In the 11th-13th century, the territory was inhabited by the Old Prussians, also called Baltic Prussians, an Baltic ethnic group that inhabited Prussia, the lands of the southeastern coastal region of the Baltic Sea, in the area around the Vistula and Curonian Lagoons. They spoke a language now known as Old Prussian and followed a religion believed by modern scholars to be closely related to Lithuanian paganism. Although they bore the name of a 19th century German political entity, they were not "Germans." They were converted to Catholicism in the late-13th and 14th centuries, after conquest by the Knights of the Teutonic Order, and then to Protestantism in the early 16th century. In the 15th-19th centuries, the territory was part of the Duchy of Prussia, the Kingdom of Prussia and eventually the German Empire. After the Unification of Germany in 1871, the policy of Germanization sought to eradicate linguistic roots of the Old Prussian and the Polish languages. As a result of the East Prussian plebiscite after World War I Masuria remained within Weimar Germany. After World War II the area became Polish, the local populace was expelled or subsequently left the area.
The Carpathian Mountains or Carpathians are a range of mountains forming an arc roughly 1,500 km (932 mi) long across Central and Eastern Europe, making them the largest mountain range in Europe. They provide the habitat for the largest European populations of brown bears, wolves, chamois and lynxes, with the highest concentration in Romania, as well as over one third of all European plant species.
Dragons Den (Cracow)
Dragons Den - a karst cave in the stroma within the Castle, one of the tourist attractions of Krakow. The cave linked to the legend of the dragon of Wawel, commemorated the monument in 1972 by Bronislaw Chromy. The main sequence of the cave is the tourist route with a length of 81 meters, it begins in the Wawel Castle, with spiral staircase with a length of about 21 meters, visitors get the cave. On the route there are three chambers, the largest 25 m long and up to 10 m.