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Welcome to Poland

Poland is a country renowned for reinvention. Warsaw, the country's capital, emerged from the ashes of World War II destruction and transformed into one of Eastern Europe's brightest stars. A sightseeing tour of the city reveals Gothic, communist, and modernist architectural styles, while the Warsaw Rising, History of Polish Jews, and Neon museums are top draws for history buffs. Highlights of Poland's countryside are the snow-smothered Tatra Mountains and rustic towns of Zakopane and Malbork, all doable on a day-trip from major Polish cities. Hiking opportunities are aplenty, especially in the summer when the lakes in the north are perfect for kayaking and relaxed wanders. Polish pearl and former capital, Krakow, boasts historical gems such as Wawel Castle, Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square), and Kazmierz (Jewish District). If you're short on time, combine a city sightseeing tour with a visit to the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also listed is the former German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which allows visitors to reflect on the monumental horrors of the Holocaust during a guided tour. Plus, don't miss out on a visit to the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, home to the revered painting of The Black Madonna.

Top 15 things to do in Poland

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

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The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is the resting place for some 1.5 million people, as the site once served as a concentration camp and extermination site of the European Jewish community during World War II. Today, Auschwitz-Birkenau is an important historical area, allowing visitors to reflect on the monumental horrors that occurred during the genocide.More
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Wieliczka Salt Mine (Kopalnia Soli)

Wieliczka Salt Mine (Kopalnia Soli)

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An eerie world where everything has been carved from salt blocks, the Wieliczka Salt Mine (Kopalnia Soli) is made up of a labyrinth of tunnels, the deepest of which lies 1,075 feet (327 meters) underground. The ancient UNESCO World Heritage site is a major part of Poland's salt mining history, one of the country's most popular attractions, and one of the world's oldest salt mines, having produced table salt from the 13th century until 2007.More
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Gdansk Old Town (Gdańsk Stare Miasto)

Gdansk Old Town (Gdańsk Stare Miasto)

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One of the largest historical centers in Europe, Gdansk Old Town (Gdańsk Stare Miasto) will take you back to the Middle Ages. Due to significant damage during World War II, many buildings are reconstructions of their historic counterparts, but a good number of original structures do remain. Almost one third of the streets in the Old Town have had the same names for more than 500 years.The Old Town doesn’t have a main square; instead, activity centers around the long pedestrian street known as Dlugi Targ, or Long Market. Standing in the middle of Dlugi Targ is the impressive Neptune Fountain, built in 1633. One highlight of any tour around the Old Town include the 14th century Gothic style city hall, which today is home to the Historical Museum of Gdansk. Another must-see is the House of Uphagen, an 18th century town house that offers a glimpse into how the wealthy burghers of that era lived. Also of note are the 12th century Green Gate, the Dlugie Ogrody (Long Gardens), the colorful and cobbled Mariacka Street, St. Mary’s Church and Targ Weglowy (Coal Square).More
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Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto)

Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto)

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Almost entirely destroyed during WWII, Warsaw’s historic Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto) underwent an extensive restoration that transformed the area into a vibrant riverfront hub. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the neighborhood boasts striking recreations of 17th- and 18th-century structures, as well as the Warsaw History Museum.More
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Praga

Praga

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Hugging the Vistula River’s east bank, Praga is one of Warsaw’s oldest, yet most up-and-coming, districts. The only part of Poland’s capital to escape destruction in World War II, this once-derelict area mixes grimy prewar streets and art nouveau blocks with a contemporary buzz evidenced in its street art and trendy restaurants and bars.More
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Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square)

Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square)

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The gigantic town square of Rynek Główny (most often translated Main Market Square) is the centrepiece of Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and the largest medieval square in Europe. Dominated by the Renaissance-style Cloth Hall and flanked by colorful neoclassical buildings, the square is both an architectural landmark and the main hub of local life.More
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Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski)

Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski)

