Europe, Instagram, Poland, Szczecin

Instatrip: Szczecin Photos.

January 28, 2015
Filharmonia Szczecin Building

“Do you want to come to Poland with me this weekend to eat pierogies and drink Polish beer?”

When I posed this question to my friend Adam, he responded with an enthusiastic YES! This just happens to be one of the many reasons why I love him so much.

So a couple of weekends ago, we jumped on an early morning train from Berlin and headed off on a day trip to Szczecin, Poland.

Szczecin Photos:  Looking Over Szczecin

Walking from the train station into Szczecin.

I’ve been to Szczecin many times before and this was actually my fourth visit!

As Adam had not been to the city yet, it gave me a chance to play the tour guide and show my favourite spots.

Szczecin Photos: Street Scene in Szczecin

A pretty view of the streets in Szczecin.

Arriving in Szczecin, we set off on our first and most important mission which was to eat all the pierogies we could find and drink some local brews. Adam already wrote about our wonderful day in Szczecin, and our trip caused such a stir with the locals that it even made the rounds with the Polish press.

Szczecin Photos.

After we filled our bellies with that delicious Polish goodness, we set off to explore Szczecin on foot.

It was a cold, wet, and windy day that Saturday, but that did not stop us from having fun. In my opinion, the weather made for more dramatic and beautiful photos.

The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle

This stunner was built sometime in the 11th century and was subsequently destroyed and restored several times over the centuries. The Pomeranian Dukes’ castle was restored to its former 16th-century beauty between 1958-2014 and now features both Gothic and Pomeranian architectural flair.

Szczecin Photos:  Pomeranian Dukes Castle in Szczecin

A view of the Pomeranian Dukes’ castle.

Old City Town Hall

An odd looking building, yeah? I actually thought it was a church, but thankfully, one of my Instagram followers informed me that it’s really an old city hall.

Officially known as Old City Town Hall, it was constructed in the 15th century. Thanks to post-war restoration efforts, it was brought back to “life” in 1968. The building now has a restaurant and a history museum.

Szczecin Photos: Szczecin Old Town Hall

Old City Town Hall (Staromiejski w Szczecinie).

Hay Market

On the other side of the Old City Town Hall, is Hay Market. This colourful square is among one of my favourite spots in all of Szczecin. With loads of restaurants, it’s a happening spot in the warmer months where you can sit outside under the sun and enjoy a cold Polish beer.

Adam and I actually stopped here for our pierogi feast – dining at Harnaś and sampling every single one of the pierogies on their menu.

I told you, we had ALL of the pierogies.

Szczecin Photos:  Szczecin Row Houses

Hay Market (Sienny Square).

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

When you consume so much food and beer, there is nothing better than walking off all of those calories. With that in mind, we strolled through town until we reached this orthodox church with a fancy-pants golden dome that is surely blinding in direct sunlight.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is a fairly new building in Szczecin. Open since 2012, the temple is built in the shape of a Greek cross and can fit up to 500 people.

Szczecin Photos:  Golden Dome Church in Szczecin

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (Stowarzyszenie Prawosławne).

Szczecin Photos:  Szczecin City Streets

Pretty apartments just outside the church.

Szczecin Philharmonic

The Szczecin Philharmonic building was by far the highlight of my day (outside of the pierogies and beer of course).

With a glass exterior, this modern building is a contrast to its more traditional surroundings.

Szczecin Photos: Filharmonia Szczecińska View

Filharmonia Szczecińska view.

Szczecin Photos: Philharmonic Building in Szczecin

Filharmonia Szczecińska view.

Szczecin Photos: Szczecin Architecture

Across from the Philharmonic building.

Inside the Szczecin Philharmonic building is a wide, open, white, minimalist space complemented by skylights letting in beautiful natural light.

My dream is to watch a performance here someday! Perhaps in the summertime.

Szczecin Photos: Filharmonia Szczecin Building

Filharmonia Szczecińska interior.

Szczecin Photos:  Szczecin Philharmonic

Filharmonia Szczecińska café.

Szczecin Photos:  Filharmonia Szczecin Stairs

The stairs inside the Filharmonia Szczecin.

National Museum

The National Museum in Szczecin is simply gorgeous.

Around since 1945, it houses over 150,000 objects (which may or may not be interesting) and is considered to be the largest cultural institution in Western Pomerania.

