"Solidarity" Szczecin - Goleniów Airport is located about 40 Km outside Szczecin, Goleniów. There is a rail connection which is located 6 Km from the airport and this journey would take around 30 minutes; cost is 5pln. There is a bus service from the airport and it is located outside the main terminal building. This is operated by Interglobus Ltd., cost is 9.90pln; journey time is approximately 50 minutes to the city.
Szczecin - Pomerania Euroregion capitalSzczecin is a city situated in the north-west of Poland, where the river Odra meets the Baltic Sea (through Szczecin Bay). For centuries this location has been the junction for major European transit routes, from the west to the east and from the north, through the Baltic, to the south of Europe. Szczecin is also the capital of a new province, the Western Pomeranian Province.
Szczecin is a city with over a thousand years of tradition and turbulent history, and is also the historical capital of Western Pomerania. Its most illustrious period was the time of the reign of the dukes of the Griffin dynasty, when the city belonged to the Hanseatic League. At this time the city was one of the most powerful ports and trade centres on the Baltic. At the end of the XIX century the city experienced a period of particularly dynamic economic development, as capital flowed in from all over Europe. The port, maritime economy and cargo transport developed extremely rapidly. After the end of the Second World War, the reconstruction of the destroyed city was taken care of by settlers from all over Poland, who arrived in Szczecin and in the area of Western Pomerania in large numbers. Although the former image of the city changed, its unique character was preserved with the captivating charm of historical, secessionist architecture and the beauty of its lustrous vegetation.
West Pomeranian beautiful placeZachodniopomorskie is one of the most beautiful, ecologically clean Polish regions offering various tourist attractions. The region is of particular tourist value. Approximately 6% of its area is covered with waters, including wide sea coast with clean, sandy beaches, big coastal lakes, marinas and sea ports, as well as numerous lakes. The group of the largest lakes include the following: Bukowo, Dabie, Drawsko, Ińsko, Jamno, Kopi, Lubie and Miedwie.
The biggest water reservoir is the Szczecin Bay (687 sq km of which 410 sq km belong to Poland) providing excellent conditions for recreation and tourism. Many commercial and fishing ports as well as marinas, like Stepnica, Wolin, Kamień Pomorski, Dziwnów, Trzebież, and Nowe Warpno, are located on Polish and German coast of the bay. The marinas are also prepared to service passenger boats. Large, sea-going passenger ships, travelling between ports of Germany and Scandinavia and Poland, call at the ports in Szczecin, Świnoujscie and Kołobrzeg.
In the region there are 1172 nature monuments, 6 landscape parks: Barlińsko-Gorzowski, Drawski, Iński, Szczeciński, Cedyński, Lower Odra Valley, as well as 75 nature reserves and Wkrzańska, Bukowa and Goleniowska Forests. Forests cover around 33,6 % of the region.
Really wild nature regionNature protection is one of the top priorities in Zachodniopomorskie, thus enabling tourists to enjoy the beauty of the region. Forests, covering around 33.6% of the region, provide excellent living conditions for numerous species of animals and birds. Waters of lakes, rivers and streams are inhabited by various species of fish, including such rare ones as trout, grayling and bull trout. Waterfowl, including grebe, sea gull, gallinule, swan, heron, wild ducks, goose, stork, cormorant and crane, live around lakes and along rivers. The Wolin National Park, situated on the Island of Wolin, is famous for its sea cliffs, closed reserve of auroches, around 230 species of birds, including the golden eagle, many species of animals and around 1300 species of plants. The original landscape is still well preserved in the Drawieński National Park with the river of Drawa navigable along its 40 km stretch. The Drawa River is considered one of the most beautiful waterways in Poland. It passes through several lakes surrounded by beautiful forests and convenient camping sites situated on its banks. You can see and hear really wild nature.
Culture spiritThe cultural dimension is created by art and humanities, as well as efficient functioning of professional cultural institutions. Theatres, galleries, museums and philharmonics thrive and offer rich cultural repertoire.
The Pomeranian Dukes Castle is the cultural centre of Szczecin which was built in the 14th century by Duke Barnim III. Now it houses the Castle Opera, exhibition galleries and a concert hall. The Castle organises numerous interesting exhibitions, concerts, out-door events attracting Polish and foreign artists. Music life in Zachodniopomorskie is also very rich. Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin and Stanisław Moniuszko Philharmonic in Koszalin, as well as the Castle Opera in Szczecin are some of the main music centres in the region. Visitors may enjoy numerous concerts of famous academic choirs from the Technical University of Szczecin, Szczecin University, Music Academy, Boys' Choir 'Słowiki' and children choirs Don-Diri and Bel-Canto. All of them are the best ambassadors of Polish music and culture in Poland and abroad. Cultural heritage is protected by the National Museum.
Never be boredZachodniopomorskie provides excellent conditions for recreation for everyone who seeking unique impressions. Thousands of tourists can find sufficient number of accommodation facilities. High standard lodging, including hotels, motels, pensions, sanatoriums, camping sites opportunity to stay in hundreds of agro-tourism farms and youth hostels can meet the needs of even the most demanding tourists. Excellent cuisine offers a wide variety of dishes. Tourist infrastructure of Zachodniopomorskie is one of the most developed in Poland. This means that the region accounts for 19% of all accommodation facilities in Poland.
Famous resorts, like Kołobrzeg, Połczyn Zdrój, Świnoujscie and Kamień Pomorski, attract visitors who receive treatment using therapeutic mud and brines. Treatment of heart, lungs, thyroid, locomotive organs disorders, female diseases, rheumatism, allergies and diseases of the vascular system is very successful. Numerous hiking, cycling and sailing tourist routes lead through the most picturesque nooks of the region, with unique and beautiful landscape.
Exceptionally interesting are historical trails, including Cistercian, Hanseatic, Griffites, Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, Templars and St. Otto of Bamberg.Along the routes tourists may find old strongholds, stone circles, tumuluses, as well as other historical monuments.
Zachodniopomorskie has the largest number of golf courses in Poland. In Kołczewo, Binowo and Łukęcin one may not only learn the basics of golf, but also take part in annual competitions and tournaments.