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Poland (Polish: Polska), is a large country in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline and is bordered by Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast), Slovakia, and Ukraine.

Regions



    Central Poland (Lódzkie, Mazowieckie, Wielkopolskie, and Kujawsko-Pomorskie)
A varied landscape and the location of Europe's largest natural forest, profusion of wildlife, bird-watcher's paradise, inland dunes, the enormous cityscapes of Warsaw and Lódz.
    Northern Poland (Pomeranian (Pomorskie), Warmian-Masurian (Warminsko-Mazurskie), and West Pomeranian (Zachodnipomorskie))
Home to Poland's attractive seaside; sandy beaches with dunes and cliffs; lakes, rivers and forests.
    Western Poland (Lubuskie, Lower Silesian (Dolnoslaskie), and Opolskie)
    Eastern Poland (Podlaskie and Lublin (Lubelskie))
    Southern Poland (Malopolskie, Silesian (Slaskie), Subcarpathian (Podkarpackie), and Swietokrzyskie)
Home to spectacular mountains, the world's oldest operating salt mines, fantastic landforms in jurassic limestone, caves, historical monuments and cities.


Cities


There are a lot of big cities in Poland that are worth seeing. Most of them have a flourishing medieval history.

    * Warsaw - the biggest city and capital of Poland as well as Mazowieckie is one of the most historical and important cities in Europe and has become one of the EU's thriving new business centers. The old town has been rebuild according to classicist paintings of Canalletto after World War II.
    * Kraków - second biggest city in Poland and capital of Malopolskie and the most popular Polish city, "cultural capital" of Poland and the country's third capital during its early formative years of the Middle Ages. For years considered by Poles to be the most beautiful city in their country - in modern times Krakow became one of the largest tourism centers in Europe with millions of tourists from around the world annually. Historical center, countless ancient monuments, the largest European medieval market-place (with free WiFI); plenty of magical pubs and cafes; Nowa Huta district - unique entirely planned and built socialist-realist city; great starting point for trips of any kind.
    * Gdansk - the biggest city in and capital of Pomorskie, one of the most beautiful European cities. Although it was destroyed in World War II, it has been perfectly rebuilt. The city is a good departure point to the many sea resorts along the north coast.
    * Torun - one of the capitals of Kujawsko-Pomorskie and after Kraków the city with the most sites to visit in Poland. It is famous for its son Nicolaus Copernicus and the its medival gingerbread called katarzynki.
    * Wroclaw - the biggest city in and capital of Dolnoslaskie a perfect mixture of Gothic and baroque architecture, it was also destroyed and successfully rebuilt. It has more bridges than any other European town except Hamburg (2500), Venice, Amsterdam and Saint Petersburg.
    * Poznan - the biggest city and capital of Wielkopolskie and one of the first co-capitals of Poland in the 10th and 11th centuries. Well preserved monuments from that period, as well as a medieval Old Town and many monuments from later epochs. Now considered to be the Polish "business-and-banking capital" and the main Trade & Fair Centre. As well, known as a sport-supporting-city with, for example, Europe's best canoe competition track on Malta Lake, just 3 kms from the downtown.
    * Szczecin - the biggest city in and capital of Zachodniopomorskie. It was one of the most important cities in Pomerania since the Middle Ages. An enormous harbour, monuments and old parks in the centre, museums, etc.
    * Gdynia - a big city in Pomorskie at the Back of Gdansk with a sandy beach a huge harbour and of of the biggest aquariums in Europe.
    * Bydgoszcz - the biggest city in and the capital of Kujawsko-Pomorskie at the mouth of the Brda River into the Vistula with big granadiers from the time of the Polish-Lithuanian Republic, and "Bydgoszcz channel", an important link in a water system connected via Vistula, Notec, Warta, Odra, Elbe with the Rhine and Rotterdam. Called a "Little-Berlin", becouse of the beautifu Art-Nouveau, Neo-baroque and Eclecticism architecture.
    * Olsztyn - the biggest city in and capital of Warminsko-Mazurskie and historical capital of Warmia at the Lyna River with a Brick Gothic castle and a Neo-Renaissance town hall.
    * Rzeszów - the biggest city in and capital of Podkarpackie at the Wislok River with a beautiful market square, underground routes beneath it and Barock castles.
    * Lublin - the biggest city in and capital of Lubelskie. Has a well-preserved old town with typical Polish and, at the same time, unusual Renaissance architecture, the socalled Lublin Renaissance. Beautifull churches, old town and castle.
    * Bialystok - the biggest city and capital of Podlaskie with the Branicki Palace, the Polish Versailles. Gateway to Masuria Lake District (north) and the Bialowieza Forest (south-east) nature reserve which is home to Europe's only free-roaming bison population.
    * Kielce - the biggest town in Swietokrzyskie with the Baroque Krakow Bishop Palace and Renaissance castle gardens.
    * Lódz - the biggest town in and capital of Lódzkie once renowned for its textile industries, the Polish Ma
 

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