Rivers of Poland

Baltic Sea ©Marcin Wytrzyszczewski/flickr

Baltic Sea ©Marcin Wytrzyszczewski/flickr

The two longest rivers in Poland are the Vistula followed by the Oder River. They both empty into the Baltic Sea. The Vistula is more than 1000 kilometers in length, while the Oder River is 854km and out of which 742 lies in Poland itself. The other worth to see third longest river in Poland is the Warta. It is rather a tributary  located in western-central of Poland is the third longest river. The Bydgoszsz Canal cannects it to the Vistula river. This canal built at the order of the King of Prussia is between the cities of Naklo and Bydgoszsz. Though there are level differences, it is regulated with six locks.

Cities in Warta

There are many cities in Warta, some of the well-known ones are Poznan and Lubon where you can find the ‘Never war’ monument. Zawiercie is a historical town near Silesia and here a worthy sight is the Neo-Gothic Collegiate Church that is dedicated to St. Peter and Paul.

Oder River and Vistula River

Oder ©Maciek Laskowski/flickr

Oder ©Maciek Laskowski/flickr

Both of them empties into the Baltic Sea, but the Oder has the largest city called Wroclaw in the Lower Silesia on it. Wroclaw will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016 and it is being well-known for its two trade routes called the Via Regia and the Amber Road. The Amber ancient trade route from Asia to Europe and from Northern Africa to the Baltic Sea. In those days, amber is such an important raw material. Via Regia is rather a medieval historic road, from Rhine to Frankfurt am Main to Erfurt. It connected the West Europe to the East Europe, from Krakow in Lesser Poland and Wroclaw to Gorlitz in Germany. It is also known as the Way of St. James, a pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in Spain, as St. James was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus.

Baltic Sea

In Poland, the polish seaports are namely: port of Szczecin, port of Police authority port of Gdynia, port of Swinoujscie and port of Gdansk being one of the largest. The brackish Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic Sea connecting the seven countries such as Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Germany and Lithuania makes it one of the interesting tourist routes. So if you take advantage of what the route has to offer, you can easily visit Arhus and Horsens in Denmark. Ystad and Malmo in Sweden, Torun and Gdansk in Poland, Riga in Latvia, Vilnius in Lithuania and Tartu in Estonia (just to name a few).

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