Poland Things to Do

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Poland Things to Do

  • Lazienki Park and Chopin's Monument

    Warsaw Things to Do

    I arrived at my hotel, then went for a walk in the cold fresh air. The park is almost next door to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. I was surprised to see two peacocks trying to keep warm, near the Belvedere Restaurant. The other thing that was unusual about the park, was the number of crows flocking around the park and trees - some thousands of them it...

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  • Wieliczka Salt Mine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    A World Class Attraction: "The Salt Mine of Wieliczka" Note: Temperature in the Wieliczka Salt Mine stays uniform 15 degrees Celsius, i.e. 59 Fahrenheit, round the year. Except it's closed on January 1, Easter Sunday, November 1, December 4, Christmastide (i.e. December 24-25), and December 31. April through Octobervisitors may see the...

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  • The Main Square - Rynek

    5 out of 5 stars

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The Rynek, or Market Square is, and always has been, the heart of Wroclaw. Not only is is it at the geographical centre of the city but it is also where everything happens. Although its beginnings originate from medieval times what we see today is a re-construction after it was devastated in World War 2. It has to be said that you would hardly know...

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  • Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Warsaw Things to Do

    This part of Warsaw was heavily damaged during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. It was rebuilt after the war and today, consists of cafes and restaurants. The colorful facades of the buildings nonetheless, are a magnet to locals and tourists alike. The east side is home to the Historical Museum, which is currently undergoing restoration work on the...

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  • Wawel Castle

    Krakow Things to Do

    I passed 4-5 times in front of the Smok Wawelski, down the Wavell Hill, expecting to film the Dragon's sculpture when breathing fire but each time my camera was ready "Smok" as he is called in Krakow ceased spurting fire to start again when I was out of reach ! A nasty beast not only devouring sheep but also showing sexual harassment (as it is now...

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  • Panorama Raclawicka

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    Before I came here I wondered whether I should fit the Panorama Raclawicka into my itiinerary. After all, this panorama painting is all about a Polish war back in 1794 and I wasn't sure if I would be that interested. Polish people come here in their droves but then again its their history. In the end I decided to give it a go. Did I think it was...

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  • Royal Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Warsaw Things to Do

    Once the home of Polish Kings and Lithuanian Dukes, the splendid building is the pride and joy of Warsaw. It was the royal residence from the 16th to 18th centuries. The, after the onset of WWII, the castle was demolished and it was later blown up following the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. After the war, it wasn't until 1971 that the decision to...

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  • Auschwitz

    Krakow Things to Do

    I much hesitated to join the VT euromeet for the visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. The reason may sound paradoxical, I feel too much concerned, impregnated by WW II and its horrors. I was a child when Belgium was invaded - again - and occupied by Germany and I'm unable to forget. I read a lot about WW II and the concentration camps, visited...

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  • Cathedral Island - Ostrow Tumski

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    Ostrow Tumski or Cathedral Island is where the city of Wroclaw was born.To get there from the University walk across Sand Bridge to Sand Island and the Tumski Bridge. This bridge has become the magnet for couples who leave padlocks chained to the ironwork in the hope that somehow it will keep them together forever. Whether it works or not I don't...

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  • Monument to the Ghetto Uprising

    Warsaw Things to Do

    The monument over the heroes of the Warsaw Uprising is commemorating the citizens uprising in 1944 from the tyranny of the German Nazi, unfortunately ended tragically. The monument is located on the Krasinskich Square.

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  • Jewish Quarter - Kazimierz

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    It might sound odd but several of the most famous and beautiful churches of Krakow are located in the Kazimierz district. I started, on a sunny morning, my visit of Kazimierz by following the promenade along the river Vistule-Wisla at the foot of the Wawel hill. Two hundred meters south of the bridge called Grundwaldzki appeared a white building...

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  • Cathedral of St John the Baptist -...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The first thing that struck me about St. John the Baptist's Cathedral is how it seemed to stand defiantly at the end of Cathedral St. It's twin towers appeared to have seen better days - but they were still there, so there must be some history to this church - and there is. The first church on this site goes way back to the 10th cent. and was...

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  • Palace of Culture and Science

    4 out of 5 stars

    Warsaw Things to Do

    This skyscraper was built during the Stalinist era of 1952 to 1955. Originally, it housed a cinema, community center and swimming pool. All used shortly after its completion. Today, it remains controversial, yet, it is one of the cities most popular tourist destinations. It contains amongst other things, cinemas, theaters, museums, bookshops and...

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  • Market Square - Rynek Glowny

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    On the north side of the Rynek Glowny market square, not far from the Mariacki church, you can not avoid the horse-carriages standing there and inviting couples for a romantic promenade. They are well decorated rather large carriages, often white, with two horses and two cabman or cabwoman. The horses are strong and their harness is decorated. The...

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  • Old Town Hall - Ratusz

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The Rynek boasts not just one, but two, Town Halls. The New Town Hall and the much older original one. The New Town Hall dominates the western part of the square and is the home of the city council and Mayor of Wroclaw, but it is the older one that is of most interest. Known just simply as 'The Town Hall' this building has, unbelievably, survived...

