Lower Silesia is crowned with a number of tourist attractions and impressive palaces and castles, and one of the castles that cannot be missed is the imposing 13th-century Czocha Castle. Situated in the picturesque village of Czocha, it is one of the few places in Poland that the past and the future come together.

The castle was beautifully located on the Leśnia Lake and built on gneiss rock, surrounded by lush forests. After centuries of political turbulence and a fire in 1793, peace finally came to the castle and the construction was restored to its former glory as well. 

With Gothic hip-roofed, this defensive castle features a renaissance well, a Knight Chamber, a Prince Chamber as well as a lookout tower where one can have a beautiful panorama of the surrounding Kwisa River and the nearby forests to be seen. The most exciting part of the visit is to find hidden passages and bookcases that open to reveal tunnels and staircases.

Apart from the castle, there are plenty of entertainment activities are organized in the castle on a regular basis, including medieval feasts, Knights’ tournaments, dance shows, comedy acts, concerts and other fun-filled events.

Today, the castle is open to visitors and also functions as a hotel and a conference center to accommodate 100  guests, as well as a perfect place for performing marriage ceremonies. Every year, the majesty of the castle draws particular attention from tourists, who can admire its well-preserved aristocratic interiors, explore many legends and mysterious stories of this medieval castle, and enjoy the magnificent view of the castle surrounding. Beautiful castle in a marvelous landscape, Czocha Castle is well worth a visit.

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??☠️Halloween is fast approaching, you may have seen some carving pumpkins and Halloween skulls decorations and props of late. Not only is skulls the symbol of Halloween, but it’s decorative elements for some unusual churches.

Located in the small Polish town of Czermna, the Skull Chapel (Polish: Kaplica Czaszek) is a small and unassuming chapel. But you would be shocked by what’s hidden behind the wooden door. The skulls and bones of over 3,000 victims of wars and plagues cover the walls and ceiling, with another 21,000 skeletons fillings the church crypt below. 

The chapel was built in 1776 by Bohemian local parish priest Vaclav Tomasek, who was inspired by Rome’s Capuchin Crypt. Served as a mass grave for local people who died from war and disease during that period of time, the chapel was intended as a shrine for the dead, as well as a “memento mori” for the living. After Tomasek died, his skull was placed on the altar as well as the bones of important figures. Additionally, there are a crucifix and two carvings of angels inside, one with a Latin inscription that reads ‘Arise from the Dead’.

The Skull Chapel is the only such monument in Poland, and one of six in Europe. It may leave people feeling a little bit creepy, but it is well worth a visit!

Photo: Mariusz Cieszewski

Have you ever wanted to walk on clouds? ☁️?‍♀️? Come to Świeradów-Zdrój and experience the largest “path in the clouds” in Poland, then it will come true. This fantastic work will be completed in the spring of next year, it’s a 70-meter-high lookout tower with a 3 km walking trail and a special slide which is about 103-meter-long!

Situated in the Sudety Mountains, Świeradów-Zdrój is a spa town in south-western Poland near the border with the Czech Republic famous for its healing mineral waters, a pleasant climate and beautiful scenery.

In the heart of Swieradow-Zdroj, there is a majestic historic Spa House where you can taste the mineral waters. It features a 46-meter-high clock tower and an elegant 80-meter-long larch walking hall that made completely out of wood, which is the superb craftsmanship that does not exist anymore. The beautiful and distinctive buildings were built in the 18th and mid-19th centuries and well preserved, it’s really worth a visit even today.

Apart from being a top health resort in Poland, Świeradów-Zdrój is a tourist and holiday center that offers beautiful natural surroundings that attract visitors who prefer to explore its natural beauty on foot or two wheels. In the winter, Swieradow-Zdroj is also known for its excellent skiing locations where there are two prepared toboggan runs, six ski-lifts as well as the year-round gondola to the top of Stog Izerski. ⛷️?


???If you are a nature lover and looking for a nice place with lots of nature, beautiful views, to enjoy the autumn colors, then visiting Pieniny Mountains is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in nature during the Polish autumn which is a perfect time to explore the colorful country.

