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Delve into Polish culture in well-preserved medieval towns and cosmopolitan cities, and find forests, mountains, coastline and lakes all ripe for open-air adventure.

Poland is a charming country with a complex history. Not only does it offer ornate architecture, buzzing cities and plenty of unspoiled countryside, but it also features a host of historic sites offering a stark and often sobering look at Poland during World War II and the postwar period. Head to the markets to meet locals, see how royalty lived in grand palaces and visit monuments dedicated to Polish heroes.

The largest city and capital, Warsaw, is crammed with fascinating cultural attractions. Join a tour of the opulent throne rooms and sumptuous apartment in the Royal Castle. For a moving look at the city’s tumultuous recent past, visit the Warsaw Rising Museum, which chronicles the city’s resistance against German occupation in World War II.

In the north of Poland, Gdansk is the go-to region for beautiful views of the Baltic Sea. Poland’s history is also prevalent in this area, with the European Solidarity Centre displaying communist-era artifacts and detailing Poland’s fight for freedom from communism. The restaurant and shopping district of Dlugi Targ is a popular spot for souvenir shopping.

Visit the storied city of Krakow in the south for architectural marvels, such as the Wawel Royal Castle and St. Mary’s Basilica. Head southeast of Krakow for the Wieliczka Salt Mine with its maze of tunnels and staircases.

For the best weather for sightseeing, visit between May and September. During this time, the vast majority of museums and national parks are open for business. Sunny days are especially common in June and July. If you’re heading to Poland for skiing, plan a trip outside of Christmas and New Year for lower crowds.

Buses and trains link big cities. In some cases, the National Polski buses can be faster than trains. Local buses can help you travel from regional hubs to smaller towns and villages. For the ultimate freedom, rent a car and drive yourself.

Come to Poland to experience a forward-looking country that, having shaken off its historical shackles, is ready to show the world all it has to offer.

Popular cities in Poland

Wawel Castle showing a castle, heritage architecture and a city
Krakow
Known for Historical Buildings, Cathedrals and Museums

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Reasons to visit

  • Main Market Square
    Main Market Square
  • Krakow Barbican
    Krakow Barbican
  • St. Mary's Basilica
    St. Mary's Basilica
Royal Castle featuring heritage elements, interior views and heritage architecture
Warsaw
Known for Dining, Historical Buildings and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Palace of Culture and Science
    Palace of Culture and Science
  • Old Town Market Place
    Old Town Market Place
  • University of Warsaw
    University of Warsaw
Gdansk which includes street scenes and a sunset
Gdansk
Known for Tours, Cathedrals and Museums

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Reasons to visit

  • Neptune's Fountain
    Neptune's Fountain
  • St. Mary's Church
    St. Mary's Church
  • Gdańsk Main Town Hall
    Gdańsk Main Town Hall
Wroclaw featuring a city and a river or creek
Wroclaw
Known for Historical Buildings, Business and Cafes

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Reasons to visit

  • Wroclaw Market Square
    Wroclaw Market Square
  • Wroclaw University
    Wroclaw University
  • Wroclaw Town Hall
    Wroclaw Town Hall
Stary Rynek showing a square or plaza and outdoor eating
Poznan
Known for Historical Buildings, Museums and Cathedrals

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Reasons to visit

  • Poznan Town Hall
    Poznan Town Hall
  • Stary Rynek
    Stary Rynek
  • Royal Castle
    Royal Castle
Zakopane
Zakopane
Known for Mountains, Spas and Skiing

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Reasons to visit

  • Kasprowy Wierch
    Kasprowy Wierch

Popular places to visit in Poland

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Chapels carved entirely from salt, an underground lake and a museum make up this internationally protected World Heritage listed salt mine. 

Wawel Castle
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Wawel Castle

See the coronation sword of Polish kings, opulent royal apartments, Renaissance paintings and an underground cave system at Krakow’s biggest castle. 

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

Check out Energylandia—just one of the top sights around Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, a city also notable for its restaurants and historic sites.

Main Market Square
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Main Market Square

Spend some time in a large medieval square that is filled with restaurants, cafés and magnificent buildings that are hundreds of years old.

Royal Castle
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Royal Castle

A former royal residence, this stately building is now home to a fine collection of historic artwork and furniture.

Malbork Castle
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Malbork Castle

Venture to Malbork Castle Museum and DinoPark—just two of the sights around Malbork Castle, an area also notable for its historic sites.