December 15, 2017

Poland

Every time I move into a new country, I try to make the most of it. Now I am based in Poland, I did some exploring around and here's what I saw so far:

— cities —
(sorted by their size)

Warsaw

The capital of Poland, with ~1.8m population. It is an economic hub for the country and a host of many interesting cultural events. For me, it is a city of contrasts. While I met amiable and hospitable people there, I also experienced worse public safety than in places like East St Louis, which says a lot.

central business district, as seen from the Palace.

old town

Kraków

The second-largest city in Poland and "the cultural capital," as they call it. A place with a charming, lively city centre, good galleries and tasty cakes.

St. Mary's Basilica and the Cloth Hall on the Krakow's main square

Wawel Cathedral

Plac Mariacki

Concrete garden

Wrocław

My hometown, a lovely place. Click here for my posts from there.

Poznań

Polish 5th largest city and one big surprise for me. The downtown is a beautiful maze of old streets, while the city boasts some cool modern architecture. As a unit, it feels terrific.

Gdańsk

My favourite city in Poland. See a story about my trip there Here.

Olsztyn

A smaller city with a neat, medieval old town.

 

Świdnica

A town with a massive timber-framed Evangelical Church of Peace from 1656–57, a UNESCO site.

Strzegom

A small town with a big church, the Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

Szklarska Poręba

Western gateway to the mountains.

Chełmsko Śląskie

A village with less than 2000 inhabitants, but interesting to see. It feels like the time stopped there.


— countryside —

Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship

a region of captivating woodlands and lakes.

..and occasional ruins

Lower Silesian Voivodeship

mountains, forests — plenty of goodness.

An abandoned quarry nearby Sobotka. Since this sunny visit, I went there again to do some tightrope walking..

Just above Sobotka is Mount Ślęża - The closest mountain from Wroclaw. This pic is the view from it.

Forests of Ślęża.

On the borderline with the CZ is the Karkonoski National Park, also called the Giant Mountains.


You can see all my posts about Poland here. You can also browse my blog archives for more categories and topics. Follow my IGFB, or TR so you won't miss out on the new ones. Thanks for reading!

Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Collections

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