Welcome to my list of the top ten most beautiful cites to visit in Poland: an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea known for its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage. Warsaw, the capital, has shopping and nightlife, plus the Warsaw Uprising Museum, honoring the city’s WWII-era resistance to German occupation. In the city of Kraków, 14th-century Wawel Castle rises above the medieval old town, home to Cloth Hall, a Renaissance trading post in Rynek Glówny (market square).

Nearby is the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp memorial, and vast Wieliczka Salt Mine, with underground halls and tunnels. The Baltic seacoast features beach resorts, the historic port city of Gdańsk and Gothic Malbork Castle, now a museum. Białowieża National Park preserves one of the last parcels of primeval forest in Europe, and is home to European bison. The Masurian Lake District offers swimming and boating. The Tatra Mountains, part of the Carpathians, are a skiing and trekking destination. The town of Zakopane has rustic wood chalets, horse-drawn sleighs and rafting on the Dunajec River.

1. Warsaw

Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities In Poland

Warsaw is the sprawling capital of Poland. Its widely varied architecture reflects the city's long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. The city's Old Town was restored after heavy damage during WWII. Its heart is Market Square, with pastel buildings and open-air cafes. The Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid at its center is the city’s symbol.

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The Barbican and defensive-wall fragments are remnants of Warsaw’s medieval fortifications. The Royal Route runs from the vast, rebuilt Royal Castle, where concerts are held, past churches and neoclassical palaces to lavish 17th-century Wilanów Palace, housing royal memorabilia. The Fryderyk Chopin Museum memorializes the famed composer, a Warsaw native. The high-tech POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Warsaw Uprising Museum trace the city’s tragic wartime experience. As Poland’s cultural hub, Warsaw has a thriving nightlife and music scene, both classical and underground.

2. Gdańsk

Gdańsk

Gdańsk (Danzig in German) is a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland. At the center of its Main Town, reconstructed after WWII, are the colorful facades of Long Market, now home to shops and restaurants. Nearby is Neptune Fountain, a 17th-century symbol of the city topped by a bronze statue of the sea god. Gdańsk is also a center for the world’s amber trade; boutiques throughout the city sell the ossified resin.

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3. Kraków

Kraków

Kraków, a southern Poland city near the border of the Czech Republic, is known for its well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. Its old town – ringed by Planty Park and remnants of the city’s medieval walls – is centered on the stately, expansive Rynek Glówny (market square). This plaza is the site of the Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-century Gothic church.

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4. Sopot

Sopot

Sopot is the smallest town of the Tricity metropolis, situated just between Gdansk and Gdynia. The location makes Sopot a great starting point for Gdansk tours. Its population of only 40,000 is modest in comparison with the 2 million tourists who visit it every summer. Many of them are lured by Sopot International Song Festival, the largest event of its type in Europe after the Eurovision, and which takes place at the Forest Opera house every August.

Sopot provides many sporting and fun facilities, like water slides, venues for beach football tournaments, sport equipment for rent, tennis courts and so on. If you like the simple life of frying in the sun, then this can also be fully satisfied with Sopot’s clean and sandy beaches. And when the heat gets too much, then almost on the seashore you will find the Summer Theatre.

This town rarely sleeps, especially in summer when its clubs fill with people. Sopot strives to maintain its traditions, such as its casino dating from the 1920s and the significant number of stylish restaurants and atmospheric bars, none of which should disappoint even the most sophisticated frequenters of such places.

Beside the bustling “Monciak” Boulevard, there are some charming peaceful areas where you may enjoy Art Nouveau villas, pleasant parks and forests cut through by gorgeous ravines. The atmosphere of the pre-war resort, like that seen on old sepia postcards, can still be felt.

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5. Zakopane

Zakopane

I wholeheartedly believe that Poland has it all – absolutely breathtaking cities, tranquil seaside, beautiful lakes… there is even a desert! But on the very south of the country, one more absolutely magical gem awaits your visit – the Tatra Mountains. It is at their foot where you will find Zakopane.

Located a little over 100 kilometres (just under 70 miles) from the capital of Lesser Poland, Zakopane is the ultimate one-day tour destination from Krakow for people who want to experience something extraordinary. Often referred to as the winter capital of Poland, the town offers a perfect blend of outdoorsy fun, modern hotels, beautiful views and fascinating traditions – everyone will find something for themselves!

