An independent state – Poland declared independence in 1918 following more than 120 years when it came under Russian, Prussian, and Austrian rule. Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 sparked the Second World War, during which six million Poles died, including the majority of its Jewish population. After the war Poland became a communist state and member of the Warsaw Pact. In 1989, it became the first member of the Soviet bloc to establish a non-communist government and joined the European Union in 2004.
Bialowieza Forest – The Bialowieza forest in northeastern Poland preserves nature as it was a few centuries ago, with bison, ancient trees and rare plants. Aside from its beautiful architecture, Poland also has a wealth of lakes, mountains, and forests that are home to animal species otherwise extinct in Europe.
Market Square, Krakow – Located in the center of Krakow's Old Town, Market Square is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe, dating back to the 13th century. It hosts several of the city's historical landmarks, including the Renaissance Sukiennice (ancient cloth market), St. Mary's Basilica, and the Town Hall Tower. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.