The capital of Poland. A vibrant and modern city with a rich history and culture. Warsaw was almost totally destroyed during World War II, but the historical centre was rebuilt after the war and now old and modern architecture blend together giving the city a unique feel. Old Town and the Royal Castle are the most popular sightseeing spots for tourists. As a cultural centre of Poland, Warsaw has galleries, museums, theatres, exhibitions, concerts and outdoor events on offer. Parks and green areas are also here, perfect to escape to from everyday hustle and bustle. Warsaw's night life does not differ from other European capitals - bars, discos and clubs entice all those who want to let their hair down.
The gem of South Poland, Kraków is one of the most popular Polish destinations for visitors. It managed to escape much of the damage caused by World War II, so the historical buildings of Kraków entice with their authenticity and charm. Wawel Royal Castle, the Old Town, Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), are always on the top of the list for any visitor to the city. Kazimierz is the bohemian part of the city with bars, cafes and clubs on every corner.
What to see in Krakow:
The Old Town, The Wawel Royal Castle, Kazimierz, The Barbican, The Florianska Gate, The Cloth Hall, The Dominican Church and Monastery, The Old Synagogue, The Collegium Maius, The Cathedral and many more.
A city in the southwest in the area known as Lower Silesia. One of the largest towns in Poland and one of the most visited by tourists. Situated on Odra (Oder) river, Wrocław is called the "Venice of the North" as only a few other cities in Europe can boast a larger number of bridges. Medieval churches, cobbled streets, the Market Square second only to Krakow's in size, canals and bridges make this city a truly pleasurable place to be.
What to see in Wroclaw:
Wroclaw University, Centennial Hall, St. John The Baptist Catholic Cathedral, Anonymous Pedestrian's Monument, Tumski Bridge, Raclawice Panorama, Botanical Garden, Japanese Garden, National Museum, The Opera, The Old Market Square.
The largest town in East Poland. Due to its history and proximity to the Ukrainian border, Lublin is a melting pot of religions and cultures with many historical sights and buildings showing the strong influence of the Eastern Orthodox religion. A lovely city - one of the candidates for the 2016 European Culture Capital.
What to see in Lublin:
The Lublin Old Town, Lublin Museum of Rural Life, The Lublin Museum, Lublin Underground Trails
Situated on the Gdańsk Bay on the Baltic sea, Gdańsk together with Sopot and Gdynia "merge" into the Tricities - a very popular tourist destination. The Amber Capital of Poland - this is where this natural resource is worked on by the best craftsmen to create pieces of art ranging from everyday objects to stunning jewellery. The architecture in Gdansk creates a lovely atmosphere with amazing brick buildings, gothic churches and narrow cobbled streets. Cafes, restaurants are bars are plenty and the nightlife does not disappoint.
What to see in Gdansk:
The Old Town, Dluga Street, Vistula Mouth Fortress, Musem of the Polish Post, The Crane, Amber Museum, The Golden House, Neptune Fountain, Farenheits Thermometer, The Main Town Hall, St. Mary's Church, The Lions Castle, The Green Gate, Long Embankment, Archeological Museum, The Royal Chapel, The Schopehauer's Birthhouse, Town Manor, St. John's Church, St. Nicholas' Church, The Granaries, The Grand Armoury, Yacht Marina Gdansk and many more.
The birthplace of famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, this beautiful city can be appreciated by the most discerning tourists. The Old Town has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The gothic town houses, cathedrals and superb Town Hall are complemented by the ruins of a Teutonic Knight castle which draws almost 2 million tourists a year. Toruń is also world famous for gingerbread, baked in many shapes and sizes, sugar-coated, painted or plain. The Gingerbread Museum even allows its visitors to try their hand at making this delicacy.
A Pearl of the Renaissance - Zamość fully deserves that name. The urban layout of Zamość refers to the concept of Leonardo's vitruvian man - it is symmetrical, with the locations of specific buildings and streets corresponding to the organs in the human body. This ideal idea for a town made Zamość beautiful and functional, almost intuitive to walk through. The city was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1992. Most sites are situated inside the walls and are easily accessible to tourists. It's a perfect base for all who want to explore the countryside - the Roztocze district - an area with unique melt of cultures - Polish and Ukrainian.
Labelled "Poland's winter capital" - Zakopane is popular with tourists and winter sports enthusiasts throughout the year. The town is a "base camp" in the summer for those, who love to hike, for more experienced - mountaneers and those who like to enjoy long walks and take in the fresh mountain air, and in winter for skiing and snowboarding fans. A large number of bars, shops, clubs and restaurants serving local cuisine will satisfy everyone.
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