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5 Reasons To Visit Szczecin, Poland

June 22, 2015 by @VanessaRivers

Szczecin (shcheh-cheen) is a cute, port city located on the Oder River, one hour’s drive from the Baltic Sea, in Northwest Poland. The city has a population of a little over 400,000, making it one of the largest in Poland, and although you would never know it walking through the streets of the old, quiet city center, Szczecin is a busy port city offering much to do and see!

Szczecin-Boat Show 2


When I first moved to London over three years ago, I didn’t know anyone. As a 30-year-old expat living in a bustling foreign city, I found it intimidating to make friends – until I met an outgoing Polish girl named Kasia. Just two weeks after we met, Kasia organized a lunch with 15 of her closest girlfriends (most of them Polish), and before I knew it, I had met a handful of amazingly kind, fun, real friends who happily welcomed me into their group.

Last weekend, after years of friendship, Kaisa took me to her hometown,  Szczecin, to show me where she grew up and to meet her friends and family. After getting to know her parents and her childhood friends, I realized that like Kasia, Polish people, in general, are straightforward and honest, kind and very fun! Most of them also speak English, especially the younger generations, who were taught it as their second language.




Polish food is delicious! They eat a lot of bread, potatoes, cheese, butter and cream so you might go home with a few extra pounds, but your taste buds will be happy! Kasia’s beautiful mom, Halina (she looks like Elizabeth Taylor), lovingly cooked us most of our meals. My favorite was the Polish pancakes (Nalesniki). She made sweet ones with cottage cheese and strawberries, and savory ones with spinach and feta. And one night, we ate out at a great restaurant called Clou Winebar, where I had the best salad of my life! The produce is very fresh and tasty in Poland, so between the delicious vegetables and all the cheese, I was in food heaven!



Clou-Winebar-Szczecin 2




The most beautiful and most famous ships from around the world meet in Szczecin for the Baltic Tall Ships Regatta. The Tall Ships Races are an annual tall ships regatta, which is organized by Sail Training International. The ultimate goal is “sail training” – educating young people and developing essential life skills on tall ships. But there are also many fun events and parties surrounding the Regatta, one of which is the Boom Boat Party.

Szczecin is surrounded by water making it an ideal location for the event. The city of Szczecin hosted a Regatta in 2003, and was the final port for The Tall Ships Races in 2007, 2013 and 2015. Each event attracted around two million visitors to the harbor.

Szczecin-Tall-Ship-Ragatta 20155



Szczecin-Boat-Show 2



Szczecin is called the “green city” because of its lush vegetation, beautiful parks and gardens, and surrounding forests and rivers. Kasia and I spent hours walking through Park Kasprowicza and Różanka Rose Garden. It was so peaceful!




Park-Kasprowicza-Szczecin 2



There is a short, direct flight from London to Szczecin Airport, and from the airport to the city, is an easy and beautiful 40-minute drive through gorgeous green forests and wide open fields.

Have you been to Poland? Please share in the comments section below!

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  • Reply Aleksandra June 23, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I’m so glad, that you liked my Szczecin. When I read your blog post, I have seen my city from another side. Thank you 🙂

    • Reply Soffii October 20, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Leon, I agree with you- these pictures are great and Dana Hotel is a really good place to stay. It is a brilliant combination of classic and modern, and due to the convenient location we can quickly reach of the both the centre of the city and my beloved Waly Chrobrego Promenade . Rooms are very comfortable, and the restaurant serves right now wonderful dishes from the autumn menu. Besides, I can confidently say that we can certainly find more than five reasons to visit Szczecin:)

  • Reply Piotr "Jasiek" Próchnicki June 23, 2015 at 12:46 am

    You know what’s weird in Szczecin?
    That the people that live there frequently complain about their town.
    I know, because I live there, and I sometimes am sick of it. People don’t understand what a great place they live in :X

    Still, glad you liked it 🙂

  • Reply Michael June 23, 2015 at 1:34 am

    I am first time on your blog and I’m so excited, that girl from London (wow) wrote about my city. I live in Szczecin 18 years and never met something like that. This is good for somebody who wants to visit this city and for people living in Szczecin. Why? Cause most of people here can’t see pluses of this city.

  • Reply Dariusz June 23, 2015 at 3:07 am

    As the former citizen of Szczecin I fully agree with you. I visited Szczecin during Baltic Tall Ships Regatta as well and collected a lot of beautifull impressions. 🙂

  • Reply Krzys June 23, 2015 at 5:07 am

    fair play to you for this article am warm words about my hometown 🙂

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  • Reply Jarek June 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

    It’s so nice you liked my hometown Szczecin! (and took some gorgeous pictures) 🙂 I can see you visited some of the most charming places in the city. Have you been to the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, the Cathedral or the Central Cemetery? If not, then you definitely should if you happen to visit again. 🙂

  • Reply Natalia June 23, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Glad u liked it!!