Pieniny is a stunningly beautiful, 35km-long mountain range located near the border of Poland and Slovakia, and the autumn colors make it even more appealing. The Pieniny mountain is consists of three separate ranges divided by the Dunajec River, the highlight is the most famous mountain range Trzy Korony (Three Crowns), which consists of five sharp peaks and the highest one is the 982-meter-high Okrąglica. Hiking to the top of Okrąglica, there is an observation platform with an excellent view of the Dunajec river gorge and the vast area of the surrounding Mountains. In nice weather, one can see as far as Babia Góra, 63 km away. Another outstanding mountain in Pieniny is Sokolica, which is well known for the pine relics on the slope of the Sokolica summit, one of them is 500 years old and regarded as an unofficial symbol of Pienins.

Some say that the most beautiful easy hiking trails in Europe are in the Pieniny National Park where trails are well marked and short, and no trekking equipment is necessary, which is perfect for families with children. The Pieniny mountains is a favorite destination not only for hikers but for history lovers, who can admire the medieval Niedzica Castle built on a limestone cliff and the 14th century Red Monastery on the Slovakian border, and so on. With the picturesque peaks and a comfortable temperature during autumn, the Pieniny will leave all visitors with a lifetime of memories.

Augustów Canal is a cross-border canal built in the 19th century with a total length of 101.3 km connecting the Biebrza River and with the Neman River, is the longest technological achievement in Poland as well as one of Europe’s largest canals. There are only three such channels in the world: Caledonian in the UK, Sweden Gota Canal, and Augustów Canal, which is located on the territory of Poland and Belarus.

Described as a technological marvel at the time of its construction, the canal starts at Lake Serwy near Polish Augustów, which is one of the most precious historical sites in the Podlaskie region. The canal connects seven natural lakes and eleven rivers, crosses Augustów Primeval Forest, the so-called ‘Green Lung of Poland’, which made it possible to perfectly integrate the canal with the surrounding elements of the natural environment. While rowing and sailing in an artificial river is perhaps not the most fun thing, passing through 18 locks that raise and lower the water level by 3.5 meters can be an exciting experience. Take a boat trip, enjoy the magnificent sights along the picturesque waterway, you will be fascinated by the natural beauty of the lake district.?⛵️??

Today, the whole Polish stretch of the canal is navigable and one can even reach the border with Belarus by kayak. It’s one of the most beautiful kayak trails in Poland, while those who seek quiet relaxation can set off on a passenger boat or take a walking tour along the canal. With such beautiful natural surroundings and all kinds of water sports, Augustów Canal is well worth a visit!

Photos: Jadwiga. Koniecko

?The Łódź Special Economic Zone has been ranked 3rd out of 61 entries from around the world, as the best economic zones in the world and 1st in Europe, in a ranking prepared by the Financial Times publication fDi Magazine. Congratulations! ?

Speaking of Łódź, what it has achieved today is inseparable from its history and culture. Łódź is the third-largest city in Poland and a diverse and multicultural city in which Polish, Jewish, German and Russian nations lived and worked together here. In an atmosphere of acceptance and tolerance, they left their mark on the early development of Łódź and became part of this beautiful city they were building together. For years, Łódź had been a melting pot of four cultures and nationalities, where synagogues, tserkvas, as well as Catholic and Protestant shrines got along well with each other in peace.

Łódź is also famous as the former textile industrial center that grew fabulously wealthy in the 19th century. The wealth differences between rich and poor are still noticeable in the architecture of the city,  where luxurious mansions contrast with redbrick factories and old tenement houses. By combing history with modernity, Manufaktura becomes a favorite spot for both locals and visitors, which is the biggest shopping center in Central Europe and was built in an old factory that belonged to Izrael Poznanski, one of the richest businessman in Lodz. Besides, take a stroll along Piotrkowska Street, Europe’s longest pedestrian street, you will find the best cafes, bars and clubs in town.

