9 Cities You Need To Visit in Poland

9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

If we’re being honest here, Wes and I arrived to Poland with no expectations. We had very little knowledge about the country and our plan was to complete our Workaway job and get out. We thought we could take advantage of a cheap flight to Warsaw and then venture off to more exotic places in Europe. There, I said it. But it’s true and Poland caught us completely off guard! First by the amazing people, then the delicious food followed by the beautiful cities. Before you know it, 5 weeks had gone by and we still hadn’t had enough of Poland. So naturally we want to share the beauty of these Polish cities with as many people as we can. I’m sure we’ll be back someday but, until then, here are 9 cities you need to visit in Poland.

For a full look at how much fun we had in Poland, check out the Feather and the Wind YouTube channel. We vlogged throughout our travels as we hit up each of these cities you need to visit in Poland and hope our videos inspire you to have some fun in this beautiful country.

Warsaw

Warsaw is the perfect city to start travel in Poland and its central location makes it easy to venture off in any direction to continue exploring. After a devastating past, the city was entirely rebuilt and the people of Warsaw are more proud and resilient than ever. Spread across both sides of the Vistula river, the city’s diverse neighbourhoods cater to a wide range of travellers from students on a budget to families enjoying their holidays. City highlights include the charming Old Town, Lazienki Palace and the towering Palace of Culture and Science.

Warsaw - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Warsaw - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Warsaw - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Kraków

Krakow is considered to be the most popular tourist destination in all of Poland, and with good reason. It only took 5 minutes in the captivating Old Town Square to realize we were somewhere truly special. In Krakow you’ll find one of the largest market squares in all of Europe, the grand Wawel Castle and a former Jewish quarter loaded with history. We happened to be in town for the annual Pierogi Festival and you can see a full list of Krakow events here. The city is also a great base for day trips to Auschwitz and the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Krakow - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Krakow - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Krakow - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Wrocław

Of all the cities you need to visit in Poland, Wroclaw may come as the biggest surprise. My first reaction? “This is prettier than Paris!” Seriously, the city is gorgeous. One of two European Capitals of Culture this year, Wroclaw truly impressed us with it’s beautiful city centre and spotless streets. Even though the highlight of our visit was trying to find every dwarf possible, there is so much more to Wroclaw than these adorable figurines. I’m also just going to take a second to let you know that you’re probably pronouncing it wrong. It took a LONG time to realize Wroclaw doesn’t sound the way it’s spelt (like, not at all). It’s actually more like, Vratsuave.

Wroclaw - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Wroclaw - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Wroclaw - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Toruń

Like most cities on this list, we hadn’t even heard of Torun when we first arrived to Poland but I’m so glad we were able to sneak in a visit. This medieval town is among the oldest in the country and was essentially unharmed during the war. It was home to the famous Polish astronomer, Copernicus and is also well-known for the tradition of making gingerbread. Those with a sweet tooth will love the interactive Gingerbread Museum where visitors can make their very own cookies to take home as souvenirs. Torun’s smaller size and overall charm make it a perfect destination for those looking to escape the bustle of Poland’s larger cities. For a list of things to do in the city, have a look at our fun suggestions for Torun.

Torun - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Torun - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Torun - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Gdańsk

Call me crazy but I think if Amsterdam and Prague had a baby, it would look like Gdansk. This port city quickly became one of our favourites because of the picturesque setting and colourful architecture. Gdansk is located on the Baltic coast of Poland and is especially popular among locals looking to retreat to the seaside each summer. We loved that its location makes it easy to explore the surrounding areas and we noticed a lot of development underway so I think Gdansk will only get bigger and better over time! You’ll also find shop after shop selling beautiful amber jewelry in Gdansk for those looking to bring home a shiny keepsake. We wrote a budget guide to Gdansk for anyone who plans to visit this seaside gem!

Gdansk - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Gdansk - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Gdansk - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Sopot

Once referred to us as the Cannes of Poland, Sopot is a great beach destination to visit. The seaside city offers a perfect combination of daytime relaxation and evening amusement. A highlight for us was the iconic wooden pier and we practically spent the whole day there people-watching and enjoying the sunshine. Don’t miss the chance to get some fresh fish, enjoy the long stretch of beach and end the day with a beautiful sunset among the swans.

