When it comes to discovering Eastern Europe, Poland is evidently a must-see country. Who wouldn’t fall in love with Poland’s gorgeous landscape, fantastic culinary and exceptionally friendly people? It takes time to explore Poland fully since it’s quite a big country compared to the others in the same area. Here you will find a list of the 4 best cities to see in Poland.
Krakow - The classical city
Located in the southern part and known as the previous capital city of Poland, Krakow is definitely one of the favourites for many travelers for its preserved medieval beauty. A lot of old buildings such as Wawel cathedral, Wawel royal castle, churches and museums have been well kept. It’s recommended to see Krakow on foot simply by walking around the old town or taking a free walking tour of New Sandemans during the day or at night. Listening to horror tales about witches and monsters while enjoying the beauty of Krakow at night can be a unique experience. As Krakow is quite an international city, you would not be surprised to quickly get into a conversation in English with a stranger in the pub.
Warsaw - The modern capital
Known as the capital city of Poland, Warsaw is also a city to put on your bucket list. Since the city was completely destroyed during the World War II (1939 - 1945), Warsaw now has more modern architecture than Krakow. Shopping malls and huge buildings made of glasses here and there around the city center are certainly impressive. Warsaw, as well as Krakow, are splendid during Christmas, as the whole city is covered up with lights, christmas trees and presents on every center squares. Must-see sights are the national stadium, old town market square, castle square, and Uprising Fighters monument.
Sopot - The getaway resort
If you are the type of seaside-loving traveler, Sopot is an ideal spot to chill and relax on the beach. Known for its wonderful long sea shore and white sand, Sopot attracts so many visitors during peak seasons (summer months - between June and August) that it may be hard to book even a hotel, let alone hostels, if not in advance. Tourists can enjoying floating both on the sea and inside the pool at Aqua Park or Sport and Recreation Centrum. The most fantastic architecture of Sopot is called Crooked House. You would also want to check Latarnia morska w Sopocie, where you can climb up to see the whole town below.
Szczecin - The city for all types of travelers
Being the third largest city in Poland but a rather unknown destination for travelers to Eastern Europe, Szczecin is one of the worth-visiting spotlights that is off the beaten path. Szczecin has so much to offer from vibrant bars and clubs (Coyote), various festivals going on during summer time (boat festival, film festival, etc), to tasty and affordable restaurants such as Waly Chrobrego (symbol of Szczecin), Nasz Nalesnik (pancake restaurant), Pasztecik (only in Szczecin), Porto Grande and Colorado (cheap but fancy food). Szczecin is ‘for everyone’ as you can go sailing, hiking or explore adventures in the forest; or visit museums and galleries (e.g car museum, contemporary art museums, etc.). Best time to enjoy Szczecin is between June and July.
Visit the versatile Poland
Poland is such a versatile country that it would take a long time to discover it as a whole. There are many other unique cities to discover here including Wroclaw and Gdansk. If you plan on traveling around Europe, Poland is definitely one of the top destinations to start with as it’s cheap and easy to travel from Poland to neighbor countries such as Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Lithuania. Don’t be surprise that you can even find one-euro tickets from Poland to nearby destinations.
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