Whether you want architecture, history, bars and restaurants, or even wild countryside, Poland has a city just right for your next break.
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Warsaw and Kraków are the obvious choices for a Polish city break, but there are plenty of other options. Here are five of the best.
Restored after the Second World War, Warsaw is a fabulous mixture of architectural styles. Concrete communist-era buildings sit beside Gothic churches, and the Palace of Culture and Science looms over the city. Parks, restaurants, and bars promise fun and relaxation, while a visit to the POLIN museum on the site of the former ghetto is a sobering reminder of the city's history.
The old town is packed with attractions. Don't miss Wawel Cathedral, Wawel Castle, and the Barbican. Slightly further afield, Schindler's Factory, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and Auschwitz are poignant destinations worth seeing.
Situated at the foot of the Tatra mountains, Zakopane offers excellent hiking and skiing against an impressive backdrop of mountains. The Tatra museum provides an interesting overview of the area's culture and history, while the aqua park is great if you're visiting with children.
Lying close to the Belarussian border, Białystok is a melting pot of two cultures. It's also the launch point for visits to the Białystok Forest, remnants of the primeval forest that once covered much of Europe. Lucky visitors in the forest can see a variety of wildlife, including European bison and wolves.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Vistula River is something of an undiscovered gem. Its medieval old town retains its original walls. Highlights of town tours include the Copernicus Monument, Caesar's Arch, the Holy Spirit Gate, and the Leaning Tower of Toruń.