Today, known for its Film School, Łódź is also a significant cultural center and is aptly described as the country’s top cultural hotspot in Poland, from festivals to concerts, from theatre shows to dance performances, from exhibitions to movie premiere. With the distinct characters of buildings and the abundant art activities, Łódź is well worth a visit.

? If you want to visit Łódź, check out our Lodz City Break to find more multicultural heritage and charming attractions. ?

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Many people will visit museums when they travel, it‘s perhaps one of the best ways to learn about the history and culture of the country you are visiting. If you are passionate about traditional culture and want to see more unusual rural architecture and local handicrafts, then the Kashubian Ethnographic Park in Wdzydze Kiszewskie definitely should be added to your travel bucket list.

Located in northern Poland, Wdzydze Kiszewskie is a tiny village with a big attraction, famous for its open-air museum displaying the typical rural architecture of Kashubia. This picturesque Kashubian Ethnographic Park was founded in 1906 by Theodora und Isidor Gulgowski, is the oldest one in Poland. After more than a century, the museum stretches upon 22 ha of lush green land beautifully situated at the bank of the lake Gołuń surrounded by all kinds of local architectures including cottages, manors, a school, smithy, windmills, churches, farm buildings, craftsmen’s workshops and other traditional buildings from Kashubia and nearby Kociewia. Up to know, many of the buildings still function as they used to, such as a steam-driven sawmill and the lovely wooden church from 18th-century which is still performing Mass and the occasional wedding today.

In addition to wooden houses decorated with authentic furnishings, another highlight of the museum is the massive collections of the local handcraft presenting the beauty of Kashubian folk art. Visitors will marvel at the intricate and colorful embroidery from Wdzydze.

With lovely rural buildings and its picturesque location, the Kashubian Ethnographic Park is a really nice place to visit, indulging in local traditional culture and unwinding in nature, especially for families with children! 

? If you are interested in visiting this lovely town, please check our website to find our Bike Tour in northern Poland, there are more interesting attractions are waiting for you! ? Northern Poland By Bike ?‍♀️


???Autumn is not only a beautiful season packed with colorful foliage but also a harvest season that one can find all kinds of fresh and delicious fruits and seasonal foods in the market, especially mushrooms! It is well known that the Poles enjoy mushrooms, picking mushrooms in the forest is one of the Poles’ favorite pastimes. Over the centuries, because of the popularity of mushrooms, a lot of Polish mushroom dishes have been invented and they have become a very valuable part of Polish culinary culture. Today, I’d like to share with you some of the classical Polish Mushroom Dishes, and I wonder what would you like to try first If you have the opportunity to visit Poland? ?

1. Mushroom soup

When people talk about mushroom dishes, mushroom soup would be the first to come to mind. Delicate mushrooms are great for soups, and porcini mushroom soup is one of the best-known of this kind of soup, which was made with dried porcini and fresh mushrooms. Besides, there are more interesting variations, such as a traditional Christmas soup, made with dried mushrooms and fruits like prunes and pears, from the Kociewie region near Gdańsk. There is another potato soup from the central part of Poland called Zalewajka, which is a traditional rustic soup made of diced and boiled potatoes, Polish sausage, and dried mushrooms.

2. Mushroom pierogi

The Poles are proud of their pierogi (meaning ‘dumpling’). Though there are many different pierogi fillings, one of the most traditional ones is sauerkraut and mushrooms. This amazing combination is also the foundation of bigos, which is commonly known in English as hunter’s stew. Traditionally, these dumplings are served as the 12th course of a traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner. 

3. Uszka with wild mushrooms

Uszka, meaning ‘little ears’, are small dumplings (a small and twisted version of pierogi) which usually filled with flavorsome wild forest mushrooms and onion or minced meat. They are mainly made for Christmas Eve dinner and served as an opening dish with a tart and rich beetroot broth. Delicate pierogi dough filled with wild mushrooms almost melts in your mouth and combined with clear beetroot soup is really worth a try.

