Mountains, sea, lakes, forests and castles. No matter what the season is, you can always find something interesting to visit.
Most travelers spend days in Warsaw and/or Kraków but there’s a lot more to see: beautiful parks, old historic cities, coastlines and so many other places.
the castle of the Teutonic Order which is the largest castle in the world measured by land area and a UNESCO World Heritage. Also, it’s the largest brick building in Europe.
a statue of Jesus Christ in Świebodzin. The figure is 33 metres tall and the crown is 3 metres tall. It took 5 years in total to build and cost around $1,5 million which was all collected from donations.
the biggest operating salt mine in Poland and the oldest operating industrial plant in the world (from the year 1248). It also broke Guinness World Records in 2007 – there was a concert 600 metres underground.
The longest wooden pier in Europe (511,5 metres long).
the highest wooden transmission tower which is still working (111 metres high).
a Roman catholic church in Gdańsk which is currently one of two or three largest brick churches in the world. It is 105,5 metres long, and can hold up to 25 000 people.
the world first crude oil mine which also owns the Museum of Oils and Gas Industry.
an exceptional national park situated on the Baltic coast which has the largest moving dunes in Europe.
one of the largest 19th century fortresses in Poland and the longest building in Europe, and the second longest in the world.
The capital of Poland was almost completely destroyed during WWII, but nowadays it’s a thriving city, with skyscrapers made of glass next to renovated apartment houses from previous centuries. The old town was rebuilt from old paintings, photos, plans and even postcards. It’s home to many museums, from the historic Warsaw Uprising Museum, the interactive Copernicus Science Center, to the colorful Neon Museum, over one hundred theatres and a vibrant nightlife. And of course, one cannot forget about the most distinctive part of Warsaw skyline – The Palace of Culture and Science.
Two mechanical billy goats, butting their heads at noon at the top of the clock tower in the Old Town Square – a staple of Poznań. But that’s not all you can do there! Grab a St. Martin’s croissant and take a stroll around the Citadel Park or discover some history and culture around the city. And at night you can discover Polish pub culture near the Town Square.
In the past Łódź was mostly known as a manufacturing centre of Poland. Though it’s still located roughly in the centre of our country, nowadays the city is so much more. Past and present meet in Łódź creating a rich tapestry of unique views and experiences. From the longest shopping street in Poland - Piotrowska street, an old factory converted into an entertainment-shopping centre - Manufaktura, Textile Museum to events like Light Move Festival the city has much to offer to everyone!
Come to Tricity, a metropolitan area consisting of 3 cities: Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia. You can take a long walk along the coast of Gdańsk bay, which spans from the sandy beaches in Gdańsk and leads all the way to the cliffs of Gdynia. Discover the many facades of the apartment houses and buildings in Gdańsk Old Town, go to European Solidarity Centre in the old shipyard to learn about some recent history that changed this country and see the cranes or climb the Gradowa Mountain to take in the amazing view.
During the summer don’t forget to come by the St. Dominik’s Fair, the 100cznia area or take a ferry to Hel, a town located at the end of Hel Peninsula. Chill and leisure in Sopot, sip drinks at a beach bar after walking on the pier and stroll along Monte Cassino street. Finally, when in Gdynia see the ships on the waterfront and visit the aquarium. And at night? Each city gives you a completely different experience so be sure to check them all!
A system of canals connects them, allowing for a longer journey with friends. If sailing is not your thing, don’t worry, you can still come to Giżycko, Mikołajki or another town located near one of the lakes to spend some time here. Take in the views, grill some stuff and have a bonfire! After swimming in the lakes and sunbathing, go to Gołebiewski hotel to one of the biggest aqua parks in Poland!
A paradise for nature lovers and climbers. In the summertime an ideal place to climb, take in the breath-taking views, flora and fauna, and in winter – to ski or snowboard. The most popular town in Polish mountains is Zakopane, located in the Tatra Mountains. Also, Tatry is the highest mountain range in Poland, so if you’re into climbing it’s a must during your travels! Other popular locations are: Beskidy, Bieszczady, Pieniny, Karkonosze and Stołowe (Table) Mountains. Each offers unique views and experiences so look into them.
Even if you are not the biggest fan of mountain hiking you should try attaining the mountain peaks included in the Crown of Polish Mountains (Korona Gór Polskich). But if you really want to visit all the places listed - remember to make a good plan for it as the Crown of Polish Mountains consists of 28 peaks!
Even though most of them are in ruin, what remains is still magnificent and picturesque. Nevertheless, some are in almost perfect condition. From fortresses such as Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork to elaborate constructions with miniscule details (Moszna Castle). If you’re fascinated by these constructions and history take a trip and visit the Trail of Eagle’s Nests, which spans 164 km, 25 castles, starts in Silesia and ends in lesser Poland. Almost all of the strongholds are built on tall rocks, so it entails a little bit of climbing!
The very first stop to get to know the region is The Silesian Museum, which in 2015 igot its new location on the grounds of the former coal mine “Katowice”. As a part of the visit at the Silesian Museum a must is a viewing platform located on the top of the mineshaft, offering amazing views of the city. One of the most popular tourist attractions and places to see in Katowice is definitely a district called Nikiszowiec.
It’s one of the “postcard places”, where you can try traditional Silesian cuisine. Another place worth giving a try is the Gliwice Palm House, where you can not only see quite a lot of cacti and palms, but also infamous piranhas or dangerous reptiles. When you decide to explore Upper Silesia, don’t forget about hiking a bit or taking a walk in Wisła or Żywiec.
If you’re lucky you can spot it among the trees when you’re in the forest. However, the wilderness isn’t the only thing you can see in Podlasie. Visit the extraordinary countryside with old, colourful villages or the beautiful city of Białystok with Branicki Palace, old town and various churches.
About some of them you have already read above! Others include: Old Town of Toruń, Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines, Auschwitz Birkenau - German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp, Old City of Zamość, Wooden Churches of Southern Lesser Poland, Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region and many others! Check out the World Heritage Site for more.
Well, if you ever visit Kraków, you may change your opinion. Towering over the previous Polish capital city is Wawel Castle, where kings used to reside. Underneath, in a cave a dragon had his liar, according to an old legend. Nowadays you can see the sculpture of the dragon standing in front of its den and it even breathes real fire from time to time! But Kraków has a lot more to offer: beautiful Old Town, vibrant nightlife, Kazimierz district, where christian and jewish cultures coexisted for centuries side by side and so much more!
Around Kraków you may also visit:
Auschwitz Concentration Camps. The biggest site of a former concentration camp used by the Nazis during the IIWW with free entrance.
Wieliczka and the salt mine
Costs vary depending on the place where you want to sleep. The prices start from around 30-40 PLN per night in the hostel. You can easily find room or apartment on such websites as: aribnb.com, booking.com Free Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere.
Cheap local meals cost around 20 pln. For fast food expect to pay around 18 pln for a basic meal (like McDonald’s). If you want to buy groceries and cook your own meals, Poland has one of the lowest prices at supermarkets in Europe, so you’re not going to spend much money on that. Drinks at coffee shops will cost 10-15 pln and, when it comes to alcohol, a beer out will cost around 10 pln.
Tickets for city buses and trams cost 2-7 pln, depending on the city and ticket time of validity. Train tickets cost around 40-100 pln. Flixbus and intercity bus tickets cost around 20-80 pln.
Remember that if you have a valid student ID card and under the age of 26, you are eligible to lower fare ticket prices. It may be different depending on the city and places, but usually it is 50% off in the public transport within big cities. When it comes to trains, there's always a 51% discount.