Szczecin – the city of sails
The largest mass event is Sail Szczecin, the successor to Sea Days Festival, which has a tradition dating back several decades. It takes place on the third weekend of August and has been accompanied by a rally of oldtimers. Boats from Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland set sail on cruises along the Oder. During the festivities, concerts are held, shanties and sailing knots are taught, and maritime knowledge competitions organised.
Various activities on water are accompanied by onshore attractions, such as visits to decks of Polish Navy ships and sailing ships, a maritime fair, concerts by Polish and foreign music bands, and fireworks shows.
Szczecin was the final port for The Tall Ships Races in 2007,2013 and 2017. They attracted hundreds of sailing ships and yachts from more than a dozen countries around the world. The events also brought millions of people to the site and thousands of sailors who joyfully mixed with locals, and tourists in pubs and streets. Szczecin made quite a few new friends all over the world who promised to return to the city.
The ‘Szczecin – Friendly Port’ programme is therefore an invitation, but also a reminder that we are waiting.