The Best Cities To Visit In Poland

There are many great cities to visit in Poland! You’ll find cities that have histories that date back around a thousand years. Cities in Poland for the most part have central squares, some of which have UNESCO World Heritage status.

There is a variety of things to do in Poland, and a huge amount of history from all periods. You’ll find a vast amount of World War Two history to discover in the cities of Poland’s, with many museums dedicated to this dark period. Many parts of many of the cities were destroyed and have since been remarkably rebuilt.

With warmer summer temperatures and cold winters Poland provides something for everyone, depending on what time of year you want to travel. There are many restaurants, pubs and clubs based around many of the city centres Poland also provides a great location for travellers looking for a livelier nightlife.

See the best cities to visit in Poland below, and take in the history and style of this interesting country.

Bydgoszcz

View of waterfront in Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz is a city situated where the Brda and Vistula Rivers meet. It is a city that has traditional buildings in a variety of architectural styles including Baroque, Modernist and Art Nouveau. You can experience the sights of the city in any number of ways, but the water tram is a popular and unique option.

Take in the sights of some of these popular buildings including Bydgoszcz cathedral or the water tower. The granaries found on the Brda river are a symbol of the city.

When to travel: 

Most popular month – July
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – September to February

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Gdansk

Long market in Gdansk

On the Baltic north coast, you will find this magnificent medieval port city. You can take in views of the front of the town from the Motlawa River. The city centres around the main square, known as the Dlugi Targ. With architecture dating back to the 1100’s waiting to be discovered, and you will see examples including cathedrals, cobbled streets and traditional townhouses.

Things to do in Gdansk include a visit to Neptune’s fountain, and the Gdansk Crane which takes you back to the city’s past as a port. For an important tour of Gdansk’s more recent war history, be sure to visit the Museum of the Second World War.

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When to travel:

Most popular months – July and August
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – September to November

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Krakow

Krakow historic centre

Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and lies on the banks of the Vistula River. There is great architecture and history to be discovered in this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City. Things to do in Krakow include a visit to the Old Town, otherwise known as the Stare Miasto. The Rynek Główny is possibly one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.

With many restaurants, pubs and clubs, it’s also a great city to visit for the nightlife. 

There is much world war 2 history to be discovered in Krakow including Schindler’s Factory. While in Krakow, be sure to take an excursion out of the city to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Discover more and find things to do in Krakow.

When to travel:

Most popular months – March, May and June
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – November to February

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Lodz

Centre of Lodz

Lodz by Krzysztof Belczyński – Source: Flickr

Lodz is a former industrial city and the third largest in Poland and has a history that dates back to the 1300’s. Located in the centre of Poland, it has been included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and the UNESCO City of Film. Lodz has a sizable student population with several universities.

You’ll find some great museums to visit in Lodz, including the Central Museum of Textiles, which looks at the history of this industry in the city, and the City of Lodz history museum. Take a look at Poland’s longest street the Piotrkowska. Or to get away from the hustle and bustle find some of the outside spaces at the Piatkowski’s Park and the Botanical Gardens. There are some beautiful buildings including Herbst Palace, and the Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Church.

When to travel:

Most popular months – July but is also popular in January
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – September to February

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Poznan

Cafes in Poznan

Situated on the Warta River, Poznan has a rich history that goes back to the 1200’s. Be sure to see the Ostrow Tumski Cathedral, and other architecturally interesting churches. Large parts of the city were destroyed during the Second World war and has since been rebuilt in a painstaking way. The Royal Castle is an example of one such building and is worth a visit.

Like most cities in Poland, the city centres around the Old Market Square and old town. While there be sure to take in the beautiful renaissance architecture of the town hall. Poznan is a great place if you’re looking for a city that’s easy to travel around, with many of the attractions possible to find on foot.

When to travel:

Most popular month – February, May and July to August
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – September to February

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Szczecin

Szczecin in Poland

Szczecin, located on the River Oder, can be found near the Baltic Coast on the shore of the Dabie Lake. The history of Szczecin goes back well over a thousand years. In the 1970’s, the city played an important role in the anti-communist uprisings. 

There are a multitude of buildings with varied architectural styles and it is worth taking a look at them. These include Dukes Castle, the Tower of the Castle and the Szczecin City Hall.

There are several museums including the Szczecin National Museum, the Literature museum or the castle museum. Szczecin is not short of theatres if you are looking for entertainment.

When to travel:

Most popular months – July and August
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – September to February

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Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and stands on the banks of the Vistula River. The city has a beautiful medieval architectural style, much of which needed to be after the Second World War. The Old Town now has UNESCO World Heritage status.

There are many great museums in Warsaw including the Palace of Culture and Science and the Warsaw uprising museum. Warsaw is not just about the history and there are also a great many modern skyscrapers. The city can be toured in a variety of ways, including with walking and bus tours. Discover more things to do in Warsaw.

When to travel:

Most popular months – June, July and September
For the Weather – May to September
Best deals – September to February

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Wroclaw

Wroclaw old town

Wroclaw is another historic Polish city, dating back more than a thousand years. It is a beautiful city, with a Baroque Architectural style. Split by the River Oder which is crossed by more than 100 bridges, is one reason Wroclaw is often referred to as the Venice of Poland. The Old Town of Wroclaw had to be rebuilt after a siege in World War 2.

It has one of the largest squares in Poland which has not changed much since the 13th Century. While there, be sure to visit the Royal Palace. There are several tours of the city, including by a historic tram.

Wroclaw is also a great city to visit if you’re looking for a lively nightlife. Discover more things to do in Wroclaw.

When to travel:

Most popular months – September and October
For the Weather – May to September
Best deals – September to February

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