Western Pomerania

Regional capital: Szczecin

The Region

Szczecin, photo: UMWZ
Szczecin, photo: UMWZ

The Western Pomeranian region lies in north-west Poland, bordering on the Baltic Sea to the north and Germany to the west. The region’s picturesque landscapes have appealed to filmmakers from around the world. Szczecin was featured in Lars von Trier’s Europa, for instance, while Lake Dąbie and the Slavonic and Viking Heritage Centre on the Isle of Wolin have been seen in a History Channel project.

Landscape

Seaside
Seaside

The region’s two national parks and seven landscape parks are home to any number of sandy beaches, limpid lakes and forests spreading over the hills and teeming with wildlife. The Wolin National Park is renowned for its fifteen-kilometre stretch of cliffs. The remains of prehistoric settlements can also be found in the park, as can relics of the Second World War, including trenches, bunkers and V-3 launch pods.





Cities and Sites

Cathedral at Kamień Pomorski, photo: Robert Stachnik, UMWZ
Cathedral at Kamień Pomorski, photo: Robert Stachnik, UMWZ

Of the sixty-four cities in Western Pomerania, the largest are Szczecin, Koszalin, Stargard Szczeciński, Kołobrzeg and Świnoujście. The last of these is the only city in Poland to be built on dozens of islands and is also one of Poland’s largest sea ports. Szczecin is home to a number of historical buildings dating from periods ranging from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries. They include the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes, the remains of the ancient town fortifications, Gothic churches and warehouses and Baroque palaces. Several sites in Koszalin are part of the European Route of Brick Gothic.

The mediaeval urban layout of a number of towns in the region has been preserved, with an early parish church, thirteenth-century granite churches and monasteries and a number of churches dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Stargard Szczeciński, with its beautiful mediaeval layout, is worthy of mention. Other local attractions include the archaeological site of Manowo, with first and second century CE Goth barrows, as well as the ancient Slavonic settlements in Mielno.

The region is also encompasses Międzyzdroje, a seaside resort known for its three-hundred-metre-long pier and its Promenade of the Stars; a reflection of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, it bears the handprints of prominent Polish film stars.