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Poland: Cities Worth Discovering

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From the towering Tatra Mountains to the wild Baltic Sea, Poland is filled with vibrant cities known for their splendid heritage, mouthwatering cuisine and stunning architecture. Poland is home to numerous attractions and landmarks that are sure to delight visitors from all over the world. A getaway to Poland will keep everyone happy — from beach-goers and hiking fans to city break lovers. The country’s secret lies in the evident diversity between its cities, each of which is waiting to tell a unique story. It’s time to be captivated by a fantastic city break crammed with charming districts, modern city centres and bustling streets.

 

 

Beautiful in its diversity.

 

Modern-day Warsaw is a vibrant metropolis where history meets the latest technology, contemporary art and architecture. Warsaw is not only one of Poland’s major business centres, but also has a rich history, lively culture and a number of renowned universities, attracting an increasing number of tourists, students, artists and business people.

 

Poland’s capital is full of opportunities and attractions, enabling everyone to get to know Warsaw in their own way. The city’s diversity is a perfect metaphor for the journey Poland has gone through over many centuries. Warsaw is a city of contrasts — between glittering skyscrapers and the historic Old Town; traditional Polish dishes and international cuisine and its many green zones with its urban landscape.

 

A visit to Łazienki Park is a must during your time in Warsaw! Here, the classical architecture blends with fabulous natural gardens and animals in one unmissable attraction.

 

 

A City of Hidden Gems

 

The historic capital, Krakow, was once home to Polish kings. Now, it is one of Central Europe’s most popular spots for travellers and an important centre of art, commerce, and culture. Krakow is Poland’s second-largest city, blending an international atmosphere with a cosy vibe, in one charming, well-balanced destination.

 

Thanks to its long history and rich cultural heritage, there are countless hidden gems throughout the city. Monuments, extraordinary attractions, a mix of architectural styles, green spaces and exceptional cuisine — Krakow has it all! It’s full of precious historical buildings, art and urban legends that offer an amazing variety of experiences and fun things to do.

 

One of the most unforgettable of Krakow’s many attractions is Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter. This charming district is quite distinct from the rest of the city, giving it a unique and fascinating charm all of its own.

 

 

The Baltic’s gold star.

 

Tricity consists of three coastal cities — Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia — that together create a single metropolitan area. With over 1,000 years of tradition and history, Gdansk contrasts with the smaller, quieter Sopot and the young port city of Gdynia, creating a perfect seaside resort with excellent cuisine. Attracting tourists from all over the world, Tricity is bustling with life throughout the whole year.

 

It is hard to imagine Tricity without picturing Gdansk’s majestic shipyard cranes, Sopot’s Pier or Gdynia’s cliffs. Each city offers different attractions, bound together by a gorgeous coastline with spectacular sunsets and countless restaurants serving fresh seafood. Tricity is also famous for amber, often called Baltic Gold, that can be found on beaches, at souvenir stands and in jewellery shops.

 

Enjoy an unmissable coastline stroll in Tricity — the Gdynia Orłowo cliffs and Sopot’s main beach, complete with pier and fishing boats, are the ideal backdrop to your exploration.

 

 

An industrial city with soul.

 

Poland’s third-largest city became industrial settlement in 19th century and has been the centre of the country’s textile industry ever since. The city is now well-known for its unique post-industrial character. The cityscape is still influenced by this period, as looming brick factories have been transformed into trendy cultural centres, malls, museums, and apartments.

 

What’s captivating about Lodz is the constant change that unfolds all around you. It has the ability to seamlessly transform its industrial areas into modern, alternative destinations while still maintaining their charm. The city is full of creativity and artistic expression focused on reinvention and ingenuity. Once described as “grey”, Lodz is now blossoming into a colourful city filled with street art.

 

Lodz is a truly unique city. While you won’t find a typical Old Town, its post-industrial buildings have been transformed into popular hot spots, such as Manufaktura, EC1 or Księży Młyn. There are also plenty of alternative areas worth visiting, such as OFF Piotrowska centre.

 

 

Reliving history.

 

Located in Western Poland, Poznan is the capital of the Wielkopolska region. It is one of the oldest Polish cities, with a rich history and is famous for the country’s largest industrial fair, delicious croissants, and renowned landmarks like the Renaissance City Hall. Its Old Town is filled with colourful tenement houses along with the oldest cathedral in Poland. But there’s much more to this historic city than initially meets the eye.

 

Even though Poznan’s origins are rooted in history, it has cultivated a fresh and relaxed atmosphere with modern architecture, street art, and fine cuisine at its heart. Thanks to this, Poznan has become a fabulous combination of old and new, making sightseeing particularly interesting, as the city has plenty of stories to tell. It’s a paradise for those who love history and nature, and those who are looking for a city break packed with great things to see and do.

 

When in Poznan, head to the Old Town to visit its famous Town Hall with two mechanical goats that bump heads every day at noon! Be sure to try the traditional St. Martin’s croissant, too!

 

 

Straight from a fairy-tale.

 

Wroclaw is the capital of the Lower Silesia region and is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Some describe Wroclaw as “The Venice of Poland” as the Oder River breaks off into separate tributaries that run throughout the city.

 

With over 100 bridges, small islands, a fascinating market square, picturesque green spaces and a vibrant nightlife, Wroclaw has everything needed for a truly magical getaway. It charms visitors with its unusual architecture, numerous bridges, cultural heritage and scenic boulevards, as well as many monuments and well-preserved historic buildings. Wroclaw can seem like a fairy-tale city, with its chilled vibe, hundreds of gnomes hidden around the buildings and a lighthouse-keeper walking around Ostrów Tumski.

 

Sunset cruises on the Oder River, the picturesque Town Hall and the magical district of Ostrów Tumski with its many bridges make a stay in Wroclaw truly magical!



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