Poland is one of the larger countries in Europe and is full of interesting towns and cities to visit, each significant in its own way. No plans for your next city break? No problem. Poland offers all sorts of unique attractions. Our favorites Polish cities are:
1. Tricity: Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot
Tricity has so much to offer it’s hard to even decide where to start! As the name itself suggests, Tricity is a general metropolitan area that includes 3 larger seaside cities, Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot, as well as some surrounding towns.
Gdańsk is a beautiful medieval city with a lovely seaside promenade, an Old Town full of colorful, richly decorated townhouses, as well as plenty of trendy shops, bars, and clubs. The city is also home to The European Solidarity Center, a modern museum that tells the story of the rise of the Solidarity movement that eventually freed Poland from communist rule.
Sopot is much more of a resort town. Every year, thousands of Poles, including many celebrities, spend their summer relaxing on a gold-to-white sandy beach looking out at the grey-blue Baltic. Not to mention battered fried catch of the day is a local specialty. Don’t forget to try Polish beer with the view of the Baltic Sea.
2. Kraków: a thousand years of Polish history
Kraków is another city that has more than its share of diverse and fascinating attractions making it one of the most popular Polish cities. Set on a hill overlooking the city and the Wisła River, Wawel Castle is an enchanting mixture of baroque, gothic and renaissance art and architecture. St. Mary’s Basilica in the Town Square is a stunning gothic construction both inside and out, with wood sculptures by famous German sculptor Veit Stoss adorning the main altar.
And that is just the city center.
Travel just 15km away to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, of the deepest in the world at 327 meters. Marvel at the chapel carved into the salt by the miners to keep them safe, as well as numerous statues of kings and saints. Don’t forget to buy some for your bath to help keep your skin moisturized and supple!
On a much more solemn note, the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz has located a 60-kilometer drive from Kraków. Your trip to this heartbreaking, horrifying place where millions of innocent people were murdered will not be a cheerful one, but it is sure to be a uniquely powerful history lesson you will never forget.
3. Toruń: the home of Nicolaus Copernicus and… gingerbread
If you are interested in science and architecture and also enjoy a good cookie, Toruń is sure to offer you a memorable couple of days. Visit the city that birthed acclaimed renaissance polymath Nicolaus Copernicus, visit his home and see the very tools he used to prove heliocentrism and the very book he wrote about his discoveries.
Later, wander around the charming Old Town and to the ruins of a 13th-century Teutonic castle, tasting Toruń’s own special gingerbread along the way. And if you want to take your love for gingerbread a step further, visit the Gingerbread Museum, where you can take part in a gingerbread baking class.
This is far from all Poland has to offer as a tourist destination, but it is a start. There many other amazing Polish cities you can explore. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your next city break to Poland today!