Friday, 10 January 2020

Szczecin, Poland | day four

19 December 2019 - 14,232 steps

Our final day in Szczecin wasn't a full day - we were flying home that evening and due to the infrequent trains, only had until around half three. Exhausted from the busy few days we'd had and struggling to squeeze everything into our bags, we left the apartment at around 11am.

First stop: the train station. We would be getting the train to the airport later on and wanted to leave our heavy bags in a locker here, as well as buying a ticket so that we were absolutely ready to head off on time to catch our flight. So that's what we did, which was all very straightforward and easy - would definitely recommend.

the roof of a church and buildings from up high with a stretch of blue sky

We headed back to Pub Piwnica for lunch - you can find out more in my 'where we ate in Szczecin' post (coming soon) but it was lovely, and just what we needed. Then we decided to head to the cathedral, known as The Cathedral Basilica of St James the Apostle in Szczecin, to see a panoramic view of the city. It was around 10 zloty each, and you go up in two lifts to reach the top. Unlike other panoramic view points I've been to, you don't go outside onto a balcony or anything - it's floor to ceiling windows, which kind of distort the view but will definitely make you feel safer if you're scared of heights!

red and yellow buildings under a blue sky, shot from above

neon sign in polish

Our next stop was the Centre for Dialogue Breakthroughs, part of the National Museum in Szczecin. Starting with World War II and going right through the Solidarność movement, it has so much information about important talks and speeches and conversations throughout Szczecin's history. It's definitely one of the most informative museums I've ever been to, and I loved learning more about how Solidarność touched the city - I knew a lot about it from my trip to Gdańsk, and it was amazing to build on the knowledge I already had.


christmas tree and snowflake projections on the side of a castle

a man stood in front of a car holding a giant cardboard sign that says welcome home from prison holly and katy

We popped into Wedel, the chocolate shop/cafe, for a little sit down and a drink before we had to walk back to the station (via the castle for one last look at the lights, of course). And that was that, our trip to Szczecin had come to an end. We were both knackered, and just couldn't wait to get in our own beds, but I think I can safely say we had a fantastic time in this crazy little city!


5 comments:

  1. I love anything musuems so I'd be wanting to go to them all. It's so important to find out local history when visiting new places abroad xx

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  2. I have to admit I didn't know much about Szczecin before, but after reading about all the interesting places around the city on your blog, I'm determined to plan a trip there!

    Dominika | Into the Bloom

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  3. I'm absolutely cackling at that last photo, haha! I hadn't even heard of Szczecin before your series on it but it would definitely be somewhere I'd be keen to visit! It sounds like you had a fab time there, you always find the coolest things to do!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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  4. I've actually never heard of Szczecin before reading your posts but I love the idea of visiting it now. Thanks for sharing your experiences x

    Kayleigh Zara 🥂✨ www.kayleighzaraa.com

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