5 awesomely quirky tourist attractions in Poland

5 awesomely quirky tourist attractions in Poland

And you thought the whole Eastern bloc was nothing but boring grey concrete apartment blocks as far as the eye can see. Ha!

So if you haven’t figured out by now, Poland is pretty great, with spectacular vodka as far as the eye can see, and some other fun stuff as well. But it’s not just fancy cathedrals and old-timey charming cobblestones and what have you. That’s great too, but sometimes you just want to see something out of the ordinary, and Poland has a number of quirky tourist attractions that’ll catch your attention and demand a “meanwhile, in Poland” sort of caption.

Wanna see? Let’s begin.

Top 5 offbeat tourist attractions in Poland

This is gonna be fun!

1) The world’s biggest Jesus

Christ the King statue in Poland.
“So hey guys, I do believe I remember saying something about feeding the poor?” Photo by Mohylek.

It’s called the Christ the King statue, and yup, it’s the tallest statue of Jesus in the world, at 33 m (108 ft) tall. Take that, Rio.

It’s in western Poland, in a town called Świebodzin, and was built on a budget of $1.5 million, and although it might sound a bit like this is all in the service of a “we have a bigger statue than you” sort of contest, the height of 33 meters is also supposed to symbolize Christ’s 33 years. Good thing Poland is smart enough to be metric, because if they used Imperial units, this thing would be puny.

It weighs in at 440 tons, or almost 400,000 kg, and took about 4 years to build. It’s quite an impressive site up on the mound without any skyscrapers in the background to steal his thunder.

2) Crooked forest

Crooked Forest, Krzywy Las, Poland
Somebody should make a zigzag forest to compete. Photo thanks to Rzuwig.

So this one kinda reminds me of Antoni Gaudí, who said there are no straight lines to be found anywhere in nature. But I think even he’d get a kick out of seeing this place.

The weirdest part? They still don’t know how this happened.

Competing theories include tank trampling over them (the trees were saplings during World War II), or they could have been shaped this way deliberately to be used in wooden ship hulls.

Or…someone was just crazy. It wouldn’t be that weird.

3) Crooked house

Krzywy Domek, Crooked House, Sopot, Poland
The nearby shops must get really annoyed that their shops aren’t photogenic and interesting. Photo thanks to Topory.

More crookedness! Because Poland gets bored when things are boring. I mean, we all do, but Poland decided to do something about it. Or…this architect did. Poland can’t take all the credit.

It’s actually part of a shopping center, and was finished in 2004, in the city of Sopot, in northern Poland.

Tenants include restaurants, clothing stores, coffee shops, and other businesses. It’s bigger on the inside than it looks from the street, since it goes back pretty deep. Check out the virtual tour and rent out a space!

4) Upside down house

Upside down house, Szymbark Domek, Poland
Australians won’t really understand what’s so special about this. Photo thanks to Tomasz Sienicki.

This one has made the rounds on the internetz for quite some time, because apparently the entire planet is absolutely fascinated by the simple notion of something being placed upside down and that’s all.

Built by Daniel Czapiewski, and finished in 2007, the house was intended to be an artistic project representing the backwardness of the communist ruling party, and their detachment from everyday life.

Construction had to stop every few hours because the builders got disoriented and had to take a break. Which, now that it’s a neat Polish tourist attraction, is something you can experience as well. You can find it in Szymbark, up in northern Poland, near Gdansk.

5) Dachsund festival in Krakow

In the March of the Dachshunds, Polish citizens come from all over to show off their adorable little dachshunds on the main square of Krakow, where they can be found dressed up in costumes, like superhero outfits, tuxedos, and all kinds of other fun stuff.

Why? Because why not?

The festival is actually huge. As in, the entire town square gets so completely filled with people that you might only realize it’s a gigantic dachshund party when you step on one.

It’s every bit as confusing and amazing as you are currently imagining.

More quirky Poland tourist attractions?

These are some of the more unusual attractions Poland has to offer, but if I missed any, let me know, and I’ll add it here!

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29 Comments on “5 awesomely quirky tourist attractions in Poland”

          1. This kind of competition also lies in India… people creates taller and taller statues of Hindu Gods. You can see this competition in every part of India.

  1. Did you attend the Dachsund festival? I find that concept amusing! I wonder if it’s a big faux pas to bring non-Dachsund puppers.

    Loving these Poland posts! I can not wait for my trip. I had not heard about the crooked forest, I’m going to have to add that to my list.

    1. Yes, I was at the dachshund street party, but I didn’t know about it until I walked right into the massive crowd and saw a bunch of dachshunds in Batman costumes. It was pretty great.

    1. Yup. I’m just trying to cover all the countries I’ve visited, and it’s time for Poland. I had a great time there. Writing about it is making me want to visit again.

  2. What a sweet little post. I’m in Rio right now (I guess my Jesus pal is a little inferior to yours, hehe) but am hoping to put Poland on my next European itinerary. If I do, I’ll definitely be sure to check out these freaky but awesome attractions!

    1. Oh, you’ve already did, nevermind :)

      PS. There are a lot of errors in your WP (500 and 404) you should review them.

      1. Technical difficulties…part of it was people sharing this post so much, though I’m looking over other potential causes too.

    2. I mentioned it over here. This post was supposed to focus more on the unusual places. But yes, the Tatras are pretty great (though I mainly visited the Slovakian side).

  3. Hey mate. Just to let you know – 440 tons is 440000 kg. It’s what you (quite not scientifically) call “metric tons”, or “tonnes”. 1 ton is 1000 kg (or 1Mg).

      1. Can I assume it was a Polish source, or material was based on Polish source? (like Wikipedia)
        If so, we only use metric tons, we don’t even know the “long ton” nor “water ton”.

        Similar story with large numbers, we use so callled French notation, while you use American one.
        Example: 1,000,000,000. Old British would call it “thousand millions”. Americans call it “billion”. We (and most of Europe) call it “miliard”. It always causes funny translation errors.
        10^9: American ‘billion’, French notation ‘miliard’.
        10^12: American ‘trillion’, French notation ‘bilion’.
        10^15: American … actually it’s a number so large that I’m not sure. French notation: ‘biliard’.
        Then ‘trylion’ is 10^18, then ‘tryliard’ is 10^21, and then I lose track :)

        BTW, great site, I showed it to my nonPolish friends already. Keep up the great work!

        1. The 440 tons was stated on the Wikipedia page, plus some newspapers. It could be that Polish sources gave the weight as 440 tonnes, and at some point someone changed it to say tons. Not sure.

          East Asian languages have even more number challenges. Instead of writing zeroes in sets of three, they use sets of four, so instead of a million being 1,000,000 (or 1.000.000 in Europe), they would write 100,0000. Once you get up to really big numbers it’s incredibly annoying.

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