Things to Do and See

You may have heard about the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, but how about the Madonna of Skarbimierz enthroned on lions? Or the Shrine Madonna of Klonówka? And did you know that the oldest Polish religious statue is also a figure of the Virgin Mary? Meet five incredible Polish Madonnas.
Kraków, Warsaw and Gdańsk are the 'big three' of Polish tourism; many travellers never visit any other city in Poland. In the west, however, Poznań beckons with plentiful museums, interesting architecture, and diverse options for dining and nightlife.
What to see in 2016's European Capital of Culture Known as the "Venice of Poland," Wroclaw is taking centre stage this year as European Capital of Culture 2016. With a host of events and festivities lined up, there's never been a better time to discover this destination in southwestern Poland.
There’s much more to winter holidays in Poland than just skiing, although it ought to be said that Poland is a very fine skiing location. Skiing not your thing? Try bison tracking, go on a sleigh ride, or relax in a winter spa!
Having historically been an industrial city, Łódź is mostly shunned by tourists in favor of the more popular Polish cities: Krakow, Warsaw or Wroclaw. There are, however, many fascinating and beautiful things to see in the city, whether you prefer shopping, visiting parks or learning more about the city’s history. Here is our selection of the ten best places to visit in Łódź.
The south-western city of Wrocław is the 2016 European Capital of Culture. Wrocław, the historic capital of Silesia, is one of the biggest and oldest Polish cities. Vratislavia was first unambiguously mentioned as a mighty burg about the year 1000. It was then that a Polish ecclesiastical see was created there. In 1335 the city has fallen under the sway of the Czech king John of Luxembourg and broke its ties with Poland. Later Vratislav, together with the entire Poland, fell under the sway of the Hungarian monarchy, and it is from those times that the Hungarian name of the city, Boroszló, dates. Together with the Czech crown, Wrocław was incorporated in to the Habsburg monarchy and renamed to Breslau. In 1741 the entire Silesia was taken over by Prussia, and thus Wrocław was incorporated into the Kingdom of Prussia, and later the German Reich, until 1945. After the Second World War Wrocław was returned to Poland. It will officially receive the title during a series of events in ten days’ time, culminating in a large-scale performance on 17 January titled “Awakening”. It is the work of Chris Baldwin, one of the curators of the year-long Wrocław festival. The three-day opening gala comprises of over 100 events, including an exhibition “Made in Europe. Twenty five years of the European Union Award for Contemporary Architecture” and a one-man show of the San Sebastian-born Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillidy. San Sebastian is, alongside Wrocław, the 2016 European Capital of Culture. Later in the year, Wrocław will host an international theatre festival and the European Film Awards presentation ceremony, among many other events. According to City President Rafał Dutkiewicz the European Capital of Culture project is one of the most important events in the city’s post-war history. Wrocław is full of monuments of its thousand years of history. It is best to begin visiting the town in its oldest part, or the former islands on the Odra River and its forked tributaries. The most famous of these are Ostrów Tumski and the Piasek island, a medieval residential quarter, today one of the Polish Monuments of History. 
The Warsaw Rising Museum attracted over 630,000 visitors in 2015, the highest number since the museum opened eleven years ago. The month of August, with a wide range of events marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the rising on 1 August 1944, was the record month, with over 100, 000 visitors.
A port city on the Baltic Coast of Poland, Gdańsk is truly amazing — and amazingly historic. From its medieval Golden Age to the headlines of our own generation, big things have happened here.
Situated on the Odra River, Wrocław is the historical capital of of the Silesian province and the 4th largest city in Poland after Krakow, Warsaw and Lodz. Maybe it is not the first city you think of when visiting Poland, but you should. Beautiful, well preserved streets, over 100 colorful bridges, bohemian architecture scattered throughout 12 islands, buzzing nightlife and pretty parks; Wrocław is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and makes for an excellent value city break destination. Here is our list of the Top 8 Things To Do In Wroclaw.
Like in most Central European countries, Christmas in Poland is a quaint and much-beloved affair.  However, while Germanic traditions, like decorating trees, have spread so far as to be unsurprising, Polish customs remain delightfully distinctive.
