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Szczecin is the largest and one of oldest cities in the West Pomeranian Region. The first settlers came here in the 7th century and established a small village in the area which nowadays is called Castle Hills. Already around A.D. 850 a strong defence castle was thriving. In 1243 it was awarded a city charter by Duke Barnim I. In the 15th century the city witnessed a rapid economic development when Duke Boguslaw X made Szczecin the capitol of the united West Pomeranian Region. Once the dynasty of the Gryfits ceased to exist the city fell into decline and then was consecutively taken over by Sweden, France and Prussia. An additional obstacle to the development was the status of a stronghold which prevented the city to spread beyond its defence walls. Only in 1873 the then City Council made the decision to demolish the walls hampering the city.

Then Szczecin stated to thrive again and an intensive development of urban and industrial infrastructure began. In this period the city became an important port and shipyard centre. The successful period for the city ended with the war or rather with its end. Due to the air raids of the allied forces in 1944 nearly 60% of the city was destroyed.

When in 1945 the city was transferred to the Polish authorities, mountains of rubble welcomed the newcomers. Nevertheless, the new inhabitants of the city did not give up. It was their hard work and perseverance that made Szczecin what is today, namely a modern and lively city.


Szczecin is one of the most beautiful cities in the Western Pomerania Region, Poland. The multi-national past of various cultures contributes to diverse and rich tourist and business opportunities. An additional advantage of the city is its geographic location, including proximity to the Polish-German border, good transportation links to Berlin, availability of an airport, seaport and a motorway, and a short distance to the Baltic Sea. All these make Szczecin an ideal venue for business meetings, congresses, conferences and attractive forms of leisure and entertainment. Thanks to the proximity to the border and availability of various modes of transport, including ferries, Szczecin has become a destination for a lot of people from Germany and Scandinavia alike.

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