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The top search results for visiting Poland actually provide you with reasons why you should avoid this nation.

Don’t listen to that negative advice.

Poland is an incredible nation that offers something more than just an urban center or a market square to explore. Deep river gorges offer guided tours with incredible views. There are numerous palaces and castles with incredible interiors that date back to the 14th century in some areas. Water sports, hiking, and adventure are everywhere to be found.

It is true that one could easily describe Poland’s history as complicated. This nation has often been conquered by invaders and it has seen more than its fair share of atrocities. Yet throughout all of these experiences, there is one thing that cannot be denied: the resilience of the Polish people. There are 22 national parks to explore, from the beaches to the mountains, and the plurality of the culture makes it Europe’s melting pot.

If you want to find yourself, Poland is the place to be. You can go mushroom hunting, take a ride on a narrow-gauge train, and enjoy the trappings of modern nightlife all in the same day. Poland even offers you the chance to spend your holiday on a farm, milking cows and riding horses, so you can experience what the slow life is like if you prefer.

Poland is all about getting back to the basics of life. If you’ve lost your smile, then pick a city in this nation and plan your holiday today. You’ll find that smile is shining brightly in your reflection not long after.

Finding the Best of Poland

What makes Poland stand out as a destination is its resilience and personal pride. There is a level of independence found here that is refreshing and inviting. This attitude also provides the foundation for the vibrancy and culture found in many of the country’s top sites.

If you are thinking about a tour of Poland, here are some of the best options to consider adding to your itinerary.

#1. Wawel Castle

Initially built in the 13th century, this Gothic castle is the home of some of Poland’s rarest artifacts. Here you will be able to find a preserved piece of the Polish royal crown. The stunning Szczerbiec coronation sword is here as well. You’ll find extensive grounds to explore, plenty of open space, and an inviting atmosphere.

#2. Auschwitz

Poland provides powerful experiences to those who love to wander. It has also seen some of the world’s greatest tragedies. One of its most humbling and emotional sites is the infamous Nazi concentration camp located near Oswiecim. More than 25 million people come here each here to pay homage to the many who suffered here. Yet, with each footstep taken, one can still hear echoes of hope.

#3. Slowinski Sand Dunes

Located within a national park in the north, these sand dunes are located just off the coast of the Baltic Sea. There’s an open-air museum within the park to enjoy as well, filled with artifacts from the Slovincians that once called the area their home. During the windy season, some of the sand dunes can reach heights of 30m or more.

#4. Malbork Castle

Founded in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights, this castle served as their headquarters as they ruled their Baltic territory. Over the next 200 years, the castle complex would be expanded several times to help host the growing ranks of knights that joined the order. Today, you will find this complex to be a well-preserved testament to the history of the region.

#5. Wieliczka Salt Mine

Located just outside of Krakow, the company operating the salt mine has been operating continuously since the 13th century. It may be one of the oldest companies still in operation in the world today. There is a complete underground city within the complex with everything carved from rock salt, including a chapel.

#6. Gdansk

Old Town Gdansk is one of the most beautiful streets you will ever get the chance to explore. With cobblestone streets, pedestrian-only areas, and colorful buildings that stretch up tall to the sky, there are mills, churches, and granaries which date to at least the 17th century. You’ll find plenty of cafés, coffee shops, and boutiques to explore, so be sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes.

#7. Krakow’s Main Market Square

With some elements dating to the 13th century, this is the largest Medieval town square in Europe. The center of the square is dominated by Cloth Hall, which was rebuilt in the 1t6th century.

Poland is a country which is filled with many opportunities to go exploring. Enjoy these options, as well as those specific to your destination, and you will have a wonderful experience.

City A-Z

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Barlinek

Travel and vacation in Barlinek, Poland Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Barlinek The City You’ll find the small town of Barlinek in Mysliborz County, which is in Northwestern Poland. It offers the visitor a history that dates to the 13th century, founded as part of the Brandenburg Margraviate. It was annexed into Poland following the second world war. Part of the first defensive structures...
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Bialystok

Travel and vacation in Bialystok, Poland Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Bialystok The City Located along the banks of the Biala river, Bialystok provides much of the character one can experience with a visit to northeastern Poland. You’ll find that the summers are warm and luxurious, the winters are frosty and cold, and the exploration opportunities are inviting and plentiful. Settlers first came to...
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Bielsko-Biala

Travel and vacation in Bielsko-Biala, Poland Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Bielsko-Biala The City Found in southern Poland, Bielsko-Biala came together as a result of Austria-Hungary dissolving in 1918. Both cities, along the Biala River, came into Poland and formed one city instead of two. The banks of the river had formed the foundation of a community here since at least the late 15th...
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Bydgoszcz

Travel and vacation in Bydgoszcz, Poland Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Bydgoszcz The City Bydgoszcz is a city in Poland that offers many modern amenities with a dash of history thrown in here and there. Some buildings in this community date back to the 14th century, including the Fara Church that offers a 400 year old painting called Madonna With a Rose that is...
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Cracow