Few places in Europe seem more suited for the holiday season than Kraków, a city which when donning a dusting of fresh snow and viewed through its own cheerful prism of holiday magic, quite convincingly transforms itself into an intricate village of gingerbread houses with candy-cane columns, gumdrop-topped gables and chimneys puffing cotton candy clouds over vanilla-iced rooftops. Give this snow-globe a shake and suddenly the sound of tourist trolleys zipping around blasting pop hits has been overcome by – what’s that on the horse carriages – sleigh-bells jingling? The smells of coal-smoke and pigeon dander have been replaced by caramelised sugar and hot spiced wine. The obwarzanki (Cracovian bagel) vendors are peddling toys and tinselly trinkets. The flower market is filled with wreaths and evergreens. Where that obnoxious guy used to shred guitar solos, costumed children are carolling. Where that gold-painted hobo used to stand motionless on a box all day for small change – why, it’s Saint Nicholas himself (doing the very same thing)!
Łódź, situated near the river Lodka, is mainly known for having been a prosperous industrial town during the 19th century.  Nowadays, the city bases its economy on the tertiary sector and the old industrial areas and buildings have been spruced up to accommodate cultural festivals and events as well as the growing influx of visitors. If you are looking for a good place to eat during your trip, you’ll find this list of the top ten restaurants in Łódź useful.
Lakes, (primeval) forests, marshes, gorges, highlands and mountains, fantastic traditional cuisine, multicultural relics, historic cities, spa resorts and a wide range of sports activities, that's what you will find in the eastern Polish Voivodeships of PodlaskieWarminsko-MazurskieLubelskiePodkarpackie and Swietokrzyskie.
The medieval city of Krakow boasts a unique club scene, with many of its venues found underground in what were once the cellars of centuries-old houses. Many of these subterranean nightspots play the usual fare of dance, house, and techno music, but there are also those which depart from the norm and in which you may find a live band or all manner of eclectic embellishments. Here’s our list of the best nightclubs in Krakow.
A standard tourist trip through Poland will typically include several attractions tied with quaint little legends, but most visitors miss out on the background stories. In order to impress fellow travelers and make the most out of these sites, it is worth getting acquainted with the charmingly unconventional tales of Polish folklore.
It's arguably one of Poland's prettiest, a cobbled market square at its heart, lined with higgledy piggledy houses and the ornate façades of Renaissance mansions. Creativity flows through the town's veins; as well as klezmer music, it's known for folk, with an annual Festival of Folk Bands and Singers (Festiwal Kapel i Piewakow Ludowych) that has been running for half a century. Held each summer (this year's is from 25-28 June), it features traditional bands from across the country who compete on the main square in front of a jury of specialists in the genre. The concerts are recorded for Polish radio.
Want to get a nice cheap meal, visit a museum for free or avoid getting a parking ticket in the good city of Warsaw? In Warsaw, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here are some quick-fix ideas to help you make the most of Poland's capital.
Travelers from around the world flock to Poland for a variety of reasons ranging from the forests of Podlasie and the Baltic beaches of Pomerania to the medieval architecture of Krakow and the authentic culinary fare in Warsaw. While the cities are certainly a major draw for many visitors, there is no question that Polish National Parks are also an exceptional reason to visit Poland. The following destinations are just some of the most popular and appealing.
The Castle in Malbork (German: Die Marienburg, Polish: Zamek w Malborku) as built in Prussia by the Teutonic Order as an Ordensburg. The Order named it Marienburg, literally "Mary's Castle". The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg, but since 1945 it is again, after 173 years, part of Poland and known as Malbork.
Located in northeastern part of Poland, the Masurian Lake District is also often called “A land of a thousand lakes”. In fact, 10,000 years ago, the glacier shaped more than three thousand of them, making this region a unique place.
Polish cuisine is the result a treasured lore of ancestral ingredients, and has recently bloomed from virtual obscurity to one of the rising stars of the European scene. Its great advantage over long-time favorites like French or Italian fare is its range of unexpected tastes: the sharp pungency of mustard plants, the sparkle of fermentation, and umami galore.  
Wrocław, the historic capital of Silesia, is one of the biggest and oldest Polish cities. Vratislavia was first unambiguously mentioned as a mighty burg about the year 1000. It was then that a Polish ecclesiastical see was created there.
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