For music lovers - the Fryderyk Chopin Museum; for history enthusiasts - the Wolf’s Lair; for experimenters - the Copernicus Science Centre. Polish cities and villages have something for everyone.
The DollHouse Museum in Warsaw
Over 130 miniature doll’s houses from various periods and corners of the world are gathered in the DollHouse Museum located in Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science. Visitors can not only admire the largest collection of this type in Central and Eastern Europe, but also take part in an extraordinary lesson on ethnography, history of arts, fashion, and social changes.
A walk along Cracow’s Kazimierz district
Kazimierz, one of Cracow’s flagship districts, is vibrant with cultural and café life. Its cosy streets, now lined with antique shops and romantic restaurants, have been witnesses to the history of the city and its inhabitants, including the Jewish minority that lived in the district in great numbers until the outbreak of World War II.
Street kaiserpanorama shows what Gdańsk looked like 120 years ago
A kaiserpanorama was set up on the Olowianka island in Gdańsk. Archive images, which have never been published before, witness the city change from mid-19th century through 1970s. The collection will be on show until 4 November.
Poznan women's route. A walk guide (Walking time: less than an hour)
It has been a century since Polish women won the right to vote. To mark this occasion, we encourage you to visit Polish cities and follow in the footsteps of Polish suffragettes and social activists. This time we invite you to visit Poznan, the capital of Wielkopolska (Greater Poland) region. In the 19th century this city was marginalized by the Prussian authorities, but its inhabitants strove to maintain its position. Polish women, who combined the fight for women’s rights with the fight for the national cause, played a major role in this struggle.
Poland, land of dragons
If you are a dragon-lover and feel nostalgic already to see fire-breathing beasts floating above your head, come to Krakow, which is home to at least one fully-grown dragon.
A new guide to the geological curiosities of the Warsaw Old Town
Historical monuments of Warsaw have a very rich history, counted not in hundreds, but in millions of years. In decorative stones, you can find fossils – the remains of animals from the distant past. Geologist Dr. Paweł Wolniewicz has prepared a route to view them.
Gdansk Women’s Route. A walk guide (walking time: 2 hours)
It has been a century since Polish women won the right to vote. To mark this occasion, we encourage you to visit Polish cities and follow in the footsteps of Polish suffragettes and social activists. This time we would like to invite you to Gdansk, a city of multiculturalism and strong women who worked for those who found themselves in a vulnerable position.
Lodz Women's Route. A Walk Guide (Walking time: 2 hours)
It has been a century since Polish women won the right to vote. To mark this occasion, we encourage you to visit Polish cities and follow in the footsteps of Polish suffragettes and social activists. See Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw, Poznan, Milanowek, Lodz, Konin and Polish villages through the eyes of women who lived there a century ago. This time we invite you to Lodz, a city with the highest feminization ratio (120 women per 100 men), which evolved and developed thanks to the work of women in the, seemingly easy, textile industry.
Krakow Women’s Trail. A walking guide to Krakow (Walking time: 3hrs)
It is a century since Polish women won the right to vote. To mark this occasion we encourage you to visit Polish cities and follow in the footsteps of Polish suffragettes and social activists. See Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw, Poznan, Milanowek, Lodz, Konin and Polish villages through the eyes of women who lived there a century ago. For our first walk, we take you to Krakow. It is home to Poland’s first grammar school for girls, chemist’s shop run by women, and reading room that only admitted ladies.
Palm Houses – tropical warm-up in Poland
No one associates Poland with palm trees, and quite reasonably so. However, Poland boasts many palm houses, which can provide you with warm comfort in wintertime, especially if you are looking for a shelter from wind, sub-zero temperatures or, even worse, melted snow and sleet.
Krakow. European Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2019
For Krakow, 2019 will be the year of tastes, smells and meetings. The capital of Małopolska was chosen as the European Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2019. How about taking this opportunity to taste the food, heritage and atmosphere of Europe’s gastronomic centre?
The Secret Garden in Wilanów
One of the most famous royal residences in Poland, Wilanów is a must-see in every Warsaw guide. While the historic palace is no doubt a gem of Baroque architecture, its surroundings are just as precious and fascinating. Let us take a stroll in Wilanów’s gardens.
Piotrkowska Street – the heart of Łódź
Piotrkowska Street, also called Bigel or Pietryna, is the longest street in Poland – it is 4.2 kilometres long. Historic residential and industrial buildings of the nineteenth and early twentieth century are clustered around it.
Zamosc – a Renaissance gem
Zamosc is a Renaissance town with a well-preserved urban plan, unique in Europe.
Koniaków is the most famous lace-making center in Poland. The village’s most prized commodity is regarded as one of the most appreciated art and crafts products – both in Poland and abroad.
The Książ Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe, the third largest castle in Poland and the largest one in Lower Silesia. Visitors to Książ can wander around its beautiful terraces and listen to stories about Daisy von Pless, the beautiful yet unhappy owner of the Castle, who was given a six meter long string of pearls as a wedding gift from her husband.
Cracow’s most beautiful churches
Cracow’s tourist season this year will coincide with World Youth Day, which will take place between 26 and 31 July. Numerous churches of different architectural styles all around Cracow invite visitors to admire their invaluable pieces of arts - a source of not only spiritual, but also aesthetic delight.
The Wawel Cathedral in Krakow is Poland’s most important sanctuary. Starting with Władysław the Short, it hosted the coronation of almost all Polish kings and it is the burial place of many distinguished Poles.
Royal Castle on the Wawel Hill
The Wawel Hill –for many centuries the seat of kings and their final resting place – looks back on the most important events in Poland’s history.
