Extraordinary UNESCO Sights in Poland

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©lsasser/flickr

This forest has existed long before 1600 and it is a woodland or old growth forest crossing the borders of Belarus. Such immense primeval forest is really rare and this one in Poland is classified as another heritage site that worth to be perserved. It spans through the European Plain with a large mountain-free landform. About 800 wisent can be found here. Wisents are the continent’s heaviest land animals and worry not as they do not roam around in the 100 square kilometers Bialowieski National Park. If you are a history buff, you might also want to see the complex of buildings owned by the tsars of Russia. Horse-drawn carriages with guided tours are available. Many come here for bird watching, bisons watching, sledging and visiting the village of Bialowieza which is in the forest.

Centennial Hall

The locals know it as Hala Stulecia as it is the People’s Hall as it was formerly known. You can find this Centennial Hall in  Wroclaw which is on the River Oder southwest of Poland. Max Berg, a German architect and urban planner planned it and it was built in 1911 to 1913. It is not just a UNESCO world heritage site but also an early landmark of reinforced concrete architecture.

Muskauer Park

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©Klaus Bruck/flickr

The Muskauer Park is one of the famous English Gardens. Besides it is the largest with 3.5 square kilometers of land in parts of Poland and another part in Germany. It is unique as a UNESCO as it is cross-border with cultural collaboration between two countries. The fortress and the Baroque Old Castle are good photography captures. You and your family can relax on the large meadows with scenic lakes, meandering rivers and winding paths. The park became a good spot as no more cross-border controls since 2007 as it became part of the Schengen.

Auschwitz Birkenau, German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp

This was part of the ‘Final Solution’ of the Nazi Germany’s plan. It was a systematic genocide of the European Jews. Here you will see barracks with displays related to the life in Auschwitz1 and Auschwitz-Birkenau II. There are also the main Gas Chambers, the shower block where clothes and the people are decontaminated. A rather sad place and is best avoided if you are traveling with small children.

 

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