Stunning sandy coast, mountains and lakes, 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, charming villages and castles – often overlooked as a travel destination, Poland has it all! Be surprised and amazed by how beautiful this country is!
In Krakow you should visit the Wawel Castle, a former Jewish quarter of Kazimierz and climb the tower of St. Mary's Basilica. Go to the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) and explore the underground museum situated below the Main Square - on the area of over 6000 square metres you'll find the remains of burned settlements from the XIth century. Gdansk also has its charm with the seaside promenade, beaches, the Old Town and St. Mary's Church - one of the three largest brick churches in the world.
Warsaw is famous for the Old Town - a reconstruction masterpiece - 85% of which was completely destroyed and rebuilt after WWII. You can go to Royal Łazienki for a free outdoor Chopin Concert. The live piano recitals at the foot of the Monument to Chopin are held in summer every Sunday at 12.00 and 16.00. Enjoy the trendy nighclubs and nice beaches on the Vistula River. Poznan and Wroclaw both are full of history and have very nice Old Towns and Market Squares. In Lodz, located right in the centre of Poland, you can visit many exciting venues in former factories, admire cool street art and splendid Art Nouveau architecture in Piotrkowska - one of the longest commercial streets in Europe.
How to get there:
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Where to stay:
In Warsaw you can stay at 3* Ibis Budget Warszawa Centrum with very good reviews. Located just one kilometer from Warsaw Central Train Station, Ibis Warszawa Centrum hotel features air-conditioned, quiet rooms with satellite TV and free internet access. It also offers a varied breakfast buffet. This Ibis hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the Warsaw Uprising Museum. Guests can also easily reach the Old Town, about 2.4 km away. The L’Estaminet bistro at Ibis Warszawa Centrum serves French, Polish and Italian dishes. For an evening cocktail, guests can head to the Le Comptoir bar. The hotel provides guests with an underground parking garage and 24/7 front desk service.
In Gdansk we recommend you to book 3* Gryf Hotel with good reviews. Located just 200 m from Gdańsk Shipyard Museum, This 3-star hotel offers spacious rooms with satellite TV and a private bathroom. Hotel Gryf is situated 15-minute walk from the Main Railway Station and 20-minute walk from the Old Town. Excellent bus and tram connections allow for easy access to all parts of Gdańsk. The rooms at Hotel Gryf feature a table with armchairs and a work desk. The bathroom comes with a bath with a shower, an electric towel drier and a hairdryer. Ironing facilities are available at the front desk. There is a computer with free internet access in the reception area. Internet hotspot is available in the entire hotel. The front desk staff is available 24 hours a day.
What to do:
Admire the breathtaking architecture of the Polish cities – the Old City of Zamość and the Medieval Town of Toruń with Nicolaus Copernicus House and Gingerbread Museum.
If you are interested in learning about World War II, there are many interesting sights in Poland such as Warsaw Uprising Museum, Wolf’s Lair (Wilczy Szaniec) or Auschwitz Birkenau – the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
Taste delicious Polish cuisine. Pierogi is a must-try food. If you go to the Tatra Mountains, you should definitely buy some traditional smoked cheese, oscypek. If you want to save some money, try eating at Milk Bar.
Poland is an ideal destination for outdoors enthusiasts. If you love swimming, hiking or skiing, you can do everything here! The country’s thousands of pristine lakes and the long sandy coastline offer perfect conditions for water sports. Orłowo in Gdynia is a hotspot for paragliders. The forests and mountains are good for biking, trekking and bird watching.
In the North you can explore the sand dunes of Słowiński National Park, situated on the Baltic coast. It’s the largest stretch of moving sand dunes in Europe. Some dunes are quite high – up to 30 metres.
Check out The Crooked Forest (Krzywy Las) with its oddly-shaped pine trees located outside Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania.
Go to Biskupin archaeological museum, a life-size model of an Iron Age fortified settlement.
In the East you should visit Białowieża Forest – one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the largest population of the European bison, Europe’s heaviest land animal. Take the Żebra Żubra (“the bison ribs”) nature trail through the forest. Part of the 3,5 km track is on a raised boardwalk. The trail leads across wooden footbridges through the wet forest. At the end of the track you will reach the Bison Show Reserve.
In the West you can attend The Festival of Wine in Zielona Góra. The fest starts in the first or second week of September and lasts for nine days.
In the South you should Discover Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines that have been mined since the 13th century and are the oldest of its type in Europe. Both mines have hundreds of kilometres of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted in the salt.
Take part in Zakopane Festival of Highland Folklore, which is held every year in August or Kraków Nativity Scene Contest Exhibition in December.
See the wooden churches of Southern Małopolska and The Painted Village of Zalipie.
Admire the characteristic rock formations of the Ojców National Park in the Polish Jurassic Highland.
Explore Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its underground water management system.
Visit Bear’s Cave in the Sudety Mountains or Paradise Cave in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains (Holy Cross Mountains). In Kościeliska Valley in the Tatra Mountains you’ll find Mylna or Mroźna Caves.
Those in search of thrills should check out The Skull Chapel (Kaplica Czaszek) in Kudowa-Zdrój.
You can relax in one of many spas, health clinics and sanatoriums offering superior medical and wellness treatments. Polish health resorts have rich resources of mineral waters with medicinal properties.
Go to Błędów Desert – Central Europe’s largest accumulation of loose sand in an area away from any sea, deposited thousands of years ago by a melting glacier.
If you love partying, you cannot miss Poland! There are plenty of bars and free-entrance clubs to go and drinks are affordable.
Visit Lodz, once famous for its textile industry, now well-known for its film school and Manufaktura shopping and leisure complex. Enjoy the city’s bustling nightlife with an excellent selection of pubs, bars, nightclubs and outdoor beer gardens.
Culture lovers can enjoy Poland’s music scene that ranges from jazz and medieval to opera music. Outdoor concerts take place in parks and squares during summer, while the church concerts and operas highlight the winter season.
Take a train to the countryside and observe the idyllic landscapes on your way. Admire the picturesque old wooden architecture in the rural areas and try some ecological, organic, homemade food in the farmland.
If you’re looking for unique souvenirs you can go shopping in one of various shops and malls or search for handicraft in the Christmas and Easter markets.
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