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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 10 attractions in Poland

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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)

St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)

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The lop-sided towers of the majestic Saint Mary’s Basilica dominate the northeast corner of Krakow’s lively central square, the Rynek Główny. A church has graced this spot since medieval times, but this incarnation was built of red-brick in Gothic style and consecrated in 1320 after the original was destroyed by invading Tartars in the 13th century. The northern tower was raised to 263 feet (80 meters) and became the city’s watchtower.The interior is handsomely decorated with a star-spangled blue ceiling, heavy Gothic ornamentation and stained-glass windows that shaft sunlight into patterns in the floor. The showpiece is the magnificent carved altar, constructed with wood by the German craftsman Veit Stoss in 1489; it took him 12 long years to finish his creation, which measures 47 feet (13 meters) across and is carved with 200 biblical figures. The altar is opened daily at 11:50 a.m. to reveal gilded scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary.St Mary’s Basilica is most famous for the much-loved bugle call that rings out across the city on the hour, every hour, played by a trumpeter standing at the top of the structure’s taller, northern tower.More
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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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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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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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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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Warsaw Jewish Ghetto (Getto Zydowskie)

Warsaw Jewish Ghetto (Getto Zydowskie)

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The haunting monuments and memorials of Warsaw’s former Jewish Ghetto (Getto Zydowskie) tell the story of its tragic past—during World War II, it was the largest Jewish Ghetto in all of Nazi-occupied Europe.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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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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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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Praga

Praga

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Praga is Warsaw’s right-bank area that was once an independent town, from the time of its first mention in 1432. In the late 18th century, it became formally associated with Warsaw as a small settlement.In its early days as a suburb, many buildings were repeatedly destroyed by natural disasters and military battles; the only surviving historical monument from that time is the Church of Our Lady of Loreto.Although it suffered repeated damage in its early days, Praga managed to resist WWII destruction, and today, it’s considered one of Warsaw’s trendiest neighborhoods, oozing a cool bohemian vibe. Post-industrial buildings have been converted into art galleries, cinemas, and pubs. Also look for pre-war elements like sidewalks, apartments and lampposts.Praga is quite a departure from the well-traveled tourist spots in Warsaw proper. Its popularity is on the rise, so now is the best time to visit. Don’t miss historic monuments like Agnieszka Osiecka, ode to the Polish poet and journalist who authored over 2,000 songs; Kapela Podwórkowa, a tribute to pre-war cloth-capped buskers and musicians known as The Courtyard Band; and Monument of Kościuszko Division (Pomnik Kościuszkowców), a tribute to the 1st Tadeusz Kościuszko Infantry Division, who tried to help during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944.More

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Top activities in Poland

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Recent reviews from experiences in Poland

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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
SCDurnan, 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
michelleSouthWales, 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
pjohnkelly, 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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Fantastic
Antony E, Aug 2019
Warsaw Afternoon, guided, social-distance bus, city tour with pick up&drop off
Great way to see Warsaw.
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Beautiful mountain views!
Lknippen, Aug 2019
Private Zakopane Tour from Krakow
Definitely a must do, to see Poland and all the views.
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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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Beyond amazing!
JaunBe, Dec 2018
In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow
Coming all the way to Poland to visit the places of John Paul II, we couldn't find a better tour than this.
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I want to say that i never write...
Justin B, Jul 2015
Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in two days
Auschwitz was very touching, I think everyone needs to visit.
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Really interesting and something you...
Amy S, Apr 2014
Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in two days
Really interesting and something you need to see when in Poland.
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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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Please be aware that there is almost...
Ragnhild H, Oct 2016
Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum Guided Tour in Krakow
Please be aware that there is almost nothing to see of Schindler and his story.
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The guide was very knowledgable. His...
Sue N, Aug 2014
Czestochowa the Black Madonna Day Tour from Krakow
His English was perfect, and he was very nice.
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Very well organised tour.The tour...
jenny m, Nov 2012
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow
The tour guide spoke very good English.
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Extremely eye opening. Our Auschwitz...
LAUREN K, Aug 2012
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow
Although it is extremely heart renching and horrific to see what happened!
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Fabulous. If you are expecting white...
Diptanshu P, Jun 2008
Dunajec River Gorge from Krakow
But if you want to see a medieval castle and do a two hour rafting tour on the river Dunajec on the border of Poland and Slovakia amidst beautiful gorges, it is a must see!
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We were very surprised to find it so...
Linda D, Sep 2006
Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow
Scenery en route was a chance to see more of Poland which was good.
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Vastyne_S, Mar 2020
Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour
Having a guide like Konrad who is informative, humouristic, knowledgable and speaks good clear English made our experience even more special.
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Truly a great day a Must for everyone who wants to gain knowledge and visit
Kevin_B, Mar 2020
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine guided ONE DAY TOUR
1hr 20mins and you do get to see a bit of Poland which is very good.
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