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  • President's Palace

    3 out of 5 stars

    Warsaw Things to Do

    In front of Presidential palace is monument of Prince Józef Poniatowski riding a horse. The author was Bertel Thorwaldsen, Danish sculptor. Working on monument last from 1830 till 1832th. Later tsar give it to general Ivan Paskevich, which moved it to his residence at Homel. Monument returned to Poland in the 1922 year. Monument was unveiled on...

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  • St. Mary's Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    What first strikes the visitor entering the vast and magnificent chorus is the abundance of bright colors. Walls and vault are decorated with mural paintings by Jan Matejko in 1890. Superb is the high altar with the retable of Veit Stoss executed around 1480 in Nuremberg. This is one of the largest (11 x 13 m) and most famous altarpieces in...

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  • St Elisabeth Church - Kosciol Sw...

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    Ever since the 14th cent. St. Elisabeth's Church has been one of the oldest and tallest structures in the Old Town of Wroclaw - but it hasn't been one of the luckiest. It was destroyed in a storm in 1529, severely damaged in WW2 and the victim of a mysterious fire in 1976. The first record of a church here was in 1253 when it belonged to the...

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  • Barbican

    Warsaw Things to Do

    The Warsaw Barbican is a semi circle fortified medieval outpost connected to the city walls, which was used for defensive purposes. It was destroyed during WWII and Warsaw Uprising in 1944. It was rebuilt after the war using scattered bricks from historical buildings that was destroyed. They used the etching from 17th century diagram. It is a major...

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  • Cloth Hall - Sukiennice

    4 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    The Cloth Hall (Polish: Sukiennice) is one of symbol of city. It is a central building on main market in Old town. Besides small shops under arcade here is also and The Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art. That institution is important cultural venue. It was opened on 7th October 1879. Here you can by very interesting souvenirs also, of course.

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  • University

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The wonderful main building of Wroclaw University, along with the adjacent Church of the Blessed Name of Jesus, was built by the Jesuits back in 1670 when they founded the University. The buildings have had a checquered history, none more so than during the 2nd World War when they were badly damaged during the Nazis takeover of the library as their...

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  • Wilanow

    5 out of 5 stars

    Warsaw Things to Do

    After a tour of the Palace, take a walk around the charming Palace gardens descending in terraces down to the lake. See the garden sculptures, the Chinese pagoda, the 'Roman' bridge, and, in summer, enjoy the views from the gondola. The new layout of the gardens has now been completed and is just superb with the plants arranged so as to form royal...

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  • St. Florian's Gate and the Barbican

    Krakow Things to Do

    Coming from the central market Rynek Glowny by the very touristy Florianska street - with burger and kebab shops - the contrast is great with the medieval St-Florian Tower gate from 1307 and the medieval fortification walls on both sides of the tower. On the left in the Pijarska street is a small museum about the City Defensive Walls (Mury...

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  • Japanese Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    I planned to have a short visit in Hala Ludowa. But in the end I found myself from zoo and realized that exploring this part of city will take a whole day. Take your time and visit zoo, Japanese garden, and huge park of Szczytnicki all next to Hala Ludowa.

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  • Syrenka - Mermaid

    Warsaw Things to Do

    The Warsaw mermaid statue is located in Market Square of the Old Town. It is a symbol and an icon of Warsaw. There are three mermaids and the one in the Old Town is the first mermaid, the second is near Świętokrzyski bridge and the third is at Karowa street.

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  • Church of Saints Peter & Paul

    Krakow Things to Do

    This is with St. Barbara the second Jesuit church in Krakow but the first baroque church in the town. Construction started in 1597. The impressive baroque façade in stone was inspired by the Gesu church in Roma (ref. my tip). The intersection of the nave and transept was covered with a large dome. The reminder is in ordinary brick. The Church of...

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  • Market Hall - Hala Targowa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The first thing that you notice when walking into the Market Hall is the concrete arches that support its roof. Re-inforced concrete is not usually regarded as an aesthetic material but I found myself liking its use in here. It has an almost church-like feel to it. Moreover, concrete had only started being used as a building material just a couple...

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  • Castle Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Warsaw Things to Do

    The Castle square is something that you must visit when you in Warsaw. It is very know place. This square connect Old town and Praga district. The main landmark of square is Sigismund's Column and is surrounded by historic houses and Royal Castle. All main celebration is organized here. During our visit to the city we attended the celebration of...

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  • Town Hall - Ratusz

    Krakow Things to Do

    The old town hall was pulled down in 1820 to create the big spaces we all love at market square. Only the Gothic clocktower remained. It dates back to the 13th century but got its present appearance in the 17th century. The latest addition were two lions brought from a former country house in 1962. Inside, you will find the tourist information, a...

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  • Jas i Malgosia Houses - Hansel and...

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    Jaś i Małgosia, in English "Johnny and Maggie", are two little houses united with an arch and built in front of Saint Elizabeth's church, one in Renaissance and the other in Baroque style. They are located close to the Rynek, so you cannot miss them.

