12 days in Poland Itinerary

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Lublin
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Krakow
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Katowice
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Wroclaw
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Lodz
— 1 night
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Poznan
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Bydgoszcz
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Szczecin
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Gdansk
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Lublin — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Lublin Old Town, steep yourself in history at Majdanek State Museum, get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum, then delve into the distant past at Plac Po Farze, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at KoSciol pw. Sw. Stanislawa Biskupa Meczennika.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Lublin visit planner.

Warsaw to Lublin is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December in Lublin, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Krakow.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Krakow — 2 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, admire the striking features of Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius, see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley, then examine the collection at Krakow Pinball Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Krakil Museum of Illusions, then see the interesting displays at Rynek (Old Square) Underground, and finally see the interesting displays at Womai.

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Getting from Lublin to Krakow by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Katowice.
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Katowice — 1 night

Katowice is a city in southwestern Poland, with a population of 299,910 and the center of the Silesian Metropolis, with a population of 2.2 million.Throughout the mid-18th century, Katowice had developed into a village upon the discovery of rich coal reserves in the area. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Silesian Insurgents' Monument (Pomnik Powstancow Slaskich), pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Scouts of September, then stop by Nikiszowiec, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Katowice online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Krakow to Katowice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Katowice are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Wroclaw.
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Wroclaw — 1 night

Venice of the North

Known for its relaxed and liberal atmosphere, the energetic city of Wroclaw lures visitors with its rich cultural heritage and pedestrian-friendly old town.
On the 2nd (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Ostrow Tumski - (Cathedral Island), then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Anonymous Passerby, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town- Historic Center, and finally make a trip to Wroclaw's Dwarfs.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wroclaw trip maker site.

Drive from Katowice to Wroclaw in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wroclaw can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lodz.
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Lodz — 1 night

Boat City

Nicknamed the "Polish Manchester" because of its largely industrial character, Lodz draws a growing number of tourists with its rejuvenated central districts, which offer shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): browse the different shops at Manufaktura, wander the streets of Piotrkowska Street, then look and learn at Planetarium EC1, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Centrum Nauki i Techniki EC1.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lodz tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Wroclaw to Lodz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Poznan.
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Poznan — 1 night

Poland's original capital, Poznan boasts centuries of rich history and culture, as well as a modern town center drawing a growing number of weekend revelers with its vibrant nightlife and diverse restaurant scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Palmiarnia Poznanska (Palmenhaus Poznan), don't miss a visit to Stary Rynek, then make a trip to Croissant Museum, then see the interesting displays at Blubry 6D - Poznan Legends, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Stanislaus (Fara Church).

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Poznan route builder website.

Getting from Lodz to Poznan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Poznan sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Bydgoszcz.
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Bydgoszcz — 2 nights

Bydgoszcz is a city in northern Poland, on the Brda and Vistula rivers. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Żywe Muzeum Piernika, then pause for some photo ops at Monument of Nicolaus Copernicus, and finally don't miss a visit to Town Square - Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Martin's and St. Nicholas, appreciate the history behind 18 Meridian Statue, then appreciate the history behind Leon Barciszewski Statue, and finally appreciate the history behind Pomnik krola Kazimierza Wielkiego.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bydgoszcz trip maker website.

Drive from Poznan to Bydgoszcz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Bydgoszcz sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Szczecin.
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Szczecin — 1 night

Szczecin is the capital and largest city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. On the 7th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Bazylika Archikatedralna pw. sw. Jakuba Apostola, pause for some photo ops at The Angel of Freedom @ Solidarity Square, then get to know the fascinating history of Waly Chrobrego Promenade (Hakenterrasse), and finally don't miss a visit to The Royal Gate.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Szczecin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bydgoszcz to Szczecin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Szczecin, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gdansk.
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Gdansk — 1 night

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), get engrossed in the history at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll around Oliwa Park, then pause for some photo ops at Displaced Gdynians Monument, then take in the waterfront at Orlowo Pier, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sopot Pier.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gdansk planner.

Getting from Szczecin to Gdansk by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Poland travel guide

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A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.
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