"POLAND POLAND Poland officially the Republic of Poland"
POLAND Poland , officially the Republic of Poland is a country in Central Europe on the boundary between Eastern and Western European continental masses, and is considered at times a part of Eastern Europe. Poland is bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Lithuania and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave , to the north. The total area of Poland is 312,679 km2 , making it the 69th largest country in the world and 7th in Europe. Poland's population, concentrated mainly in urban areas, is over 38.5 million people which makes it the 33rd most populous country in the world. Beautiful Poland… Kraków Kraków is the third largest, and one of the oldest, cities in Poland, with a population of 756,267 in 2006. It was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596. Situated on the Vistula river in the Lesser Poland region. Main Market Square St. Mary's Basilica is a Brick Gothic church built in the 14th century. It is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss. Cloth Hall one of the city's most recognizable icons, was once a major centre of international trade. The Wawel Castle is in Kraków, Poland, and served as a royal residence and the site where the country's rulers governed Poland for five centuries from 1038 until 1596. Wawel Cathedral – the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Stanisław and Vaclav – is Poland's national sanctuary in the city of Kraków. It has a 1,000-year history and was the traditional coronation site of Polish monarchs. Zygmunt (Sigismund in Latin), named after King Sigismund (Zygmunt) I the Old, is a bell that hangs inside Zygmunt's Tower at Wawel Cathedral. Wieliczka The Wieliczka Salt Mine, in the town of Wieliczka, in Poland's Kraków metropolitan area, had until 2007 been in continuous operation, producing table salt, since the 13th century. Oświęcim (Auschwitz) The German name Auschwitz is still used when referring to the Auschwitz concentration camp built there by Germany during World War II. Zakopane Zakopane is a town in southern Poland with approximately 28,000 inhabitants (2004), situated in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship since 1999 (it was previously in Nowy Sącz Voivodeship from 1975-1998). The town, informally known as the Winter capital of Poland. Wielka Krokiew Highlander Gubałówka Ojców National Park Ojców National Park is a national park in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, southern Poland, established in 1956. Warsaw Warsaw, is the capital of Poland and it’s largest city. It is located on the Vistula River roughly 370 kilometers from both the Baltic Sea coast and the Carpathian Mountains. It’s population as of 2006 was estimated at 1,700,536, with a metropolitan area of approximately 2,600,000. The city area is 516.9 square kilometers with an agglomeration of 6,100.43 square kilometers Warsaw is the 8th biggest city in the European Union. The Old Town The Royal Castle Presidential palace Fryderyk Chopin Monument Wilanów Palace Palace on the water Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Golden Terraces Białowieża Primaeval Forest Białowieża Primaeval Forest is an ancient woodland straddling the border between Belarus and Poland, located 70 km north of Brest. It is the only remaining part of the immense forest which once spread across the European Plain. In this place there are Europen Bisones. Europen Bisone Gdańsk Gdańsk, is the sixth-largest city in Poland. Situated in the north of the country, it is Poland's principal seaport as well as the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. It is also the largest city of the Cassubia region. Żuraw Słowiński National Park Słowiński National Park is a national park in northern Poland, Pomeranian Voivodship. A Situated on Baltic Coast, between the towns of Łeba and Rowy in Pomeranian Voivodship. Northern boundary of the park is made by seashore, on the length of 32.5 kilometers. Ciechocinek Ciechocinek is a spa town in Kuyavian- Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, located on the Vistula River. Ciechocinek is known for its unique 'saline graduation towers. Graduation towers Flower carpet Toruń Toruń is a city in northern Poland, on the Vistula River. Population (2006) was 207,190, which makes Toruń the second as of October 21, 2007 biggest city of the Kujawy-Pomerania Province, after Bydgoszcz. The medieval old town, birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Town in Toruń from the left side of the Vistula River Old town hall Copernicus monument Gniezno Gniezno is a town in central-western Poland, some 50 km east of Poznań, inhabited by about 73,000 people. Situated in the Greater Poland Voivodeship (since 1999), previously in Poznań Voivodeship This town was first capital of Poland. Cathedral Gniezno doors Biskupin Biskupin is an archaeological site and a life-size model of an Iron Age fortified settlement in Poland, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship. It belongs to the Biskupin group of the Lusatian culture. The excavation and the reconstruction of the prehistoric settlement has played an important part in Polish historical consciousness. Poznań Poznań is a city in west-central Poland with over 567,882 inhabitants (2006). Located by the Warta River, it is one of the oldest cities in Poland, making it an important historical centre and a vibrant centre of trade, industry, and education. Poznań is Poland's fifth largest city and fourth biggest industrial centre. It is also the administrative capital of the Greater Poland Voivodeship. The Old Town City Hall Archicatedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul Wrocław Wrocław is the capital of the historical region of Lower Silesia in southwestern Poland, situated on the Oder River. It is the principal city of the Lower Silesia region and the administrative seat of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship (since 1999), previously of Wrocław Voivodeship. Market Square City Hall The End