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Best cities to visit in Poland
Written by Nigilesh on August 6, 2020 Share on

Best Cities to Visit in Poland

The Central European country sharing borders with another 6 countries is Poland. Covered by Baltic Sea on the north is an added advantage for the countries tourism. The country is known for the gruesome past has become one of the majorly visited destinations in Europe. Nevertheless, this ancient country still contains vast national parks, mountains and lakes with almost infinite paths that cross the wild wilderness. Warsaw, Wroclaw and Krakow maybe three of Poland’s best places to explore, but we are just scratching the surface here. We take a look at the best cities to visit in Poland.  

Top cities to visit in Poland

  • Warsaw
  • Krakow
  • Gdansk
  • Wroclaw
  • Bialowieża forest
  • Poznan

1. Warsaw

Warsaw
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The capital city of Poland, Warsaw is by far the most visited city in Poland. The place has many diverse cities to explore. Warsaw was founded in the 12th century. The city suffered huge monetary loss and human loss during World War II. Though the place has seen massive change over in terms of the cities  Comparing his rebirth with that of a Phoenix from the ashes would be perfect.  A magnificent Royal Castle, which once hosted nearly all Polish kings and queens, generally called the Royal Street. The iconic Presidential Palace and some of the finest hotels in the country can also be found.

2. Krakow

Krakow is the second-largest city in Poland and is considered as the cultural centre of Poland. This is also home to the largest market square in Europe. Krakow has some 40 city parks, including the Planty Park. Established in the 19th century, occupies 21 hectares and forms a green ring around downtown. And the trekking and biking trails of the Lasek Wolsky forest in a large woodland, a short distance from the centre of the city is another famous activity to do.

Krakow
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Castle of Wawel definitely is one of Krakow’s highlights. For both the Renaissance and the secessionist communities, Krakow is a stronghold. The cobbled stone roads are popular with horses, candlelit bars and pavement cafes, which offer Krakow a feel that would inspire any city in the world. You will consider a selection of lively cafés in Krakow, see our list of Krakow’s best restaurant.

3. Gdansk

This is one of the popular cities in northern Poland. The place is has a rare blend of majestic architecture along with its history and the stunning waterbodies. This is one of the cities that took massive damage during World War II. The northern cities Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk are called as the Tri-City and Gdansk is the most popular of the three cities. To have a peek out at the river landscape and taste some of the savoriest Polish beer, you can have the boat tour around the harbour.

The port was established with the help of wealthy merchants who were attracted by the beauty of this place.  With bright façades, stores and restaurants, this renovated main town sits in the centre of Gdansk. The City Walls, the Prison Tower and other market houses are among the popular buildings here. This place still retains its beauty and charm. This is one of the best places to visit in Poland.

4. Wroclaw

Wroclaw is the capital of the province of Lower Silesia in Poland. This is also the 4th biggest city in Poland. The place is unique because it was not quite polish since ancient times. It was under several rulers from Prussia, Austria even Germany ruled this place for some time. The place is now under Poland. The city boasts a cross-cultural behaviour and also has a vibrant nightlife.

Wroclaw
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With that being said, the place has few of the beautiful landscapes that you can find in the whole of Poland. The city of Wroclaw is filled with cathedrals. It also is the home for a few riverside parks. The oldest place in Wroclaw is Central Market Square in the 13th century, including Church of San Elizabeth and the Old Town Hall. Also, the Pan-Tadeusz museum of interactive displays on Polish traditions is just a few steps away.

Also read: The incredible 3 days Poland itinerary

5. Bialowieża forest

Europe, back in time, was covered with forests which were untouched for a very long time. Thus the forests possess different ecological features which you might not be able to find in common. The Bialowieża Forest is considered to be one such landscape with untouched forests in Poland. The place has been renowned as a UNESCO world heritage site. There is a small village inside the forest called the Bialowieża.

The forest is situated on the Polish-Belarus border – a hikers’ border crossing is literally in the forest itself and stretches over 1400 km2. Roe Deer, Moose, Wild Boar, Red Deer, Lynx and few other rare animals are among the inhabitants. You get to choose between guided tours either in the horse-drawn carriages or you can explore the place by foot. This is one of the best cities to visit in Poland.

6. Poznan

The city is known for the old towns dating back to the 16th and 17th century, marking the beginning of modernization. Obviously the market square is the main attraction which draws travellers from around the globe every year. Much like the other cities in Poland, this also suffered huge drawback in terms of its growth due to WWII.

Poznan
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In addition to this, the town stages many international events, including every summer the Malta International Theatre Festival. Other popular attractions in the city include the Royal Castle, few ancient cathedrals and the Jesuit college. If you love to shop, then head to the Stary Browar Shopping Centre. This surely is one of the vibrant cities to visit in Poland.

Also read: 8 stunning castles in Poland that look straight out of fairy tale!

As you would have already noticed that the place has so many vibrant cities where you can indulge yourself in the rich history of the place. This is predominantly visited by travellers who are looking for a historic vacation. But with proper planning, travellers with other interest can also have a memorable experience in Poland.

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