Best Polish Cities

Krakow

Kraków has to be our number one, seeing as we have a whole travel guide on our website for Kraków.

There are tons of things to see and do in Kraków, including:

Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Krakow Salt Mine
Krakow Main Square
Krakow Cloth Hall

Wrocław

Wrocław, Poland

Wrocław is a 2-3 hour drive from Kraków, and while it does look similar to Kraków it is definitely worth visiting if you are in Kraków. It doesn't get as many tourists, but slowly it is getting more popular (thanks in part to the Euro 2012s being held here, and Wrocław being the 2016 European Capital of Culture).

Wrocławs River in Poland

The big Oder River goes through the middle of Wroclaw, and walking along it and its mini islands is a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Wroclaw main square

The main square is very big, and there is always something exciting going on even late into the night.

Warsaw

Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science

Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science is a huge building built by the Soviets in 1955. It isn't very popular with Polish people, and many claim that the best way to see Warsaw is from actually being in the building, as then you can't see the it.

Warsaw was completely destroyed in WWII by Hitler, but the old town area was rebuilt using old paintings and photos to recreate the look that it had. Nowadays it is an impressive area, and even more impressive once you realise just how much was destroyed in the war.

 Polish Royal Castle in Warsaw

Like most things in Warsaw, the castle was also rebuilt after WWII. The Royal Castle is on Castle Square, and recieves about half a million tourists a year.

Warsaw Square

Castle Square (or "plac Zamkowy w Warszawie" in Polish) is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists. You can see Sigismund's Column in the middle of it, which dates back to 1644.

Warsaw Streets

There are lots of places to do shopping in Warsaw, from cheap shops to well known luxury designer brands. Warsaw is also home to many shopping malls.

Warsaw Old Town

Lodz

Łódź, which means "boat" in English in the center of Poland. It is quite a large city, with a population of over 700,000 residents.

The city has the nickname of the "Polish Manchester". But many English speaking people mispronounce the name as "lodge". It should be pronounced like "woodge". The Ł is pronounced like a "W" sound, the ó like a "u" or "oo" sound, and the ż like "dz" or "dge" sound.

Gdansk

Gdansk Main Square

Gdańsk is a smaller city than the previous cities, with a population of just under 500,000. However it is part of the "Three City" metropolitan area with two other nearby cities. Combined, they have a population of nearly 1,400,000 residents.

In Germany it is known as "Danzig", and a lot of the tourist shops have postcards/books with reference to this name. As recently as 1919 it was still part of Germany, but after Germany's defeat in WWI it was returned to Poland.

The river that goes through Gdańsk is the "Motława River", which eventually leads to the Vistula River (known as the Wisła river in Poland) - the biggest river in Poland.


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