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6. Kołobrzeg

Kołobrzeg

Kołobrzeg is a Polish city on the Baltic Sea, known for its spas. Its Gothic St. Mary’s Basilica has a 14th-century bronze baptistery and a huge 16th-century chandelier. Nearby, the castlelike town hall houses a modern art gallery, a concert hall and a cafe. Stretching far out to sea, Kołobrzeg Pier has views of the promenade and the nearby 17th-century Lighthouse, which was rebuilt after being bombed in WWII.

Best hotels to stay in Kołobrzeg.

7. Gdynia

Gdynia

Gdynia is a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland. It’s known for its modernist buildings, including the Museum of the City of Gdynia, which has exhibits about local history. Kościuszki Square, with a distinctive fountain as its center, leads to the waterfront. The WWII destroyer ORP Błyskawica and 1909 tall ship Dar Pomorza, now museums, are moored on the Southern Pier. Sharks and piranhas inhabit Gdynia Aquarium.

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8. Wrocław

Wrocław

Wrocław is a city on the Oder River in western Poland. It’s known for its Market Square, lined with elegant townhouses and featuring a modern fountain. Also on the square is the Gothic Old Town Hall, with its large astronomical clock. Nearby is the Panorama of Racławice, a painting depicting the 1794 battle for independence. The Centennial Hall auditorium, with its giant dome and tall spire, lies across the river.

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9. Katowice

Katowice

Katowice is the ideal centre for moving between two of the most visited places in Poland: the concentration camp of Auschwitz and the Monastery of the Black Madonna of Jasna Gora. We are in Upper Silesia, the most densely populated and urbanised region of Poland, where everything revolves around the metal works and coal mines.

At first sight, Katowice seems to have little to offer, but a visit to the urban centre is an interesting experience. Most of the urban architecture dates back to the Communist era, but there are several well preserved gems dating back to the nineteenth century. The most distinctive building in Katowice is the Spodek - literally “Flying Saucer” - so called because of its shape which is similar to the popular image of a UFO, a uniquely shaped construction and the venue for sporting, musical, cultural and commercial events.

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10. Poznań

Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities In Poland

Poznań is a place where the energy of the New Europe is merged with the civilization of the West. A metropolis with over half-a-million residents, Poznań is situated in the most economically developed region of Poland, closer to Berlin than to Warsaw. Poznanians can be counted on - they are well-educated, competent and welcoming.

The city is focused on achieving success, grounded on a 1000-year tradition of competence. The most ambitious of projects and the bravest of visions have a chance to succeed here. The state of Poland was born in Poznań and it was also the location of the Greater Poland Uprising, the only successful armed bid for independence in Poland and a proof of the exceptional resourcefulness of its citizens.

The people of this metropolis also stand out in terms of their spirit of enterprise, renowned for generations. During the great economic crisis at the beginning of the 20th century, Poznań managed to establish itself as one of the biggest trading areas in this part of Europe. Today, the Poznań International Trade Fair Centre successfully hosts large international events including the 2008 United Nations IPCC climate conference and a 2010 meeting of the delegations of 46 ministers of culture from Europe and Asia, under the auspices of the Asia-Europe Meeting.

The city's sports infrastructure allows for the organisation of major international sporting events. In the opinion of experts, Poznań has one of the most beautifully located regatta courses in the world and hosts one of the largest street races in Europe- the Poznań Marathon. Poznań is also becoming famous around the football stadiums of Europe for the passion of the fans of Lech Poznań-the best supported club in Poland.

Poznań cultural climate is formed by the wide range of entertainment on offer. Major international events hosted here include: Malta Festival - the biggest theatre festival in Poland, Dancing Poznań - which has been attracting dancers from all over the world for 17 years and the Made in Chicago Festival - the only festival of the Chicago Jazz School in Europe.

The programme is complemented by small but quickly growing events - the Animator Festival - the biggest festival of animated films in Poland, the Ethno Port Festival - recognised as one of the best 25 world music festivals in the world and Transatlantic - an event focusing on film scores.

By both realizing professional challenges efficiently and spending our free time creatively, we can look on Poznań as a City of Work and a City of Play.

Here are the best hotels and accommodations in Poznań.

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