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Crowning Krakow’s Wawel Hill and adjoining Wawel Cathedral, Wawel Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of numerous Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic, and baroque buildings, courtyards, and gardens. Dating back to the 14th century, the castle was home to many of Poland’s monarchs and is a symbol of Polish history and pride.More
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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)

St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)

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This brick Gothic church in the northeast corner of Old Town’s main square (Rynek Główny, dominates the skyline at 262 feet (80 meters tall. Dating back to the 13th century, St. Mary’s Basilica (Kościól Mariacki is famous for its stunning wooden altarpiece carved by German sculptor Veit Stoss.More
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Oskar Schindler's Factory (Fabryka Schindlera)

Oskar Schindler's Factory (Fabryka Schindlera)

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A wealthy German and member of the Nazi Party, Oskar Schindler bought the Emalia enamel factory in Krakow following the German invasion of Poland during World War II. By insisting that his Jewish employees were vital to the workforce and often advocating for them, he saved more than 1,000 people from death. Today, Oskar Schindler's Factory (Fabryka Schindlera), part of the City of Krakow Historical Museum, houses a highly emotive, interactive, and visually stunning permanent exhibition on the Nazi occupation of Krakow.More
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Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki)

Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki)

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A towering 758 feet (231 meters) high, Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science was commissioned by Stalin during Poland’s communist era. Today, the country’s tallest building comprises concert halls, offices, shops, restaurants, and a 30th-floor viewing terrace.More
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Kazimierz (Krakow Jewish Quarter)

Kazimierz (Krakow Jewish Quarter)

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Krakow’s Jewish Quarter—Kazimierz—has been the heart of the city’s Jewish community since medieval times. Traces of its turbulent past remain, but today it’s reinvented itself as a thriving cultural hub, where historic synagogues and museums sit side by side with art galleries, cocktail bars, bold street art, and vintage boutiques.More
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Warsaw Royal Castle (Zamek Krolewski)

Warsaw Royal Castle (Zamek Krolewski)

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Rebuilt following the destruction of World War II, the Royal Castle stands watch over the entrance to Warsaw Old Town. Explore beyond the brick facade to find a trove of historic furniture, artwork, and gilded decor. From the Great Apartments to the Throne Room, Warsaw Royal Castle showcases centuries of Warsaw history.More
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St. John's Archcathedral (Archikatedra Sw. Jana)

St. John's Archcathedral (Archikatedra Sw. Jana)

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Near Warsaw’s Old Town Market Square, St. John’s Archcathedral dates from the 1300s, making it one of the city’s oldest churches. The site of the 18th-century coronation of Poland’s last king—and of his tomb—this striking, neo-Gothic cathedral was revamped in the 1800s before being destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in 1960.More
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Ghetto Heroes Square (Plac Bohaterów Getta)

Ghetto Heroes Square (Plac Bohaterów Getta)

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The poignant Ghetto Heroes Square commemorates the thousands of Krakow’s Jewish community who were forcibly moved and incarcerated within the Podgórze ghetto. Plac Zgody, a square in the heart of the ghetto, was the departure point for Jewish people boarding trains to Płaszów, Auschwitz, and other concentration camps during World War II.More
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Warsaw Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta)

Warsaw Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta)

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Colorful buildings flank Warsaw Old Town Market Square, where centuries of history have unfolded against a picture-perfect backdrop. Christmas markets and an ice-skating rink keep the square bustling through cold-weather months. In summer, cafés open their doors for a season of outdoor dining and drinking with a view.More

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Must-See Museums in Krakow

Must-See Museums in Krakow

How to Spend 3 Days in Warsaw

How to Spend 3 Days in Warsaw

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Top activities in Poland

Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow including Lunch
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Auschwitz & Birkenau: Live-Guided Tour with Transportation and Hotel Pickup
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Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided One Day Tour
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour by Private Transport from Krakow
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Auschwitz - Birkenau Memorial Tour from Krakow
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Auschwitz-Birkenau and Salt Mine in One Day from Krakow
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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour, Pickup & Transfers
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Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Guided Tour with pick-up from Selected Krakow Hotels
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour from Krakow
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Recent reviews from experiences in Poland

