December 15, 2017 - 1 comment.

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 there very friendly and hospitable people, I've also experienced worse public safety than in places like New Orleans, East St Louis or some slums in China. Oh well.

central business district, as seen from the Palace.

old town

Kraków

Second largest city in Poland, and "the cultural capital," as they call it. A place with a pretty, lively city center, 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, click here for pics from there.

Poznań

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

Gdańsk

My favourite city of 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, an 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. Feels like going back in time.


---countryside---

Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship

a region of charming 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.


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Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Collections, Stories

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