Szczecinek - Poland

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Szczecinek, City Hall, 1852

There is a growing speculation that beautiful Szczecinek is worthy of your visit. As you stroll the promenade in the center of the city, a large clear lake will appear. The town is surrounded by historical buildings, enchanted parks and attractive wooden areas.

Captivating Szczecinek is the largest city of the Drawskie Lake District, seat of a district governor's office and City Government, and a tourist center. It is located in a picturesque area between lakes Trzesiecko and Wielimie, a part of Western Pomerania, the famous lake country.

Szczecinek was founded in 1310 by the Wologoszcz Duke Warcislaw IV. As a result of the fall of the West Pomeranian Duchy in 1637, it became under the rule of Brandenburg and later Prussia. In 1640 princess Jadwiga of Brunshwick founded here one of the first public schools of Western Pomerania. In the period after World War I, Szczecinek was a significant holiday resort.

Historical places to visit in Szczecinek are: the Castle of the Dukes of Pomerania from 14th century, Gothic tower remaining after the 16th century St. Nicolas church, which is now a regional museum, and the City Hall built in 1852.

In Western Pomerania there are some 30 museums and exposition rooms, displaying remarkable objects from the past. Numerous strongholds, which are the oldest manifestations of human activity in the region, remain in existence.

The most intriguing sites of this type are to be found in Cedynia and Radacz, while on the island of Wolin ancient kurgans have been uncovered. The surviving fragments of city walls and urban layouts in Gryfino, Chojna and Mieszkowice transport us back in time to the Middle Ages. Equally deeply rooted in history are castles in Szczecin, Bialogard, Stare Drawsko (formerly Drahim), and Swidwin. Former monastery complexes of Templars, Cistercians and Knights of St John of Jerusalem testify to the mixing of influences in the borderland.

Lovers of old architecture will be pleased to find Romanesque edifices (such as fragments of the cathedral at Kamien Pomorski, or the cloister in Kolbacz), Gothic (e.g. the cathedrals in Szczecin, Koszalin and Kolobrzeg), Renaissance castles (Szczecin, Tuczno, Szczecinek), as well as baroque manor houses (such as at Swierzno).

The development in the 19th century of Miedzyzdroje, Kolobrzeg, Polczyn Zdrój and Kamien Pomorski as health resorts has promoted the emergence of magnificent sanatoria and spa-complexes.

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