Visit Auschwitz concentration camp, which has been designated as a monument to its victims and declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The outbuildings now form the museum, which contains artefacts belonging to those whom were exterminated.
The tourist epicentre of Warsaw is the 'Royal Route', which runs north-south from the New and Old Towns, past the fashionable shops, the palaces that survived the war and the royal gardens of Łazienki Park, before reaching Wilanów Palace to the south of the city centre. The strikingly successful rebuilding of Warsaw's Old Town after WWII was rewarded in 1980, when it became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Although it does not offer the charm and aesthetic beauty of other Eastern European capitals, Warsaw is a city you will admire for the human determination and achievement encompassed in this Polish city, which was almost destroyed and left virtually uninhabited by the end of World War II. Today it has risen like a Phoenix and the development is still proceeding swiftly. The historic Old Town, rebuilt brick by brick, is the focus of attention for those who travel to Warsaw.
Krakow is the biggest drawing card in Poland. At the height of summer, the country's third largest city throngs with tourists, and pavement cafes seem to occupy every cobble of the main square. Even out of season, the city pulsates with street performers, horse-drawn and other spectacular attractions.
Krakow is one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Europe. You will discover something pretty, old, curious, or tasty around every corner, without even trying too hard. This captivating city scores of notable churches, monasteries and abbeys make it a jewellery box of gothic and Renaissance; a walk through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978, is like a step back in time. Krakow's cultural heritage is mirrored in its intellectual achievements; Jagiellonian University is the second oldest in central Europe.