Krakow market square, Poland
Krakow market square, Poland

Poland is in central Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Germany, Lithuania, and Russia. Its unique location has provided it with the fortune and misfortunes that come with the interplay of states. In turn, this produces a varied and eventful history to explore.

Poland is proud of its heritage, and this is shown through its varied and well-preserved architecture, numerous museums, sumptuous galleries and imposing monuments. The perfectly preserved Gothic old town of Toruń is an example of how reverently the Polish treat their past. Gdańsk displays architecture from its Hanseatic heritage. More modern history can be discovered through the varied evidence of the 19th century industrial boom with in the city of Łódź.

There are, of course, many reminders of and destinations associated with World War II, the war that devastated Poland, Auschwitz-Birkenau being the most infamous. But there’s also the Gothic beauty of Malbork Castle, huge primordial forests to remind us where fairy tales come from, or the fascinating Wieliczka Salt Mine, suggested to be the oldest enduring in the world – this mine has been in business continuously since the 13th century. With its picturesque old towns and medieval architecture, wild forests and delightful beaches, and not forgetting its exciting city life, Poland is a country that's as captivating as it is surprising.

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