A day trip escape to Szczecin, Poland – at first it’s all about Polish pierogies and beer, but then I remember something…
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Travel blogs, travel photos and features from Szczecin, Poland
This small Polish town on the German border is an ideal day trip from Berlin to see something a bit different and say you’ve visited another country for the afternoon! Start here with my basic Szczecin travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Szczecin travel blogs.
Like most of this part of northern Europe, Szczecin has four very distinct seasons, with summers being hot and sunny, making them probably the best time of year to visit. However, even a rainy winter day out in Szczecin can be charming, and indeed fall is a beautiful time in this part of the world with the changing colors.
Eat all the pierogies! – This is always my main reason for a visit to Szczecin (along with Polish beer!). Find pretty much any typical Polish restaurant in town and order one of every kind of pierogi. You won’t regret devouring all the kinds of filled dumplings on offer in Szczecin!
Check out the Trafo – This very modern art museum showcases contemporary Polish artists in a cool space. It used to be a electrical transformer facility and laid empty and abandoned for 20 years before being renovated and turned into a museum in 2013.
Have a cocktail at Café 22 – Specifically, on a Wednesday evening when the cheap drinks and appetizers are accompanied by the live jazz band and the panoramic views over the city from the 22nd floor.
Although it’s a small city, taking a tour around Szczecin will save you time and get you in to some areas of the city you might otherwise overlook, so it’s definitely worth you time to consider one. Take a look at this selection of Szczecin tours.
There isn’t much of a gay scene in Szczecin, and Poland is varyingly gay-friendly depending on which part of the country you’re in and whether it’s a big town or more of a rural destination. That said, Szczecin does have one good place for queers to hang out and meet, but otherwise, head to Berlin for some of the best LGBT nightlife in Europe – it’s only two hours by train!
Love Club – Perfect for late nights out in Szczecin (it doesn’t open till 10pm), this place is open to everyone but attracts a largely queer crowd. Drinks are cheap, the music is tacky and the boys are cute.
More gay travel resources here.
Szczecin has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. They’ll likely get full when there’s a conference or special event in town, so definitely consider booking in advance. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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