Because it is located on Poland’s eastern border, it became, early on, a line of defense against various invaders that destroyed the city over the centuries.
It also was home to one of the largest Jewish communities in Poland.
Major sites are easily accessible by strolling the Royal-Imperial Route, a walk set up especially for tourists.
Athletes may enjoy a visit to the artificial lake of Malta, home to a ski slope, ice rink, and swimming pools.
Evidence of Lublin connecting Western and Eastern cultures can be found at the Holy Trinity Chapel that blends Catholic and Russian-Byzantine styles.
But don’t be fooled by the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture of the Old Town, as it boasts a lively arts and nightclub scene.
Spelunkers may enjoy touring six of the park’s 650 caves that are open to the public.
The park also offers more than 30 alpine lakes as well as the Wielka Siklawa waterfall that is 70 meters (230 feet) high.
As Torun escaped bombing during World War II, the city still boasts numerous buildings that date back to the Middle Ages.
Construction on the town hall started in the 13th century, with many churches, including the Cathedral of SS.
The Bialowieza Forest is the only place where European Bison still remain free and living in the forest as they once did throughout Europe.
Wolves, Lynx, Red Deer, Wild Boar, Elk and Roe Deer are among its other inhabitants.
Sailing on the Oder River is a relaxing way to get a feel for this medieval city.