The country of Poland is located in Central Europe. The total land area is 312,679 square kilometers and this makes it the sixty-ninth largest country in the world and the ninth largest in Europe. Poland has over ten thousand closed bodies of water meaning Poland has one of the highest numbers of lakes in the world.
The Bialowieza Forest in Belrus, is an ancient barrier between Belarus and Poland. The facilities in Belarus contain a laboratory and a zoo. Wisent, also known as European Bison, are the heaviest land mammals in Europe, were reintroduced into the park by the zoo in 1929. There is a restaurant, small museum and hotels in the area. On the Polish side, there is the Bialowieska Glade, which is a structure that was originally built for tsars. There are guided tours via horse-drawn carriage, hotels and restaurants. Over 100,000 visitors visit the Polish side of the forest every year, making it a very popular tourist spot in Poland.
The town of Czestochowa is known for the Paulist monastery of Jasna Gora and the Black Madonna painting, which serves as a virtual shrine to the Virgin Mary. The Black Madonna is a holy icon and a true religious relic and one of the national symbols of Poland. Every year, approximately five million people make the pilgrimage to the town of Czestochowa to pay homage to the shrine. Also located in the town of Czestochowa is Museum of Matches, devoted entirely to the history and production of matches and it is the only one of its kind in the world.
Gdansk, also known as Danzig, is the principal seaport of Poland. The city boasts several structures that exemplify the time of the Hanseatic League. Walking from Ulica Dluga (Long Street) to Dlugi Targ (Long Market), tourists can see many phenomenal sites such as; Aurthurs Court, Neptune Fountain, Golden House, Green Gate, as well as historical churches like St. Bridget, St. Catherine and St. Mary, which is the largest brick church in the world.
Krakow is the largest and oldest city in Poland and is considered to be the cultural capital. Krakow has twenty-eight museums and public art galleries, which are home to artwork by Leonardo and Rembrandt. Planty is the best-known park in Poland and was established between 1820 and 1830. Planty was the first public park to become equipped with exercise fixtures such as hiking paths, running and exercise tracks, a swimming pool, amphitheater, and a pond for row boating.
The Masurian Lake District is in Northeast Poland and contains over two-thousand lakes. There is an open-air museum in Masuria that showcases a collection of folk architecture from the 18th and 19th century. There are windmills, peasant cottages and other structures that include original fixtures. Swieta Lipka is a famous Marian sanctuary and historical monument. Swieta Lipka is regarded as one of the greatest examples of Baroque architecture in Poland and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Deep in the forest of Gierloz lies the headquarters of Adolph Hitler, the “Wolfs Lair”. The fortress was composed of eighty buildings and fifty bunkers. The compound boasted its own railway, casino, electric generator and cinema. Even though the retreating Germans bombed the compound in 1945, the location still draws tourists annually.
Vacationers in Baltic region of Poland will find accommodations at Cis, Amber Apartment and Atrium. However, if a tourist prefers something a bit unsual, then a heritage hotel such as Ksiezycowy Dworek, Palac w Paszkowce or the Dwor Chotynia are in order. In the summertime Poland experiences warm but inviting temperatures, with the month of July being the ideal time for travel and tourism.