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Victor Bordov

Best of Poland - Warsaw and Krakow

Poland

Culture, history, great food, awesome nightlife and shopping - Warsaw and Krakow have it all! In this trip-list you will learn what is worth your time while exploring the two biggest cities in Poland.

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Warsaw

The capital of Poland was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe, and then it was completely destroyed during World War II. However, after several years of renewal, Warsaw has grown into a true metropolis and a major cultural and business center.

Warsaw is a young and energetic city, filled with expats from all over the world.

The place from which you should start your tour of Warsaw is the Old Town. It was almost completely destroyed during the war, but today this part of the city is an example of successful post-war renovation.

Royal Castle and Sigismund's Column

At the entrance to the Old Town is the famous Royal Castle. It is the former royal residence, and together with the Sigismund's Column located right in front, it is one of the most impressive attractions of Warsaw. As you reach the Old Town Square, you will encounter musicians, souvenir shops, and markets full of interesting goodies.

Old Town Square

Lovers of art and history should definitely take time to visit the Frederick Chopin Museum, the National Museum, and the Museum of Warsaw. For those that are not that into traditional museums, you might want to learn about the Polish national heritage (and taste it yourself) at the Polish Vodka Museum! 馃槂

For a little escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center, head to The Royal Baths - Warsaw's most popular park.

Continue your tour by taking a photo of the Palace of Culture and Science, the tallest building in Warsaw. You will get the most beautiful views from its rooftop!

The Palace of Culture and Science

While in Warsaw, make sure to try some of the traditional Polish dishes. Restauracja Zapiecek is a lovely local-approved restaurant where you can have a hearty Polish dinner (including the famous pierogi and potato pancakes) for a fair price.

The Royal Castle in Warsaw
Old Town Market Square
Frederick Chopin museum
The National Museum in Warsaw
Polish Vodka Museum
Palace of Culture and Science

Krak贸w

Krak贸w is another beautiful city in Poland, but with a devastating history as well. This is due to World War II and the Jewish concentration camps - but we will get to that! Today Krak贸w is a charming city with historic buildings, narrow lanes, amazing restaurants, and cool tram-trains.

Let鈥檚 start by exploring the charming center and old town of Krak贸w called Stare Miasto. Head to Rynek G艂贸wny, a large square in the middle of Stare Miasto. This place is full of life and an excellent spot for a cold drink or meal.  You can also find many good restaurants and cafes in the small lanes around Rynek G艂贸wny. 

Head to Wawel Royal Castle, and go for a tour of this historical and architectural place. Or how about learning how to cook Polish food? Or visit the Museum of Illusion and get lost with riddles and illusions.
Another thing you can do in Krak贸w is axe throwing - kind of weird, but none the less, this is an activity you won't forget.

Krak贸w is also good for shopping, so spend a couple of hours spending money! At least, Krak贸w is a cheap place to do so. 

Afterward, stroll around in the Kazimierz, the former Jewish district, and explore the history of World War II. 

An hour away from Krakow is Auswitch and Birkenau, two concentration camps used under World War II. Today they function as a museum. If you're interested in History and World War II, this is an excellent place to learn more about what happened here. It is a sad story, though, so prepare yourself!

Less than half an hour away from Krak贸w is Wieliczka. Wieliczka is a magnificent salt mine excavated back in the 13th century. It used to be one of the world's oldest operating salt mines, and today it's a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can experience statues carved out from the salt, four chapels, and an underground lake. Wieliczka Salt mine is a good day trip and the perfect way to spend your last day. 

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Grand Square
Krakow Small-Group Polish Home Cooking Class with Guide 2020
Museum of illusions Entry Ticket 2020 - Krakow