A journey back in time
As countries like France, Italy, Spain and Germany own the tourism industry in Europe, many people often forget about Poland. This gorgeous country has a very rich history dating back to Medieval Times as well as World War II. Not only is Poland historic, it is a cultural paradise that is full of amazing landscapes, unique architecture, heart warming people, and some of the best food you will find anywhere. Spending time in Poland visiting the Medieval towns of Krakow, Wroclaw and Gdansk should be in everyone’s bucket list
Rynek Glowny, or Market Square, is one of the biggest and oldest Medieval Squares in all of Europe
Sukiennice, or Cloth Hall, is considered the World’s oldest shopping mall and dates back to the 1500’s. A perfect place for souvenir shopping
The Wawel Castle sits on top of Wawel Hill and is home to a folklore legend about a dragon that the town revolves around. A walk along the Vistula river delivers the best views
As the legend goes, The Wawel Castle was once endangered by a fierce and ferocious dragon. During the reign of King Krakus some time in 700 AD, Smok Wawelski, or Dragon of Wawel Hill, lived in a lair beneath the castle on the bank of the Vistula River. There the dragon demanded weekly offerings of cattle or else it would devour humans. Noble men traveled from far across the land to try and defeat the dragon, but none succeeded. Until one day, a poor shoemaker told the king that he could defeat the dragon by tricking it into eating a fake sheep with tinder, tar and sulfur inside. The dragon excitedly took the sheep as his weekly offering and immediately felt heat swelling in his stomach. He went to the river to quench his thirst and put out the flame, but he exploded and never returned. Although his remains still sit outside at the base of the castle, blowing fire every few minutes, reminding people of the legend.
Don’t visit Poland without eating a lot of Pierogis and all of the other delicious dishes the country has to offer!
Wroclaw is perhaps the most colorful town in all of Poland and Stary Rynek, or Market Square, does not disappoint
Surrounded with color, the Medieval Square dates back to the 1200’s!
A Polish romantic icon, the Tumski bridge delivers some great views of historic Ostrów Tumski, the oldest part of the city. This is also the best entrance of Ostrów and the perfect spot to leave a love lock
The quiet streets of Ostrów Tumski are very charming and date back to the early 10th century
One of Wroclaws biggest attractions is the Panorama Racławicka. A massive panoramic painting that depicts Poland’s battle for independence in the late 1700’s. The painting is so realistic it feels like you’re there
One of the most unique things you can do in Wroclaw is to go dwarf hunting. There are 163 of them hidden throughout the town
Gdansk, a Baltic town, sits on the banks of the Motława River. The views are best at sunrise and sunset when the crowds are gone and the lights and reflections dance off of the water
The most popular spot in Gdansk is the Dlugi Targ, Or Long Market. It can get very busy during the day but is full of colorful and unique architecture
The Napoleon Fountain is the symbol of Gdansk. It is so important to the city that it had to be hidden during World War II
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