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Introduction

Szczecin seen from the Lasztownia Island (on Oder river)

Szczecin seen from the Lasztownia Island (on Oder river)

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Szczecin is a port city along the Baltic coastline of Poland. Formerly known as Stettin, the city is located in the northeast of the country, not far from the border with Germany. The city has about 400,000 inhabitants, making it the 7th largest city in Poland.

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Sights and Activities

World's oldest cinema

Certified as the world’s oldest cinema in the Guinness Book of World Records, the Pionier Cinema first opened its doors for customers in September of 1909. Of course it is a cinema, so it’s going to be showing movies that may or may not suit your fancy. There are coffee shops next door and the cinema offers a fully operational snack bar. It has been renovated for modern functionality as it is a full working cinema, but you can still get some flavor of what it would have been like to watch a silent movie with orchestra accompaniment. If you want to see a movie while in Szczecin, this would be the place to go.

One of Europe's largest cemeteries

Normally cemeteries are places people tend to stay out of, considering the constant reminders of death that surround you when you are in one. Central Cemetery, however, is different. It’s the second largest cemetery in all of Europe and it has more of a park feel to it than a creepy cemetery feel. There are many monuments throughout, memorial fountains, and historical significance throughout. If you want to see the entire cemetery, you might consider renting a bike for your exploration efforts.

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Weather

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Avg Max2.3 °C3.6 °C7.9 °C13 °C18.8 °C21.2 °C23.3 °C23.2 °C18.3 °C13 °C6.7 °C3.6 °C
Avg Min-2.7 °C-2.2 °C0.2 °C3.1 °C7.6 °C11 °C13.1 °C12.6 °C9.4 °C5.6 °C1.7 °C-0.9 °C
Rainfall36 mm28 mm36 mm35 mm48 mm62 mm65 mm53 mm44 mm37 mm40 mm45 mm
Rain Days161414121213131213141617

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Getting There

By Plane

Szczecin-Goleniów "Solidarność" Airport (SZZ) offers limited choice, with flights to Hamburg, Warsaw, Oslo, Dublin, Liverpool and London.

By Train

There are frequent connections with train to Berlin. Most of the connections involve a change of train in the german city Pasewalk. Please note that there is big savings buying a local "Brandenburg ticket" in Germany, with this ticket you can go-as-you-please on the german trains, and then there is only a very little part of polish traon ticket involved. Check out the actual conditions and actual offers on Deutche Bahn.

By Bus

There is a lot of domestic bus connections from Szczecin to all major cities in Poland, the bus terminal is just next to the railway station. The cheapest connections to and from Berlin Alexanderplatz is by minibus, there is a large number of companies operating, most of these minibuses operates to and from the bus stops opposite the railway station.

By Boat

There is no passenger ferries docking in Szczecin harbour. Passenger terminals are in Swinoujscie (100 kilometres from Szczecin). There is a lot of minibuses going to and from the ferry terminal in Swinoujscie, starting from opposite the railway station. There is local trains between Szczecin and Swinoujscie. From Swinoujscie you have ferry connections to Ystad in Sweden. There are two companies sailing to and from Swinujscie, Polferries and Unityline, the prices are more or less the same. Before buying a ferry ticket check the websites for actual offers since now and again there is some really good bargains on ferry tickets. Polferries and Unity Line have many options.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Marina Hotel, Przestrzennaul. Przestrzenna 7Hotel80
Marina Hotel, Twardowskiegoul. Twardowskiego 12Hotel82

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Keep Connected

Internet

In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.

Post

Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.

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