Tourist guide to a diversified tour of Poland

The Main Square of Krakow

The Main Square of Krakow @Jorge Lascar/Flick

Poland has managed over the centuries to remain an independent country  without problems, the visitors discovering a land full of culture, breathtaking landscapes and places full of history. Whether you want to explore vibrant cities or deserted and mysterious forests, you have plenty of choice. You can even go and shudder at Auschwitz -Birkenau, where it was built a museum dedicated to those who died in concentration camps.

Our tourist guide will offer you 7 places for a diversified tour of Poland including magnificent castles, charming old towns, interesting sand dunes, spectacular a salt mine, and a beautiful ancient forest with protected species.

Two gorgeous castles

The Wawel Castle was built in the 14th century to the order of the monarch Casimir III. It is made in the Gothic style and houses the single piece of the Polish Crown Jewels, a legendary Szczerbiec sword, for coronation. Its edge is decorated with various symbols and floral designs.

The Malbork Castle was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1274 and was used as the headquarters for the defense against the enemies of Poland. Many knights were trained here until they retired to Konigsburg in 1466. Today is the most popular attraction of the city of Malbork, it should be part of a diversified tour of Poland.

The Malbork Castle

The Malbork Castle @Jeroen Fossaert/Flick

Old towns you must see

Located on the Baltic coast, Gdansk was also populated in the 14th century by the Teutonic Knights, being used as a stronghold. In the fifteenth century, Casimir IV allowed the demolition of several Teutonic structures, but still remained mills, churches and granaries.

The Square of Krakow dates from the thirteenth century, is the largest medieval square in Europe and one of the main tourist attractions in the country. It is a must see tourist attraction of Poland. It is surrounded by historical buildings, palaces and churches. The center is dominated by the Cloth Hall, rebuilt in 1555 in Renaissance style.

The Main Square of Krakow

The Main Square of Krakow @Jorge Lascar/Flick

The Slowinski Sand Dunes

The sand dunes are in the Slowinski National Park, on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The park is named after the Slovaks who once lived here, and an open-air museum in the city of Kluki holds artifacts of their culture. The dunes are formed like waves and the wind carries the sand even up to 30 meters tall.

The salt mines of Wieliczka

Located near Krakow, the Wieliczka salt mines are considered to be the oldest company in the world, dating from the 13th century. Basically there is an underground city carved in rock salt, including a chapel which is said to have the best acoustics in Europe. Tens of salt sculptures, made by contemporary artists adorn the premises. It’s a must see attraction of a tour of Poland.

Inside the Wieliczka Salt Mine

Inside the Wieliczka Salt Mine @Pricey/Flick

The old Biawieza Forest

This Biawieza Forest in Poland is a large remnant of primary forest that once covered the whole Europe. The forest lies on the border between Poland and Belarus, tourists can cross the border by foot or bike. It hosts a protected species of bison, that may be going to extinct.

 

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