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Wawel Royal Castle

Sights to See in Krakow, Poland

Krakow, or Cracow, is Poland’s most popular city for tourists. It was the royal seat and capital of Poland for over five centuries and as a result the Old Town is packed with monuments, historic buildings, churches and grandiose architecture. It’s no wonder then that Krakow’s historical centre was entered on the list of UNESCO World […]

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Zakopane: Poland’s Winter Capital in the Tatra Mountains

For a totally different experience on your trip to Poland, head up into the Tatra Mountains to the country’s Winter Capital, Zakopane.  After a couple of days spent chasing gnomes in the city of Wroclaw, Zakopane offered a complete change of scenery. I may not be able to ski or snowboard, but I still like […]

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Wieliczka Salt Mine: Poland’s Salt Cathedral

Wieliczka Salt Mine, which can be found 10km from Krakow, is one of Poland’s most popular tourist attractions, yet funnily I was unfamiliar with it before I arrived there.  In fact, the mine is quite estraordinary, and was inscribed in 1978 as one of the first 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  The salt mine is a complex […]

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Inside Auschwitz Concentration Camp

There were piles and piles of shoes- each shoe representing a human being, another senseless killing. They had been treated as objects, not people. Auschwitz Concentration Camp is quite simply, Hell on Earth. I was in two minds about visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau. On the one hand I felt strange about being a tourist to something so […]

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The Gnomes of Wroclaw, Poland

Whilst the colourful city of Wroclaw has plenty of  impressive buildings, the thing I’ll remember most about Wroclaw is something a little smaller…the army of tiny gnomes!  Before I go on…if you’re reading this aloud in your head thinking Wroclaw is pronounced something along the lines of “War-claw” or “Raw-claw” as I thought, it’s not. […]

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