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Mountains, forests, lakes, medieval castles and World War II history make this central European country a fascinating destination.

With wild mountain landscapes, vast lakes and the sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea, Poland is a country of great natural beauty. Enjoy the medieval and modern cities as well in this hidden gem in central Europe.

Warsaw, the capital city, was almost completely destroyed during World War II. Its Old Town has been reconstructed to recreate the look and feel of the original. Stroll through winding cobblestone streets toward the Royal Castle. Stop at St. John’s Cathedral, originally built in the 14th century. Continue southwest from Old Town to the Warsaw Uprising Museum to learn about the city's failed rebellion against the Nazis. Farther east, stand on the observation deck of the Palace of Culture and Science for a superb view of the capital’s skyline from one of Poland’s tallest buildings.

Unlike the capital, Kraków escaped heavy war damage to its buildings. The city remains one of Poland’s most beautiful. One highlight is Wawel Royal Castle, the Gothic home to Polish monarchs from the 14th through the 17th centuries. Venture into underground crypts of the adjacent Wawel Cathedral to see the royal tombs. Bike or walk around Planty Park, a ring of parks and gardens encircling the Old Town, where the city’s medieval fortifications once stood.

About an hour’s drive west of Kraków are the Auschwitz concentration camps. Join a guided tour for insights into the horrors that were inflicted here.

Gdańsk is another city that’s worth a visit for its museums, galleries and the Gothic St. Mary’s Church, a massive brick structure.

Beyond the main cities, enjoy beautiful scenery. Hike through Kampinos National Park near Warsaw and Bieszczady National Park encompassing part of the Carpathian mountain range. Go hillwalking in the Tatra Mountains and canoe, windsurf or sail across the lakes of the Masurian Lake District. Enjoy fresh outdoor air while biking and horseback riding through its fields and forests. Reflect on your relaxing time in Poland as you stretch out on the beaches of the Baltic Sea.

Popular cities in Poland

Wawel Castle showing a castle, heritage architecture and a city
Krakow
Known for Historical Buildings, Cathedrals and Museums

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Reasons to visit

  • Main Market Square
    Main Market Square
  • Krakow Barbican
    Krakow Barbican
  • St. Mary's Basilica
    St. Mary's Basilica
Royal Castle featuring heritage architecture, heritage elements and interior views
Warsaw
Known for Dining, Historical Buildings and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Palace of Culture and Science
    Palace of Culture and Science
  • Old Town Market Place
    Old Town Market Place
  • University of Warsaw
    University of Warsaw
Gdansk
Known for Tours, Cathedrals and Museums

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Reasons to visit

  • Neptune's Fountain
    Neptune's Fountain
  • Gdansk Old Town Hall
    Gdansk Old Town Hall
  • St. Mary's Church
    St. Mary's Church
Wroclaw which includes a river or creek and a city
Wroclaw
Known for Historical Buildings, Business and Cafés

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Reasons to visit

  • Wroclaw Market Square
    Wroclaw Market Square
  • Wroclaw University
    Wroclaw University
  • Wroclaw Town Hall
    Wroclaw Town Hall
Stary Rynek featuring a square or plaza and outdoor eating
Poznan
Known for Historical Buildings, Museums and Cathedrals

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Reasons to visit

  • Poznan Town Hall
    Poznan Town Hall
  • Stary Rynek
    Stary Rynek
  • Royal Castle
    Royal Castle
Zakopane
Known for Mountains, Spas and Skiing

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Popular places to visit in Poland

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Chapels carved entirely from salt, an underground lake and a museum make up this internationally protected World Heritage listed salt mine. 

Wawel Castle
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Wawel Castle

See the coronation sword of Polish kings, opulent royal apartments, Renaissance paintings and an underground cave system at Krakow’s biggest castle. 

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

Check out Energylandia—just one of the top sights around Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, a city also notable for its restaurants and forests.

Main Market Square
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Main Market Square

Spend some time in a large medieval square that is filled with restaurants, cafés and magnificent buildings that are hundreds of years old.

Royal Castle
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Royal Castle

A former royal residence, this stately building is now home to a fine collection of historic artwork and furniture.

Malbork Castle
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Malbork Castle

Venture to Malbork Castle Museum and DinoPark—just two of the sights around Malbork Castle, an area also notable for its historic sites.

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