Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Kraków

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Some 14km southeast of Kraków, the Wieliczka (vyeh-leech-kah) salt mine has been welcoming tourists since 1722 and today is one of Poland's most popular attractions. It's a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and cham…
Top Choice Historic Site in Oświęcim

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum

Auschwitz-Birkenau is synonymous with genocide and the Holocaust. More than a million Jews, and many Poles and Roma, were murdered here by German occupiers during WWII. Both sections of the camp – Auschwitz I and th…
Top Choice Castle in Kraków

Wawel Royal Castle

As the political and cultural heart of Poland through the 16th century, Wawel Castle is a potent symbol of national identity. It's now a museum containing five separate sections: Crown Treasury & Armoury, State …
Top Choice Historic Site in Oświęcim

Birkenau (Auschwitz II)

Though much of Birkenau was destroyed by the retreating Germans, the size of the place, fenced off with long lines of barbed wire and watchtowers stretching almost as far as your eye can see, will give you some idea…
Top Choice Historic Site in Oświęcim

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I was only partially destroyed by the fleeing Germans, and many of the original brick buildings stand to this day as a bleak testament to the camp’s history. Some 13 of the 30 surviving prison blocks now h…
Top Choice Museum in Kraków

Schindler's Factory

This impressive interactive museum covers the German occupation of Kraków in WWII. It’s housed in the former enamel factory of Oskar Schindler, the Nazi industrialist who famously saved the lives of members of his J…
Top Choice Castle in Malbork

Malbork Castle

Malbork’s blockbuster attraction is its show-stoppingly massive castle sitting on the banks of the sluggish Nogat River, an eastern arm of the Vistula. The construction of Marienburg (Fortress of Mary) was begun by …
Top Choice Museum in The Great Masurian Lakes

Wolf's Lair

Hidden in thick forest near the hamlet of Gierłoż, 8km east of Kętrzyn, is one of Poland’s eeriest historical relics – 18 overgrown hectares of huge, partly destroyed concrete bunkers. This was Hitler’s main headqua…
Top Choice Church in Kraków

Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Cathedral has witnessed many coronations, funerals and burials of Poland’s monarchs and nobles over the centuries. The present-day cathedral is basically a Gothic structure, but chapels in different styles wer…
Top Choice Church in Kraków

St Mary's Basilica

This striking brick church, best known simply as St Mary’s, is dominated by two towers of different heights. The first church here was built in the 1220s and following its destruction during a Tatar raid, constructi…