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  • Downtown

    Warsaw Things to Do

    The Square of the Three Crosses is dominated by the Church of St. Alexander. It was built as a Neo-classicist copy of the Roman pantheon between 1815 and 1825. It was built on order of Tsar Alexander I. (who obviously had a choice in the patron saint). In 1886, it was re-designed in Neo-Renaissance style and enlarged. The current building is a...

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  • Jagiellonian University

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    Founded in 1364, the University of Krakow is amongst the oldest in the world. King Wladislaw II. Jagiello bought that former noble mansion from the Anjou family for the University in 1400 which became later known as Collegium Maius. The building includes some 19th century Neogothic elements. Today, it houses some offices of the medicine faculty as...

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  • Centennial Hall - Hala Stulecia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The „Centennial Exhibition“ of 1913 was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prussia's Vicory over Napoleon. At that time, Wroclaw was part of the German Empire and better known under its German name Breslau. The centerpiece of the exhibition grounds was the Centennial Hall (Jahrhunderthalle, Hala Ludowa or Hala Stulecia). The hall was...

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  • Pawiak Prison

    Warsaw Things to Do

    Built in the 1830s to serve as a Tsarist prison, Pawiak came to the fore during WWII when the Gestapo took it over. During the Nazi occupation it became the largest political prison in Poland and saw over 100,000 inmates pass through its gates. Of this number, over 37,000 were executed within the grounds, while a further 60,000 were transported to...

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  • Florianska Street

    Krakow Things to Do

    If you are looking for bar, pubs, restaurants and little shops – this is the street to go to in Kraków. Florianska Street is busy day and night and has something for everyone. The street leads from the market square to Florianska Gate, the last of the medieval city gates preserved. It was part of the Royal Route, the street through which visitors...

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  • City Hall

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The city hall, or Ratusz, was built in 13th century. Its original architecture attracts the tourists immediately after stepping on the Market square. Neogothical extensions were added in the second half of 19th century.

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  • Royal Way

    4 out of 5 stars

    Warsaw Things to Do

    Potocki Palace (Polish: Pałac Potockich), is a large baroque palace. The new one was commissioned by Ernest Denhoff and construction started in 1693 under the architect Giovanni Pioli. From 1731 it belonged to August Aleksander Czartoryski. All complex has two gates on each side. The layout of the gates are shaped like a horseshoe. It has...

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  • Planty Gardens

    Krakow Things to Do

    Our plane in its approach of the Krakow-Balice airport did fly over Krakow. I could easily distinguish the Wawel hill and the green belt of the Planty gardens around the old town, something unique in the European urban scheme. The stroll along these gardens is especially agreeable as the Planty is bordered by a number of historical buildings such...

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  • South Park - Park Poludniowy

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    This rather little park (0,25 square kilometer) is located between streets Powstancow Slaskich, Sudecka, Waligorskiego and Kutnowska. Main feature of this park is a scenic pond with fountains. You can watch it from observation terrace or in more informal way, laying on grass :). South Park is perfect if you want a short walk or jogging (you are...

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  • The Tomb of Unknown Soldier

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Warsaw Things to Do

    Nearly every country in the world has Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is symbolic and it is a tomb of remembrance of Polish soldiers who fought and died for freedom. The tomb proudly stands between the beautiful peaceful Saxon Garden and Pilsudski Square. We were lucky enough to see the change of the guard. I must admit it wasn’t as good as the...

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  • Zakopane

    Krakow Things to Do

    Zakopane is in the Tatra mountains of south Poland 110km [ 68 miles] from Krakow. Can be reached by train or bus from Krakow, bus is far quicker [2hours journey]. It is a pretty place of wooden houses, it attractes hikers, artists, and in winter sports enthusiasts.

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  • St Mary Magdalene Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The massive brick church St. Mary Magdalene (Kosciol Marii Magdaleny) was built in the middle of the 14th century. It includes a 12th century Romanesque portal which was moved here from a Benedictine abbey. Due to the reformation, the church belonged to the Protestants from the early 16th century until the end of WWII when it was returned to the...

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  • New Town

    Warsaw Things to Do

    Nowe Miasto, the New Town is not so new , as it began its developent called New Warsaw in the fourteenth century and it was not integrated in Warsaw until the late eighteenth century Upon entering the New Town from the Old Town, struck by the tranquility in this area and the beauty of its squares , palaces and streets Nowe Miasto , la Ciudad...

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  • Czartoryski Museum

    Krakow Things to Do

    Muzeum Czartoryskich: This museum was founded in 1796 by Princess Izabela Czartoryska to preserve the Polish heritage in keeping with the Princess' motto: "The Past to the Future". It is the oldest museum in Poland. The first objects in the so-called "Temple of Memory" were trophies commemorating the victory against the Turks at the siege of...

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  • Church of Holy Cross

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    This church is a curiosity. There's an upper church - of the Holy Cross - and a church on the lower level, St. Bartholomew, which is nowadays the parish church of the Ukraine-Byzantine congregation. The latter was not open but I heard it has a beautiful gilded iconostasis. The church of the Holy Cross was built in the 13th century (consecrated...

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