From medieval castles and ruins to WWII relics for history buffs, national parks, forests, mountains, rivers and lakes for nature lovers and beautiful cities and untamed rural villages for curious explorers, Poland has got you covered. In short, Poland caters to each type of visitor, and that’s what makes this Central European country a special one to travel.
Poland’s capital Warsaw, located on the banks of the Vistula River, was almost leveled to the ground during WWII. After being rebuilt over the past few decades, Warsaw today is a global city with the historic UNESCO world heritage old town at its center. When you are in Warsaw, don’t miss the medieval Royal Castle and museum with original furniture and artwork, Palace of Culture and Science which is also the tallest building in Poland, Lazienki Park with manicured gardens and a lake, Wilanow Palace and numerous museums like Warsaw Rising Museum, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, National Museum and Museum of Warsaw.
Krakow is the country’s second-largest city and former royal capital. The city is popular for its architectural wealth and well-preserved medieval Old Town. In Krakow, you can learn about Polish culture and also have a chance to witness its numerous festivals and celebrations. Krakow’s wealth also extends to art, theatre, literature and food. The Main Market Square, Wawel Royal Castle and St Mary’s Basilica are the top three attractions in Krakow.
Zakopane, near Krakow, is the base for exploring the hugely popular Tatra Mountains which is a winter-sports wonderland along the border of Slovenia. The area surrounding the mountains is a designated national park with stunning natural landscapes and outstanding hiking opportunities.
Auschwitz-Birkenau, located near Krakow housed Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp and was the site for one of the world’s most traumatic events during the Holocaust with a rough estimate of over 1 million deaths. A visit to its camps, memorial and museum will help you gain a better picture of its horrific past.
Czestochowa, located along the Warta river, boasts of a good collection of religious and historical monuments. Jasna Gora is the most popular shrine in the city, housing the image of Black Madonna – a revered icon of the Virgin Mary known to have miraculous powers and attracts millions of visitors each year.
Wroclaw, located along the Oder River, is a historically rich city blessed with a beautiful natural landscape comprising several river islands and parks. Ostrów Tumski which is the old quarter, Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Market Square and the Multimedia Fountain are its major attractions. Being a cultural hub and a university town, the city hosts numerous festivals and also has a lively nightlife.
A walled Gothic town, Torun is a UNESCO world heritage site popular for the Museum of Gingerbread, Teutonic Castle ruins, St John’s Cathedral and its Old Town. It is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful locations and its laid-back charm must not be missed.
Among the port cities of Poland, Gdansk is one of its most celebrated locations and rightfully so. It is located on the Baltic coast and features boat cruises, lovely bars, cafes and seafood restaurants. Gdansk’s other attractions include the Neptune’s Fountain, Long Market and its old town.
Poland’s natural beauty is unparalleled and you can experience it in its exceptional national parks. Among these, Bialowieza National Park is Poland’s oldest and a UNESCO world heritage site. The park covers the Bialowieza Forest and is home to a good amount of flora and fauna. The European Bison, which is considered as the continent’s heaviest land animal, is its most popular resident.
Poland is one of Europe’s most fulfilling and exciting destinations that is often overshadowed by its more popular neighbours like Germany and the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, its stunning landscape that houses natural wonders and historical treasures, are a delight for every visitor.
Poland’s capital Warsaw was almost leveled to the ground in WWII and was rebuilt over the past decades.