Top ChoiceMonastery in Częstochowa

Paulite Monastery of Jasna Góra

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....

Top ChoiceMemorial in Bełżec

Bełżec Memorial

This subdued memorial and museum bears witness to the 600,000 Jews killed here in 1942 by the Nazis as part of their ‘Operation Reinhard’, the German plan to eliminate the Jewish population of occupied Poland....

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Lublin

Majdanek

Majdanek concentration 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...

Top ChoiceChurch in Częstochowa

Chapel of Our Lady

The oldest part of the Paulite Monastery of Jasna Góra contains the revered Black Madonna. The picture is unveiled to soaring music and prayer at 6am and 1.30pm (2pm Saturday and Sunday) and covered again at noon...

Top ChoiceSquare 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, mauve town hall and surrounded by colourful...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kielce

Kraków Bishops' Palace

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

Top ChoiceMuseum in Zamość

Arsenal Museum

This museum of military hardware and the city's fortifications is housed in three separate areas along the city's western bastions. Start at the facility built into rebuilt Bastion III which has the ticket...

Memorial in Sobibór

Sobibór Memorial

For several decades, the Sobibór memorial was a simple collection of monuments and a tiny museum. It was moving in its simplicity, the paucity of visitors adding to the contemplative atmosphere. The site is now...

Monastery in Świętokrzyski National Park

Benedictine Monastery of Holy Cross

This hilltop monastery got its name from the segment of Jesus’ cross that was supposedly kept here. The abbey is at the top of Łysa Góra (595m). It has a fascinating history going back nearly a millennium....

Castle in Ojców National Park

Pieskowa Skała Castle

If you can only do one thing in Ojców National Park, visit this 14th-century castle, one of the best-preserved castles in the upland. The castle was rebuilt in the 16th century in imitation of the royal residence...

Cemetery in Lublin

Old Jewish Cemetery

The old Jewish cemetery, established in 1541, has 30-odd readable tombstones, including the oldest Jewish tombstone in Poland in its original location. The graveyard is on a hill between ul Sienna and ul...

Church in Sandomierz

Cathedral Basilica

Built between 1360 and 1382, this massive church has retained much of its Gothic exterior, apart from the baroque facade added in the 17th century. The Russo-Byzantine frescoes in the chancel were painted in the...

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...

Museum in The Lublin Upland

Janowiec Museum

Situated within the 16th-century Janowiec Castle, this museum has a few rooms given over to temporary exhibitions and contemporary art, as well as a viewing platform offering a wide perspective of the castle and...

Cemetery in Kazimierz Dolny

Jewish Cemetery

Over the centuries, Kazimierz Dolny had a significant Jewish population, and in the decades leading up to WWII as much as half the population was Jewish. While few traces of this community can be seen today, the...

Museum in Kazimierz Dolny

House of the Celej Family

This 1635 townhouse built for the Celej family is a branch of the Vistula River Museum. The focus is on art and several rooms on the upper floor are dedicated to the considerable output of artists who have called...

Historic Building in Zamość

Town Hall

The town hall was built between 1639 and 1651, and features were added and extended over the years: its curving stairway came in 1768. Zamoyski didn’t want the town hall to overshadow the palace or interrupt the...

Church in Świętokrzyski National Park

Holy Cross Church

The Holy Cross Church in the Benedictine Monastery of Holy Cross was rebuilt several times over the years. The present-day church and its bright white mainly neoclassical interior date to the late 18th century....

Historic Building in Lublin

Grodzka Gate

This gate leads from the castle area into the Old Town and was traditionally referred to as the 'Jewish' gate, since until WWII it also separated the main Jewish quarter from the Old Town. There are excellent...

Museum in Sandomierz

Diocesan Museum

The quintessential example of Sandomierz’ underrated assets, the medieval Długosz House (Dom Długosza) was built in 1476 for Poland’s first historian, Jan Długosz. Today it houses the Diocesan Museum, with a...