Travel and vacation in Cracow, Poland Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Cracow The City Krakow has always been in the forefront of educational opportunities in Poland, and that is most certainly still the case today. The city itself was founded before the Stone Age and it was documented as a busy trading center before the year 1000. Pope John Paul II was the archbishop...
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Czestochowa

Travel and vacation in Czestochowa, Poland Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Czestochowa The City Czestochowa is notable for its Pauline monasatery of Jasna Gora. This monasatery is the home of the Black Madonna. This icon of Virgin Mary has been attested as early as the 14th century. It stands 4 feet in height and though its original composition is up for debate, millions...
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Drawsko Pomorskie

Travel and vacation in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Drawsko Pomorskie The City   Where is Drawsko Pomorskie ? Drawsko Pomorskie is in Northern part of Poland Facts Social media contact Website   Facebook   Twitter   Instagram Good to know Below you can find some practical "good to know" informations. Travel to Drawsko Pomorskie Search on this site about travel and travel offers is: Airline-Tickets Poland Low-Cost-Airlines Poland Hoteloffers Drawsko Pomorskie Self-Drive-Vacation Drawsko Pomorskie Traintravel Drawsko...
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Elblag

Travel and vacation in Elblag, Poland Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Elblag The City Elblag is a river port city that has some access to the Baltic Sea. It isn't a deep water port, however, so there isn't the heavy boat traffic that can make visiting a port city unattractive to some. Elblag was actually almost completely destroyed during World War II, so some of...

Famous Poles

On a trip to Poland you for sure will stumble upon some names again and again, here you can see a short description about some of these names, famous poles.

John Paul II (1920-2005)

Probably the most famous Pole ever, Pope John Paul II was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice. By being elected pope by the Catholic Church in 1978, he became the first non-Italian pope in 455 years.

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)

A Renaissance astronomer and the first European to contend that it is the Sun, not the Earth, that is at the centre of the Solar System.

Maria Skłodowska-Curie (1867-1934)

Famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. To this day she remains the only woman who received two Nobel Prizes, and the only scientist in history to be awarded two Nobel Prizes in two different fields of study.

Lech Walesa (Born 1943)

Shaped the end of the 20th century as the leader of the Solidarity movement that led Poland out of communism. Walesa’s contribution to the end of communism in Europe, and hence the end of the cold war.

Roman Polański (Born 1953)

Film director, producer, writer and actor. He is best known for his “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968), “Chinatown” (1974), “Tess” (1979) and “The Pianist” (2002), for which he was awarded an Oscar.

Adam Małysz (Born 1977)

Ski jumper who has won 38 World Cup competitions and as one of only two men ever won the overall World Cup four times. Has more titles in World Championships than any other ski jumper in the world.

Zbigniew Boniek (Born 1956)

One of the most talented Polish footballers, debuting on the Polish national team at the age of 20, an effective goal scorer (24 goals in 80 matches), has played for Italian football teams such as Juventus Torino and AS Roma, and since then has settled permanently in Italy.

Robert Lewandowski (Born 1988)

Polish footballer who plays for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Poland national football team as a striker. He joined Dortmund in 2010 and is renowned for his excellent play in Champions League 2013.

Adam Mickiewicz (1798 – 1855)

As a poet Mickiewicz first gained attention with his “Ballads and Romances”. This collection of poems opened the romantic era in Polish literature.

Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

Best known Polish composer and virtuoso pianist, one of the great masters of Romantic music who was called “the poet of the piano”.

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How is the weather in Poland ?

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Official holidays in Poland

Below you can see a list of the official holidays

DateEnglish
January 1New Year's Day
January 6Epiphany
VariableEasterSunday
VariableEaster Monday
May 1May Day
May 3Constitution Day
VariablePentecostSunday
VariableCorpus Christi
.August 15Assumption
November 1All Saints' Day
November 11Independence Day
December 25ChristmasDay
December 26Second Day of Christmastide
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Largest City in Poland

