In every major city in Poland you can find a tourist information point where you can obtain information on places worth visiting. You can also receive maps, postcards and guidebooks. Usually employees speak two or even three languages. Information points can usually be found at airports, railway stations and near main places in the cities. You can also visit PTTK points where you can get a lot of interesting information about the place where you are.
Below you can find a short description of several Polish tourist attractions that we highly recommend:
The biggest city and the capital of Poland, situated on the both sides of Vistula River (Wisła). The city was completely destroyed during the World War II and was practically rebuiIt from scratches. The Old Town is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Warsaw's business downtown takes pride in its skyscrapers and the ambitious plans to build more. Do not miss the beautiful Old Town, the Royal Route and Royal Castle, the Chopin museum, Wilanów Palace and the former Jewish ghetto. Of course don’t forget about the Palace of Culture and Science – the communist „souvenir” and the tallest building in Poland.
Located on the southern part of the country on the both sides of Vistula River, the former country’s capital is one of the main tourist attractions in Europe. Most of the city guests are captivated by its magical atmosphere and the splendid architecture. In Krakow you can visit mediaeval cathedrals, the Renaissance castle, Baroque churches, the Art Nouveau theatre and the famous district of Kazimierz. This city is home to the oldest Polish University - Jagiellonian University. Krakow is well known as an acedemic centre, not only visited by tourists but also by Polish and international students. Thanks to this Krakow sparkles with life throughout the year.
Jagiellonian University. Krakow is well known as an acedemic centre, not only visited by tourists but also by Polish and international students. Thanks to this Krakow sparkles with life throughout the year.
The capital of Lower Silesia (Dolny Slask) has a huge Old Town built on several islands connected by over 100 bridges. Wroclaw has extremely complicated history, combining the cultural influences of Germany, Bohemia, Austria and Poland. 1000 years history has left its mark on the atmosphere of the city. The Wrocław’s gothic Market Square with Town Hall is the most popular place in the city together with the tourist trail, where small figurines of dwarfs are placed. There is also an UNESCO listed monument - the Centennial Hall build just before World War I.
Recent years were important for Wroclaw's development in both economic and cultural dimension. Wrocław will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016.
This city is also known as an important academic centre in Poland. Nowadays it is known also of it's socialable character: "Wroclaw - the meeting place".
Tricity - Gdansk/Sopot/Gdynia
Situated on the south coast of the Baltic Sea, Tricity is a conurbation of three cities - within Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia.
Gdansk is the capital city of Pomeranian Voivodeship and is popular among visitors beacuse of its thousand-year history and impressive architecture. Gdansk is a historical seaport and nowadays sixht populous city in Poland. Gdansk’s main tourist attractions are located in the Old Town – among them is the Neptune’s Fountain, the medieval port crane and St. Mary’s Church (the largest brick church in Europe). It is well known for its role in the Solidarity Movement, that played a significant part in bringing an end to the communism.
Sopot is a popular resort located between Gdańsk and Gdynia. Sopot is both a nightlife center as well as a chamber place for those who would like to take advantage of the sea air (health resort).
Gdynia was decribed by National Geographic as a "Polish New York". It is one of the youngest city in Poland build from scratch after World War I. It is well known from it's beautiful seashore, modern architecture and high standard of living. It is an unique in Poland mix of the city and the sea.
In the early 14th century the Teutonic Knights moved their capital from Venice to Malbork on the Nogat River, which is now in the northern part of Poland. The most significant trace of their presence in the town is the impressive red brick castle from 1274, situated on the river bank, which is the largest remaining Gothic fortress in Europe. Today’s Malbork is a local administrative centre, a key local transport connection and a popular tourist destination. Apart from the breathtaking castle, there is a number of other historical sights: the Gothic town hall, the parish church from the 15th/16th century and the 16th century Jerusalem Hospital.
Torun is a medieval city (one of the oldest in Poland) located in the northern Poland. It is situated on the Vistula River in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. It is the place where Nicolaus Copernicus was born. The city was founded in the 14th century and since then many of the buildings in the Old Town have remained unchanged. The Medieval Town of Toruń was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Apart from playing its role as a tourist destination and academic centre, Torun is a place full of a vibrant cultural and artistic life. It i salso widely known for its delicious gingerbread, which is recognized as part of its heritage and is the city’s unique trademark.
Masurian Lake District
A picturesque region of more than a thousand lakes, linked by rivers and canals, covered with thick forests it is a perfect dream spot for sailors, fishermen, hikers and cyclists. It is situated in the north-eastern part of Poland, near the borders with Lithuania and Russia (Kaliningrad area). The main towns of this area are Elk, Ketrzyn, Gizycko, Mikolajki, Mragowo and Wegorzewo. But the best way to get there is through Olsztyn, which provides easy connections with most of the towns and villages of Masuria.
Zakopane and Tatra mountains
Zakopane is well known as the „winter capital” of Poland. The town lies in a picturesque valley surrounded by the Tatra Mountains and it is the best Gateway to the whole area of the Tatras. The Tatras are situated along Poland's southern border. They are shared between Poland and Slovakia. To protect the local wildlife, all of the mountain area was included in the Tatra National Park and put on the UNESCO Biosphere List. Zakopane offers a great range of activities, both in winter and summer and is also famous for its unique culture, especially traditional food, folk music and costumes.