#48 best destination in the world

 

Main Square, Kraków

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  • Urban space located in the center of the city
  • Dates back to the 13th century
  • One of the largest medieval town squares in Europe
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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  • Was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany during World War II
  • Was in operation from 1942 to 1944 where Jews were killed en masse with the pesticide Zyklon B or died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments
  • 802 prisoners attempted to escape, 144 successfully
  • Prisoners assigned to staff the gas chambers launched a brief, unsuccessful uprising
  • 1.1 million died in the camp out of the 1.3 million people sent to the camp
  • 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust died at the camp
  • Remaining prisoners were liberated in 1945 by the Allied Powers

 

Old Town of Warsaw

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  • Largest city of Poland
  • Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world until World War II
  • The German invasion in 1939 led to the uprising in the both 1943 and 1944
  • After severe damage from World War II, after which 85% of its buildings were in ruins, the city was rebuilt completely

 

Medieval Town of Toruń

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  • Small historic trading city that preserves to a remarkable extent its original street pattern and early buildings which provides a picture of the medieval way of life
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Zamość

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  • Renaissance town designed and built in accordance with the Italian theories of the ideal town
  • Built in 1580
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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  • One of the world’s oldest salt mines still in operation until 2007
  • Opened in the 13th century
  • Includes dozens of statues and 4 chapels carved out of the rock salt by the miners
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Churches of Peace, Świdnica

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  • Named after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 which permitted Lutherans of Silesia to build 3 churches
  • The church was permitted to be built of wood, loan, and straw, outside the city walls but without steeples and church bells and construction was limited to 1 year
  • Built in 1655
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Palace on the Isle

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  • Classicist palace in Warsaw’s Royal Baths Park, the city’s largest park
  • From 1674 the property and the nearby Ujazdów Castle belonged to Count Lubomirski, who commissioned a Baroque bath house called “Łazienka”
  • The building, erected on a square plan, was richly decorated with stuccos, statues, and paintings, and some of the original decorations and architectural details survive.
  • During the final stages of World War II, the retreating Germans devastated the interior of the Palace and drilled holes in the structure in preparation for destruction, however, the plan was never carried out

 

Zamek Stara Baśń

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  • Fortified Castle Stara Baśń experience that includes searching for dragons, the secret of the princesses tower, impersonating various forms with the help of props and costumes, and the legend of the underground city with the hidden treasure of Genghis Khan
  • Various medieval games can be played there: archery, copyist tournament on horses (on rails), job of a miner (driving a Denar Bolek Anger)

 

Skull Chapel

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  • Ossuary chapel built in 1776, on the border of the then Prussian County of Glatz
  • The temple serves as a mass grave with thousands of skulls and skeletal remains in its interior walls as well as floor, ceiling and foundations
  • The Skull Chapel is the only such monument in Poland, and 1 of 6 in Europe

 

 

Crooked Forest

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  • Grove of oddly-shaped pine trees
  • Grove of 400 oddly shapped pines, planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province
  • Each pine tree bends sharply to the North just above ground level, then curves back upright after a sideways excursion of three to nine feet
  • It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known

 

Rynek Underground

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  • Situated below the market square of the city
  • Work on the underground square first began at the start of 2009
  • Makes use of holograms constructed by using projectors alongside fog machines and several dozen screens and projectors to recreate the atmosphere of Kraków seven hundred years ago

 

Wawel Dragon

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  • Famous dragon in Polish folklore
  • His lair was in a cave at the foot of Wawel Hill
  • Wawel Hill is in Kraków, which was then the capital of Poland
  • It was defeated during the rule of Krakus, by his sons according to the earliest account, in a later work, the dragon-slaying is credited to a cobbler named Skuba

 

Wolf’s Lair

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  • Adolf Hitler’s first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II
  • One of several Führer Headquarters in various parts of Eastern Europe, it was built for the start of the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941
  • The top-secret, high-security site was in the Masurian woods
  • Despite the three security zones surrounding the headquarters, the most notable assassination attempt against Hitler was made at Wolf’s Lair in 1944
  • The complex was blown up and abandoned 48 hours before the arrival of Soviet forces

 

Białowieża National Park

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  • Known for the protection of the best preserved part of the Białowieża Forest, Europe’s last temperate primaeval forest fragment that once stretched across the European Plain
  • It is home to the world’s largest population of European bison, the continent’s heaviest land animals
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,662

food $18/day x 14 days = $888

hotel $11/day x 12 days = $132

tickets (all attractions) $56

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,738