Below you can see a sortable list of the largest cities in the country

RankNamePop.State
1Warsaw1.706.624Masovian
2Kraków766.583Lesser Poland
3Łódź753.192Łódź
4Wrocław632.930Lower Silesian
5Poznań567.932Greater Poland
6Gdańsk458.717Pomeranian
7Szczecin410.811West Pomeranian
8Bydgoszcz361.222Kuyavian Pomeranian
9Lublin351.806Lublin
10Katowice317.220Lublin
11Białystok294.143Podlaskie
12Gdynia250.242Pomeranian
13Częstochowa242.300Silesian
14Radom224.857Masovian
15Sosnowiec222.586Silesian
16Toruń206.619Kuyavian-Pomeranian
17Kielce205.902Świętokrzyskie
18Gliwice197.393Silesian
19Zabrze189.062Silesian
20Bytom184.765Silesian
21Olsztyn175.710Warmian-Masurian
22Bielsko-Biała175.690Silesian
23Rzeszów166.454Subcarpathian
24Ruda Śląska144.584Silesian
25Rybnik141.080Silesian
26Tychy 129.776Silesian
27Dąbrowa Górnicza128.795Silesian
28Płock126.968Masovian
29Opole126.748Opole
30Elbląg126.710Warmian-Masurian
31Gorzów Wielkopolski125.411Lubusz
32Wałbrzych123.635Lower Silesian
33Włocławek118.432Kuyavian-Pomeranian
34Zielona Góra117.523Lubusz
35Tarnów116.118Lesser Poland
36Chorzów113.678Silesian
37Kalisz108.031Greater Poland
38Koszalin107.376West Pomeranian
39Legnica104.754Lower Silesian
40Grudziądz99.090Kuyavian-Pomeranian
41Słupsk97.419Pomeranian
42Jaworzno96.600Silesian
43Jastrzębie Zdrój93.939Silesian
44Jelenia Góra86.220Lower Silesian
45Nowy Sącz84.468Lesser Poland
46Konin80.140Greater Poland
47Piotrków Trybunalski78.475Łódź
48Siedlce76.939Masovian
49Lubin76.306Lower Silesian
50Inowrocław75.681Kuyavian-Pomeranian
51Mysłowice74.912Silesian
52Piła74.687Greater Poland
53Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski73.111Świętokrzyskie
54Ostrów Wielkopolski72.360Greater Poland
55Siemianowice Śląskie71.621Silesian
56Stargard Szczeciński70.217West Pomeranian
57Pabianice69.842Łódź
58Gniezno69.732Greater Poland
59Suwałki69.281Podlaskie
60Głogów68.297Lower Silesian
61Chełm67.782Lublin
62Przemyśl66.867Subcarpathian
63Zamość66.375Lublin
64Tomaszów Mazowiecki66.232Łódź
65Stalowa Wola64.988Subcarpathian
66Kędzierzyn-Koźle65.161Opole
67Leszno64.057Greater Poland
68Łomża63.036Podlaskie
69Żory62.008Silesian
70Bełchatów61.496Łódź
71Mielec61.005Subcarpathian
72Tarnowskie Góry60.975Silesian
73Tczew60.271Pomeranian
74Świdnica59.998Lower Silesian
75Piekary Śląskie59.061Silesian
76Będzin58.639Silesian
77Zgierz58.164Łódź
78Biała Podlaska57.783Lublin
79Racibórz56.919Silesian
80Ełk56.698Warmian-Masurian
81Pruszków55.621Masovian
82Świętochłowice54.525Silesian
83Ostrołęka54.109Masovian
84Starachowice52.614Świętokrzyskie
85Zawiercie52.435Silesian
86Legionowo51.058Masovian
87Tarnobrzeg49.771Subcarpathian
88Puławy49.386Lublin
89Wodzisław Śląski49.132Silesian
90Radomsko49.073Łódź

We recommend the following places and sights in Poland:

NameDescription
KRAKOWThe former country’s capital is one of the top tourist attractions in Europe. Most of the city guests are captivated by its magical atmosphere and the splendid architecture. In Krakow you can see mediaeval cathedrals, the Renaissance castle, Baroque churches, the Art Nouveau theatre and many other monuments. However old and beautiful it is, do not think that Krakow is limited to the monuments and museums. Krakow website
WIELICZKA SALT MINEAncient salt mines. Often described as a fairy tale kingdom made of salt. A mysterious labyrinth of 300 kilometres of halls and corridors hewn in pure salt (the lowest are 372 meters underground). The 2.5-hours guided tours shows just a short stretch including a salt lake, caves and the beautiful Queen Kinga’s Chapel. Official website
TORUNUNESCO listed the medieval town of Torun as world heritage. Similarly to Krakow it was not destroyed during WW II. Nicolas Copernicus – the founder of the heliocentric theory (that the Earth rotates around the Sun) born here. Torun website
MALBORKThe Teutonic Order was founded around 1190 in Palestine to crusade against the Muslims and pagans. In the 14th century the Teutonic Knights conquered a pagan tribe of Prussians and moved their headquarters from Venice to Malbork on the Nogat river which is now northern Poland. A trace of the their presence in the town is the imposing red brick castle from 1274 on the river bank, which is the largest Gothic fortress in Europe. Official website
ELBLAG - OSTRODA CANALA masterpiece of the 19th century Prussian engineering. An 81-kilometres long network of canals – a sophisticated system of choke-points, locks and slip-ways. Take an 11-hour voyage; there will be three slip-ways when your boat is hauled by large rail-bound carriages transporting you over stretches with no water. Zegluga website

What is the capital of Poland

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Warsaw, capital of Poland

Travel and vacation in Warsaw, Poland Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Warsaw The City According to legend, the city of Warsaw got its name from a fisherman who married a mermaid that he met out at sea. Actually named after a 12 century nobleman, the city of Warsaw has survived so many wars that it has the nickname of the “Phoenix City” because it...