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Places to visit in Poland

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and has its own page - Warsaw

Kraków - is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Its historic centre was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites as the first of its kind. Situated on the Vistula River  in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. The historical centre is filled with old churches and many monuments, the largest European medieval market-place, and plenty of magical pubs and cafes. Main attractions include; Wawel Castle built for Casimir the Great in the 14th century, Wawel Cathedral, the Market Square, St Mary's Church, Florian Gate, and the Czartoryski Museum. 

                                                   Krakow Poland  Krakow         

Gdansk - is the 4th largest city and a major seaport with a historic centre, it is located in the north on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Gdansk has had an eventful history with a lot of conflict over the years. The city can trace its history back over a thousand years but not much remains in evidence of this heritage. Gdansk was the location of the outbreak of the second World War when German troops bombarded Polish troops in the city. Gdansk suffered extensive damage during the conflict but much of the centre of the city has been restored to its former glory. 

 

Lodz - located in the centre of the country Lodz is the 3rd largest city in Poland; it is known a the home of the Polish film industry. However historically the textile industry was the mainstay of the city until 1990 when it went into decline and never recovered. Major attractions include the Cinematography Museum, the Historical Museum of Lodz and Manufaktura - a shopping/ entertainment complex housed in old brick warehouses. On a lighter note try Lunapark - which is an amusement park with a roller coaster.

Zamosc - the town was founded in 1580 and is regarded a Renaissance gem. It was awarded World Heritage Site status in 1992 and much restoration has happened since then. Look out for the Market Square and City Hall in the Old Town, the 16th century cathedral, and the Zamoyski Palace and the surrounding park. 

Seaside Resorts - Poland has around 350km of coastline along the Baltic Sea. The main coastal resorts are Sopot, Miedzyzdroje, Kolobrzeg, Leba, Wladyslawowo, and the Hel Peninsula.

Tatra Mountains -  in the south of the country form the highest section of the Carpathian Mountains they are popular for hiking and skiing. Zakopane is the main resort for winter sports it has 50 lifts in 7 areas and is popular in summer for  hiking and climbing. Lake Morskie Oko - is an mountain lake (elevation: 1405m) that is reached by hiking only but is well worth the effort. 

 

Bialowieza National Park — a huge area of ancient woodland straddling the border with Belarus which is designated as a World Heritage Site.

Auschwitz — The former German Nazi concentration camp is located in the south of the country. The Polish town is called Oswiecim.

Malbork Castle (Marienburg Castle) — is a huge, picturesque Brick Gothic castle; it is the largest castle in Europe and covers 52 acres. Building started around 1276 for the order of Teutonic Knights and is now a World Heritage Site. It is located in the city of Malbork in northern Poland. 

   Tatra Mountains Poland       Szczecin riverfront Poland 

                                 Tatra mountains                                                                                      Szczecin 

Szczecin — one of the most important cities in Pomerania since the Middle Ages, with an enormous harbour, monuments and old parks in the centre plus numerous interesting museums and galleries. 

The Masurian Lake District -  is a lake district in northeastern Poland containing more than 2,000 lakes, it is a popular destination for Polish people and visitors from abroad. Popular activites include hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing and sailing not to mention sunbathing and just chilling out! The main resort towns are Gizycko and Mikolajki, Wegorzewo, Ryn, Pisz and Ilawa. The main access point is the town of Elk. 

Dunajec Gorge is in the south of the country on the Polish/ Slovak border, whitewater rafting is available between April and October.

 

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