, attend over a dozen universities – the University of Szczecin, the West Pomeranian University of Technology, the Pomeranian Medical University, the Maritime University of Szczecin, the Art Academy of Szczecin, etc.


As a city of many events, Szczecin can inspire you with jazz through the Szczecin Jazz Festival, for over 40 years it has attracted the best and most interesting performances at the Kontrapunkt Small Theatre Forms Festival, and for 27 years has been the capital of Polish tennis with Szczecin Pekao Open, etc.
While we can talk and talk about our city, its assets and events, words will never illustrate what you should see with your own eyes, which is why we invite you to visit the city.
See you in Szczecin.

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