When visiting Poland, you’ll find many famous places which are unique in Europe and globally: UNESCO World Heritage Sites, national parks, historical monuments, unusual museums, castles, palaces and many other attractions. What you may not be aware of are less well-known, out-of-the-ordinary, sometimes funny, or simply very interesting gems. You should put them on your list because they complement the famous sights perfectly.
Treasure hunters and adventurers will enjoy the Gold Mine in Złoty Stok. Along with Poland’s only underground waterfall and the Medieval Mining Village, it’s a unique attraction in Europe. It is also an entire town offering fun and education for everyone. Its attractions include underground boat trips, gold rinsing and even casting a gold bar. You guessed it, the Gold Mine was awarded the Gold Certificate of the Polish Tourism Organisation for the best tourist product.
If you like legends, be sure to visit Kraków, a city filled to the brim with national heritage, innumerable monuments, and once the home of…a fire-spitting dragon. Following the legend of The Wawel Dragon, Prince Krakus and the Brave Shoemaker, go to Wawel Hill and find a Dragon’s Den right at the foot of the castle. The dragon’s statue in front of the cave breathes fiery breath – see for yourself!
Speaking of dragons, you can see dragon’s teeth, too! In the western region of Ziemia Lubuska (Lubusz Land) lies the Międzyrzecz Fortification Region. Stretching nearly 80 km between Gorzów Wielkopolski and Zielona Góra, this amazing complex of underground labyrinths, railway stations, and halls is a real treat for military history buffs interested and fans of mysterious old places. Also called the Ostwall (East Wall), this complex is a unique example of 20th-century fortification technology as well as one of the largest systems of its type in Europe. Dragon’s teeth are a set of anti-tank obstacles in the central section of the fortifications. These structures have become the home of several species of bats, which certainly add character to the area.
Among extraordinary natural phenomena that you probably didn’t expect: volcanoes! Extinct perhaps, luckily for everyone, but definitely worth seeing. The best way to visit them is at the Land of Extinct Volcanoes Geopark, in the Kaczawskie Mountains in Lower Silesia. Marvel at the amazing basalt forms that are a relic of the former volcanic activity in this area. The land is known for its volcanoes, other natural and geological peculiarities, and numerous historical monuments.
Dare to experience more: travel around Poland to find unlimited possibilities for both sightseeing and relaxation. Innovative and tourist-friendly places, facilities and events are continuously being created to guarantee top-quality entertainment and unforgettable experiences. In combination with its beautiful traditions and hospitality, Poland is an ideal place to travel and spend free time.