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  • 1 Kopiec Kosciuszki Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Ul. Waszyngtona PL - 30-204 Kraków

    This cone-shaped mound was raised in 1820 in honour of Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817), a national hero. He served in the American War of Independence, fought in his homeland against the Russians and the Prussians, before dying in exile in Switzerland..

  • 2 Town Hall of the main town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - 80-831 Gdansk

    This is a lovely building with both Gothic and Renaissance elements. A gilded statue of King Sigismund Augustus tops the belfry. Inside, visit the Gdansk History Musuem and numerous staterooms.

  • 3 Ulica Mariacka (Notre-Dame Street) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Mariacka PL - 80-833 Gdansk

    With its façades and front stoops, gutters and gargoyles, this street turns a page back in time to the Gdansk of yesteryear.

  • 4 Notre-Dame Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Podkramarska PL - 80-834 Gdansk

    Built between 1343 and 1502, this vast brick church symbolised the powerful bourgeoisie of Gdansk. The central panel of the triptych on the impressive main altar represents the Coronation of the Virgin Mary. The astonomic clock, 14 metres high, was b..

  • 5 Royal Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Wzgórze wawelskie PL - 31-001 Kraków

    The castle was built in the Renaissance style by two Florentine architects for King Sigismund I. On the ground floor, the Gothic-style rooms include the crown jewels (sword of state takes pride of place). On the first floor, there is a collection of ..

  • 6 Pieskowa Skala Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Suloszowa PL - 32-045 Pieskowa Skala

    The impressive outline of the castle looms over the Pradnik Valley. Built in the 14C by Casimir the Great, it belonged to the powerful Szafraniec family for many years. Frequently rebuilt, it comprises a somewhat ill-assorted mixture of bastions, wat..

  • 7 Zwierzyniec Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Kraków

    Lying about 1km west of the centre of Krakow, this district is worth a detour on account of its numerous curiosities: churches, monasteries and a unique view over the city. Two of the region's oldest festivals take place here, namely those of Emmaus ..

  • 8 Gdansk Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Gdansk

    Only the town hall survived the ravages of the Second World War. Note the monument to the defenders of the Polish post, erected in 1979 to commemorate postal workers killed resisisting the German invasion of 1 September 1939. Behind St Catherine (und..

  • 9 Bear's Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Kletno

    Discovered as a result of marble quarrying in the Snieznik mountain massif, this is one of Poland's finest caves, with almost 2km of huge chambers, narrow passages and forests of stalactites. The finest accretions resemble drapery, notably an 8m-high..

  • 10 Krynica and the Beskids Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Krynica

    The Beskids divide into two ranges of medium-altitude mountains. The first, the Beskides Sadecki, follow a vertical line from Nowy Sacz to Ktynica on the Slovakian border. Tourists enjoy its spa resorts, colourful architecture and undulating landscap..

  • 11 Klodzko Region Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Klodzko

    This part of Poland juts into the Czech Republic and has changed hands many times down the years. Renowned for its caves, spectacular rock formations and geothermal activity, the region is best explored by wandering its little roads as they wind amon..

  • 12 Bialowieza Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Bialowieza

    The domain of bison, wolf and beaver, the forest was long a royal, then tsarist, hunting ground, before acquiring protected reserve status. Authorised guides take visitors into the Orlowka area for a glimpse of the forest's riches: ancient oaks, wetl..

  • 13 Biebrza National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Goniadz

    Rising between Bialystok and Augustow, the short River Biebrza runs through a marshy landscape inhabited by elk and beaver, plus a wealth of bird life, resident all year round in a perfect habitat. Poland's largest national park (592km2), the Biebrza..

  • 14 Ojców National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Ojców

    The Rivers Pradnik and Saspowka meet in a deep valley, its slopes constituting some unique scenery dominated by forestry. Exploring its paths reveals a limestone landscape, dotted with some 400 caves and rock formations with wondrous names like the c..

  • 15 The West Beskids Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Zawoja

    Rising to 1 725m, Mount Babia Gora is the highest point of the West Beskids, known here as the Beskides Zywiecki. A Unesco World biosphere reserve, this frontier region bordering Slovakia has a proud heritage and traditions which draw Krakow's inhabi..

  • 16 Table Mountains National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Klodzko

    Erosion has here created a spectacular landsdcape, carving bizarre shapes out of the limestone rock. Established in 1993, the national park is covered in coniferous forest, a refuge for protected flora and fauna. The most specatacular spot is the Err..

  • 17 Karkonosze National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Karpacz

    A natural barrier between Poland and the Czech Republic, the Karkonosze mountains rise starkly beyond the hill country of the southern Sudeten. The park covers some 5 575ha. Forests of spruce, maple and lime trees give way as the height increases to ..

  • 18 Slowinski National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Leba

    Shifting dunes formed by this Polish Sahara are the surprising main attraction in this national park, established on the coast where eastern and western Pomerania meet. The most striking area is the fine strip of sand dividing Lake Lebsko from the Ba..

  • 19 Ostródzko-Elblaski Canal Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Ostróda

    Constructed between 1848 and 1876, the canal was the brainchild of Dutch engineer J-G Steenke and linked southern Prussia to the Baltic Sea, a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering unparalleled in the world. Over 80km long (40km of true canals linking..

  • 20 Wisloujscie Fortress Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stara Twierdza 1 PL - Gdansk

    Controlling access to the Vistula estuary (and consequently to the whole of Poland!), which ships had to enter to reach Gdansk, this fine fortress lapped by water was originally a tower-lighthouse (1482), around which were built fortifications in 157..

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