Wawel Cathedral, Poland
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Poland

Europe

  Polish Currency:  Polish Zloty

If you picture bitter cold weather and stark cityscapes when you think of Poland, you couldn't be further from the truth. This underrated country in central Europe is filled with surprises: think beautiful harbours, verdant woods, broad gushing rivers and vibrant cities. Warsaw, the capital of Poland, has a distinct architectural feel thanks to its restored Gothic buildings that are mixed in with its newer modern builds. Meanwhile, former capital Krakow is filled with stately squares and impressive medieval sites.

For something a bit different, you can visit Wroclaw in western Poland. This Gothic city on the Oder River has seen a surge in popularity recently thanks to its many cultural offerings and points of interest like Market Square and Ostrow Tumski (Cathedral Island). And for a sense of Poland's fascinating and rich history, pay a visit to some of the 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located across the country.