The Pomeranian Dukes Castle in Szczecin
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The Pomeranian Dukes Castle in Szczecin

The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle in Szczecin is an example of Renaissance architecture. This is the historic seat of the Gryfit family, rulers of the Pomerania. Once a wooden Slavic stronghold, today, after many transformations, a perfect example of the simplicity and harmony of the Renaissance style. The Szczecin castle has great historical value, but at the same time, it can offer many modern attractions.

History

The Renaissance Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle was built on the hill. In 1124, Prince Warcisław I made the first stone building in the northern part of the hill, i.e., the prince’s house. In 1235 prince Barnim I decided to move the capital of the West Pomeranian principality from Uznam to Szczecin. As a result of that, it was determined to expand but most likely, the house of Warcisław I was demolished, and new buildings were erected in its place.

However, the beginnings of today’s castle should be traced back to 1346, when Barnim III began the construction of the so-called Stone house. A chapel of St. Otto was erected next to the building, a large house, and a prison tower. In 1428, after suppressing the rebellion of the villagers, Prince Kazimierz V received money to expand the castle. 

He added the southern wing at that time. However, in 1530 reconstruction began, which lasted seven years. During this time, the castle gained a Renaissance appearance. The gable roof and clock tower were created, and an east wing was added. In the 17th century, the fifth wing of the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle was built, which surrounded a new “small” courtyard. In 1752 Frederick the Great made a mint in the fifth wing. 

During World War II, the castle was destroyed by the Allies. In the years 1958-1980, the castle was rebuilt on the plan of the Renaissance prince’s seat; nevertheless, many elements of the castle were not preserved. The cultural institutions that make up the center called the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle found their place in this representative building of West Pomerania.

Visiting Castle

The castle can be visited individually or with a guide who has prepared several scenarios and routes for visiting the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle (including “sightseeing in the evening time”). However, the guide needs to be booked in advance -at least a week before visiting the castle!

A tower is also available, from which we can admire the panorama of the Szczecin. It is also worth visiting the Castle Museum dedicated to the history of this place, and you will find here, among others, royal sarcophagi. 

Besides, thematic exhibitions are organized in some chambers of the castle. The castle operates a cultural center called the “Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle.” It hosts concerts (also open-air concerts in the beautiful courtyard scenery in the season), lectures, and exhibitions, including for the smallest ones – fairy tales, performances, and regular workshops. 

Opening Hours

  • Monday – Sunday 10:00-18:00
  • Thursday – Closed

Ticket Prices

Castle Museum

  • regular ticket – PLN 6
  • reduced ticket – PLN 4

Tower

  • regular ticket – PLN 6
  • reduced ticket – PLN 4

Guided tours

Gryfit castle history and legends in a nutshell

  • 120 PLN

The history and legends of Szczecin Gryfit

  • 140 PLN

Castle in the Evening Time

  • 160 PLN

Castle Website click here.

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