Historic sites in Poland

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in Poland and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in Poland and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in Poland you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in Poland, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.
 

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Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Auschwitz Birkenau was the largest Nazi concentration camp or death camp during World War II and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Auschwitz Birkenau was a concentration camp founded by the Nazis near the town of Oświęcim or “Auschwitz” in Poland and which became the largest and most infamous camp of them all. Opened in 1940 following the Nazi annexation of Poland, Auschwitz was originally intended to be a prison for the large... Read More

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Cloth Hall - Krakow

Cloth Hall is a famous market in Krakow, which was first opened in the middle ages.

Cloth Hall or Sukiennice is a medieval market building in Krakow, Poland. Originally opened in the fourteenth century, Cloth Hall was given a Renaissance refurbishment in the sixteenth century.The arcades which can be seen at Cloth Hall today were added in the nineteenth century. The ground floor of Cloth Hall still... Read More

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Krakow Archaeological Museum

Krakow Archaeological Museum is explores the history of Poland’s Lesser region.

Krakow Archaeological Museum (Muzeum Archeologiczne w Krakowie) explores Poland’s history, particularly that of its Lesser or Małopolska Region. With artifacts ranging from finds from the Paleolithic period to Medieval objects, Krakow Archaeological Museum offers a good insight into the country’s past. Audio guides are available.... Read More

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Krakow Ghetto Wall

Krakow Ghetto Wall is the last remaining wall of the Krakow Jewish ghetto created by the Nazis in during their occupation of Poland in World War II.

Krakow Ghetto Wall is a stark reminder of the Krakow Ghetto, established by German Nazi forces in March 1941 as part of their campaign to persecute the Jews. Much of the Jewish population had already been conscripted to carry out forced labour since 1939, when the Nazis occupied Poland. Further forms... Read More

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KZ Majdanek

KZ Majdanek was a Nazi concentration camp near Lublin in Poland, operational from 1941 to 1944.

KZ Majdanek was a Nazi concentration camp established near the city of Lublin in Poland in September 1941. From October 1941, KZ Majdanek began accepting prisoners, most of whom were Polish and other European Jews as well as Soviet prisoners of war. By the end of its period of operation,... Read More

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Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle in northern Poland was the medieval fortified castle of the Teutonic Knights.

Malbork Castle (Zamek w Malborku), known in German as the Marienburg, is actually more of a medieval fortified castle complex enclosed within thick walls. Including a vast palace, a monastery, three castles and hundreds of other buildings - mostly homes - Malbork Castle was built in the thirteenth century by... Read More

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Nozyk Synagogue

The only pre-war synagogue to survive the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, the Nozyk Synagogue is now a centre for the Jewish community of Warsaw.

The Nożyk Synagogue is the only pre-war synagogue in Warsaw to have survived the Nazi occupation of the city. When Hitler’s invading troops entered Warsaw (September 29, 1939), the city’s Jewish population numbered about 370,000 (about one third of the total), making it the world’s largest Jewish center after New York. Hundreds... Read More

The Barbakan

Krakow’s Barbakan is one of the last vestiges of the city’s medieval fortifications.

The Barbakan or Barbican in Krakow in Poland is a fifteenth century gothic fortress which today serves as a museum. Built in approximately 1498, the Barbakan is a formidable circular structure with three-metre thick brick walls and a series of defensive turrets, representing an exceptional example of medieval engineering. It was... Read More

The Florian Gate

The Florian Gate is a thirteenth century fortification in Krakow in Poland.

The Florian Gate (Brama Floriańska) is a gothic tower in Krakow in Poland. Built under the orders of Prince Leszek II in approximately 1285, the Florian Gate was one of eight towers which helped form the city’s defences or ‘mury obronne’. It was the main defence of the northern part... Read More

The Historical Museum of Warsaw

The Historical Museum of Warsaw charts the history of Poland’s capital city.

