Silversea Luxury Cruises A Szczecin

Szczecin

If you were to describe Szczecin in three words, the words would probably be green, aqueous, and industrial. Above all the city is green and lush, with civilized city parks in tune with Szczecin's superb urban design. It also has an untamed side: wild groves and meadows, numerous little islands only birds can reach that spread along the endless little streams, channels, lakes, and ponds. View more

In the north, the town melts into the woods of Las Arkoński; from all sides on the other three sides, it is surrounded with forests: Puszcza Bukowa, Puszcza Goleniowska, and Puszcza Wkrzańska. Though not directly on the Baltic, Szczecin is formed and exists in connection with water. The Odra (Oder), the second-largest Polish river, divides into two parts shortly before it reaches Szczecin, creating the unique landscape preserved in the Park Krajobrazowy Dolnej Odry. The divided river reaches the city as the Odra Zachodnia on the west and the Odra Wschodnia (or the Regalica) on the east. Numerous channels, tiny lakes, and even another short river called the Parnica cut through Szczecin, and farther north many merge into the Jezioro Dąbie, the city's largest lake. This area, although partly inaccessible, hosts Port Szczeciński, the harbor that impedes nature with industrial flair. The best point to admire this landscape from is Wały Chrobrego, the main town promenade, which is perched high above and along the river. The promenade is surprisingly peaceful even during tourist season. The port landscape, which creates Szczecin's characteristic skyline of cranes, is supported in its industrial glory by a network of roads and highways (particularly the Trasa Zamkowa, which was finished in 1996) that cut through and cross the peaceful land and water. It's supplemented by the buildings of Stocznia Szczecińska, one of the two biggest Polish shipyards, a steel plant, and numerous other factories. The urban, industrial look of Szczecin was created chiefly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The vast, gloomy, brick or concrete public buildings, reminders of the past Prussian glory, are knitted into a complex unity that also includes a net of steel tramway lines, knots of railways, and bows of steel bridges. Despite its monuments, interesting 19th-century architecture, good museums, theaters, opera, and outdoor opportunities, Szczecin is not a typical tourist destination, and most tourist traffic bypasses the city. It is, however, an excellent starting point for further explorations of northwestern Poland. To paraphrase Jack London's description of Oakland: "Szczecin is a town from which one starts to see the world!"

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Excursões em Szczecin

Szczecin City Tour & Szczecin Underground

Experience the architectural splendour and wartime past of Szczecin during this sightseeing tour of the city, and a visit to its underground shelter.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 20-minute drive to the Pomeranian Dukes Castle.


Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes

Founded in the mid-13th century, the castle was rebuilt in the Renaissance style from 1575-1577. It consists of five wings, with two interior courtyards and two towers. The east wing dates from the 17th century. After suffering heavy damage during World War II, the castle was almost completely rebuilt and its once-magnificent interior restored. Across the road is the Gate of Prussian Homage, formerly the 'Royal Gate', one of a pair that was built under Swedish rule from 1726-1728. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the castle, courtyard and Dukes' sarcophaguses.


St. James Cathedral

Next, your drive continues on past the old City Hall en route to the St. James Cathedral, which was also rebuilt after near-total wartime destruction. At the time, only the presbytery and west tower survived the bombing. The cathedral was originally erected in stages from the late-13th-15th centuries, and features several Gothic altars originating from other churches in Pomerania. Leaving the cathedral, re-board your coach for the drive by Jasne Blonia, Grunwaldzki Square, lovely villas and the Solidarity Monument before arriving at Waly Chrobrego Street.


Haken's Terrace

This boulevard, an impressive municipal project from 1902-13, was known in German times as the Hakenterrasse, or 'Haken's Terrace', named in honour of the mayor who initiated it. One of the buildings on the boulevard houses the Maritime Museum. Terraces adorned with decorative pavilions, the Ludwig Manzel statue, Hercules Fighting the Centaur, and splendid vistas of the harbour highlight the museum.


