Five things to do

Money Magazine Australia - - THIS MONTH - PAM WALK­LEY

1. Visit: Opened in 2004, on the 60th an­niver­sary of the up­ris­ing, the Up­ris­ing Mu­seum in War­saw re­counts the events of how the brave ci­ti­zens of War­saw fought in an in­sur­gency against the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion in World War II.

2. Ad­mire: Get a bird’s eye view of War­saw from the ob­ser­va­tion deck of the 42-floor high Palace of Cul­ture & Science. Pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the Old Town, with cob­ble­stone al­leys and me­dieval build­ings, largely re­con­structed after WWII when much of it was de­stroyed. Later, walk through the area, where you will find many great places to dine and sam­ple the lo­cal cui­sine, in­clud­ing pier­o­gis (dumplings with many dif­fer­ent fill­ings).

3. Spot the gnome: Wro­claw is one of the old­est and most beau­ti­ful cities in Poland. The old town square is a colour­ful mas­ter­piece, the train sta­tion looks like a me­dieval cas­tle, and as you stroll through the charm­ing streets you might even spy a few gnomes. The city has over 200 of them and each one has a story be­hind it.

4. Go un­der­ground: The Wieliczka salt mine has been in op­er­a­tion for over 700 years and is listed as a UNESCO world her­itage site. Walk down some 350 steps to a depth of 135 me­tres and me­an­der al­most 3km around lakes and through 20 cham­bers chis­elled out of rock salt with salt stat­ues. The Chapel of St Kinga is the star. The lift to the sur­face at the end of the tour was very wel­come. 5. Stroll: The main square in old town Krakow es­caped the rav­ages of the war. At al­most four hectares it’s of­fi­cially Europe’s big­gest mar­ket square and is sur­rounded by gor­geous pas­tel yel­low and peach build­ings, in­clud­ing the 13th-cen­tury gothic Town Hall Tower.

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