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  • 1 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 ..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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 (a popular meeting point). Every hour, trumpets ring ou..

  • 5 MOCAK or Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lipowa 4 PL - Kraków

    MOCAK is a great space - covering 10 000m2 - dedicated to contemporary art. The architects, Claudio Nardi and Leonard Maria Proli, have put to good use six existing buildings on the site, where the Emalia factory (run by Oskar Schindler) used to stan..

  • 6 Rynek Underground (Podziemia Rynku) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Rynek Główny 1 PL - Kraków

    This satellite of the city's History Museum presents the fruit of archaeological research carried out beneath the Market Square (Rynek) from 2005 to 2007, retracing the history of the city from its distant origins and, with a particular focus on the ..

  • 7 Oliwa Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Bpa Edmunda Nowickiego 5 PL - Oliwa

    Danish Cistercian monks founded their abbey here in 1188. A basilica with three naves was erected in the 13C, but was burned down in turns by the Prussian pagans, four times by the Teutonic Knights and in 1577 by the Protestant population of Gdansk. ..

  • 8 Zacheta Gallery of Modern Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place Malachowskiego 3 PL - Varsovie

    The building, dating from 1900, is Poland's most important contemporary art gallery. Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki's collections were originally more imposing than today, but at the start of the war they were stashed away at the National Museum, wh..

  • 9 Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Wybrze Kosciuszkowskie 20 PL - Varsovie

    Inaugurated in 2010 next to the Vistula, this museum's aim is to popularise science. Over two levels and 15 000m2, a permanent exhibition comprising seven galleries tackles major themes, such as Humans and the Environment, Roots of Civilisation, and ..

  • 10 Krakow under the Occupation Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Lipowa 4 PL - Kraków

    This museum takes visitors on a terrible journey back in time: to the reign of terror of German occupying forces, present from 1939 in Krakow, seat of their general government in Poland. Over three levels, it presents the dark days and heroic acts of..

  • 11 The Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Piwna PL - 00-252 Warszawa

    The Old Town (completely rebuilt to its 17C-18C layout, based on archive documents and engravings) gives a beautiful panorama of Gothic and Renaissance buildings, symbolising the capital's historical richness.This remarkable work of reconstruction, s..

  • 12 The Royal Way Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    trakt Królewski PL - 00-322 Warszawa

    This 4km-long promenade is composed of a series of three thoroughfares used by the monarchy (hence its name). It links the Old Town to the Lazienski Park and, further south, to the Wilanow Palace. Lined by commemorative monuments, historical building..

  • 13 Old Town Market Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rynek Starego Miasta PL - 00-272 Warszawa

    The market square is one of the Old Town's most popular spots. The many market stalls, terraces and restaurants and bars that it offers share in its success. Several centuries of architecture today offer the onlooker a mixture of the most wonderful a..

  • 14 Warsaw National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Al. Jerozolimskie 3 PL - 00-900 Warszawa

    Precious collections of ancient and medieval art, Polish art from the 16C to the 20C and decorative arts. The Faras Gallery is remarkable for its 120 frescoes removed from Faras in the Sudan (saved from destruction by flooding when the Aswan Dam was ..

  • 15 Lazienkowski Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Al. Ujazdowskie 106 PL - 00-673 Warszawa

    A former hunting ground of King Stanislas II Augustus, this park at the southern end of the Royal Way, was acquired by him in 1776 in order to build his summer residence. Sited among linked ponds and water features formerly used as spas ( lazienki in..

  • 16 Lazienski Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    ul. Agrykoli 1 PL - 00-460 Warszawa

    This neo-Classical building was built for King Stanislas II Augustus Poniatowski. It suffered war damage but its furniture and other collections survived. On the ground floor, decorations at the foot of the walls recall that this was a "bathing ..

  • 17 Wilanow Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10-16 PL - 00-673 Warszawa

    The Wilanow Palace was used as a summer residence in the 17C by King Jan III Sobieski. A splendid villa in the Baroque style, many of its rooms display period furniture and decorations (see in particular the Crimson Room, Etruscan Study, the royal ap..

  • 18 Collegium Maius Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Jagielloñska 15 PL - 31-010 Kraków

    The Gothic-style Collegius Maius is the principal building of the Jagiellonian University (one of Europe's oldest). The courtyard, with clock incorporating moving figures, is charming. Guided tours allow visitors to see the Libraria Magna (library), ..

  • 19 Kazimierz Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. J. Warszauera PL - 31-057 Kraków

    Founded in 1335 by Casimir the Great (hence the name), this quarter was once an independent city, surrounded by walls. In 1494, on the orders of King John Albert, the Jews were forced to move to the eastern part of the city. Kazimierz quickly became ..

  • 20 Cmentarz Remu'h Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Szeroka 40 PL - 31-053 Kraków

    Next to the Remu'h Synagogue (16C), this cemetery has old sculpted tombs in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. Rabbi Moses Isserles, alias Remu'h, who gave his name to the synagogue, is buried here under a tree; his grave is surrounded by wrought-ir..

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