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Wonders of Poland: which locations won the National Geographic competition in 2023?

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Wonders of Poland: which locations won the National Geographic competition in 2023?

The results of the Wonders of Poland 2023 survey conducted by National Geographic Traveler magazine have been announced. Find out which 16 locations were included in the list of winners and what is special about these places

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The results of the National Geographic Traveler magazine's summer voting have been announced, according to the Polish portal Radio Eska. Thus, 48 locations in Poland were presented to the readers' choice. The survey identified 16 winners, one from each voivodeship.

"I am convinced that the popularity of our survey, prepared by the editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine and National-Geographic.pl, will lead to the fact that the winning Wonders will be on the lists of must-see places for Poles this year. More than 123,000 people took part in the survey, and in some regions the fight lasted until the very last moment. Today, we are pleased and proud to present the 16 places that have been named the new wonders of Poland," summarized Lukasz Zaluski, editor-in-chief of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler.


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Mazovian Voivodeship - Torus Science Park in Ciechanów


The Torus Science Park in Ciechanów is located next to one of the world's most famous water towers. By the way, it was ranked 5th in the world ranking of the most unusual structures presented by The World Geography magazine.



Photo: Miasto Ciechanów


Lower Silesian Voivodeship - the city of Bardo


Bardo is one of the oldest cities in Lower Silesia, located among the picturesque slopes and turbulent waters of the Nisa River. The city harmoniously combines incredible natural scenery, rich historical and cultural heritage, and modern infrastructure for active tourism. That is why it holds a special place in the hearts of those who love various extreme rafting and cycling in the mountains.


Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship - Młyńska Island with Rothera Mills


Młyńska Island is located in the city of Bydgoszcz, surrounded by the Brda River and is a center of culture and recreation. There are many museums and various leisure areas for adults and children.




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Lubelskie Voivodeship - Włodawa


Włodawa is considered to be a city of three cultures, where Orthodox and Roman Catholic parishes, as well as the Jewish community, coexist organically. In addition, the city has retained its ancient layout with two-story buildings and a market square in the center, from which a network of streets diverges. 


Lubuskie Voivodeship - Książęcy Zatonie Park


Many unique cultural monuments have been preserved on the territory of the landscape park, as this area has a rich historical and cultural heritage. The 17th-century princely palace and the Temple of Roses deserve special attention. The place has a unique ancient atmosphere and looks phenomenal at any time of the year.



Photo: Leo Seidel


Monopolis in the Łódź Voivodeship


Monopolis is a unique restored factory that has become one of the main tourist centers of the city of Lodz. The location has not only many restaurants, cafes, and shops, but also an art gallery, a museum, and a theater.


Lesser Poland Voivodeship - Błędowska Desert


The Błędowska Desert is the driest part of Poland and one of the largest deserts in Europe. There are several hiking and horseback riding routes in this location. It is also interesting that the desert area is divided by a river valley, and mirages and traveling sands have been repeatedly observed here.


Opole Voivodeship - Nysa Fortress


The city of Nysa was the capital of the bishops of Wroclaw for 500 years, and it is one of the oldest cities in Silesia. And the city's fortress is a unique structure not only in Poland but throughout Europe. And today, almost half of the Prussian fortifications have been restored.



Photo: Rafał Gawlik


Podkarpackie Voivodeship - Ignacy Łukasiewicz Museum of the Oil and Gas Industry in Bóbrce


The museum is located on the territory of an oil mine with active wells and special facilities that ensure the functioning of the facility and tells about the birth of the oil industry in Poland.




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Podlaskie Voivodeship - Chalk mine in Mielniku


An open chalk mine from the 16th century is the only functioning mine of its kind in Poland. You can see the unique place from the observation deck. The quarry impresses with its scale and the surrounding picturesque landscapes.


Pomeranian Voivodeship - Zagroda Inicjatyw Twórczych Swołowo


This is a unique location that has been transformed into a center of cultural events and figures. On the territory of the estate there is a historic residential building Przystanek Artists and Creators, a real melting pot, as well as other exhibition halls and studios for artists. Concerts, master classes, and various creative initiatives are held here.


Silesian Voivodeship - Żelazny cycle route


The cycle route has several routes and runs through two countries: Poland and the Czech Republic. Along the route, cyclists have the opportunity to see incredible landscapes and visit many tourist attractions, both natural with animals and cultural attractions.



Photo: ARCHiTEKT studio projektowe / arch. Paweł Kuczyński


Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship - Świętokrzyskie Geopark


The Świętokrzyskie Geopark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the territory of this location, you can visit unique geological sites, including caves, quarries and mountain slopes, as well as many cultural and natural sites.


Warmia and Mazury Voivodeship - Gołdap


Gołdap is a tourist resort town with the cleanest air in Poland and a large number of healthcare facilities with unique salt caves and mineral waters. It is also important that you can relax here all year round, as the city has a well-developed infrastructure and offers various types of recreation, from a relaxing SPA to skiing and cycling routes in the mountains and forests.


Greater Poland Region - Antidotum Airshow Leszno


Antidotum is one of the largest air shows in Poland, in which even Ukrainian pilots have participated. The enchanting show with the frequent use of various helicopters and airplanes, with the use of pyrotechnics, will certainly take everyone's breath away. And the night programs 



Photo: Krzysztof Wilma


West Pomeranian Voivodeship - Hortulus Gardens in Dobrzyca


Themed gardens near the Baltic coast of Poland are one of the best examples of garden art. The garden is divided into zones: gardens of color, light and shadow, noise, rustling and ringing, etc. In total, the location has 28 gardens dedicated to various themes, including a real living maze.


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