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Auschwitz and Birkenau...
Raquel_S, Jul 2022
From Cracow: Small Group Tour to Auschwitz and Birkenau
Auschwitz and Birkenau should be in everyone's list to visit in Poland.
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A Day In Old Town Krakow
Richard_J, May 2022
Krakow Private City Tour
I would recommend him to any one coming to visit Poland.
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Great organization, important place to visit.
m_d, Jul 2022
Fast Track Entrance Ticket to Auschwitz Birkenau with Guide
This is a place hard to review but I believe everybody should come at least once to visit this place.
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Best&worst guide in one day.
Amy_W, May 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided One Day Tour
His English is in such a poor state and beyond comprehensive, made inappropriate jokes which doesn’t suit a salt mine with 700 years of history.
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Excellent Trip. A must while in Poland.
Rebecca_P, Mar 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau Best Value Shared Tour
His English was good but im glad we had headsets so we could hear him better.
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A must do while in Poland
Carolyn_C, Feb 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau Best Value Shared Tour
This is a must with any visit to Poland, wearing earphones and listening to a guide who tells you so much information whilst walking around both sites, Its emotional to hear the magnitude of these events but an amazing place to visit.
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Amazing trip
Saoirse_T, Feb 2022
ZAKOPANE & Thermal Springs
Thanks again for a brilliant day will definitely recommend to all family and friends who wish to visit Poland.
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A trip in the dark history of humanity
Florin_N, Aug 2021
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow including Lunch
I would recommend to visit the Wieliczka salt mine in a different day for having enough time to enjoy it.
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Amazing!
Danielle_B, Mar 2020
Jewish Warsaw - private tour by retro minibus
He was also extremely knowledgeable and he was able to show us everything we wanted to see in Warsaw.
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Great museum
Christie_D, Jan 2020
Schindler's Factory Museum Guided Tour in English
I did expect to see the actual factory, but it no longer exists.
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EXCELLENT
Jacqueline_T, Nov 2019
Schindler's Factory Guided Tour in Krakow
Visited Schindlers factory as we were in Poland for 4 days and wanted to see as much as we could, was a great history lesson with the guided tour, very inexpensive to.
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Best place to visit in poland
Paul_K, Oct 2019
Auschwitz- Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day
Well worth the trip to Poland just to be here great place to visit will be back again plan to bring family along
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Delightful afternoon
mumzycath, Aug 2019
Half-Day Polish Food Walking Tour with Guide and Dinner
Guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Poland especially Warsaw and had great English - great variety of foods at nice restaurants - highly recommend
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Beautiful mountain views!
Lknippen, Aug 2019
Private Zakopane Tour from Krakow with optional activities
Definitely a must do, to see Poland and all the views.
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excellent trip
THOMAIS_Z, May 2019
Must See Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour in Krakow
Wieliczka salt mine a really impressive place to visit.
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Schindler museum visit
rob-debbie, May 2019
Schindler's Factory Museum Guided Tour in Krakow
Guide was also a little difficult to understand in English sometimes.
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Must see
Donna M, Apr 2019
Auschwitz - Birkenau Memorial Tour from Krakow
I would urge anyone going to poland to visit.
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Justin B, Jul 2015
Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine
Auschwitz was very touching, I think everyone needs to visit.
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fantastic trip to the salt mine !I have...
Caroline M, Jan 2013
Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine
Both our guides were absolutely superb -spoke beautiful English (putting us Brits to shame !
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You can't go to Poland and not go to...
Wendy J, Feb 2018
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow including Lunch
The Salt Mine was a good place to visit after Auschwitz as more light hearted however the amount of steps is not for the fainthearted but well worth the effort.
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All about Poland

Currency
Polish Zloty (PLN)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+48
Language(s)
Polish
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