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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
- 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.
- 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 €.
- A good spot for coffee and cake with a panoramic view over Szczecin is Cafe 22
- For more Szczecin inspiration, view my Szczecin, Poland, archives or take a look at even more photos of Szczecin.