Szczecin is a lively city, an important seaport and a shipbuilding centre close to the border with Germany. Although the medieval centre of Szczecin was severely destroyed during wartime, there are still some magnificent monuments of architecture, reminiscent of the times when Szczecin, as part of Prussia, was considered the “Paris of the North”. But Szczecin is mostly about water and lush verdure: rivers, lakes, woods and parks take up half of the city area.
Szczecin ranks among the largest towns in Poland. It is also the biggest urban area in the northwestern part of the country and the capital of the province. Its location in the top left corner of Poland’s map, together with its strong cultural and economic links with Germany, makes it an important commercial and transit centre.
Apart from being a traditional junction of main European routes, Szczecin is considered to be a crucial seaport, closely connected with the nearby Swinoujscie port and a large shipbuilding centre. While Szczecin attracts mostly business travellers, it can also be an interesting tourist destination. Several enchanting sights, many parks, and an impressive number of bars are Szczecin’s main attractions.