4. Mushroom kaszotto 

Kaszotto is kind of like polish risotto, made with buckwheat, barley or millet, and whatever you have handy, like lentils, celeriac, squash, and of course seasonal mushrooms. It’s become quite a popular dish, as it’s delicious, easy to make and healthier than a traditional risotto. It can go with different veggies, but with wild mushrooms will produce an amazing umami flavour.

5. Scrambled eggs with mushrooms

Scrambled eggs with mushrooms is one of the most common breakfasts in Poland, which is traditionally made with intensely yellow chanterelles, is very tasty, healthy and easy cooking. Chanterelles is a very tasty edible wild mushroom and very popular in Poland.

Photo: culture.pl

Sandomierz is a lovely historical town located in eastern Poland, with a charming Old Town and a 14th-century brick and stone castle. Though there are not many tourists in the town, it used to be – with Krakow and Wroclaw – one of the main 3 towns in Poland during the Middle Ages and still retains some of its former glory. This picturesque town is a nice place to while away the day exploring its quaint historic lanes and enjoying the views of the Vistula river.

? What to see in Sandomierz?

?Sandomierz used to be called the little Rome because it located on seven hills just like the Italian capital. You may start your visit at the Opatowska Gate, which is the town’s only surviving entry gate, built over 650 years ago. Climbing the 130 steps to the heart of the Sandomierz’s Old Town is the best way to explore the city, you can find many traces from the past along the way. One of the highlights in the Old Town is an impressive Gothic town hall standing in the center of the old market and surrounded by lots of pastel-colored Baroque townhouses.

?Besides the exquisite architecture and buildings aboveground, there is another exciting option to travel underground. Over 500m beneath the Old Town, the Underground Tourist Route in Sandomierz is 470 meters long and connects to 34 gothic cellars. On the 40-minute guided tour, you will learn a lot about Sandomierz’s history and a legend of how brave Halina Krępianka rescued the city from the Tartars.

?High on a hill overlooking the Vistula river is the Sandomierz Royal Castle, it was built by Casimir III the Great on the site of a previous wooden stronghold and was gradually extended in the 16th century. It is one of the oldest buildings in the Old Town as well as a mysterious place. According to an old legend, there were three underground passages constructed for the castle crew in case of need, but no one has ever found it. Now the castle is home to the Regional Museum and is the best place to appreciate the amazing views of the Vistula river.

This beautiful town feathers enough points of interest for those looking for a perfect weekend and is only two hours away from Krakow.

Photo: sandomierz.pl

??? The annual light show in Wilanów Palace is already underway! located south of Warsaw, Wilanów Palace is one of the must-see attractions in Warsaw during late autumn and winter evenings. 

✨?✨ The Royal Garden of Light at the Wilanów Palace is an outdoor exhibition in which thousands of colorful diodes forming tunnels, trees, installations, and sculptures, emphasizing the history and beauty of the royal palace and gardens. After dark, you will be seduced by a 75-meter-long tunnel of light at the entrance, and there are numerous illuminated decorations, that are displayed in the courtyard as well, including a new carousel dressed with lights and the popular sparkling swans. In addition to the light show,  the exhibition is also accompanied by classical music and projection mappings on the palace.

☀️ By day, you can admire the stunning 17th-century baroque royal residence at Wilanów Palace and stroll through the surrounding park of 45 hectares containing a series of individual gardens, such as a two-level Baroque garden, a Neo-Renaissance rose garden, a classical English landscaped park, and a Roman Bridge. 

✨ By night, the wonderful exhibition of the Royal Garden of Light will bring you into a dreamlike world full of colorful lights and blow you away! Apart from fantastically illuminated gardens, you will have a chance to participate in mappings displayed on the facade of the palace.

The Royal Garden of Light at the Wilanów Palace invites everyone to the open-air exhibition from October 22 to February 28, except on November 1, December 24, and December 31.

Opening hours: 

? October 10, 2020: 5 pm – 10 pm (last entry 9 pm)

? October 11-31, 2020: 5 pm – 9 pm (last entry 8 pm)

? November 2, 2020 – February 28, 2021: 4 pm – 9 pm (last entry 8 pm)

Photo: Go2Warsaw