Szczecin Underground

Your tour concludes with an informative visit to the Szczecin Underground, a World War II anti-aircraft shelter that was converted to an anti-atomic bomb shelter during the Cold War. Upon arrival, explore the history of the shelter and its role in Polish civil defence from World War II through the Cold War. In addition, learn about the shelter's equipment, activity and the propaganda surrounding it.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 20-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking on cobblestones, with many steps to negotiate inside the shelter. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or with limited mobility.

Szczecin City Tour

Embrace the picturesque beauty and historic splendour of Szczecin during this scenic, half-day sightseeing tour of the city.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 20-minute drive to the Pomeranian Dukes Castle.


Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes

Founded in the mid-13th century, the castle was rebuilt in the Renaissance style from 1575-1577. It consists of five wings, with two interior courtyards and two towers. The east wing dates from the 17th century. After suffering heavy damage during World War II, the castle was almost completely rebuilt and its once-magnificent interior restored. Across the road is the Gate of Prussian Homage, formerly the 'Royal Gate', one of a pair that was built under Swedish rule from 1726-1728. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the castle, courtyard and Dukes' sarcophaguses.


St. James Cathedral

Next, your drive continues on past the old City Hall en route to the St. James Cathedral, which was also rebuilt after near-total wartime destruction. At the time, only the presbytery and west tower survived the bombing. The cathedral was originally erected in stages from the late-13th-15th centuries, and features several Gothic altars originating from other churches in Pomerania. Leaving the cathedral, re-board your coach for the drive by Jasne Blonia, Grunwaldzki Square, lovely villas and the Solidarity Monument before arriving at Waly Chrobrego Street.


Haken's Terrace

This boulevard, an impressive municipal project from 1902-13, was know in German times as the Hakenterrasse, or 'Haken's Terrace', named in honour of the mayor who initiated it. One of the buildings on the boulevard houses the Maritime Museum. Terraces adorned with decorative pavilions, the Ludwig Manzel statue, Hercules Fighting the Centaur, and splendid vistas of the harbour highlight the museum.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 20-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, and is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. The tour sequence may vary.

Szczecin & Old Brewery

See the beautiful Pomeranian Dukes Castle and Cathedral St. James Cathedral on this scenic tour to the Stara Komenda Brewery.


Depart the pier for a 20 minute coach ride to the Pomeranian Dukes Castle.


Pomeranian Dukes Castle.

The large of the Dukes of Pomerania was founded in the mid-13th century and was rebuilt in the renaissance style by Gugliemo di Zaccharia in 1575-7. It consists of five wings, with two interior courtyards and two towers. The east wing dates from the 17th century. After damage suffered during World War II, the castle was almost completely rebuilt and its once-magnificent interior recreated. Across the road is the Gate of Prussian homage, formerly the Royal Gate, one of a pair that was built under Swedish rule in 1726-8. The architect was Gerhard Cornelius de Wallrawe and the sculptor Berhold Damart.


St. James Cathedral

Next visit The Cathedral of St. James was also rebuilt after almost complete wartime destruction. Only presbytery and west tower survived the bombing. It was originally erected in stages from the late 13th to the 15th centuries, with the involvement of the renowned architect Hinrich Brunsberg. The Cathedral has several Gothic altars originating from other churches in Pomerania.


Stara Komenda Brewery

The Stara Komenda Brewery is a place combining the features of the brewing company, restaurant and pub. There were dozens of such places in Szczecin in the West Pomeranian region. Today, Stara Komenda Brewery as the first one returns to this style and offers its guests a natural beer brewed on site.

In the building aged more than 150 years, in the place of the former military headquarters, we have reconstructed the climate of the pre-war pub and eatery. Here, everyone can witness the production process, which is based on the centuries-old brewing tradition. Brewing takes place with use of modern equipment, using only four ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast.

The beer from the Stara Komenda Brewery is matured for several weeks. The beers are unpasteurised and unfiltered so they do not lose their flavour. Have the chance to sample the beer.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking along uneven surfaces. It is not suitable for guests utilizing a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in beer-tasting.