Location and Travel
Szczecin (population 400 000), is the capital of West Pomeranian province in NW Poland. A fortress and the largest Pomeranian town as early as the 12th century, it was until 1637 the residence of the dukes of Pomerania and an important member of the Hanseatic League. At the Peace of Westphalia (1648) it passed to Sweden, but at the end of the Northern War, Sweden ceded it to Prussia. During World War II the city suffered heavy damage from repeated bombings. Now a seat of higher education, Szczecin is home to 17 academic centres that service some 70,000 students. The largest are Szczecin University, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Pomeranian Medical University and Szczecin Maritime University.
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Travelling to Szczecin
The nearest airport is in Goleniow and is situated 45 km from Szczecin city centre.
The Polish Airlines LOT provides shuttle buses between from the airport and the city centre (Prior reservation required, valid with the flight ticket). The ride takes about 50 minutes and ends at Al. Wyzwolenia 17 in front of the LOT office. Alternatively, for PLN 9.90 per person, tourists can take a minibus running to the bus station in Szczecin (organized by: Interglobus Tour) The taxi fare with the Airport Taxi Group is PLN 120.
Two Berlin airports (Tegel, Schoenefeld) are located about 150 km from Szczecin. There are many shuttle buses services transferring visitors from Berlin airports to Szczecin. E.g.:
The most convenient way of reaching the city by car from the western part of Europe is to take the A11 Motorway from Berlin, or the A20 Motorway from Lubeck.