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…
Ruins in Sandomierz

Krzyżtopór Castle

The small village of Ujazd (oo-yahst), around 30km west of Sandomierz, is home to arguably Poland’s most bizarre ruin. Krzyżtopór Castle was commissioned by eccentric governor Krzysztof Ossoliński and built accordin…
Museum in Lublin

Lublin Castle

Lublin’s royal castle dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, though it's been rebuilt many times over the years. It was here in 1569 that the union with Lithuania was signed. The castle is home to both the Lublin M…
Church 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 at 6am and 1.30pm (2pm Saturday and Sunday) and covered again at noon and 9.20pm (1pm and 9.20pm Satu…
Historic Site in Lublin

Majdanek

Four kilometres southeast of the centre of Lublin is the German-Nazi Majdanek extermination camp, where tens of thousands of people, mainly Jews, were murdered during WWII. The Germans went to no effort to conceal M…
Museum in Kielce

Open-Air Museum of the Kielce Village

This 80-hectare skansen (open-air museum of traditional architecture) is located in the village of Tokarnia, about 20km from Kielce. It’s a pleasant half-day outing, particularly for kids. Several minibuses from Kie…
Church in Chełm

St Mary’s Basilica

The hill in the middle of Chełm is crowned with the white St Mary’s Basilica and a complex of religious buildings that were once a bishop’s palace and a monastery. The late-Baroque basilica was rebuilt in the mid-18…
Tunnel in Chełm

Chełm Chalk Tunnels

The city’s star attraction is an array of chalk passages hewn by hand 12m below ground. The chalk mine began in medieval times. By the 16th century the chalk extracted was renowned throughout the country. Visits are…