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DESTINATIONS | THE BEST CITIES IN POLAND

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Ever thought about visiting Poland? I can tell you honestly it is worth visiting Poland. A stunning and beautiful country that deserves to be your next destination. Here are some of the Polish cities that will stay in your memory forever.

Warsaw

Warsaw is Poland’s largest city. It has been the capital for more than 400 years. It is best known for being the political, economic, and cultural centre of the country. You can find elegant buildings from the Saxon times, architecture from between both World Wars and modern buildings. Walking or cycling is the best experience to see this diversity and beauty. Visit the historic churches and palaces to relax afterwards in cosy cafes and lively clubs: The Royal Castle, Presidential Palace, and Mostowski Palace are just a few of the 30 castles and palaces that can be found here. Prefer modern attractions? Check the Multimedia Fountain Park, Warsaw Zoo and the Heaven of Copernicus.

Krakow

Krakow is Poland’s cultural centre and it is the most popular of all tourist destinations. Among the city’s architectural treasures is the former Wawel Castle that is a must-see, along with the numerous monuments of the Old Town. The Old Town is the pride of Poland with its architectural showpieces, cobbled streets, cellar bars and literary cafes. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The heart of the Old Town is the largest medieval market square in Central Europe. It is called Rynek Glowny. Characterized by its unique upside-down teardrop shape and surrounded by the charming belt of public green space known as the “Planty”.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

14 km southeast of Kraków, Wieliczka (Vyeh-leech-kah) is famous for its deep salt mine. It’s an eerie world of pits and chambers, and everything within its depths has been carved by hand from salt blocks. The mine has a labyrinth of tunnels, with about 300 km distributed over nine levels, the deepest being 327m underground. A section of the mine – some 22 chambers connected by galleries, from 64m to 135m below ground – is open to the public by guided tour, and it’s a fascinating trip.

Gdansk

Gdansk is a beautiful port city on Poland’s Baltic coast. It is best known as the birthplace of Poland’s Solidarity movement (Lech Walesa). Visitors will want to see the shipyards where it all began, learn about the city’s maritime history, and take a riverboat excursion, followed by Polish a beer or two docksides. Other attractions include a walking tour of the Royal Route of Gdansk, Long Market and Neptune Fountain, Old Town, and the European Solidarity Centre. Westerplatte is a must-see island steeped in WWII military history. It can be accessed by either bus or boat. Gdansk is also a hub for the Amber trade with many boutique shops selling Amber goods.

Lublin

For centuries, Lublin has been a shining example of tolerance with Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, and other religions and nationalities living harmoniously. Visitors should begin at the Tower of the Trinity for excellent views of the Old Town, Poland’s best-preserved medieval town. Heading towards the old town, you will notice the 14th-century Krakovian Gate where there are over 100 mansions and buildings to see, as well as an underground tourist trail. Downtown Lublin is the city’s social centre with coffee shops and basement bars and restaurants.

Torun

Torun is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, world-famous 15th-century astronomer and mathematician. Locals refer to Torun as the “Krakow of the North” due to its prominence as a trade centre in the Middle Ages and present-day medieval cultural heritage centre. Three must-see areas of the city are Old City, New City, and the Teutonic Knights’ Castle.

Tatra Mountains

A couple of hours outside of Krakow, you can find the Tatra Mountains. They are also called the Polish Alps with approximately 25 peaks measuring above 2500m. The town of Zakopane provides the home base for recreation with a variety of accommodations, restaurants, cafés, art galleries, shops, and nightlife. Highlights include alpine lakes, panoramic views from Rysy Peak, Kasprowy peak and cable car, and climbing Orla Perc.

Wroclaw

Wroclaw is the capital of Lower Silsea, a popular destination due to its entertainment and cultural attributes. This cathedral island resides on the Odra River, featuring 12 islands, riverside parks, and over 100 bridges. As Poland’s fourth biggest city, it boasts a wealth of large festivals, various theatres, Gothic architecture, and a lively nightlife. Rynek and Ostrow Tumski are must-see historic neighbourhoods that feature architecture, beautiful museums and monuments. Other highlights include Hydropolis (centre of water knowledge), Centennial Hall (a 20th-century architectural gem) and Afrykarium (Oceanarium).

Poznan

Poznan is a modern city and the fifth city of Poland, situated along the Warta River in western Poland. It is best known for its Old Town district, its many universities, and its international trade fairs. The Old Town consists of many historical attractions, museums, and loads of restaurants, clubs, and pubs. Architecture fans will like the Renaissance-style buildings of Old Market Square. For the complete city story, you will need to visit the Historical Museum of Poznan inside the Poznan Town Hall.

Sandomierz

A medieval town in Swietokrzyskie Region is located on seven hills and belongs to the oldest and most beautiful Polish cities. More than 120 architectural monuments have been preserved here. The most valuable are: the unique architectural complex of the Old City with the City Hall in the style of the Renaissance and one of the oldest brick objects in Poland – the Romanesque Jacobuskerk. Under the reign of Kazimierz III Wielki (XIVth century), numerous buildings were erected in Sandomierz: the Royal Castle (now the Regional Museum), the Opatowska Gate and the Gothic Cathedral, painted with an Old Russian-Byzantine Maria cycle and depictions of apostles and saints. Sandomierz is also called little Rome:), so definitely worth a visit.

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