Nine Things To Do In Poland That Aren’t On A Tourist Guide
SEE A CONCERT IN SZCZECIN
The new philharmonic building in Szczecin is absolutely stunning and is the place to watch a musical performance. With a glass exterior, this modern building is a contrast to its more traditional surroundings. Inside, the Szczecin Philharmonic building is a wide, open, white, minimalist space complemented by skylights letting in beautiful natural light.
STAND AT TWILIGHT AT THE MAIN SQUARE IN ZAMOSC
Zamosc is a renaissance city in the south east part of the country. It is named after Jan Zamoyski, one of the wealthiest and the most enlightened magnate of 16th century Poland. He realised the importance of a defensible place near the Ukrainian border, and commissioned the Italian architect Bernardo Morando to work with him on a project. The result was the remarkable city with the merchant houses, colonnaded arcades and the Main Market Square, one of the best city squares in Europe.
SPEND A NIGHT IN A SALT MINE SPA
The Royal Salt Mines in Wieliczka is one of the first places in the world to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. It’s got these weird sculptures carved in salt, chapels that were made for the salt miners, and spa treatments and therapies in saline chambers —you can even spend a night in one. You can take a boat ride in the underground lake here. They have a really unusual music, dance and performance festival in the summer called the World Art Underground. The mine also hosts weddings, movie shoots, etc.
WITNESS THE CLASSIC GOLDEN POLISH AUTUMN
The Tatras in Poland are home to the rare and protected Edelweiss—summer fields of golden wheat and barley divided by rows of poppy. In autumn, they have something called The Golden Polish Autumn—the colours of the trees, the scent of falling leaves, and sunlight create a rare picture.
STAND AMIDST HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BUTTERFLIES
The butterflies in Pieniny are a spectacular sight. Hundreds of thousands of them can be seen here during spring-summer, swirling in clouds of colours, patterns, and geometry.