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Szczecin, Poland

Szczecin, Poland

How on earth does one pronounce the name of this city?! Four consonants in a row is rather strange for me. Szczecin is the 7th largest city in Poland and is home to about 408 000 people. It is a major seaport and is the capital of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. The city of Szczecin’s history began as far back as the 8th century, where the West slavs erected a stronghold where the castle of Szczecin stands today. Today the city’s economy is based mostly on its seaport and related industries, such as fishing and shipbuilding. The economy is, however, slightly diversified into the production of iron and foodstuffs as well. I have yet to be inspired to add the city to my list of must-see places but I’m sure that there must be a lot to see in a city with such a long history.