From historic squares to salt mines: five things to do in Poland


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1. Visit

Opened in 2004, on the 60th anniversary of the uprising, the Uprising Museum in Warsaw recounts the events of how the brave citizens of Warsaw fought in an insurgency against the Nazi occupation in World War II.

2. Admire

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Get a bird's eye view of Warsaw from the observation deck of the 42-floor high Palace of Culture & Science.

Pay special attention to the Old Town, with cobblestone alleys and medieval buildings, largely reconstructed after WWII when much of it was destroyed.

Later, walk through the area, where you will find many great places to dine and sample the local cuisine, including pierogis (dumplings with many different fillings).

3. Spot the gnome

Wroclaw is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland.

The old town square is a colourful masterpiece, the train station looks like a medieval castle, and as you stroll through the charming streets you might even spy a few gnomes. The city has over 200 of them and each one has a story behind it.

4. Go underground

The Wieliczka salt mine has been in operation for over 700 years and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Walk down some 350 steps to a depth of 135 metres and meander almost 3km around lakes and through 20 chambers chiselled out of rock salt with salt statues. The Chapel of St Kinga is the star. The lift to the surface at the end of the tour was very welcome.

5. Stroll

The main square in old town Krakow escaped the ravages of the war.

At almost four hectares it's officially Europe's biggest market square and is surrounded by gorgeous pastel yellow and peach buildings, including the 13th-century gothic Town Hall Tower.

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