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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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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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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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Krakow Old Town (Kraków Stare Miasto)

Krakow Old Town (Kraków Stare Miasto)

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The cobblestone Main Square (Rynek Główny) of Krakow Old Town (Kraków Stare Miasto or, more correctly, Stare Miasto w Krakowie) is Central Europe’s largest and has been the center of the city’s social, religious and political life since the Middle Ages. Today the Old Town still serves as Krakow’s modern pulse, dominated by the splendid Renaissance arcades of the Sukiennce (Cloth Hall), the lop-sided St Mary Basilica and an endless supply of cafés and bars.From the square, Krakow’s complex medieval alleyways peel off in all directions and work as the focus of most visits. The Old Town contains Baroque churches by the handful, a gorgeous ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, as well as about 25 museums covering subjects as diverse as Japanese manga, photography and stained glass. The standout historical collections are found in the many branches of the National Museum and in the Rynek Underground below the Cloth Hall.The so-called “royal route” leaves the square down Grodzka and leads directly to the great architectural mish-mash of Wawel, perched on a rocky crag south of the square. Some of Poland’s most important buildings are assembled here, including the Renaissance castle, the flamboyant cathedral and the Crown Treasury, which houses the Polish crown jewels.More
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Zakopane

Zakopane

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Considered Poland’s winter capital, Zakopane is a snow-sports paradise situated at the foot of the Tatras. Attractions include the Gubałówka mountain resort, the nearby thermal springs, and the Wielka Krokiew ski jump. The town is also known for its rich Goral heritage and traditional architecture, as well as sweeping summertime views.More
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Tatra Mountains (Tatry)

Tatra Mountains (Tatry)

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Spilling over Poland’s southern border into Slovakia, the Tatra Mountains (Tatry) are the highest part of the Carpathian range and make up Tatrzański Tatra National Park. Protected as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this wild and mountainous region is rich with snow-topped peaks, alpine lakes, and sparkling waterfalls.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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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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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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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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Must-See Museums in Krakow

Must-See Museums in Krakow

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Recent reviews from experiences in 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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Awesome Day in Zakopane
Lindsey_S, Sep 2021
Private Full-Day Zakopane and Thermal Baths Tour from Krakow
There was lots of Poland to see on the drive to Zakopane and once there so much to see and take in.
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Long day but great trip
KatherineLucy_M, Aug 2021
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow including Lunch
Driver spoke good English and was great, but the group is handed over to English-speaking guides at both places which obviously the tour provider has no control over.
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Spending the day seeing the important sites associated with Saint John Paul II
Robert_S, Aug 2021
Saint John Paul II Private Day Tour from Krakow
This excursion is an excellent way to see so much of the history of one of history's greatest men, as well as an excellent way to see the beautiful Polish countryside south of Krakow (which is very scenic foothills, unlike the flat plains north of Krakow).
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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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Fantastic
Launa_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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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!
Jaunesse_B, 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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The guide was very good. I thoroughly...
Angeline K, Dec 2014
Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in two days
If you want to visit Krakow, Poland, you cannot miss this tour!
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The driver pick up us in our hotel and...
pradamary, Aug 2014
Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in two days
Its terrible to see the Jewish things,hair and the way they live during the war.
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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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