About Poland

Poland is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea known for its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage. Warsaw, the capital, has shopping and nightlife, plus the Warsaw Uprising Museum, honoring the city’s WWII-era resistance to German occupation. In the city of Kraków, 14th-century Wawel Castle rises above the medieval old town, home to Cloth Hall, a Renaissance trading post in Rynek Glówny. Nearby is the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp memorial, and vast Wieliczka Salt Mine, with underground halls and tunnels. The Baltic seacoast features beach resorts, the historic port city of Gdańsk, and Gothic Malbork Castle, now a museum. Białowieża National Park preserves one of the last parcels of primeval forest in Europe and is home to European bison. The Masurian Lake District offers swimming and boating. The Tatra Mountains, part of the Carpathians, is a skiing and trekking destination. The town of Zakopane has rustic wood chalets, horse-drawn sleighs, and rafting on the Dunajec River.
Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine in the town of Wieliczka lies within the Kraków metropolitan area. From Neolithic times, sodium chloride was produced from the upwelling brine. The Wieliczka salt mine, excavated from the 13th century, produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world's oldest operating salt mines. Its attractions include the shafts and labyrinthine passageways, displays of historic salt-mining technology, an underground lake, four chapels and numerous statues carved by miners out of the rock salt, and more recent sculptures by contemporary artists.
Wawel Castle

Wawel Royal Castle is a castle residency located in central Kraków and the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world. Built at the behest of King Casimir III the Great, it consists of a number of structures from different periods situated around the Italian-styled main courtyard. The castle, being one of the largest in Poland, represents nearly all European architectural styles of medieval, renaissance, and baroque periods. The Wawel Royal Castle and the Wawel Hill constitute the most historically and culturally significant site in the country.
Auschwitz Concentration Camp

The Auschwitz concentration camp was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. It consisted of Auschwitz I, the main camp in Oświęcim Auschwitz II-Birkenau, a concentration and extermination camp with gas chambers; Auschwitz III-Monowitz, a labor camp for the chemical conglomerate IG Farben and dozens of subcamps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Białowieża Forest

Białowieża Forest is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. The forest is home to 800 European bison, Europe's heaviest land animal. The Białowieża Forest is a symbol of Poland's natural wealth and diversity. The international experts recognized its unique value and the Białowieża National Park was included on UNESCO World Heritage List as well as on UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves.
Malbork Castle

The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork is a 13th-century Teutonic castle and fortress located near the town of Malbork. It is the largest castle in the world measured by land area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was originally constructed by the Teutonic Knights, a German Catholic religious order of crusaders, in a form of an Ordensburg fortress and is considered the largest brick structure ever built with human hands.
Kraków Cloth Hall

Kraków Cloth Hall, in Lesser Poland, dates to the Renaissance and is one of the city's most recognizable icons. It is the central feature of the main market square in the Kraków Old Town, which since 1978 has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It holds the largest permanent exhibit of 19th-century Polish painting and sculpture, in four grand exhibition halls arranged by historical period and the theme extending into an entire artistic epoch.
Warsaw Old Town

Warsaw Old Town is the oldest part of Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, and one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Warsaw and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The heart of the area is the Old Town Market Place, rich in restaurants, cafes, and shops. Surrounding streets feature medieval architecture such as the city walls, St. John's Cathedral, and the Barbican which links the Old Town with Warsaw New Town.
Royal Castle

The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a royal residence that formerly served throughout the centuries as the official home of Polish monarchs and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The imposing façade, built of brick, is 300 feet long and faces Castle Square. At each end of the façade stands a square tower with a bulbous spire. The huge clock tower 200 feet in height designed in the sixteenth century, has always been a symbol of the Polish capital and source of inspiration for the architects of other buildings in Warsaw.
St. Mary's Basilica

Saint Mary’s Basilica is a Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków and serves as one of the best examples of Polish Gothic architecture. The church is famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At every hour a trumpet signal called the Hejnał mariacki is played from the top of the taller of Saint Mary's two towers.
Wilanów Palace

Wilanów Palace is a former royal palace located in the Wilanów district of Warsaw. Wilanów Palace survived Poland's partitions and both World Wars, and so serves as a reminder of the culture of the Polish state. The palace and park in Wilanów host cultural events and concerts, including Summer Royal Concerts in the Rose Garden and the International Summer Early Music Academy. The Museum of King John III's Palace at Wilanów is a museum in Warsaw, Poland considered to be one of the oldest in the country and the repository of the country's royal and artistic heritage.

Kraków, a southern Poland city near the border of the Czech Republic, is known for its well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. Its old town is ringed by Planty Park and remnants of the city’s medieval walls are centered on the stately, expansive Rynek Glówny. This plaza is the site of the Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-century Gothic church.

Warsaw is the sprawling capital of Poland. Its widely varied architecture reflects the city's long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. The city's Old Town was restored after heavy damage during WWII. Its heart is Market Square, with pastel buildings and open-air cafes. The Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid at its center is the city’s symbol.
Best Time To Visit Poland

The best time to visit Poland is from March to May and from September to November.

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