Gdynia – a city of sea and dreams
A city of the sea and dreams – that is how people picture Gdynia. One would be hard pressed to find a term that better describes the nature of this enchanting port.
The gems of Gdansk
Gdansk’s Main and Old Town is one of the largest complexes of monuments in Poland. Most architecture and art treasures located in this area date back to the Gothic, late Renaissance and Mannerist periods.
From potters to spoonmakers
Learn the ins and outs of unique crafts on the Folk Crafts Trail of Podlasie.
Krynica-Zdrój home to Nikifor
Krynica-Zdrój is the pearl of Polish health resorts, as well as the home of one of the greatest naïve artists in the world - Nikifor.
Railway Tourism in Malopolska
From May to December, scenic trains will run along the most beautiful railway routes in the Malopolska region.
Welcome to a virtual open-air museum of shipwrecks
There is no need to dive to the depths of the Baltic Sea to discover the diverse wrecks at the bottom of the Gulf of Gdansk. Archaeologists at the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk have transplanted them to the virtual world, making them accessible via computers and smartphones.
Copernicus in Olsztyn
Nicolaus Copernicus is most often associated with his home town of Torun or Frombork, where he did his research and was laid to rest. However, it is in Olsztyn, where he resided for several years, that he helped defend his compatriots against the Teutonic Knights.
Poland listed top tourist destination in 2016 by Lonely Planet
Poland has been listed among this year’s top 10 travel destinations by Lonely Planet, the world’s largest publisher of travel guidebooks.
Chełmno – The City of Lovers
Every year on 14 February thousands of tourists flood to Chełmno to celebrate Valentine’s Day together with the city’s inhabitants. Why here? For hundreds of years a parish church in Chełmno has been home to St Valentine’s relic, the patron saint of love.
The Łańcut Castle
It is one of the most magnificent aristocratic residences in Poland. In the interwar period, it hosted the likes of Ferdinand I, King of Romania, Prince George, Duke of Kent, Ignacy Mościcki, President of Poland, as well as Mary Pickford, an American silent film star.
A stroll around Rzeszów
Rzeszów, the capital of the Subcarpathian Voivodeship, combines a small-town charm with its role as the economic and cultural centre of south-eastern Poland.
The Hidden Treasures of Lower Silesia
Lower Silesia is a real enigma for historians and treasure hunters. During World War II, this was where the Germans hid, among other things, priceless works of art looted in occupied Poland. Some of them were found after the defeat of the Third Reich, others are yet to be discovered.
Travels through centuries
We have a Troy in the Carpathians, a Roman trading post, and even a Viking village. Learn about Poland’s archaeological attractions!
“A Varsovian by birth, a Pole in his heart, a citizen of the world by virtue of his talent,” is how Polish poet Cyprian Kamil Norwid described Frederic Chopin. The brilliant composer lived in Warsaw for over half of his life and his memory lives on in the places he lived and performed in.
Kazimierz on canvas
Kazimierz Dolny and art go hand in hand. An artists’ colony has existed here for almost a hundred years now. The town attracts tourists with its beautiful architecture, the meandering Vistula and exceptional loess gorges.
The new face of Silesian mines
In times of splendour they were the pearls of Polish industry, with thousands of mining families depending on them for their livelihood. However, with time they began to collapse and deteriorate, turning into wastelands. Today Silesian mines are taking on a new identity – as a shopping mall, a museum and a world-class dancing hall.
A palace that’s alive
The baroque palace in Nieborow is not a typical museum. Its door is wide open to scholars and artists, offering them a friendly place to work. The 18th-century palace garden invites you to have a picnic, lie on a deckchair and walk your dog.
Sopot Pier. Catch the wave!
The longest wooden pier in Europe is the pride of Sopot. The place buzzes with life in the summer when, besides lounging in deck chairs, you can listen to concerts, watch outdoor movies and shows or take part in sports competitions.
Tricity getting even more beautiful
A modern marina suitable for hosting international sailing competitions in Gdynia, and a revitalized Granary Island in the heart of Gdansk’s Old Town are likely to attract even more tourists to the Tricity, an urban area on the Polish coast consisting of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot.
At home with the monarchs
Ever wanted to be a guest at a king’s great hall? You can make this happen at Poland’s four royal residences that offer free admission to their rich collections.
The idea behind the supranational Esperanto language was conceived in 19th century Białystok, a city brimming with the sound of Polish, German, Russian and Yiddish.
Rococo and oaks
Following years of renovation work, the 18th-century palace at Rogalin near Poznan is now admitting visitors again. Its artistic value and picturesque setting in the Warta River valley make it one of Poland’s finest palace complexes situated in a scenic park.
Thousand years of history
The heritage of Polish Jews, spanning almost one thousand years, is sparking newfound interest among Poles and people visiting Poland. The anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is commemorated every year on the 19th of April and is an event of special historical significance.
Polish cities rediscover the riverside
Residents of big cities are returning to the riverside. In the spring and summer season, cultural and social life is shifting to the waterfronts.
Monuments go full steam ahead
The Industrial Monuments Route of the Silesian Province offers an opportunity to see how to mine silver and coal, as well as how to brew beer and generate energy. It is widely considered to be the most interesting industrial tourism route in Poland.
A factory of clean water
The Warsaw Filter Station is an extraordinary phenomenon on a Europe-wide scale. The author of the project was William Lindley, a famous nineteenth-century engineer.
An Oriental Piece of Poland
Prince Charles, the successor to the British throne, is among those who have tasted the exquisite Tatar delicacies prepared by Dżenneta Bogdanowicz. The culture and heritage of the valiant Tatars can still be explored in eastern Poland.