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.
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.