A few years ago, I happened to visit a friend in Poland while traveling around in Europe. It was a beautiful trip. We visited his family’s blueberry farm, his father cooked for us, and we stayed in this gorgeous town outside of Poznan, which is one of Poland’s largest cities.
What I found out, other than the gorgeous landscape, is how wonderful Polish people are. Yes, Poland is the site of Auschwitz, but if anything, Poles were subject to German Nazi occupation, and ultimately, it’s pretty sad that they don’t get a break about it, and that most tourists bypass the beauty that the country has to offer, instead relying on only the legacy of brutality and annihilation, to inform their ideas of what the country has to offer.
Here are some photographs, from the gorgeous cafes to the random street signs to the futuristic malls that can be found in the fifth largest city in Poland. It may appear like an out of the way place to visit, but it really is not very remote at all- it’s only three hours from Berlin by train on the Eurorail, and looks like it came out of a Hansel and Gretel inspired postcard.