A Poland “Instatrip” With These Szczecin Photos

Szczecin Photos: Looking Over Szczecin
A Poland “Instatrip” With These Szczecin Photos – “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.

A Poland “Instatrip” With These Szczecin Photos

Szczecin Photos: Street Scene in Szczecin
A pretty view of the streets in Szczecin.

I’ve been to Szczecin many times before and this was actually my fourth visit! As Adam hadn’t been to the city yet, it gave me a chance to play the tour guide and show my favourite spots. 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.

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.

1) The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle

Szczecin Photos: Pomeranian Dukes Castle in Szczecin
A view of 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.

2) Old City Town Hall

Szczecin Photos: Szczecin Old Town Hall
Old City Town Hall (Staromiejski w Szczecinie)

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.

3) Hay Market

Szczecin Photos: Szczecin Row Houses
Hay Market (Sienny Square)

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.

4) St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

Szczecin Photos: Golden Dome Church in Szczecin
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (Stowarzyszenie Prawosławne)
Szczecin Photos: Szczecin City Streets
Pretty apartments just outside the 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.

5) Szczecin Philharmonic

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

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.

Filharmonia Szczecin Building
Filharmonia Szczecińska interior
Szczecin Philharmonic
Filharmonia Szczecińska café
Szczecin Photos: Filharmonia Szczecin Stairs
The stairs inside the Filharmonia Szczecin

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.

6) National Museum

Szczecin Photos: Szczecin Architecture
Approaching the National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie)
Szczecin Photos: Stunning Architecture in Szczecin
The National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie)

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 City Architecture
A lovely vantage point across from the museum
Szczecin Photos: Szczecin City View
A lovely vantage point across from the museum

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.

7) Contemporary Theatre

Szczecin Photos: Teatr Współczesny Szczecin
Teatr Współczesny

The Contemporary Theatre (Teatr Współczesny) opened in 1976 and is located right next to the National Museum. 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. A good spot for coffee and cake with a panoramic view over Szczecin is Cafe 22 
  4. For more Szczecin inspiration, view my Szczecin, Poland, archives or take a look at even more photos of Szczecin.

Founder of cherylhoward.com. Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.

21 Comments

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

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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:)

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

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