Poland's roots date back to the turn of the first millennium, showcasing a thousand years of historical twist and turns and a wealth of culture for your to absorb. This land's history is long and daunting and has been shaped by a series of invasions and the ravages of two world wars. In particular the most tragic, World War II where Poland found itself in the middle of an epic fight, and monuments and museums dedicated to its many battles and it's remarkable survival can be seen everywhere, especially at the concentration camp in Auschwitz and the ghetto in Warsaw, now both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
While this tragic history has left some disturbing but humbling scars on the country, Poland is also packed with magnificent castles, palaces and religious sites that deserve your admiration. In Warsaw, you can explore the magnificent Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski - Victor of Vienna. In Czestochowa, marvel at the beautiful Paulite Monastery at Jasna Gora, where you'll see the portrait of Our Lady "The Black Madonna," and in Krakow, visit the opulent royal castle and cathedral on Wawel Hill, where you'll discover priceless art and ancient momentos. In Poznan, make sure you explore the Renaissance Town Hall and the numerous Gothic churches.
On the flip side of all this grandeur, Poland also offers the simple but finely crafted wooden churches hidden amid the Carpathian hills, and displays the ample skills of the country's highlanders, at the region's many skansens - open-air ethnographic museums. Amongst all these wonderful treasures that Poland has to offer you'll also discover the heart-warming people as endearing as the heart-warming food, lovingly prepared just like the way your grandmother used to make it.