Poland cities, attractions and photos

Poland or the Republic of Poland is situated in Central Europe. The country borders with the Baltic Sea, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Kaliningrad Oblast, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Ukraine. With a population of more than 38 million, Poland ranks as the thirty fourth most populous state on the planet. Its capital Warsaw is situated on the Vistula River and has a population of 1.7 million residents. Other large cities in Poland include: Lodz, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Lublin, and many others.

Most tourists choose to visit Poland between May and September. The summer season is a period of warm and pleasant weather. The country is famous for its Gothic castles, the once mighty Teutonic knights, the stunning Medieval Centers of Krakow and Wroclaw, the extermination camps, deep forests, clear river waters, Vodka, and New World cuisine. The country boosts extensive literary heritage by authors such as the Noble Prize laureates Henryk Sienkiewicz and Wladyslaw Reymont, Jan Potocki, Eliza Orzeszkowa, and others.

The Polish architectural style has been modeled after the Western tradition. A few buildings had been designed in the functional and ascetic Romanesque style. The collegiate church in Tum is an outstanding example of the 10th to 13th century Romanesque architecture. The Gothic style had dominated the cityscape after the 14th century. Poland holds many examples of exquisite Gothic buildings such as the Malbork Castle, the Wawel Castle, the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, and others. The 16th century Polish town was marked by the exquisite decorative Renaissance architecture. Notable buildings of this period are the Baranow, Sandomierski, and Ogrodzieniec castles. Finally, the highly ornamental and lavish Baroque arrived in Poland during the 17th century. The Dutch architect Tylman van Gameren is the most prominent Baroque figure. The Krasinski Palace in Warsaw, the Palace of Nieborow, and the Church of St Anne in Krakow are among his best known masterpieces.

Warsaw: a city of exuberant energy, progress, dynamism, and elegance.