After the war, Poland was annexed by Russia and became part of the Soviet Union. So they weren't well off and have only lately, become thriving under independence.
Stalin built a building in the city center as a gift to the people of Poland. At the time, it was nearly the tallest building in all of Poland, but the people found it ugly and old fashioned. It has only lately become embraced.
Next, we went by train to Krakow. This city is quite large and on the big and beautiful Vistula river. But the old town in the center is small and approachable. The old castle and fortifications are on a small hill overlooking the river. It was for many years part of the Hapsburg Empire of Austria and has a clearly Austrian look and feel. We stayed in the old town square and had a view of the Christmas town set up for festivities. The old St. Mary's Basilica is the best preserved, medieval style church I've ever been in. It's breathtaking! The cloth hall in the center of the square is equally breathtaking.
Next, we went to London. We saw the Museum of London. It was terrific. Especially the exhibit of the great fire of 1666.
We had the great fortune of seeing the Dickens play "A Christmas Carol." They did a bang up job, given that they had no children in the cast and had to do time travel on stage. It was pretty true to the story which made it thoroughly satisfying and yet new spins on many aspects of the story.
Back to Munich. This time we had a full day to see sights. We went to the Neues Rathaus. It was packed with people and was the location of their Christmas town. The weather was unbelievable and we sat outside the city wall at a cafe and ate lunch in the sunshine!
Then we made our way stateside, flying from Amsterdam directly to San Francisco going over the north pole. I got a beautiful photo showing the lack of snow (which was a bit alarming). Going east is brutal, but going west just makes for the worlds longest day.