Top 22 historical cities to visit in Poland

  • Warsaw

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    Warsaw is the capital and the largest city of Poland. Unlike most Polish cities, Warsaw's cityscape is mostly contemporary – modern buildings are towering above older historical edifices. The buildings in the Warsaw Old Town represent nearly every European architectural style and historical period.
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  • Kraków

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    Kraków is the second-largest city in Poland and one of the oldest. In medieval times it was the capital of the Kingdom of Poland. Now Kraków is very popular among tourists because of the old town, which is surrounded by medieval castle walls. It contains dozens of restaurants and cobbled streets.
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  • Gdańsk

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    Gdańsk is a city on the Baltic coast of northern Poland. Today Gdańsk is a major shipping port and tourist destination. The city has some buildings surviving from the time of the Hanseatic League. Gdańsk has a number of historical churches including the largest brick church in the world.
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  • Wrocław

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    Wrocław, the historical capital of Silesia and Lower Silesia, is the largest city in the region. The city has a rich history and is known for its Brick Gothic and Baroque architecture. The Main Market Square, which is the oldest medieval public square in Poland, is a must-visit.
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  • Poznań

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    Poznań is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland. There are many historic buildings and heritage sites, mostly concentrated around the Old Town and other parts of the city centre. Many of these lie on the Royal-Imperial Route – a walk leading through the most important parts of the city.
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  • Łódź

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    Łódź is a city in central Poland, formerly known as a textile-manufacturing hub. Today, it is a thriving metropolis with a unique post-industrial history and a variety of attractions to explore.
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  • Szczecin

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    Szczecin is a city of contrasts with a mix of architecture inherited from wildly different ages. The city has a unique character and is known for its monumental architecture and beautiful greenery. The city plan resembles that of Paris, and it is often called the Paris of the North.
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  • Katowice

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    Katowice is a large business, conference and trade fair center. Unlike most other large Polish cities, Katowice did not originate as a medieval town. Katowice's urban layout is a result of expansion and annexation of various towns, industrial worker estates, and villages.
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  • Białystok

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    Białystok is the largest city in northeastern Poland. The city is occupied by parks, squares and forest preserves which creates a unique and healthy climate. The Branicki Palace in Bialystok is a big complex with gardens, pavillons, sculptures, and other buildings such as city hall and monastery.
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  • Lublin

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    Lublin is the largest city in eastern Poland and serves as an important regional cultural capital. Historic buildings of Lublin's Old Town create a unique atmosphere of the renaissance city. Lublin aims to be known as the Polish Capital of Festivals.
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  • Bydgoszcz

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    Bydgoszcz is a city in northern Poland. It is an architecturally rich city, with many styles present. The city is mostly associated with water, sports, Art Nouveau buildings, waterfront, music, and urban greenery. It is worth noting that Bydgoszcz boasts the largest city park in Poland.
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  • Gdynia

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    Gdynia is a city in northern Poland, situated on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea. The seaport is mainly known for its holiday resorts and as a regular stopover on the cruising itinerary of luxury passenger ships and ferries travelling to Scandinavia. The center has become a symbol of modernity with new buildings being constructed every year.
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  • Rzeszow

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    Rzeszów is the largest city in southeastern Poland. It is actively developing as a regional tourist destination. Its Old Town, Main Market Square, churches and synagogues are among the best preserved in the country.
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  • Toruń

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    Toruń is a historical city on the Vistula River in north-central Poland. The city is famous for having preserved almost intact its medieval spatial layout and many Gothic buildings. Toruń is well known for Toruń gingerbread, a type of piernik often made in elaborate molds.
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  • Częstochowa

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    Częstochowa is one of the main tourist destinations in southern Poland. Among it's attractions are old townhouses and the urban core of the city centre. The Black Madonna of Częstochowa, housed at the Jasna Góra Monastery, is a particularly popular religious attraction.
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  • Kielce

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    Kielce is a capital of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in Poland. The city and its surroundings are known for their historic architecture, green spaces with walkable routes and recreational areas like the Świętokrzyski National Park.
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  • Elbląg

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    Elbląg is a port city on the river Elbląg. It has access to the Baltic Sea via the Russian-controlled Strait of Baltiysk. Elbląg known for its archaeological sites, museums and the largest brewery in the country. The Elbląg Canal, built in 1825–44 under Prussia, is a tourist site of Elbląg.
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  • Zamosc

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    Zamość is a historical city in southeastern Poland. The most prominent building is the Town Hall, built at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. It stands on the north side of the Great Market Square, regarded as one of the most beautiful 16th-century squares in Europe.
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  • Jelenia Góra

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    Jelenia Góra is a historic city in southwestern Poland. The central suburb of Jelenia Góra possesses many historical and architectural structures of great significance, including the 17th-century Town Hall, baroque churches and a restored central marketplace as well as parks and gardens.
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  • Gniezno

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    Gniezno is a city in central-western Poland, about 50 kilometers east of Poznań. It was the first historical capital of Poland in the 10th century and early 11th century.
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  • Grudziądz

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    Grudziądz is a city in northern Poland located on the Vistula River. The Old Town of Grudziądz and 14th-century granaries were declared National Historic Monuments of Poland.
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  • Świdnica

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    Świdnica is a city in south-western Poland in the region of Silesia. In addition to several famous churches and museums, the Old Town is a sight that all visitors should see. There are many parks located in the town center and its surrounding areas.
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