Spa towns and bunkers: unique sights to see on our cruise to Swinoujscie & Stettin
The historic Hanseatic city of Szczecin (also ‘Stettin’) is Poland's largest harbor and is located in the far north west of the country. The neighboring seaside holiday resort of Swinoujscie is also a thriving port and one of the pearls of the Baltic resorts.
The Swinoujscie municipality is spread out over a series of islands in the Baltic Sea and the long sandy beaches here make for a relaxing beach day out, ideal for families or passengers seeking a break from sightseeing and a day off their luxury MSC liner.
This dual vacation destination is a popular point of call for MSC cruise ships during our Northern European cruise holiday itineraries as both towns offer gateways into Poland, Germany, and even Scandinavia, via ferry. Browse our shore excursion packages to make the most of what this region has to offer and ensure you enjoy the best deals on the sights here. Cruise passengers will be delighted to learn that Germany’s dynamic capital, Berlin, is just two hours from Stettin by coach.
Alternately, travellers can stay close to the cruise ship and explore Stettin, which was one of the hardest hit cities in all of German-controlled land during WWII. Those interested in war history will be thrilled with Stettin’s Underground Paths, a reconstruction of a WWII bomb shelter spread over five underground floors.
Other sights include the Castle of the Pomeranian Duke and St James’ Cathedral. Nature lovers can head inland to the Wolin National Park, or to Zalew Szczecinski, one of the biggest bird sanctuaries in Europe. A top attraction just along the coast is the charming Three Kaiser Resort, in nearby Germany, comprising the very pretty therapeutic spa towns of Ahlbeck, Heringsdorf and Bansin.
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