Sopot - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Sopot - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Sopot- 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Malbork

This is a must-stop city for any castle enthusiasts out there. Even though Wes and I aren’t necessarily fans of castles or big history buffs, we really enjoyed our visit to Malbork Castle. If you’re measuring by land area, this is actually the largest castle in the WORLD so you can tick that off your bucket list. The castle grounds are extraordinary and the audio guides do a great job of touring you through the Castle of the Teutonic Order. Malbork is easily accessible as a day-trip from the Tri-City (Gdansk/Sopot/Gdynia) but it’s also worth staying a while to enjoy the town and the nearby Dino Park. Our tips on how to visit Malbork without a tour can be found in this post.

Malbork- 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Malbork- 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Malbork- 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Łódź

Another difficult-to-pronounce city is Lodz and I wasn’t even surprised to hear that it sounds completely different than the spelling (instead, try Woodge). One of the biggest cities in Poland, Lodz is almost right in the centre of the country. Once famous for its textile industry, it is now well-known for its film school and Manufaktura, an impressive shopping and leisure complex with fun for the whole family. Most of the action takes place in the city centre off of Piotrkowska Street. A weekend visit is sure to reveal the city’s bustling nightlife due to an excellent selection of pubs, bars and restaurants.

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Lodz - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Lodz - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Lublin

Lublin is located in eastern Poland and is a popular hub for those continuing their travels toward Ukraine. While it may not attract as many visitors as other cities in Poland, it is still a nice visit. Various festivals and street fairs can be enjoyed year round in the city while Zemborzycki Lake and the new Aqua Lublin complex are great spots for those looking to get wet. I’m not exactly counting the days I get to see Lublin again but we noticed a great deal of construction underway and I think it’s only a matter of time before the city makes it to everyone’s Poland itineraries.

Lublin - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Lublin - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Lublin - 9 Cities You Need To Visit In Poland

Never has a country surprised us the way Poland has. We received such positive feedback from our YouTube viewers and every day we had new recommendations on cities to visit and foods to eat. To top it off, we would get messages from locals in Poland who were excited for our arrival and eager to showcase their beautiful city to us. We happily accepted and meeting such amazing people added to our crush on the country. Our itinerary this past month was all over the place but we listed these 9 cities you need to visit in Poland in the hopes that you’ll find some travel inspiration. There are some standout places we have yet to see (Zakopane, Gdynia, Zamosc to name a few) so we’ll have to add them to the Poland, Part II trip.

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20 thoughts on “9 Cities You Need To Visit in Poland

  • September 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm
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    I’m totally with you! I went to Poland for the first time this summer and was BLOWN AWAY! Seriously in love with Gdansk!

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    • September 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm
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      I know, right?! I’d say Poland is among one of the most underrated countries in Europe right now. Also loved Gdansk!

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  • September 26, 2016 at 10:33 am
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    Hello guys! I’m really like your series of vlogs from Poland. I’m glad you like my country. I would recommend you to places that you have to see, I think they will charm you 🙂
    The first is Łeba, a small town in the middle of the Polish coast. You will find there Słowiński National Park – here is the link: http://slowinskipn.pl/en/
    It was founded to preserve in the unchangeable beauty, the system of seaside lakes, bogs, peatbogs, meadows, woods and forests seaside, but first of all, it maintain a dune belt of spits with moving dunes, unique in Europe.
    Second place is Zakopane and the surrounding Tatra National Park – http://www.discoverzakopane.com/zakopane.html
    In Zakopane worth a visit Krupówki, the main street of the city – is full of highlander folklore, where you can try the local cuisine – I recommend sheep cheese called oscyp (best fried, served with cranberry). The area will see a specific wooden architecture. From Gubałówka you can have a wonderful view of Zakopane.
    You can not miss the Tatra National Park – I recommend you a trip to Morskie Oko lake – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morskie_Oko.
    It is very easy to cross, lookout trail, with views of the magnificent mountains and even mountain waterfalls. Crossing the whole route takes about 5 hours, do not even need to be specially prepared, most of the route is aligned with asphalt or something on the shape of paving stones, people overcome it, even with children. So you do not have to worry about the equipment 🙂

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    • September 28, 2016 at 10:33 am
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      Thank you Piotrek for those amazing recommendations!! The next time we visit, we’ll definitely have to explore some of the natural beauty in Poland. There seems to be a lot of it! Really appreciate your tips 🙂

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  • September 27, 2016 at 5:44 am
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    Hi, I’m from Poland and it’s was a pleasure reading your text. Next time you have to stop by in Opole. It’s a lovely city near Wrocław. You will enjoy it! Best wishes!

