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Living History of Poland

Discover many amazing sites and historical events!

Since its inception Poland has been in the centre of Europe at the junction of different cultures. That’s why when you visit, you will discover multicultural and varied traditions, exciting historical sites, and fascinating history. In terms of these resources Poland is well able to compete on the European tourism market, as it boasts lots of sites and events of great historical value – testimony to Polish and European history as well as flourishing culture and arts.

You can explore the rich history and cultural heritage of this country in the heart of Europe thanks to a carefully cultivated tradition of organising unforgettable re-enactments, festivals and other events to do with history. You will also find many unique sites like open-air and regular museums where you can “touch” tradition and history.

The biggest history event in Poland is the famous Re-enactment of the Battle of Grunwald. Winner of many awards, including a Polish Tourism Organisation Certificate for best tourism product, every year it brings together a few dozen thousand spectators from Poland and around the world. This remarkable event takes place in mid-July on the anniversary of King Jagiełło’s victory over the Teutonic Knights. The preparations and then the show involve almost 1,500 re-enactment enthusiasts and fans of the Middle Ages from all over the world. The main attraction is the re-enactment of the biggest battle of medieval Europe, which was fought on 15 July 1410 between the allied Polish-Lithuanian forces led by Władysław Jagiełło and the troops of the Teutonic Order. During Grunwald Days visitors can explore a reconstructed knights’ village, take part in knightly fun and games, stock up on souvenirs, and add new items to their knight’s equipment.
http://www.grunwald1410.pl 

  • Re-enactment of the Battle of Grunwald
    Re-enactment of the Battle of Grunwald
  • Re-enactment of the Battle of Grunwald
    Re-enactment of the Battle of Grunwald
  • The Archaeological Museum in Biskupin
    The Archaeological Museum in Biskupin
  • The Archaeological Museum in Biskupin
    The Archaeological Museum in Biskupin
  • The Museum of Folk Architecture Ethnographic Park in Sanok
    The Museum of Folk Architecture Ethnographic Park in Sanok
  • The Museum of Folk Architecture Ethnographic Park in Sanok
    The Museum of Folk Architecture Ethnographic Park in Sanok
  • The Slav and Viking Centre in Wolin
    The Slav and Viking Centre in Wolin
  • The Slav and Viking Centre in Wolin
    The Slav and Viking Centre in Wolin

The Archaeological Museum in Biskupin is Poland’s most celebrated excavation and the most famous archaeological reserve in Central Europe. It operates as a museum, boasting full-sized contemporary reconstructions of three settlements: in situ – the “long houses” of the first farmers from 6,000 years ago, a Lusatian one from 2,700 years ago from the Bronze Age, and an early medieval one (10th/11th century). During the annual Archaeological Festival visitors can find out for themselves what the daily life of Biskupin’s ancient residents was like.
https://www.biskupin.pl 

The Museum of Folk Architecture Ethnographic Park in Sanok – Europe’s largest open-air museum – occupies 38 hectares and features 180 buildings of rural architecture. They serve as exhibits, but also as venues for breadmaking or woodcarving shows. The museum in Sanok is a truly magical place for reflecting on the passage of time. Another great asset of the park is its picturesque location in the Słonne Mountains.
http://skansen.mblsanok.pl

You can explore a completely different culture and history at the Slav and Viking Centre in Wolin. This reconstruction of Wolin’s medieval development is an extraordinary site where you can experience the atmosphere of 1,000 years ago. It includes early medieval elements such as huts, gates, embankments and fortifications. You can touch and try everything out at will. Numerous presentations and re-enactments enable visitors to get a glimpse of life in the Middle Ages, and you can try your hand at old crafts as well. The annual Slav and Viking Festival is a very popular outdoor event.
https://jomsborg-vineta.com

These are just some examples of places and events illustrating the rich history of Poland and Europe. Let them inspire you to travel around our country in search of European roots!

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