    It’s nice to see how other ppl wiev my city 😉

  • Reply Jake June 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    That’s really nice when somcity!
    I hope you will be back 😀

    • Reply Jake June 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      somebody says like that about my city…
      my damn keyboard

  • Reply clou June 24, 2015 at 5:14 am

    Hey! It’s Clou service. Our chef it’s pleased that you liked our food and it’s courious which salad did you take? 🙂 it’s nice to hear that you liked szczecin. Feeling proud of our city

    • Reply Vanessa Rivers June 26, 2015 at 3:04 am

      Hi Clou! It was the green salad with avocado, tomato, cucumber and a little cheese on top. There is a photo of it in my post! Thank you for the great food and also great service! Your outdoor patio areas are so lovely! XO

  • Reply Lukasz June 24, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Hi Vanessa. I’m glad you liked it in Szczecin. My home city does have a thing or two to offer. Should you want to learn more about it visit my website (use Adblock) and blog with updates. On a sunny day you can see Szczecin’s beauty in full and, if you are lucky, enjoy the lovely smell of chocolate by the river. Szczecin is a dynamic city but doesn’t make you feel lost.

  • Reply Łukasz June 25, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Hi! I’m glad you liked it in Szczecin. My home city is a lovely place to live. Różanka is not only roses and tranquility but also culture (e.g concerts). A short break is not enough to get everything my city has to offer. And on a sunny day you can see Szczecin’s beauty in full.

  • Reply Marek June 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Yeah, tall ship races is a great event. Please, don’t forget about other water activities in Szczecin: kitesurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, SUP etc. There is Odra River, Lakes: Miedwie and Dąbie, Zalew Szczeciński and Baltic Sea is quiet close to Szczecin too.

  • Reply eden June 25, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried Polish food before, looks like a beautiful place. I’d love to visit someday 🙂

  • Reply Jeff June 25, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    This reminds me of my experiences when visiting Szczecin, I loved it. I would recommend a trip to the Tatra Mountains , Zakopani area and Kraków was great. Can’t wait to go back again.

  • Reply Jeff June 25, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I live in the county of Somerset, most people drive through on the way to Devon and Cornwall, but we have the Exmoor National Park, I never tire of the drive from Minehead to Lynmouth in North Devon.

  • Reply bumerangus June 28, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Sorry but i think that on your pictures i see wine bar Niebo in Szczecin not Clou wine bar.
    Regards Paula

    • Reply Vanessa Rivers January 25, 2016 at 3:25 am

      Hi Paula! It was Clou Wine Bar that we went to, but thank you for your comment! XO

  • Reply Nolan July 12, 2015 at 9:57 am

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  • Reply Marek January 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Beatiful pictures of my hometown Szczecin. I am happy you enjoyed! I must also say that Szczecin is polish watersports capital, apart of Hell Peninsula. We have Miedwie lake, Głębokie with cable wakepark, Zalew Szczeciński and seaside in 100 km with planty of kitesurfers and windsurfers during the season. I just love Szczecin, and I miss it being abroad.

  • Reply Ehssan February 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I like szczecin very and polsnd. I spent beautifuil times there every thing was nice..
    I hope will retern there.

  • Reply Amelia July 29, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Szczecin is an awesome city, Philharmonic, Embankment of Chrobry, beach, boulevards or historic, 100 years old, fully renovated Dana hotel. It’s just a fraction of it, check for yourself.

  • Reply Leon August 24, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Nice pics, my favourite is the one with ship. I visited many hotels in different cities and recall that most intriguing was historic, hundred years old Dana Hotel. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay there for the night . Regards

    • Reply Soffii October 20, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Leon, I agree with you- these pictures are great and Dana Hotel is a really good place to stay. It is a brilliant combination of classic and modern, and due to the convenient location we can quickly reach of the both the centre of the city and my beloved Waly Chrobrego Promenade . Rooms are very comfortable, and the restaurant serves right now wonderful dishes from the autumn menu. Besides, I can confidently say that we can certainly find more than five reasons to visit Szczecin:)

  • Reply Laura41 April 20, 2017 at 12:37 am

    I know this hotel very good and I can say that it is a great place. The service there is nice and friendly , restaurant serves gourmet cuisine .
    I can say that Dana Hotel is one of my favorite places in Szczecin. Besides, the city is magical 🙂

  • Reply Sara August 29, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Wow, amazing pictures. I have been to Poland few times, but never in Szczecin. it looks amazing, I definitely need to visit it during my next trip! I actually almost always stay in Warsaw, because I have some friends who live there. There are some really interesting spots there too. My absolute favorite part of the city is the Old Town, it is so charming! And nearby is my favorite Warsaw’s spot – Bubbles Bar. It is a place where I always go with my friends, as they serve really delicious and high quality food as well as champagne, which I just love.

    • Reply Vanessa Rivers August 29, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Thank you for reading Sara and for your comment. I have not been to Warsaw but I really want to go! I will for sure check out Old Town and Bubbles Bar when I go. Thanks so much for the suggestions! X

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