December 15, 2017


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 a taster of what I saw so far:

First are cities (sorted by their size), and countryside is below.


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


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


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


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.


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


A smaller city with a neat, medieval old town.


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


Strzegom is a small town with a big church: the Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

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 —

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.

Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship

a region of captivating woodlands and lakes.

..and occasional ruins

You can see all my posts featuring Poland, or browse my Blog Archives for more categories and topics. Thanks for reading!

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