The most popular cities are Kraków, Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Poznań, Szczecin, Lublin, Toruń, Zakopane, the Salt Mine in Wieliczka.
History has not been kind to Poland’s architectural monuments. Nonetheless, a number of ancient structures have survived: castles, churches, and stately homes, often unique in the regional or European context. Some of them have been painstakingly restored, like Wawel Castle, or completely reconstructed, including the Old Town and Royal Castle of Warsaw and the Old Town of Gdańsk. Over 100 of the country’s most significant tangible wonders were enlisted onto the *Historic Monuments Register.
The best recreational destinations include Poland’s *Masurian Lake District, Baltic Sea coast, *Tatra Mountains (the highest mountain range of Carpathians), *Sudetes and *Białowieża Forest.
Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society is a Polish non-governmental tourist organization with 312 branches across the country. Its activities include designing and marking tourist trails as well as cycling, horse and river trails throughout Poland.
In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP Intercity. Polrail Service offers a guide to rail travel in Poland and on-line purchase of tickets and rail passes for Polish and international trains. PolishTrains allows to search, book and buy train tickets to numerous polish and European destinations.
Poland has a very well developed network of private charter bus companies, which tend to be cheaper, faster, and more comfortable than travel by rail. For trips under 100 km, charter buses are far more popular than trains. >> e-podroznik.pl. Online timetables are useful for planning, however, there are multiple carriers at each bus station and departure times for major cities and popular destinations.