5 Best Places to Visit in Poland

Poland – far more than just great vodka! Poland is one of Europe’s lesser known gems, so rich in culture and history and a country not to be missed.

If you love picturesque architecture, medieval cities and typically European town squares, great food and good value, Poland has you covered. And despite suffering heavy destruction to certain areas during WWII and beyond, the old world charm is still well and truly in effect.

In fact, it is difficult narrowing down to just the 5 best places to visit in Poland, with so many great cities and towns to choose from. But we have put together our favourites to make your Poland holiday planning a breeze.

Why Poland should be on your Must Travel list 5 Best Places to visit in Poland


1. Krakow

Krakow comes to the top of the list for most people as far as the best places to visit in Poland go, with Europe’s largest medieval town square being a popular drawcard. Krakow’s Old Town is filled to the brim with historic sites, including the impressive Gothic style Wawel Castle. You will also enjoy exploring the medieval town walls or doing a spot of shopping at the Cloth Market in the town square.

Krakow Poland

Krakow is also the best major city to stay when visiting places such as Auschwitz – Birkenau or taking a tour through Wieliczka Salt Mine.


2. Warsaw

Warsaw is an impressive capital city, and Poland’s largest, with the perfect mix of modern architecture mixed in with medieval charm and extensive history. With Warsaw’s Old Town suffering extreme destruction during WWII, you will be impressed to see its restored form. While some may be surprised to see the sprawling size and development of the city, Warsaw offers great opportunities for a big city stay while still being within close proximity to a historical centre.

Warsaw Poland

With exceptional museums, including the well designed Warsaw Rising Museum, huge shopping complexes and beautiful palaces, Warsaw really does have it all covered. Make sure you make time to visit the Royal residences – The Royal Castle, Wilanow Palace and my personal favourite, Palace on the Isle, with its beautiful waterfront position within Lazienki Gardens.


3. Zakopane

If you are heading to Poland in winter, Zakopane in Poland’s far south should be the top of your list. Situated at the bottom of the Tatra Mountains, Zakopane provides the perfect place to enjoy winter sports and the impressive mountain scenery, to so many things to do in Zakopane.


Enjoy browsing through the marketplace, or dining at one of the many restaurants along Zakopane’s main street. One of the greatest charms of Zakopane also happens to be the picturesque wooden chalet style homes and buildings. Take a few hours to visit one of the Tatras, such as Kasprowy Wierch and marvel at the views so high up on top of the mountains.

While quite a popular holiday destination, even for Polish people, Zakopane will make you feel like you stepped back in time with a taste of Poland’s traditional lifestyle.


4. Gdansk

When you think of Poland, beaches and seaports don’t necessarily come to mind, which is why Gdansk is one of the best places to visit in Poland. Situated in the north of Poland, Gdansk is a port city on the Baltic Coast. Another example of exceptional reconstruction exists within Gdansk’s Main Town, also damaged during WWII.



The brightly coloured buildings and river views make Gdansk a beautiful city to stroll through, especially along Royal Way, with all the grandest sites along which Polish kings once paraded during their city visits. It is also worth taking a day trip to Malbork Castle and museum, around 1.5 hours by train from Gdansk.


5. Bialowieza

If natural scenery and wildlife is your style, it is worth making a trip to Poland’s north east, near the Belarus border to Bialowieza National Park, which is Poland’s oldest national park and part of a much larger Bialowieza Forest area.

Bialowieza National Park

Visit the bison park and get up close with Europe’s largest land mammals, where several breeding programs are in place. There are many other animals also on display at the reserve, and an interesting and educational museum.

Alternatively, you may want to go for a hike or walk around Bialowieza National Park, or enjoy the food or accommodation on offer in the village area. We also had a great ride in a horse pulled cart during our visit.

And of course, no matter the part of Poland you may be visiting you need to sample the amazing must try food in Poland.

Check out our other posts on Poland HERE or visit our Poland travel guide for more detailed info on this amazing country!


5 Best places to visit in Poland - the cities and towns you must see if you are traveling to Poland

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    • I don’t think there is anywhere I love more in winter than Poland, but we look forward to our summer visit next year for a different experience. It’s a beautiful country.

    • It will be pretty cool to see the reverse. We have done Europe in summer, but not Poland. Kind of blows my mind we are going to the beach in Poland ? instead you can enjoy the snow hopefully. The kids will love it.

  1. I was in Poland a few years ago, I love history and so it seemed right to visit a country so devastated by both of its neighbours and then to rebuild with such incredible accuracy what had been razed. Very sweet and helpful citizens. Remarkable resiliency! I particularly enjoyed Wieliczka salt mine and how proud they were that they had never used slave labour in it. Everyone should see the square with statues depicting the underground citizens who used the sewers to travel through during the Nazi occupation………

    • The salt mine is beyond impressive. So hard to comprehend the size of it compared to what you see on tour. And so true… Such a resilient country. It has most of what you want in a holiday destination, which is why we love it so much. Heading back in August 🙂

    • Poland is wonderful although I would recommend squeezing in Krakow too. Well worth seeing as it is a beautiful city, and close to some very significant Polish attractions and sites.

  2. I would also recommend Wroclaw and Szczecin. I’ve been in those cities last mont. I’ve booked hotel in Szczecin (Hotel Dana which is very, very nice and comfortable) and was there for 5 days. Really a lot to do and to see. Friendly and open minded people. I’ve had an occasion to go to Wroclaw and it was also a good idea. Beautiful city! If You’re in Poland, go there!

  3. I spent 3 weeks in Poland and loved it all. Although I did not visit Gdansk and didn’t care for Warsaw, I fell in love with Kraków, Białowieża, several skansen, the Ełk region, Kazimierz Dolny, the Dunajec Gorge, and the little city of Leżajsk. A visit to Wolf’s Lair, the crumbling ruins of Hitler’s Polish refuge, gave me the shivers! Majdanek, Auschwitz I and II are reminders of the inhumanity of Nazism. For those used to the glamorous castles in France and Germany, you will find their equals in Poland. And the Polish people are absolutely lovely and hospitable. I want to go back!

  4. In my opinion there are more places worth to visit in Poland. One of them for sure is Szczecin. We can stay there in a great hotel Dana, which has comfortable room and great service and for all the day explore the city 🙂

  5. Great article! i have been to Poland only three times and every times I have stayed in Warsaw, but I would love to see more! I loved Warsaw, it is so diverse and interesting! And there are so many great places, restaurants and bars to go to, I was really amazed. The one I remember the best was the Bubbles Bar. I remembered it because I have drank amazing champagne and eaten delicious tomato (!) tartare there. Everything was delicious and I will definitely come back:)

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  7. I just got back from Krakow. I absolutely fell in love with it. The people are so hospitable and pleasant. I definitely want to go to Wroclaw, Warsaw and Gdansk. It is a big country with long distances between cities but Poland beckons and the traveller within me has said YES.