Poland. A country that has crossed heavy centuries, full of conflicts, in order to reach the status of a modern and independent nation that is today. Those who visit Poland will discover its rich culture, extraordinary landscapes, historical buildings and delicious cuisine and we assure you that you will be full enthusiasm. We are offering you five suggestions of the most interesting places and sights to visit in Poland.
People have lived on the site on which Wawel Castle is built since the Paleolithic. The castle itself, located in Krakow, was built in the 14th century, commissioned by the Polish monarch Casimir III the Great. Built in Gothic style, the Wawel is hosting the best preserved part of the Polish Crown – the legendary sword Szczerbiec, used at the coronation ceremonies of the Polish kings from 1320 until 1764. Decorated with symbols and floral patterns, the sword has a notched handle, hence the name of “jagged sword”.
A visit at Auschwitz-Birkenau is an experience that can hardly be transcribed into words. The immense size of the former Nazi concentration camp is the first thing that hits you as you approach the entrance of the museum in Oswiecim. Arranged in memory of over 1.1 million victims of the Nazi regime, who have perished here during the Second World War, Auschwitz-Birkenau has been visited by over 25 million people.
Masurian Lake District
This chain of lakes is located in the lower basin of the Vistula River at the border with Lithuania. More than 2,000 lakes, connected by an intricate system of canals and rivers form the most popular European lacustrian destination. The lakes are surrounded by hotels and camping trips and tourists often choose to visit the beautiful area by bicycle or make long boat rides to admire unique landscapes.
Slowinski Sand Dunes
Located in the north of the country, the sand dunes are part of the Slowinski National Park, located on the Baltic Sea coast. The park is named after the slovincina inhabitants who lived here long ago and the Kluki outdoor muezum dedicated to them will tell you more about their history and culture. The dunes were formed by the waves and wind and sometimes they rich heights up to 30 meters. Their shape changes over the years, so the dunes are known as the “moving dunes”.
Malbork Castle was founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Knights who used it as their headquarters in a bid to defend Poland from enemy attacks and to continue their sovereignty over northern Baltic territories. The castle was rnhanced several times over the years to cope with growing numbers of knights until they surrendered in Königsburg in 1466. Today, Malbork is the most important attraction of the city with the same name.
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