When visiting Europe, few travelers go farther east than the now-super-popular Czech Republic and Croatia. Case in point: Poland. Despite being a member state of the European Union since May 2004, the country still does not make it to many itineraries as travelers fear visiting a dreary country — an erroneous cliché that seems hard to shake for former USSR states. Those in the know, however, are well aware that Poland is a stunner — Gdańsk and Kraków alone would make anyone weak in the knees. So, if you want to make your trip to Europe a little less predictable, but still fill it with amazing architecture and outdoor experiences, consider these 11 amazing things you can do in Poland.
Photos by Emily Kaszton, words by Morgane Croissant