This iconic building was created as part of the international competition, during which the jury chose the project submitted by Studio Barozzi/Veiga from Barcelona, from among designs proposed by 44 studios from all over the world. The ice form of the building was pronounced the new symbol of the city and won the “Architectural Oscar” award – the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. Its four storeys house a grand concert hall, a chamber music hall, rehearsal rooms, a music shop, a café, etc.
The Chrobry Embankment
One of the most stunning places in Europe – the Chrobry Embankment, previously referred to as Haken Terraces. You can enjoy the vast panorama of the Oder River and the port there. The viewing terraces are 500-metres long and stretch 19 metres above the Oder bank.
Today, you would be hard pressed to imagine the city without the vibrant Oder boulevards. There is no better place to start your tour of the city. You can moor your boat here and go for a walk around Szczecin, taking a look at fascinating exhibits in the Sailors’ Alley, and smell the exquisite chocolate aroma oozing from the factory nearby.
The turbulent history of this part of the city dates back to the Middle Ages. Today, Szczecin has an opportunity to develop, practically from scratch, this expansive and characteristic fragment of the city. The redecorated Old Abattoir building, the Old Town Wharf, the Yacht Port, and the municipal beach near Grodzka Island are teeming with life.
The complex of industrial buildings by the Oder River on Kolumba Street is a unique place. The Historic facilities of the old yeast and alcohol factory were once the highlight of the strip of industrial buildings on the Oder, which have been planned for renovation. A canoeing route runs through the area.
The land of marshes and wetlands between the two arms of the Oder is a landscape park, so it is prohibited to cruise there in motor boats. The peace and quiet, and clear water make Międzyodrze a paradise for waterfowl, beavers, otters and rare plant species. Adventure-seekers and those looking to commune with wild and pristine nature can travel by kayak, which makes it possible to discover its wild and intimate corners.
Jasne Błonia, parks, and city forests
One of the local landmarks, a wide green square with rows of London planes (200 trees each) on the sides of a vast lawn. It stretches from the City Hall towards Kasprowicz Park, the largest park in Szczecin, and further to Arkoński Forest, which is one of the city’s forests spanning a total area of 2780.17 ha, being the largest in Poland.
The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle
This Renaissance castle is located on Castle Hill in Szczecin, next to the Oder. It is the historic seat of the House of Griffins, rulers of the Duchy of Pomerania. Now it houses cultural institutions and numerous events.
The “Pionier” Cinema
The oldest cinema in the world. It was established by Albert Pietzke under the name “Helios” in 1909. In addition to the regular hall, you can watch films in “Kiniarnia”, where you can sit at a table and feel as if you were in a café.
The most famous rose garden in Szczecin, featuring more than nine thousand roses of 99 varieties, as well as exotic trees and bushes. A series of events for children and adults alike, called the Rose Art Garden (Różany Ogród Sztuki), is held there all summer long.
“Upheavals” Dialogue Centre
This underground pavilion was designed by Robert Konieczny, who received the prestigious European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016. The building houses a permanent exhibition covering the 1939-1989 period. Most of its space is occupied by the “Polish months”, which shaped the identity of the inhabitants of Szczecin and Western Pomerania: December 1970, August 1980, and August 1988.