As the political and cultural centre of Poland until the end of the 16th century, Wawel Castle is a potent symbol of national identity The splendid Renaissance palace you see today was built in the 16th century.
Wrocław’s pride and joy is the giant painting housed in this cylindrical building. The canvas measures 15m by 114m, and is wrapped around the internal walls of the rotunda.
This mighty fortress, begun under Austrian rule in the mid-17th century, was extended, modernised and modified over the next 200 years. Today it covers 17 hectares, making it the largest and best-preserved fortification of its kind in Poland.
This magnifient timber church was erected between 1656 and 1657 in just 10 months. The builders were not trying to set any records; the so-called Peace of Westphalia of 1648 allowed the Protestants of Silesia to build a total of three churches as long as they went up in less than a year, had no belfry, and used only clay, sand and wood as building materials.
Housed in a bunker deep beneath thundering ul Wały Piastowskie, this exhibition tracing the Polish struggle against communist rule is essential viewing for every visitor to the Tri-City.
On the Cisna side of Wetlina along the main road, this is easily the best restaurant in this part of Poland and worth a special trip. They pay keen attention to detail, from the custom woodworking in the traditional dining room to the wine list and ultimately to the quality of the cooking.
The Baroque Ostrogski Palace is home to one of the city’s newest attractions: a hi-tech, multimedia museum showcasing the works of the country’s most famous composer. You’re encouraged to take your time through four floors of displays, including stopping by the listening booths in the basement where you can browse Chopin’s oeuvre to your heart’s content.
You’re not going to believe this as you wend your way out of town, past vacant lots and factory car parks, but this is the best restaurant in Krosno and worth the effort to find it. Excellent traditional Polish cooking with a modern touch – such as roast pork with plum sauce and walnuts – in a refined but not stuffy atmosphere.
Café Helenka is an unexpected delight: an upmarket cafe and French-inspired restaurant that offers an eclectic menu featuring rarities in these parts such as pumpkin soup, quiches, inventive pasta dishes, and even inspired local dishes such as grilled sheep’s cheese served with cranberry jam. The coffee drinks are excellent too.
Łódź Kaliska's reputation as a must-see club extends as far as Warsaw and beyond. With its open-door policy it draws a broad cross-section of Łódź society. The unusual decor – stripped-back walls are covered in fun, semi-erotic photos from the bar's namesake art group – goes well with the dim red lighting and slightly seedy atmosphere.
Cosy Polish restaurant and coffeehouse in a comfortable, country-house setting that draws on the region's colourful folk traditions with touches like lilac walls and ceilings.
Whoever Bernard is, he must be one cool dude – this lively split-level bar-restaurant is a cut above its Rynek rivals. It serves a selection of upmarket comfort food including burgers, steak and fish dishes, along with a Polish choice or two; all washed down with the in-house lager. There’s live music most nights, and a breakfast menu from 10am to noon.