Hidden from the Swedes, looted on the orders of Empress Catherine of Russia, spirited away down the Vistula three days before the Germans entered Krakow in 1939, evacuated to Romania, then to France, Britain and finally to Canada, the tapestries are one of Poland’s most important treasures and a symbol of its tumultuous history.
The surprising find was made after expert cavers began exploring a network of passages that had been constructed during WWII.
From polar bear trails to revamped castles, Webber presents his top travel finds of 2020.
Lying less than 15 kilometres north of Kraków, the 14th century castle was built as part of the Eagles’ Nest trail: a string of ancient fortifications constructed to defend the region and its trade routes. Here, you know you’re in a castle and that’s a feeling that is a bonus in itself.
Notoriously unlucky in love, TFN explores the lonely life of Anna Jagiellon, the last of the great Jagiellonian dynasty.
Following a gentle curve, and opening out at the mouth of Wawel Castle, is ul. Kanonicza 22. A guestbook exposes some of the past guests that have slept here: Jim Carrey; Depeche Mode; Hans Zimmer. Not bad company that I keep, I think to myself, as my gaze falls on a signed snap of Benedict Cumberbatch.
From the quirky to the divine, Tarnów in southeast Poland pretty much has it all.
Written between 1953 and 1970 by Sir Winston Churchill’s nephew Prince Jan Henryk XVII (otherwise known as Duke von Pless, Count von Hochberg or the Baron of Książ), approximately 150 of the letters were addressed to Mary Minchin, the Irishwoman that the aristocrat would eventually marry – and later divorce.
The museum houses a huge collection of art and historical items, and has played home for Polish exiles.
From an affably eccentric farmhouse in the village of Poźrzadło to the spectacular greenery and glittering lakes of Łagów ten minutes away, life here is something to be savoured and remembered.