Szczecin Photos: Szczecin Architecture

Approaching the National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie).

Across from the museum is another one of my favourite places in all of Szczecin.

It’s another great spot for summertime beer drinking and gazing out at the very industrial port area. It also seems to be a popular make-out spot for lovers.

Szczecin Photos:  Szczecin City Architecture

A lovely vantage point across from the museum.

Szczecin Photos:  Szczecin City View

A lovely vantage point across from the museum.

Szczecin Photos: Stunning Architecture in Szczecin

The National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie).

Contemporary Theatre

The Contemporary Theatre (Teatr Współczesny) opened in 1976 and is located right next to the National Museum.

Szczecin Photos: Teatr Współczesny Szczecin

Teatr Współczesny.

It seems I have to return to Szczecin for a weekend of music and theatre (plus beer and pierogies of course!)

Good to Know

  1. For three of us to travel by train on a day trip to Szczecin from Berlin, it was a 31 € return or just over 10 € a person. Make sure you purchase a Brandenburg ticket. The ticket will actually cover up to five people.
  2. There’s a tourist information centre located close to the train station. You’ll see signs as you exit the station. A map of the city can be purchased for about 2 €.
  3. Some other spots for you to stop around Szczecin for food and drink are Cafe Popularna and Cafe 22 (which offers a stunning view of Szczecin).
  4. For more Szczecin inspiration, view my Szczecin, Poland, archives or take a look at more photos of Szczecin.

Szczecin Video

Szczecin (Stettin), Poland – In Another Minute (Week 168) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal January 29, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    That was just like being on a walking tour with you! Loved it and the pictures are fantastic.

  • Reply Sand In My Suitcase January 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

    We’d eat pierogies and drink Polish beer with you :-). And a weekend of music and theatre sounds good…

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 1, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Sure! This city is great. I hope more people go out of their way to visit.

  • Reply Cynthia February 1, 2015 at 7:25 am

    At only 2 hours from Berlin, I would sure be there much more often! It was a really nice city… I actually stopped there for a night last summer (upon your recommendations). Although the most notable things I did there were dye my hair and eat delicious Ukrainian food, I would definitely like to return sometime 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 1, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Hey Cynthia –

      That’s so cool! I’ll definitely be back to Szczecin again too. Oh my – please tell me where you went for Ukrainian food!

      Cheryl

      • Reply Cynthia February 5, 2015 at 10:08 am

        ukraińska restauracja– it’s quite near the old town hall you have a photo of up there. fantastic menu, great service, and cheesy ukrainian 1960’s movies playing in the dining room. LOVED it!

        • Reply Cheryl Howard February 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm

          Thanks for the suggestion! Am definitely going to need to check this place out sometime. 🙂

  • Reply kami February 3, 2015 at 10:24 am

    funny you’ve been to Szczecin more time than I did 😉 but it really is a nice city and I really would love to explore it some more! And you just made me think of going there when the weather gets nicer!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 3, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Hi Kami!

      Ha ha, thats funny. It is a really nice city and I got to know it even better on my last visit. Also, it was great having Adam there with me. 🙂

      Yeah, maybe we should time our visit to be there together! I realllly want to see a performance at the new Philharmonic building.

      Cheryl

  • Reply Muza-chan February 6, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Love it…

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 6, 2015 at 4:59 am

      Thanks Muza-chan – me too. Szczecin is one of my top destinations in Poland! 🙂

  • Reply Vanessa February 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Love the photos! You gave those places a story thru your lens. Great post. Enjoyed reading it.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 9, 2015 at 5:08 am

      Hey Vanessa – thanks so much! The city is a very easy and stunning subject to photograph. 🙂

      Cheryl

  • Reply Cec mazur March 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I am traveling to berlin next week and planning a day trip to Szczecin..thank you for your info. I can’t wait to see Hay Market and Dukes Castle. Also have some vodka:)

    • Reply Cheryl Howard March 7, 2015 at 4:23 am

      Hi Cec – No problem! Enjoy your day in Szczecin. 🙂

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  • Reply Ada August 31, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I love travel different places and visit many hotels. My attention took hundred years old, renovated Dana Hotel in Szczecin. It’s really amazing 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard August 31, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Hi Dana –

      Thanks for the tip. Looks like a beautiful hotel.

      Cheryl

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