Poland’s history has been bleak, to say the least. After suffering the ravages of WWII, Poland suffered further under communist rule. However, all that is in the past. Poland today is one of the greatest European post-communist successes. Poland’s rich medieval architecture, excellent cuisine, and its heart-touching Jewish heritage have made this small Baltic country a tourist destination. If you’re a culture vulture, you’ll relish this medieval Mecca’s old cities such as Gdansk and Kraków. If you’re into nightlife and shopping, you’ll relish urban hotspots such as Warsaw. Poland has something for everyone. So what are we waiting for? Check out the

best places to visit in Poland.

1. Bydgoszcz


Bydgoszcz is located in Northern Poland and is known for its many universities and colleges. This city is also Poland’s country’s biggest inland navigation center and a major cultural center. The city of Bydgoszcz is filled with famous centers for music, theatre, and art. Don’t miss out on seeing the Nicolaus Copernicus Square, the Old Mill by the Brda River and the Bydgoszcz Pantheon. If you love the culture, architecture, history and a touch of class during your vacations, then Bydgoszcz is your destination in Poland.

2. Torun

Torun poland

Nicolaus Copernicus, the 15th-century astronomer, and a mathematician were born at Torun. Do check out Copernicus’s old house, and the museum dedicated to his discoveries. Today, owing to Torun’s rich medieval history and culture, Torun is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also known as the ‘Krakow of the North’ owing to its rich history. Don’t miss checking out the Old Town, the many Gothic cathedrals, the New Town and the Teutonic Knight’s Castle. Torun is one of the Poland destinations meant for true intellectual appreciation.

3. The Masurian Lake District

Masurian Lake
During the warmer months, people gather at the Masurian Lake District which has more than 2,000 individual lakes plus dozens of rivers. This district also has many charming towns such as Giżycko, Mikolajki, and Elk. If you’re looking for a summer holiday under the soothing Baltic sun, visit the Masurian Lake District. You can go swimming, boating, or just relax in one of the many lake-side resorts. Don’t miss out the Masurian Lake District during your

Poland travel.

4. Lodz

Lodz Poland

When you visit Poland, don’t miss out on a visit to Lodz. Many famous scientists, artists, and industrialists were born here and have left their mark on this city. If you’re a culture vulture, don’t miss out on a visit to Lodz. You’ll find some of Europe’s best architecture on Piotrkowska Street, along with many extraordinary monuments. Be sure to pay a visit to the famous Ghetto Litzmannstadt which was one of the Polish war camps. Other places of note are Edward Herbst Mansion, the Radegast Station and the Oscar Kon Palace.

5. Swinoujscie

Swinoujscie poland

Swinoujscie is a port city that’s located on the Baltic Sea. This city is seen as a health retreat and has a number of resorts for visitors. There are no less than 44 unique islands with excellent beaches for tourists to enjoy. You’ll also find the 170-year-old Spa Park here, one of the top Poland attractions, where you’ll find some unique vegetation that’s been cultivated here over time. Visit the Museum of Sea Fishing to understand this port city’s maritime history. If you’re a bird watcher, visit the Karsibor Island. Wolin Island’s stunning lighthouse is the Baltic Sea’s tallest structure and makes for a place to obtain some memorable photoshoots.

6. Isle Of Usedom

Isle Of Usedom

The Isle of Usedom is a well-known holiday destination in the north-eastern region of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Usedom hosts a number of theatre performances, outdoor concerts, museum exhibitions, and fashion events. Add to that the presence of many beautiful beaches and you have the ideal summer vacation destination. Be sure to check out the Zinnowitz pier’s diving bell, Heringdorf aerodrome, the biggest butterfly park in Europe and the Trasseheide.

7. Karpacz

Karpacz poland

Karpacz is a stunning ski resort located in South-western Poland, among the Karkonosze Mountains. Here you’ll find a globally acknowledged ski jump, plus two interactive Lego venues for kids. Then there’s Fairytale Park which offers animated fairy-tales enacted in a series of cottages. There’s also vast children’s playground, summer tubing track, bobsled track, and an interactive ghost museum. Karpacz is perfect for families with kids to spend a few days enjoying various activities. Nature here is to die for, with its year-round beauty.

8. Cracow

Cracow Poland

Cracow was once the capital of Poland; today it is the declared cultural capital of the country. The city is known best for its historic medieval core with ancient architecture. It is also known for its Jewish quarter, with quaint Jewish temples and culture. The 1257-built Rynek Glówny (market square) at Cracow is the largest markets in Europe. The city is pleasant, with beautiful tree-lined streets and pedestrian avenues. The Jagellonian University or Wawel Castle is worth a visit, as it was home to Polish kings for near on 600 years. Visit the Old Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, visit-worthy is the Cloth hall a beautiful Renaissance-era outpost. Don’t forget to check out the 14th century St. Mary’s Basilica while you’re at it.

9. Kielce

Kielce Poland

Kielce is situated at the heart of the Holy Cross Mountains. The city is all about enjoying the outdoors, with plenty of seating in its many green areas. You can walk to several historic monuments on the walking routes. There are five exciting nature reserves begging to be explored. At the Market Square, you will find a 12th-century cathedral, a Neo-Gothic palace, several museums, churches, towers, and a 17th-century bishop’s palace. There’s a marked 80-kilometer scenic trail along which you can walk or bike, other than enjoying various recreational activities.

10. Leba

Leba Poland

At Leba, it’s all about beach bumming under the warm sun. Tourists arrive at this little village each summer, to play in the clear Baltic coast and lounge on soft beach sands. There are many stalls selling savoury smoked and fried fish. When you’re here, be sure to ride horseback on the beach dunes, go hiking or biking on the many developed trails, and enjoy various water sports. Leba’s Slowinski National Park is a unique attraction – where you can watch sand dunes dissipating and reforming along with the blowing wind. If you’re wondering where to go in Poland, head to Leba for a fun summer vacation.


Q1. Name some must-visit places in Poland.

  • Torun
  • Leba
  • Cracow
  • Lodz

Q2. Name some important historical sites in Poland

  • The Salt Mine
  • The Malbork Castle
  • The Royal Castle
  • The Wawel Castle

Q3. What is the perfect time to explore Poland?

The perfect time to explore Poland depends on what you want to do. If you are interested in outdoor activities, such as hiking or skiing, then the best time to visit is in the summer or winter, respectively. If you want to keep away from the crowds, then the shoulder seasons (spring and autumn) are a good choice. The climate can be unpredictable, so it is always wise to check the forecast before you go.

Q4. Name some must-try traditional Polish dishes.

  •  Pierogi
  • Golabki
  • Bigos
  • Kielbasa
  • Barszcz

Q5. What are some popular festivals and events in Poland?

Poland hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. Some of the popular festivals comprise the Krakow Film Festival, the Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, the Festival of Polish Folklore, and the Pierogi Festival in Krakow. There are also many religious and cultural festivals throughout the year, like Easter, Christmas, & the All Saints’ Day.


Poland is one of Europe’s success stories. This small country has suffered many invasions throughout history and went through the worst part of the Holocaust. Despite all that, Poland pulled up its socks and geared up to become the economic success and the tourist destination it is today.

Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

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