Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Częstochowa

Paulite Monastery of Jasna Góra

Poland’s spiritual capital began with the arrival of the Paulite order from Hungary in 1382, who named the 293m hill in the western part of the city ‘Jasna Góra’ (Bright Hill) and erected this monastery. Believers a…
Top Choice Museum in Kielce

Kraków Bishops' Palace

Kielce was the property of the Kraków bishops from the 12th century through 1789. This palace was built (from 1637 onwards) as one of their seats and remains a testament to the richness of that era. The highlight of…
Top Choice Museum in Zamość

Arsenal Museum

This museum of military hardware and the city's fortifications received a major facelift in 2015. The collections are housed in three buildings along the city's western bastions. One building is given over to weapon…
Historic Site in Lublin

Majdanek

Majdanek extermination camp, where tens of thousands of people, mainly Jews, were murdered by the Germans during WWII, lies on the outskirts of Lublin – guard towers and barbed-wire fences interrupting the suburban …
Museum in Lublin

Lublin Castle

Lublin’s royal castle dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, though it's been rebuilt many times since; the oldest surviving part is the impressive Romanesque round tower that dominates the courtyard; it was here i…
Museum in Zamość

Museum of Zamość

Two Armenian houses shelter the Zamość museum, with intriguing displays such as a scale model of the 16th-century town and a letter to Jan Zamoyski from his architect, Bernardo Morando, with a hand-drawn plan of the…
Church in Lublin

Cathedral of St John the Baptist

This former Jesuit church dates from the 16th century and is the largest in Lublin; you can visit any time services are not taking place. The impressive interior is adorned with baroque trompe l'oeil frescoes by Mor…
Museum in Lublin

Kraków Gate

The only significant remnant of the fortified walls that once surrounded the Old Town is the 14th-century Gothic Kraków Gate, built during the reign of Kazimierz III Wielki following the Mongol attack in 1341. It re…
Synagogue in Zamość

Synagogue

The city’s fascinating synagogue was built around 1620 and served as the Jewish community’s main house of worship until WWII, when it was shuttered by the Germans. The ceilings and design elements in the small main …
Square in Zamość

Rynek Wielki

The Great Market Sq is the heart of Zamość's attractive Old Town. This impressive Italianate Renaissance square (exactly 100m by 100m) is dominated by the lofty, pink town hall and surrounded by colourful arcaded b…