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    • September 28, 2016 at 10:35 am
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      Thank you Dorota! I think we would enjoy Opole. Seems like any city in Poland becomes the most beautiful one 😉

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    • August 4, 2017 at 4:41 am
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      Hi, I will be in Wroclaw on the first week of September and would like to visit some nice places in the vicinity too, can you give me some advise on where to go and something on Opole ! Thanks Lorenz

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  • September 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm
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    Guys, You missed a whole bunch of things! Beside sea we have beautyfull mountains in which You are able to find breahtaking lakes and caves. The second important thig You didn’t see is salt mine in Wieliczka with underground chappel. There is no other way, You have to come back here next year!

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    • September 28, 2016 at 10:37 am
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      Haha, you’re right, Marcin! There is no other way but to come back and see more 🙂 Poland is full of surprises

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  • September 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm
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    And don’t know if You know this fact but for example Daniel Fahrenheit, the creator of fahrenheit temperature scale, was born in Gdańsk! In Toruń Nicolaus Copernicus, the creator of heliocentric theory was born! Frédéric Chopin, world famous composer was born near Warsaw. There is meany, meany more intresting stoeirs about our cities and country to explore. You are very welcome to come back! Glad You like the visit.

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  • October 5, 2016 at 3:07 am
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    Oh I forgot about polish food: U tasted barszcz z uszkami (this tasty puprple soup). Also tasty are: gołąbki (some rice with meat with cabbage), naleśniki (polish pancakes. I especially like them with apples, plums, cottage cheese), bigos, krupnik (soup), ogórkowa (cucumber soup), polish sausage, schabowy, pomidorowa (tomato soup), sękacz (some traditional cake), oscypek from Zakopane(traditional cheese), placki ziemniaczane po węgiersku (my fav;)

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  • October 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm
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    Hi! I saw your YouTube videos totally by accident (and somehow those happen to be about my homecountry 😉 ) and I must admit you are the cutest couple ever! Really enjoyed your YouTube company. Thank you!
    And I’m glad you liked Poland. We welcome you whenever you would like to visit again (I am not going to list any special places to visit, as it’s obvious you must see every single city, town and village next time! 😉 ).
    Greetings!

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  • November 22, 2016 at 10:38 am
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    My wife and I are just back from Wroclow we are from Yorkshie Engand but before going we enjoyed watching your video from which we got some great tips we loved the city the people and the food and last but not least we loved the dwarfs, thanks for the vlogs ☺

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    • November 23, 2016 at 3:33 am
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      Thank you for the feedback Kenny! Happy to hear you and your wife had a great time 🙂

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  • December 31, 2016 at 4:45 pm
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    In my opinion it is definitely worth to go to Szczecin. The city has in fact an incredible atmosphere, and what’s more we can have there a great rest in places such as the 100 year-old Dana Hotel. We can not ony relax there in comfortable rooms but also taste delicious dishes.

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  • March 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm
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    Next time go to Sandomierz, Kazimierz Dolny, Poznań, Rzeszów, Jelenia Góra, explore polish castles like Bobolice, Książ, Moszna, Pieskowa Skała, Gołuchów, Krasiczyn and more. See our National Parks, Mazury lakes and Tatra Mountains. Poland is so beautiful 🙂

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    • March 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm
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      Thank you so much for the suggestions! We definitely have plenty more to see for next time 🙂

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  • July 16, 2017 at 2:29 am
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    Great article, thanks for the tips! Poland is a wonderful country to explore, the cities are full of historical significance with plentiful stories to tell and the countryside is vast and beautiful. However, there’s a darker side – there are a couple of tourist targeted scams and crime to be wary of http://travelscams.org/europe/common-tourist-scams-poland/

    Do be wary of the two girls bar scam, currency exchange scam, Auschwitz tour scam, pickpockets, tourist photo scam, taxi fare scam, phony taxi scam, sleight of hand scam, friendly helper scam, scam bus companies, fake police and many more!

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  • August 11, 2017 at 3:48 am
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    Warsaw is my favorite destination in Poland, and actually one of the favorite ones in Europe in general 🙂 I love how modern and diverse, I am sure that everyone is able to find something for themselves in this city! I usually go with group of friends and we always try to find a nice place to hang out and spend an evening. One of our favorite spots is a bar called Bubbles. It is very casual and cozy, perfect for a drink after a long day 🙂 And they serve delicious food too. It is one of the best spots I have been to in Warsaw. I can’t wait to go to Poland again!

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