Stargard is an important part of the Szczecin Metropolitan Area. SOM is one of the most important factors in increasing the rank and competitiveness of the region on the national and international arena. The Szczecin Metropolitan Area is a center that brings together business and educational institutions that contribute to economic development and employment growth. Moreover, it has the potential to stimulate innovation. The Szczecin Metropolitan Area currently has 16 members, including the City of Szczecin and the City of Stargard. In total, over 680,000 inhabitants of the region live in the area of SOM.
Stargard is the seat of the Town Hall, Poviat Starosty, Commune Office, Poviat Labor Office, Tax Office and Customs Office. In addition, there are branches of the largest Polish banks in Stargard. Thanks to this, entrepreneurs located in Stargard have access to all institutions necessary for the efficient conduct of business.
The advantage of Stargard is its transport accessibility. The city is situated approximately 36 km south-east of Szczecin, 40 km from the western border of Poland, approximately 35 km from the international airport in Goleniów, 120 km from the ferry terminal in Świnoujście and approximately 180 km from Berlin. National roads No. 10 and No. 20 provide excellent connection with Warsaw, Gdańsk and other cities in the interior of the country. Stargard is an important railway junction of the region, the main railway line running from Świnoujście via Szczecin to Poznań and further into the country runs through the city. The number of international connections served by the Goleniów airport is constantly growing, and the proximity of Berlin allows the use of two large international airports.
The city can boast an above-average quality of the labor market. Stargard has a favorable age structure of the population. The percentage of people of working age here exceeds the percentage of people of post-working age. The society of Stargard is young, prospective and well-educated. A city with a population of nearly 70,000 and a poviat with 120,000 can provide staff for new investors.
The Municipal Sports and Recreation Center meets the needs of active leisure enthusiasts with its offer consisting of a swimming pool, a gym, two aerobics rooms, a solarium, a sauna and four tennis courts. The facility is currently undergoing reconstruction, which aims to increase its attractiveness, while preserving the historical elements. Near Stargard, there is the fifth largest lake in Poland, Miedwie, which provides excellent conditions for sailing, windsurfing and other water sports. There are many small towns near Stargard with many beautiful monuments, which, combined with the picturesque landscape, is an excellent destination for longer bicycle trips. Stargard is also a great place for golf enthusiasts, there are three full-size golf courses within a hundred kilometers from the city.
Thanks to the support of funds from the European Union, the Stargard Cultural Center was enriched with a show room with a cinema function. Film screenings, theater performances, concerts and cabaret performances are held there almost every evening. An important place for culture lovers is also the artistic basement of the Society of Friends of Stargard, which also hosts cabaret artists and other performers.
Jewel of Pomerania
Stargard is a city where you can find numerous traces of Pomeranian history. The soaring, noble gothic of the churches is proof of human genius. Especially the monumental but also subtle architecture of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church. The system of impressive fortifications preserved in large fragments testifies to the wealth and caution of the townspeople of this Hanseatic city. The Ina River, the Stargard landscapes surrounding the Old Town, the town hall, and tenement houses attract with their beauty and mood. The class and accumulation of monuments meant that Stargard was on the European Route of Brick Gothic along with other cities not only from Poland but also from other Baltic countries.