Poland - the land of many colours
If you look for a country with an incredibly varied landscape including mountain ranges, lowlands, uplands and seaside. Or if you are curious of colorful traditions and culture reflected in food, architecture, languages, clothing... or if you are a fan of history, turbulent events, bloody secrets, you will definitely find your way through Poland. Polish mountains in the south, vast plain areas in the centre, a lake district and a sea in the north. The decision is yours.
Polish history goes back to Prehistory times. In Biskupin there is an archeological site which presents the ancient fortified settlement of the Lusatian culture. The oldest Polish cities are Zlotoryja where gold was extracted, beautiful Sandomierz, Gniezno- the first capital city of Poland. Wonderful bigger cities such as Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Torun, Lublin and more attract many tourists by their charm, unique architecture and cultural heritage. Historical centre of Warsaw – the current capital city of Poland – was near-totally reconstructed after WWII's demages and inscribed into UNESCO's World Heritage List. Today, Poland can boast 14 cultural sites and 1 natural site inscribed on the World Heritage List. Among them are:
Auschwitz Birkenau - German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945) (1979)
Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork (1997)
Centennial Hall in Wrocław (2006)
Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica (2001)
Historic Centre of Kraków (1978)
Historic Centre of Warsaw (1980)
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park (1999)
Medieval Town of Toruń (1997)
Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski (2004)
Old City of Zamość (1992)
Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System (2017)
Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (1978)
Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (2013)
Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska (2003)
And Białowieża Forest which is a primary forest stretching on the territories of Poland and Belarus. It is home to the largest population of the unique European bison.
Mountain areas offer beautiful views, well-maintaned mountain tracks with a good tourist infrastructure. Bieszczady is the wildest part of Karpaty mountains and Tatry are the highest ones. Numerous health resorts are spread through the whole Poland, from the south to the north, such as Ciechocinek, Rabka-Zdrój, Szczawnica, Krynica – Zdrój, Inowrocław, Augustów and much more. It is good to visit the Baltic coats with numerous sandy beaches but relatively cold water, the Lake District in the north-east part of Poland during the summer time. The winter capital of Poland is Zakopane and its surroundings. The Silesia region can boast magnificent palaces and castles. In Malbork, there is located the giant Teutonic Castle. 23 National Parks are an evidance of diversified Polish nature.
Colorful folklore, Polish delicious food, hospitality of Poles, interesting towns and villages, astonishing nature, great tourist infrastructure, fantastic atmosphere, countless possiiblities of spending time actively or passively, numerous cultural events, concerts, festivals, fascinatng tourist theme trails…. – that's only a few things which you can discover in Poland.