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Top 5 cities in Poland

In 2016 Bidroom opened a new office in one of Poland’s largest cities – Krakow, so today we would like to introduce those of you who don’t know this country to some of it’s most spectacular cities.

 

  1. Kraków

 

This city in the southern Poland used to be the country’s capital until 1795. It is not only the second largest city in the country but also one of the oldest ones, dating back to 7th century. Since the beginning it was considered one of the leading academic and cultural areas and nowadays it is also one of the most important economic regions.

Located near Vistula river it offers the visitors a vast spectrum of attractions, from the gorgeous Wawel castle with stunning rooms and impressive armory, an Old Square from 12th century with many wonderful buildings from different time periods, such as built in 13th and rebuilt in 14th century St. Mary’s Church, a Renaissance Cloth Hall, and Adam Mickiewicz Monument from the 19th century and many, many more. Another wonderful location is the Jewish district of the city, Kazimierz. With a beautiful synagogue, many cute little streets as well as plenty of street art and atmospheric pubs and cafes. All three, Wawel castle, the Old Town and the Kazimierz district are on the list of  UNESCO World Heritage Sites, I think it says it all.

But Kraków is much more than just pretty buildings, it is also home to many fantastic museum, such as a National Museum, MOCAK (The Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków), Schiendler’s Factory, as well as many galleries, theatres and small, cozy cinemas.

And we will not even mention the food and the nightlife (although we will mention that Kraków is the most often visited by tourists city in Poland).

Definitely a must-see place, not just in Poland but in Europe.

 

  1. Warszawa

 

Also known as Warsaw, it is the capital, and the largest city of Poland. It is located in the east-central part of the country and just like Krakow it lays by the Vistula river.

It was established around the year 1300 and quickly became a very important place on the map of Poland, both in culture and politics, and it became the capital of the country in 1795).

Despite the fact, that during the World War II the city was completely destroyed, thanks to efforts of many people, the city has been rebuilt ever since and it shows a wonderful display of different architectural styles, from the Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical.

The Gothic is represented by such wonderful buildings as St. John’s Church from the 14th century or the St. Mary’s Church and Royal Castle, both from the 15th century.

The examples of the Renaissance are the house of Baryczko merchant family from the 16th century or the Salwator tenement from the 17th century.

The great example of Baroque is the famous Sigismund’s Column from the 17th century, built to commemorate the king who moved the capital from Krakow to Warsaw.

The Neoclassical architecture can be seen on many landmarks all across the city, most famously the Great Theatre and the Bank Square, both from the 19th century.

All around Warsaw you can find many memorials dedicated to the victims of both World Wars.

 

It is also a home to many skyscrapers and political buildings, as well as surprisingly big amount of green landscapes, with the Royal Baths Park on the top of that list.

Warsaw is definitely an important tourist destination as well as a significant cultural, political and economic hub.

 

  1. Poznań

 

One of the largest cities in Poland, Poznań is definitely a place to see.

Not only is it one of the oldest cities of the country, with the history of trade in the city dating back to 10th century, but is also has some special traditions as well as its own dialect, that make the city so interesting.

It was an important spot even before the first known ruler united the tribes living in the area. The same ruler, Mieszko I, later built one of his headquarters in Poznań. Recent archaeological excavations prove that it was indeed an incredibly important place on the map of early Poland’s history.

Poznań has many historic buildings, mostly located around the Old Town. There is even a tourist walk leading through the most important parts of the city.

The City Hall, Imperial Castle or Adam Mickiewicz Park are just a few on the list of the city’s most spectacular landmarks.

One of the most interesting places in Poznań is also Malta, with an artificial lake in its center.

If you decide to visit the city try to do it around the 11th of November, because on that day each year people of the city celebrate The Day of St. Marcin Street. A procession of horses, parades along the street (one of the most important streets in the city), in front of The Imperial Castle. On that day it is a tradition for everybody to eat delicious St. Marcin croissants, the regional product of Poznań (the city even has a museum dedicated solely to them).

And when you are in Poznań make sure to be in front of the City Hall at noon, to see a display of mechanical fighting goats!

 

  1. Gdańsk

 

Gdańsk is a large city on the Baltic coast. Not only is it a city full of many wonderful landscapes, but it is also a center of maritime economy with a large trading port. It is the 6th most populated and the 7th largest city of Poland.

The first written mention of Gdańsk comes from 997, and that is the commonly mentioned date of the beginning of its existence, even though already in the 7th century there was a colony of fishermen living in the area of today’s city.

In the area of the city there are many important historical buildings as well as cultural sites.

The city is known as one of Poland’s most precious historical sites, even despite the fact that many of them have been destroyed during the war and had to be renovated. Most of the city’s most important landscapes are situated along the famous Długa Street, like the Upland Gate, Torture House, Prison Tower, Golden Gate, Main Town Hall, Long Market, and many old churches such as St. Mary’s Church or St. Bridget Church.

It is also a home to a wonderful National Museum and many other museums, including the museum ship. It also has a Shakespearean Theatre and even a nearby zoo.

The world’s largest international amber fair called Amberif is held in the city.

The city is a part of the Tricity, which is a is a metropolitan area consisting of three cities in Pomerania: Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot.

Gdańsk has over 1000 years of history and an identity that change through times shaped by the influence of many different cultures.

 

  1. Wroclaw

 

The largest city of western Poland is one of the most beautiful places in the country, famous among tourists and the polish themselves.

The city of Wrocław originated at the intersection of two trade routes and it has been marked on ancient maps dating back to 140 AD. In the 12th century it was named along with Kraków and Sandomierz one of the capitals of the Polish Kingdom.

The Old Town of the city displays some of it most beautiful landscapes, such as 13th century Main Market Square, St. Elisabeth’s Church with a 75 m observation tower, and the nearby St. Mary Magdalene Church.

The city’s Centennial Hall, designed by Max Berg in 1911-1913 has been called a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

And there’s plenty more. The Wrocław Zoo is not only the largest but also the oldest zoo in the country, the Municipal Stadium has been used during Euro 2012 and the city’s Szczytnicki Park even has a Japanese Garden. The list of buildings and monuments goes on and on with many churches, parks, museums and galleries.

The city is wonderfully diverse and full of places to take one’s breath away.

It is also known for it’s nightlife and many pubs and nightclubs.

Wrocław even classified as a global city by GaWC.

It definitely earned a spot on our list.

8 Comments

  1. I think that Szczecin is really nice place to visit. You should see Chrobry’s Walls or Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle. 100-year-old Dana Hotel looks also very impressive. It offers nice, luxurious rooms to stay in.

  2. Janusz says

    I agree with Gosia. Szczecin is a great place to visit. I especially like Waly Chrobrego. I stayed in this Hotel Dana which you talked about and I agree – this is one of the best hotel I stayed during all my trips during Europe. Very comfortable and tidy rooms and so tasty cusine 🙂

    • Malwina Nievida says

      Yeah they have so luxurious rooms. I met in Szczecin my husband so I really like this town 🙂 I slept also one night in Dana Hotel – great place. I had so good relax in SPA there 🙂

  3. Arkadiusz Konpiński says

    Yeah I agree with this list especially with information about Gdańsk. I was there few times with my friends and family and in each time was really great. We often used service VistiGdansk – where we found hotels, pubs or places where we shoud to go. All the most information in one place.

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  5. What an amazing and a fascinating place to visit. I really didn’t know much about this but after reading this post I will surely visit one day. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post.

  6. What an amazing and a fascinating place to visit. I really didn’t know much about this but after reading this post I will surely visit one day. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post.

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