Poland is a big and beautiful country in the heart of Europe. As a holiday destination, Poland is very versatile. It does not matter if you plan a weekend getaway, slow-paced chillout, or an epic adventure. Poland has got you covered as I guarantee you will find a few spots that might take your notion. It does not matter in which region you are in, as there are so many epic places sprinkled throughout in this stunning county. That’s the thing about Poland; It’s as diverse as it is large, which is a beautiful thing for travelling as it’s filled with all the stunning places you shouldn’t miss on your next holiday even if it is for a quick getaway. Poland always exceeds the expectations of travellers. Let us introduce you to why you should visit Poland.
Located at the mouth of the Vistula river, Gdansk is one of the best and the most historical city and popular tourist attraction to explore in Poland. Dated back to the 17th century, most of the old part of this beautifully preserved city is known as the royal route. Some of the main structures here include the City Gates, some merchant houses, and the Prison Tower. Gdansk is also home to the St Mary’s, which is the world’s largest brick church, the Gdansk Nowy Port Lighthouse, and a star-shaped Wisloujscie Fortress. It is also the home to the Museum of the Second World War, which is one of the best historical museums in the country. It includes a lot of world war two, and the Holocaust connected artefacts, documents, and photos. It also features several WW2 vehicles, including a German DKW motorcycle and a Polish Sherman tank.
Gdansk is also home to the 17th-century work of art and a historic fountain located at the Dlugi Targ, the Neptune’s fountain. It is one of the most distinctive landmarks of the city and a mannerist-rococo masterpiece. You will away see a swam of camera-wielding tourists with it.
Malbork Castle, Malbor
Located on the east bank of River Nogat, the north of Poland is a 13th- century Teutonic castle built by a religious order that served as a crusading military unit-the the Teutonic Knights. This castle started as a small fortification, which expanded over centuries into the world’s largest castle by land area. Nowadays, this UNESCO declared world heritage site serves as a museum with its original rooms perfectly preserved. It also includes a medieval kitchen with a six-meter-wide fireplace, the knights’ private toilet at the top of a tower, a collection of armour and weapons, and a few modern age exhibits.
Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka
Laying within the Kraków metropolitan area, the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland is a 13th century Wieliczka salt mine. It is one of the oldest and largest working salt mines. In 1996, it was stopped for commercial reasons and became one of the most famous artistic attractions in Poland. This aesthetic mine has corridors, statues, and four chapels all craved out of rock salt walls. This mine has shafts and passages as deep as 327 meters opened for visitors to explore all the stunning architectural marvels. An underground lake also shimmers against candlelit walls deep into the mine with water much saltier than the dead sea. This marvel ends at a museum that explains how life in the mines was.
Lazienki Park, Warsaw:
Lazienki Park is also known as the Royal Baths Park, is a 76-hectare park located in the centre of Warsaw city. This 17th-century park is one of the largest urban parks in Poland. This park is also considered as one of the most beautiful parks in Europe. This beautiful park consists of an ornamental lake, manicured gardens, wooded glades, and strutting peacocks. It also has a classical theatre isle stage where performances are held every night and some small palaces and buildings that now serve as galleries and museums and a temple dedicated to the goddess Diana.
Every Sunday afternoon, free piano concerts are held at the foot of the statue of Frederic Chopin, who was a Polish classical composer who also stands in the park as well, making it a place to visit once in a lifetime.
Sixteen kilometres outside Krakow in southern Poland is the Ojcow National Park. It is the smallest national park in Poland, squaring only 21.46 kilometres. Ojcow is home to towering limestone cliffs, over 400 caves, and two river valleys. More than 500 species of butterflies inhabit in this heavily forested park. Poland’s most famous tourist and hiking trail, The Trail of the Eagles’ Nests, connects 25 castles and watchtowers, including the Renaissance castle at Pieskowa Skala and the ruins of a Gothic castle which are located in the park. The park also houses two museums, which includes a branch of the National Art Collection.
Auschwitz: museum and memorial
During World War II and the Holocaust, The Auschwitz was a complex of over 40 extermination camps operated by the Nazis in occupied Poland. Auschwitz is probably the most sobering horrifying memory of the Nazi regime in Europe. This place exhibits not only a museum but a memorial to the Holocaust and the destruction of the European Jews.
Warsaw Rising Museum, Warsaw:
Deliciated to the 1944 uprising, where the polish held their ground and fought the German occupation of their city. As the Nazis systematically destroyed a large number of historical buildings and structures in retaliation, but this museum has done an outstanding job of bringing that spirit to life. This museum was opened in 2004 and is one of the best polish museums. It is packed with photographs, video footage, interactive displays, and various exhibits guaranteed to leave a mark on all visitors.
Hiking in the Tatra Mountains:
Tatra mountains are located in southern Poland. These mountains create a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. These mountains have a vast variety of trails covering a range of 300km of ideal walking and hiking paths, as you will nowhere find such diverse landscapes or such densely crisscrossed hiking paths in Poland. The most popular hiking area is the Tatra National Park beginning from the south of Zakopane. The Tatras are divided into three parts the West Tatras (Tatry Zachodnie), to the east the High Tatras (Tatry Wysokie), and the connecting Belianske Tatras (Tatry Bielski). All parts are attractive, but they offer quite diverse scenery.
The west Tatras are much safer, more comfortable to walk and have low altitude. The High Tatras and Belianske Tatras are entirely different, offering alpine lakes and bare granite peaks as you will face many challenges but much more dreamy and exquisite scenery. These mountains are home to over 600 caves along with snow-covered mountain peaks as well as several mesmerizing waterfalls, including the 70-meter-tall Wielka Siklawa.
Wawel Royal Castle, Kraków:
Located in the heart of the beautiful Kraków city is the Wawel royal castle. It is Poland’s one of the first UNESCO world heritage sites. Wawel is an architectural marvel constructed with medieval elements mixed with Renaissance and Baroque details. This castle plays an integral part in Poland’s history. The castle is now a prestigious art museum, focused mainly on curatorial work and paintings as well as armour and weapons, lots of prints and textiles, ceramics and porcelain, and a sufficient amount of medieval furniture. The museum also has a considerable collection of ottoman tents. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Poland.
Morskie Oko Lake, Tatra National Park:
Surrounded by sky whispering mountains and swiss pines, Morskie Oko Lake is located deep within the Tatra National Park. This lake is one of the most beautiful locations in Poland. This lake requires a comfortable, long paved hike through shaded forests. This lake changes its colour throughout the year from a deep blue shade of to a softer turquoise hue.
Crooked Forest, Gryfino:
The crooked forest is a natural marvel located outside a tiny town named Gryfino. All bent northward, a number of pine trees growing with an angle of 90-degree at their base stand at their own. Initially planted in the 1930s but it took about ten years for the pines to show their diverse natural bent. There are many theories that these pines were created artificially by manipulating the trees, but no one knows whether it happened accidentally or naturally. Irrespective of the cause, the uncanny presence of the trees is hard to deny as the rest of the forest is filled with perfectly straight, healthy pine trees, but it is an excellent place to hike where you can enjoy the silence of a forest.