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The AFAR Guide to Poland

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With the stunning Tatra Mountains to the south, and fertile plains stretching north to the Baltic Sea, Poland boasts an uncommon natural beauty that is celebrated in its 23 national parks. Given its central location, Poland is at the crossroads between Russia and Western Europe. From ornate baroque architecture to Poland's classical music legacy, the cultural enthusiast will find plenty to see while visiting cities like Krakow, Warsaw, and Wroclaw.
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Rynek 16/17, 50-101 Wrocław, Poland
I’d never heard of the city before until looking through the Poland guidebook. It sounded lovely but it exceeded all expectations. Not overrun by tourists, and full of beautiful and historic buildings, classic town squares, river islands, and...
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Jana Jerzego Haffnera 6, 80-001 Sopot, Poland
Known as the Drunken or Unvertical House, the facade of this building is said to be inspired by the fairytale illustrations of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. Inside are shops and restaurants.
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plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland
After walking carefully around the room looking at all the portraits that frame the windows, I sat still for quite awhile studying the ceiling above. I kept thinking that if I were a student and had to sit through lectures in this hall, I would...
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It's only a short bus or train ride from Krakow to Wieliczka, the site of one of Poland's most remarkable attractions. The salt mine in Wieliczka produced commercial salt for over 700 years and for much of that time curious visitors (from Nicolaus...
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Łazienki Królewskie, al. Ujazdowskie, 00-001 Warszawa, Poland
Chopin concerts are a summer tradition at Royal Lazienki Park in Warsaw. Great pianists have performed beneath the Polish composer's monument every year since 1953 (Christina Biørkøe is featured in the photo). The performances run from May through...
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Szczecin, Poland
On Tuesday (12 July, 2011) my cousin and I took a delightful day trip out of Berlin, Germany to Szczecin, Poland. The round trip is completely “doable” in one day and is an absolute bargain in terms of train fare and food/drink prices in Szczecin....
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Rynek 50, 50-996 Wrocław, Poland
One of the many gems within the gem of Wroclaw is the Town Hall. One thing about being a little off the beaten track is that it’s harder to get English language tours and brochures. So I don’t really know much of the history, but it was a treat...
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Wawel 5, 31-001 Kraków, Poland
Even though the country's monarchy has long been consigned to the history books, Wawel Hill remains the spiritual heart of Poland. The 14th-century castle still stands in Krakow, now as home to one of Poland's most prominent art collections. The...
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Slovakia
The Tatra Mountains are awe-inspiring and full of opportunities for adventure! Trails, cliffs, valleys, lakes...so much to explore. This rainy summer day in Poland showed me spectacular views of the cloudy valleys before the gleaming afternoon...