The Historical Museum of Warsaw explores the history of Poland’s capital over seven centuries. Starting from the establishment of the city in the fourteenth century, the Historical Museum of Warsaw catalogues the city’s history up to 22 December 1990, that date on which Lech Wałęsa was inaugurated as the President of... Read More

The Szczecin Museum

The Szczecin Museum explores the history of the Polish city of Szczecin.

Part of the National Museum, the Szczecin Museum explores the history of the Polish city of Szczecin. Amongst the exhibits at the Szczecin Museum, it displays clothing, furniture and paintings dating back to the seventeenth century and a collection of fourteenth and fifteenth century Pomeranian coins. Exhibitions are described in Polish... Read More

The Warsaw Ghetto Fighters Monument

The Warsaw Ghetto Fighters Monument commemorated those who fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The Warsaw Ghetto Fighters Monument (Pomnik Bohaterow Getta) commemorates those who fought and perished in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Beginning on 19 April 1943 and lasting almost a month, this dramatic, ultimately thwarted, insurgency took place as Nazi forces went to liquidate Warsaw’s ghetto. The monument itself, which was... Read More

Umschlagplatz

Umschlagplatz was the place from which the Jewish community of Warsaw were sent to death camps in World War II.

Umschlagplatz was the square from which Warsaw’s Jewish community were sent to death camps during World War II, particularly to Treblinka. Today, a monument marks this tragic "assembly point", from where thousands of people were transported. Submitted by Dr. G A Sivan, Jerusalem... Read More

Warsaw Ghetto

The Warsaw Ghetto was established by the Nazis to forcibly house the Jewish population of the city.

Warsaw Ghetto (Getto Warszawskie) was established by the Nazis to forcibly house the city’s Jewish population, with up to 400,000 people confined here from October 1940. Conditions were dire and gradually became worse with the official implementation of the "Final Solution", the Nazi plan to annihilate the Jewish people. In... Read More

Warsaw Rising Museum

The Warsaw Rising Museum focuses on the Polish insurgency against Nazi German forces in 1944 during World War Two.

The Warsaw Rising Museum is a Second World War Museum in Poland’s capital city, dedicated to the insurgency of the Polish population against its Nazi German occupiers. It is particularly focused on the Warsaw Uprising, an operation carried out by Polish freedom fighters in August 1944. The Warsaw Uprising should not... Read More

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Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle is an iconic fortified castle complex in Krakow and the former seat of the Polish monarchy.

Wawel Castle in Krakow is one of the most important historic sites in Poland. Located on Wawel Hill, which has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Age, Wawel Castle served as the seat of the Polish monarchy from the eleventh century and is now a vast museum. It was King Bolesław Chrobry... Read More

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Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Cathedral is one of Krakow’s most significant historic sites and the burial place of many of its monarchs and national icons.

Wawel Cathedral (Cathedral Basilica of Saints Stanisław and Vaclav) is an iconic fourteenth century gothic building in Krakow in Poland steeped in the country’s history. Consecrated in 1364, Wawel Cathedral is located on Wawel Hill, one of the most historically significant areas in Poland, renowned as being the centre of... Read More

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Wilanow Palace

Wilanow Palace is a late seventeenth century Baroque palace in Warsaw, built by King Jan III Sobieski, and an art museum.

Wilanow Palace (Palac w Wilanowie) is a pretty, late seventeenth century Baroque palace in Warsaw built by King Jan III Sobieski. Combining Polish architectural style with several others from around Europe, Wilanow Palace became Jan III’s royal home and eventually the place where this military leader died. Over the upcoming centuries,... Read More

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Wolf’s Lair

The ‘Wolf’s Lair’ is the name given to Hitler’s headquarters in Poland during World War II and the site of Claus von Stauffenberg’s assassination attempt.

The Wolf’s Lair in Gierloz in Poland was Adolf Hitler’s base on the Eastern Front during World War Two. The Nazi leader often called himself “the Wolf” and thus the Wolf’s Lair, also known as ‘Wilczy Szianiec’ or ‘Wolfsschanze’ is named after him. At one point housing 2,000 people, the Wolf’s... Read More