Poland Photos - Travel & Fine Art
There are some countries to which we have special connection – friends, family, great experiences, mentality of people who live there. Such country for us is Poland.
Does that sound familiar to you? You’re on a 10 days trip and would like to make some photos. Half of the time you have to cope with thick clouds or even rain. You set your alarm at 5am to maybe be surprised by a nice sunrise (which works from time to time). And then on the last day, when you’re on the way back home, it happens – the best sunrise of the whole trip.
This beauty is over 100 years old. It was built in Hamburg in 1909. For many years the Dar Pomorza was used as a training ship and today you can still see it in the port of Gdynia where it serves as a Museum ship.
The Altarpiece of Veit Stoss is the largest Gothic altarpiece in the world. It was built in the 15th century by the Bavarian sculptor Veit Stoss and comes with a long history. For centuries it was located in the St. Mary’s Basilica in Kraków (Kościół Mariacki) until the Nazis carried it off to Nuremberg during the Second World War.
The lanterns in Zakopane were still shining bright as we walked up to Gubałówka hill in total darkness. We arrived just in time on a plateau from which you had a good view over the town without having to climb up the whole mountain. The sun was still under the horizon, but you started to notice the first light.
The Main Square of Kraków (Rynek Główny) is the central element of the city and no tourist will ever visit Kraków and don’t walk on this square. On this photo you can see the Kraków Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) with the Adam Mickiewicz Monument in the foreground. The sun just made its way over the roofs and throws the town’s silhouette on the walls of the Cloth Hall.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine must make it on your list when you have a rainy day in Cracow. The mine is simply mind-blowing. There are 300km full of statues, arts and chapels on 9 levels that were built over the last 700 years. It is the oldest salt mine of its kind in Europe and since 1978 legitimately among the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Tatra Mountains are the biggest mountains in Poland with a height up to 2,499m. Zakopane is a small town at the foot of the mountains that invite tourists from all over the world. What’s especially nice about Zakopane is its location in the valley. Because of that you can climb a “hill” (Me as a Berliner, I call it a mountain) and have a stunning view on this highest part of the Carpathians.
Gdańsk is such a magnificent town and with all the water around one can surely get the idea to go fishing in Gdańsk. I was very lucky with the weather. The clouds caused a great sunset but no ten minutes later it started pouring. But in other ways as well, it is impossible to capture this scene a second time.
The Rynek, polish for market square, is as in most Silesian towns the centre of Świdnica. Remarkable was the variety of blooming flowers. I wanted to capture the blossom together with the architecture and the fountain serves well as a balancing weight in the middle of the hedge and the small green house.