Today’s spot of the day takes us to Poland. Szczecin is situated very close to the Baltic Sea and within shouting distance of the German Border. It has become a major seaport for the region and is now the seventh-largest city in all of Poland. You will encounter a great deal of history in Szczecin. There is even a cathedral that dates back to the 14th century.
- The history of Szczecin can be traced all the way back to the eighth century. It was then that the Vikings settled the region known as Pomerania. The Slavs also entered Szczecin around the same period of history, establishing a stronghold around the city.
- Szczecin was named the capital of West Pomerania in 1999.
- Szczecin is home to the third-largest port in the entirety of Poland. This port alone routinely handled 10 million tons of cargo every year.
- Tennis fans will appreciate the fact that the Szczecin Open is held every September.
- You will have scenic water views throughout Szczecin as the city is located directly on the Oder River. It is also located adjacent to Dabie Lake, and there are several more large islands that can be easily accessed from the city.
- The current estimated population of Szczecin is 405,000.
- Szczecin has the distinction of hosting the headquarters of the Multinational Corps Northeast division of NATO.
- St. James Cathedral, dating back to the 14th century, is located in Szczecin.
There are many other highlights to note in Szczecin, but these should more than whet your appetite for this part of Poland.
Don’t forget Winston Churchill’s speech coining the term The Iron Curtain running from Szczecin in the north to Trieste in the south, an Iron Curtain has descended…