Poland

Travel Guide
Warsaw showing a square or plaza and a statue or sculpture

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

Castle Square which includes a square or plaza and a city
Warsaw
The capital of Poland was rebuilt after World War II and continues to grow, with a flourishing arts scene and a mix of old and modern architecture.

Reasons to visit

  • Palace of Culture and Science
  • St. Anne's Church
  • National Museum
Wawel Castle showing a castle, heritage architecture and a city
Krakow
Poland’s former capital is known for its architectural splendor, exciting contemporary art and fascinating history, with castles, ruins and museums around the city.

Reasons to visit

  • Main Market Square
  • St. Mary's Basilica
  • Krakow Barbican
Gdansk which includes street scenes and a sunset
Gdansk
Get away to Gdansk! Enjoy the sightseeing, cathedral, and marina.

Reasons to visit

  • Gdansk Old Town Hall
  • Neptune's Fountain
  • Long Market
Wroclaw featuring a city and a river or creek
Wroclaw
Tour this city on the water in southwest Poland to see fascinating islands, bridges, statues and green spaces.

Reasons to visit

  • Wroclaw Market Square
  • Wroclaw University
  • Wroclaw Town Hall
Poznan featuring a city
Poznan
One of Poland’s oldest cities is known for its green spaces and well-preserved ancient buildings. Visit historic palaces, churches and miles of parks and forests.

Reasons to visit

  • Poznan Town Hall
  • Royal Castle
  • Stary Rynek
Szczecin
Szczecin
Szczecin awaits: its monuments, museums, theater, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Old City Town Hall

Popular places to visit in Poland

Poland

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