Why Poland

Why Polish history?

The complicated history of Poland makes this country intriguing. What once used to be a powerful state,  was invaded, divided, and then in turmoil again. The most dynamic changes took place in the 20th century, when Poland regained its independence after the First World War, but only for about 20 years. The Second World War was the worst time for Poland, the nation facing war crimes, extermination camps, and complete destruction of the main cities in uprisings and military defeats. Then after the war came various changes of borders, and Poland lost its sovereignty for over 40 years, becoming a communist “satellite state” of the USSR. The new, democratic Poland, reborn after 1989, has been developing rapidly ever since.

Interesting places to visit:

  • Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. The Second World War started in Poland and had a huge impact on the country. Learn all about it at this modern museum, which has recently opened in Gdańsk.
  • Royal Castle in WarsawAlthough it was destroyed during the war and reconstructed, it is a perfect source of information about Poland ruled by kings until 18th century.
  • Rynek Underground Museum in KrakówLearn about the life of simple inhabitants of Kraków in medieval ages.

Why Polish cities?

Interesting places to visit:

  • KrakówIt is the main destination for tourists coming to Poland. The city has amazing architecture, a unique atmosphere and interesting museums. There’s no chance you can be bored there.
  • WarsawThe capital city of Poland, which was destroyed during the Second World War and rose like a phoenix from the ashes,  is now developing rapidly and offers many unique ways of spending your free time.
  • WrocławIt has recently been listed by CNN among the best places to visit in Europe. Norman Davies has dubbed it the ‘Microcosm’. The history of this city draws a portrait of entire Central Europe.
  • Why Polish architecture?

    We have genuine pearls of architecture in all styles: from gothic to modern. You can visit the former seats of Polish kings in Warsaw and Kraków, see the Trail of Eagle Nests (a line of castles built in 14th century in southern Poland), or the numerous renaissance and baroque palaces, which used to belong to royal families, magnates and rich nobility. You can see what the life of the past inhabitants of these buildings looked like and immerse in the incredible atmosphere of old castles, the walls of which have witnessed centuries go by.

    Interesting places to visit:

    • Malbork CastleThe castle was built by Teutonic Knights in the Middle Ages. It is the biggest castle in the world.
    • Aula Leopoldina in WrocławIt belongs to the University of Wrocław. Aula Leopoldina harmoniously combines baroque architecture and sculpture, painting and furniture.
    • St. Mary’s Basilica in Kraków. It is one of the most important historical monuments in Poland, famous for its gothic wooden altar, constructed in 15th century.


    Why cultural diversity?

    Due to its complicated history, Poland was a multicultural country. The changing borders and political turmoil brought together people of Polish, Jewish, Russian, German, Romani and Muslim cultures. These influences can be observed at various opportunities.

    Interesting places to visit:

    • Nożyk Synagogue in WarsawIt is the only synagogue in Warsaw that survived the war and is still used by the local Jewish community.
    • Bohoniki MosqueThe mosque is located off-the-beaten track in eastern Poland. It was constructed in 19th century for the local community of Tatars who had arrived to Poland from Turkey 600 years ago.
    • Museum of the History of Polish Jews in WarsawConsidered to be one of the best museums in Poland, it tells the history of Jews in Poland from the Middle Ages until today, thoroughly explaining the complex common past.

    Why Polish nature?

    Sea and lakes in the north, mountains in the south, forests and national parks everywhere. In Poland you can take a really deep breath and enjoy marvelous landscapes, which vary from sand dunes and deserts, through marshes, to primeval forests and rocky mountains. All of Europe’s landscapes in one place – Poland!

    Interesting places to visit:

    • Białowieża Primeval ForestIt is one of the last remaining parts of the primeval forest, unique in the world, and the natural habitat of European bisons.
    • Tatra MountainsThe Tatras are the highest mountain range in Poland. The ‘winter capital of Poland’ in Zakopane  is a picturesque town famous for its highlander folklore and architecture.
    • Sand Dunes in ŁebaOften referred to as the ‘Polish Sahara’, this natural complex of moving sand dunes is considered to be a must-see-place when visiting the Baltic coast near Łeba.

    Why Polish cuisine?

    An inherent part of every journey is trying local cuisine. Polish dishes have evolved over the centuries in response to historical circumstances. For example, bigos was developed in the 17th century by nobles who used to go hunting in the winter, while zapiekanka is a typical, Polish street-food, which evolved independently from the popular American fast food.
    Poland’s own characteristic dishes are definitely worth tasting.

    Interesting things to do:

    • Pierogi workshops in Pod Aniołami Restaurant. Delicious pierogi with their wide variety of fillings are definitely one of the most famous Polish dishes. Learn to make these traditional Polish dumplings.
    • Gingerbread tasting in ToruńBesides Copernicus, gingerbread is the symbol of the city of Toruń. Try the famous pastry rich in special spices and made in different shapes.
    • Visit the Museum of Polish Vodka in WarsawPolish vodka is a part of our heritage we are not ashamed of it. On the contrary, we boast about it! You can learn more about the mysteries of Polish vodka distillation in the newly opened museum in Warsaw!

    Why Poland?

    Let’s not waste time wondering, simply let us show you why. It’s more than worth coming. Discover the undiscovered! Located in the center of Europe, Poland can be easily reached by plane (international airports in Warsaw, Kraków, Katowice, Poznań, Gdańsk), by train or by bus, so it is really easy to get here. And we’ll take care of all the rest.