Poland is a beautiful country and everybody who came across it can’t argue. But, besides the best-known sights in Warsaw and Krakow, Poland has a lot or other enchanting things to offer to its visitors. For instance, did you know that Poland still has one of the oldest forests in Europe, which is dating from immemorial times? We have here a list of the five most interesting places that are probably less known to the general public.
Wielinczka Salt Mine
Located in the outskirts of Krakow, Wielinczka Salt Mine is considered one of the oldest companies in the world. In this place, salt is extracted continuously since the 13th century underground mine includes a small town where everything is carved in salt, including a small chapel which is said to have the best acoustics of all European construction. Dozens of ancient sculptures made of salt are combined with works by contemporary artists.
Bialowieza Forest is a remnant of the vast forest that covered Europe since the ancient times. Guarding the borders between Poland and Belarus, the forest is a tourist attraction for thousands of fans of bike rides or tracking. Also, Bialowieza is home to 800 species of protected wisent bison that are kept in a reservation.
Gdansk Old Town
Located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Gdansk has a loaded history; the city was occupied in the 14th century by the Teutonic Knights, whose fortress displayed a striking contrast on the city that was then known as the Altstadt (or “Old Town”). In the 15th century, Casimir IV of Poland allowed the structures erected by the knights to be demolished. Currently, the historic Gdansk includes many constructions built during the 17th century, including mills, churches and granary.
Warsaw Old Market
Founded in the late 13th century, Warsaw, and its central market, represented the heart of Polish culture for five centuries. The original market was destroyed during the Second World War but was carefully reconstructed immediately after the cessation of the conflict. The market is a sculpture representing a mermaid, the symbol of the Polish capital.
Central Market in Krakow
Built in 13th century, the Central Market in the old part of Krakow, is the largest the medieval market in Europe and one of the main attractions of Poland. The square is surrounded by historical buildings, palaces and churches. The Center Market is dominated by The Cleric Principality, which was rebuilt in 1555 in Renaissance style.
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