Poland

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Warsaw which includes a square or plaza and a statue or sculpture

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.

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Warsaw
Known for Dining, Historical and Shopping
The capital of P Poland,Warsaw, was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but has since come back with a vengeance, with a thriving arts scene and a mix of rescued and save ancient architecture, alongside modern buildings.

Reasons to visit

  • National Museum
  • Palace of Culture and Science
  • Copernicus Science Centre
Wawel Castle showing a castle, heritage architecture and a city
Krakow
Known for Historical, Castle and Cultural activities
The former capital of Poland is famous for its architectural splendour, exciting modern art and a fascinating history, with castles, ruins and museums. Known for its turbulent history, and as one of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow's museums, housed in former decadent palaces of the Renaissance, are full of royal treasures and tell the city’s storied history. But Krakow lives as much in the present as in the past, and has active contemporary art circles, hip weekend markets and a vibrant nightlife.

Reasons to visit

  • Main Market Square
  • St. Mary's Basilica
  • Cloth Hall
Gdansk showing a sunset and street scenes
Gdansk
Known for Spas, Tours and Museums
Get away to Gdansk! Enjoy the sightseeing, cathedral and museums.

Reasons to visit

  • Gdansk Old Town Hall
  • Long Market
  • Golden Gate
Wroclaw which includes a river or creek and a city
Wroclaw
Known for Historical, Business and Cafes
Tour this city on the water in southwest Poland to see fascinating islands, bridges, statues and green spaces.

Reasons to visit

  • Wroclaw Market Square
  • Wroclaw Town Hall
  • Wroclaw University
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Poznan
Known for Historical, Museums and Cathedrals
One of Poland’s oldest cities is known for its green spaces and well-preserved ancient buildings. Visit historic palaces, churches and miles of parks and forests.

Reasons to visit

  • Poznan Town Hall
  • Royal Castle
  • Stary Rynek
Szczecin
Szczecin
Known for Historical, Castle and Museums
Szczecin awaits: its monuments, museums, cafes and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Old City Town Hall

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