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  • 1 Frombork Cathedral Hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Katedralna 8 PL - Frombork

    The cathedral hill is the site of several of Frombork's curiosities. Surrounded by walls, the 14C cathedral has around 20 altars, 101 funerary plaques and 19 epitaphs, including Copernicus's memorial (he is buried here). In the old bishop's palace, t..

  • 2 The Bieszczady Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Lesko

    Lying at the southern end of the Podkarpackie region, this little massif of medium-altitude mountains straddles Poland, Slovakia and the Ukraine. Sparsely populated as a result of its topography and recent political history, the Bieszczady is today a..

  • 3 The Tatra Mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Zakopane

    Forming a natural frontier between Poland and Slovakia, the Tatras are the highest massif of the western Carpathians. Called "pocket mountains" by some, this massif has all the necessary geological attributes despite covering a small area. ..

  • 4 Lancut Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Lancut

    Lancut is known for its vodka, but principally for its castle. A sort of museum of Polish interiors, its multitude of rooms has sculpture, music boxes, Chinese porcelain, a wide array of furniture, and display cases groaning with arms and armour. Vis..

  • 5 Rynek Wielki Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Zamosc

    This geometrically perfect square with blue and yellow hues reminiscent of an Italian piazza is best viewed from the top of the town hall steps. Note the Armenian houses (Kamienice Ormianskie), which differ from the other merchants's houses in their ..

  • 6 Wroclaw Town Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. Rynec PL - Wroclaw

    A veritable patchwork of styles, the building has a complex, much remodelled, frontage although late Gothic predominates. Historically the seat of city government, its basement served as as beer cellar. The Flamboyant décor of the east façade is the ..

  • 7 Poznan Town Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stary Rynek 1 PL - Poznan

    Standing at the centre of the Rynek, this is one of Poland's finest town halls. Italian Giovanni Battista Quadro restored it in the Renaissance style after the fire in 1536. Each day when its bells strike noon, the Poznan goats emerge from the clock ..

  • 8 The Royal Way Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dluga PL - Gdansk

    Linking the Upper Gate to the Green Gate and running perpendicular to the River Motlawa, this is the city's main artery, historically used by the kings of Poland as a processional way on their annual visits to Gdansk. Herlded by the "long street..

  • 9 Golden House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dluga PL - Gdansk

    Two gables to the right of the Artus Court (n°41), the fine façade of this 1609 house is striking on account of its rich ornamentation, notably the twelve friezes created between 1609 and 1818 by Rostok artist Johann Voight, separated at each storey ..

  • 10 Auschwitz Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PL - Oswiecim

    This small town will be forever associated with the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust. Incorporated into the Third Reich, its name was germanicised to Auschwitz, by which it was known for the next six years. These two syllables evoke the greatest m..

  • 11 Medieval Crane Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Ul. Szeroka 67-68 PL - Gdansk

    Originally used to unload cargoes, this wooden crane has a majestic silhouette. The largest medieval machine of its kind in Europe, it is today the symbol of Gdansk. Rebuilt in 1444 after a fire, it was enhanced in the 17C with the addition of an upp..

  • 12 Palac Kultury i Nauki Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plac Defilad 1 PL - 00-697 Warszawa

    At the crossing point of two main thoroughfares in the modern town stands this Palace of Culture and the Sciences, a gift from Stalin that was erected between 1952 and 1955. Its construction required the demolition of several of the town's districts ..

  • 13 Rynek Glowny (Rynek) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rynek Glowny PL - 31-042 Kraków

    This big square is always lively. The ground floors of the attractive buildings house boutiques and cafés. In the centre, near the Church of Our Lady, stands a statue of the poet Adam Mickiewicz. It is popular meeting point for Krakovites. Every hour..

  • 14 Church of Our Lady Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pl. Mariacki PL - 31-042 Kraków

    The Church of Our Lady is an impressive redbrick Gothic building with a pentagonal porch flanked by two square towers. The ornate interior reveals a combination of styles and colours. The main point of interest is undoubtedly the monumental altarpiec..

  • 15 Ksiazat Czartoryskich Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Sw. Jana 19 PL - 31-017 Kraków

    This museum named after its founder, Countess Czartorski, houses and extensive collection of 16C to 19C European paintings, porcelain, glassware, tapestries, weapons and coasts of armour. The most famous work of art in the museum is Leonardo da Vinci..

  • 16 Long Market Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dlugi Targ PL - 80-828 Gdansk

    This square was once the centre of activity in Gdansk: the main market, popular festivals and performances were held here. The typical houses with sculpted front stoops above cellar entrances have been restored. In the centre of the square, the Neptu..

  • 17 Wawel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Wzgórze wawelskie PL - 31-001 Kraków

    Proudly standing between two bends of the River Vistula, this hill is the heart of the city of Poland itself. Discover the admirable Cathedral and the superb Royal Palace. Together they seem to watch over the city. Along the access ramp, an equestria..

  • 18 Wawel Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Grodzka PL - 31-006 Kraków

    The cathedral remains the timeless witness of Poland's history. The country's monarchs were crowned and buried here. Dedicated to St Stanislas and St Wenceslas, this is the third church built on this site, this time in the Gothic style. At the transe..

  • 19 Old Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parc Planty PL - 31-042 Kraków

    Inside the green swathe of Planty Park, developed in the 19C on the site of the old city walls, the historic old town is in a beautiful location. Around the Marketplace, the medieval character of Krakow is revealed and there are many remarkable, secu..

  • 20 Ulica Kanonicza (Canons' Street) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Kanonicza PL - 31-002 Kraków

    This street, one of the city's oldest, has retained its medieval character with finely decorated façades, beyond which arcades line the old courtyards. The motifs on the entrances are geometric; note the statues, leaded windows and balustrades.

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