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Szczecin

Szczecin

Picturesquely located on the shores of the Oder River, the city of Szczecin is the perfect city break to explore an attractive and cosmopolitan city hidden away from the main tourist-trail.

Few cities can boast a setting as lovely as Szczecin, which sits on the Oder River, flanked by the Bay of Pomerania, the Szczecin Lagoon and the Dąbie Lake. As a result, many hotels have lake or river views, including the Marina Hotele Przestrzenna (Przestrzenna 7), a good-value option that looks out over the lake. While big-name chains such as Radisson Blu (Plac Rodła 10) are present in the city centre, go independent at Hotel Focus (Małopolska 23), which has buckets of charm and well-appointed rooms. A good choice for shoppers is Hotel Atrium (Wojska Polskiego 75) as it is surrounded by independent retailers and is also close to the city’s vast Centrun Handlowe Galaxy shopping centre.

Along with Centrun Handlowe Galaxy (Wyzwolenia 18-20), which boasts all of the usual international chains as well as some big local names, Szczecin is crammed with shops – many of which offer a quirky selection of locally made clothes and souvenirs. Find a concentration of these in the streets off Żołnierza Polskiego Square, which also has a wonderful street market during the winter months selling gorgeous hand-carved Christmas decorations. Most souvenir emporia also sell amber, which is found in the Baltic Sea and is a staple part of jewellery design in the region.

There’s no shortage of international fast-food chains in Szczecin, but give McDonalds and the like a miss in favour of some fast food with a distinctly Polish flavour. Head to the Turysta Milk Bar (Obrońców Stalingradu 6A) for paszteciki – delicious deep-fried pasties stuffed with meat or mushrooms. At Restauracja Chata (Holdu Pruskiego 8), you can sample another Polish classic, kielbasa, a tangy sausage stew that goes nowhere near a deep fat fryer. For something a bit more international, try the Christopher Columbus (Waly Chrobrego 1), which combines nouveau Polish cuisine with Mediterranean flavours.

Juwenalia Festival
May
This mobile festival – that also takes in Poznań and Lublin – includes the cream of Polish pop acts, as well as the odd international artist for a veritable Europop fest.


Baltic Rock Meeting
May-June
Ear plugs at the ready – you’ll certainly need them at this annual celebration of all things heavy metal. Metallica tribute bands, local punks and theatrical metal heads combine in this full-on music festival.


Days of the Sea
June
It would be surprising if a city with the maritime traditions of Szczecin didn’t celebrate them in style, and Days of the Sea (Dni Morza) is no disappointment thanks to its flotillas of fishing boats and free musical performances.


Street Artists Festival
July
Rarely do city authorities take a benign view of graffiti, but it would appear that Szczecin’s are the exception to the rule courtesy of this quirky summer celebration of street art and performers. Expect a friendly atmosphere and plenty to see and do in the city streets.


Boogie Brain Festival
October
A wonderful little music festival that takes place on Lasztownia Island in the Oder River, Boogie Brain Festival focuses on a range of artists from three different countries: Poland, Germany and the United Kingdom.

ESSENTIALS

Language
Polish
Currency
Polish Zloty
Time zone
GMT +1
Flight time
1 Hour 50
Holiday type
City Break , Sightseeing

WEATHER

01/08/14
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
17°C
min
30°C
max
02/08/14
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
20°C
min
31°C
max
03/08/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
19°C
min
34°C
max
04/08/14
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
16°C
min
26°C
max
05/08/14
Patchy rain possible
Patchy rain possible
16°C
min
27°C
max
06/08/14
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
15°C
min
23°C
max
07/08/14
Light rain
Light rain
14°C
min
18°C
max
Jan
1°C max
-3°C min
Feb
2°C max
-3°C min
Mar
8°C max
0°C min
Apr
14°C max
3°C min
May
19°C max
8°C min
Jun
21°C max
11°C min
Jul
24°C max
13°C min
Aug
23°C max
13°C min
Sep
18°C max
10°C min
Oct
13°C max
6°C min
Nov
7°C max
2°C min
Dec
3°C max
0°C min

AIRLINES

TODAY'S WEATHER

Partly cloudy skies 28°C
17°C
min
30°C
max
40%
huimidity

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