Posted on March 12, 2013 by sguese
Poland has been flattened like a pancake over the years, leaving the country with an incredible and admirable resolve. Located in the north of Eastern and Central Europe, Poland is a land of small towns and big cities. Throughout its history, aside from being crushed so many times, Poland was also reworked, its boundaries in a constant state of change. At some point in time, Lithuania, Germany and the Ukraine have all been a part of the country. Poland may be flattened, kicked around, but this country always picks itself back up again and carries on.
Warsaw and Krakow
Warsaw and Krakow makes up some of Poland’s most interesting cities. The historic center of Warsaw is worth exploring, mostly for its world heritage status. While virtually destroyed throughout World War II, there are still key attractions in the capital city. Travelers shouldn’t miss the Warsaw History Museum, telling the story of the rebuilding of the city.
Krakow on the other hand is much more preserved, known the world over for its historic center, also of World Heritage status. If you are making a day of it in Krakow or you’ve rented a car in Krakow, you won’t want to miss the Wawel castle, the Main Market Square and the Kazimierz District.
The Malbork Castle
Constructed by Teutonic Knights, the Malbork Castle might not sound romantic, but it is. The castle has become a major attraction in northern Poland, situated right near Gdansk. Pleasantly restored, the Malbork Castle serves as a museum today.
The Black Madonna of Czestochowa
The most significant holy relic in all of Poland and perhaps this corner of the world is the Black Madonna at Czestochowa. Droves of pilgrims come to the Jasna Gora monastery to see the famous icon. Tourists mingle in with the pilgrims to see the icon of the Virgin Mary with darkened skin and two scars on her face. The Black Madonna itself is also attributed to a number of miracles.
The concentration camp Auschwitz is sadly one of the most recognized sites in all of Poland. Established by Nazi Germany, the camp was the site of extermination of over a million people. Today, it is a museum to the victims and their suffering. Much of the evidence of crimes committed at these camps is preserved shockingly for visitors.
Park Muzakowski is not just fun to utter, but it is also worth exploring. A 19th century prince designed the English style park. It is known for its location, straddling the lines of Germany and Poland.
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