Szczecin Tourism, Poland

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Szczecin (/ˈʃtʃɛtʃɪn/; Polish pronunciation: [ˈʂt͡ʂɛt͡ɕin] ; German and Swedish: Stettin, known also by other ) is the capital city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. Located near the Baltic Sea, it is a major seaport and Poland's seventh-largest city. As of June 2011, the population was 407,811. Szczecin is located on the Oder, south of the Szczecin Lagoon and the Bay of Pomerania. The city is situated along the southwestern shore of Dąbie Lake, on both sides of the Oder and on several large islands between the western and eastern branches of the river. Szczecin is adjacent to the town of Police and is the urban centre of the Szczecin agglomeration, an extended metropolitan area that includes communities in the German states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The city's recorded history began in the 8th century as a Slavic Pomeranian stronghold, built at the site of the Ducal castle. In the 12th century, when Szczecin had become one of Pomerania's main urban centres, it lost its independence to Piast Poland, the Duchy of Saxony, the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark. At the same time, the House of Griffins established themselves as local rulers, the population was Christianized, and German settlers arrived from Western European states. The native Slavic population was subjected to discrimination and Germanization in the following centuries. Between 1237 and 1243, the town was rebuilt, granted vast autonomy rights and eventually joined the Hanseatic League. After the Treaty of Stettin in 1630, the town came under the control of the Swedish Empire. It was fortified and remained a Swedish-controlled fortress until 1720, when it was acquired by the Kingdom of Prussia and became the capital of the Province of Pomerania, which after 1870 was part of the German Empire. In the late-19th century Stettin became an industrial town, vastly increasing in size and population, and served as a major port for Berlin. During the Nazi era, opposition groups and minorities were persecuted and treated as enemies. By the end of World War II Stettin's status was in doubt, and the Soviet occupation authorities at first appointed officials from the city's almost entirely German pre-war population. In July 1945, however, Polish authorities were permitted to take power. Stettin was renamed Szczecin and became part of the newly established the Polish People's Republic, and from 1989 the Republic of Poland. After the Flight and expulsion of Germans from Poland during and after World War II and Polish settlement in the newly acquired territories, Szczecin became the administrative and industrial centre of Polish Western Pomerania. It is now the site of the University of Szczecin, Pomeranian Medical University, Maritime University of Szczecin, West Pomeranian University of Technology, and Art Academy of Szczecin, and the see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamień. From 1999 onwards, Szczecin has served as the site of the headquarters of NATOs Multinational Corps Northeast.


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Facts and Stats for Szczecin*

  • Pollution Statistics in Szczecin

    Know the pollution level of Szczecin before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 32.69 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 39.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 32.14 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15 (Very Low)
  • Szczecin: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Szczecin for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Szczecin.

    • Burglary and Theft 27.88 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 23.08 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 22.12 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 36.54 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 37 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 52 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 32.69 (Low)
    • Drug offense 28.85 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.46 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 57.69 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31.73 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 36 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 49.04 (Moderate)
  • Living in Szczecin - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Szczecin is 151.33 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 66.08 (High)
    • Climate Index 77.94 (High)
    • Pollution Index 41.5 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 36.43 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 39.39 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 65.93 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.86 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 61.54 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Szczecin

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Szczecin

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.31 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.97 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 77.9 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

Szczecin Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Szczecin

  • Szczecin 2-Hour City Tour by Minibus
    Szczecin 2-Hour City Tour by Minibus 10 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hour

    Enjoy a 2-hour orientation tour of Szczecin, capital of Polands West Pomeranian Voivodeship, and see the main highlights of t...

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  • Szczecin: Old Town Highlights Walking Tour
    Szczecin: Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

    Duration: 2 Hour

    Experience the beauty of Szczecin with a professional guide on a walking tour of the historic city center. Look inside the st...

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  • Szczecin: Craft Beer Pub Crawl
    Szczecin: Craft Beer Pub Crawl

    Duration: 2 Hour

    Spend a night in Szczecin sampling the city's finest craft beers and other beers from throughout Poland. Your expert guide wi...

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  • Szczecin: Traditional Polish Food Walking Tour
    Szczecin: Traditional Polish Food Walking Tour

    Duration: 2 Hour

    Join your expert guide on this walking tour that showcases the finest flavors in Szczecin! Mix history and cuisine, as you ta...

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