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A fun day of culture in Szczecin

In SzczecinPoland Luna and Achilleas had two wonderful guides to show them around, the bloggers Paweł Krzych and his fiancée Ola. 

Szczecin is a city of rivers, lakes, woods and parks (plus some magnificent monuments) and was once considered the “Paris of the North”! And in fact its current shape was designed by Baron Haussmann, known for his work in the French capital. 

Philarmonic

Luna and Achilleas were very much impressed by the beautiful new building of the Szczecin Philharmonic. Designed by the Barcelona-based Barozzi Veiga, the white concert hall is meant to resemble the tip of an iceberg. Its entire exterior is wrapped in translucent glass, and lights give it a white glow at night. It can also be lit up in hundreds of other colours.

 

Szcezecin

No wonder then that this EU-funded concert hall won first prize at Eurobuild Awards 2014 and the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, the Mies van der Rohe Award. It is located on the site of the 19thcentury Konzerthaus, destroyed by air raids in 1944. Luna and Achilleas were surprised to discover that they are not exclusively dedicated to classical music but host even workshops for DJs.

The travellers and their guides also hopped on city bikes and headed for Kino Pionier 1907, one of the oldest continuously operating cinemas in the world. The cinema has two auditoriums, one with traditional décor and another in a retro style where you watch a movie while sipping your drink at table. Pionier 1907 also screen silent movies accompanied by live piano music!

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