Things to do in Poland
With its very long history, there’s good chance you’ll be busy looking into the past in Poland. No matter where you are in the country, the legacy of bygone eras live on in Poland’s many monuments, the architecture and historic attractions.
Head to Łódź (a.k.a the ‘Manchester of Poland’) to see its famed 19th century industrial sites and the grand Piotrkowska Street. Medieval Krakow is said to be the historical capital of Poland and is home to a quarter of the country’s museums. In the must-see island city of Wroclaw in the Silesia region bordering the Czech Republic, there’s the monumental Church of St Elizabeth and Ostrow Tumski historic buildings to check out.
But it’s not all history and sentimental charm; there are gigantic metropolises with forward-thinking ideas, art and happening clubs and bars all over the country. In total, Poland has 887 towns and cities with 1.7 million people alone in the largest city and capital, Warsaw. You should also make the time to stop in to a few provincial towns on your trip to get a taste of rural Poland. Stop in to the riverside town of Kazimierz Dolny, the town with many cellars; Sandomierz, and Borne Sulinowo – a military town.
Other popular places to visit include Gdańsk, formerly known as Danzig, which was rebuilt after World War II and occupies a spot on the Baltic Coast as well as being in the charming woj or district of Pomerania (yes, where the famous Boo the Pomeranian breed of dog comes from!); plus the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wieliczka Salt Mine – the oldest existing enterprise in the world. There’s so much to see and do, but here’s our Poland top 5.
Up until 2007, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow was one of the oldest in operation having opened a phenomenal 800 years ago in Poland. Below the ground, a sizable cathedral awaits as well as a miner’s bar and carvings created over the centuries.
Poland’s Auschwitz Concentration Camp tells one of the darkest and most disturbing stories from the world’s history books. A tour typically consists of looking around the ruined gas chambers, residential barracks, crematoria and permanent onsite museum unveiling stories of utter heroism and despair during World War II.
Dominating the left bank of the Vistula River, the fortified Wawel Complex stands tall looking over Krakow. Some parts of the many buildings that make up the complex date back to 970 AD. The most prominent and popular structures include the Royal Castle and Cathedral.
On the border of Poland and Slovakia, the Tatras are only 2 hours’ drive from Krakow and offer stunning views, awesome rock-climbing adventures, cycling and cave exploration.
This northeastern district in Poland has more than 2,000 lakes, epic forests and charming historic towns. It’s known for its incredible outdoor adventure sports and watersports in an verdant landscape and beautiful countryside.