Centuries of conflict have turned Poland into a most amazing independent country, rich in culture, with impressive historical sites, and beautiful landscapes. Among great cities, a nature dotted by lakes and forests and a picturesque countryside, you are sure to collect an impressive set of great memories when on holiday in Poland.
Warsaw is the capital city of the country, with an Old Market Place featuring a bronze sculpture of the Warsaw mermaid, the Royal Palace and many historical sites. The Wawel Castle in Krakow has been lived in since the Paleolithic Age, and it was built in the 14th century, it hosts the Polish Crown Jewels and the legendary coronation sword Szczerbiec. The Main Market Square is the largest medieval square in Europe, guarded by numerous historical churches, buildings, palaces and town houses. A visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi concentration camp, is a most powerful experience. If you choose a last minute holiday home in Poland, at the Baltic Coast, make sure that you visit the old town of Gdansk, with old mills, granaries and churches.
There are many exceptional places in Poland that are definitely worth seeing. Take the Skull Chapel for example, also known as the St. Bartholomew's Church in Czermna in Lower Silesia, a site you will not soon forget. The Crooked Forest outside Nowe Czarnkowo in the West Pomerania is an impressive place as well, there are like 400 pines here that have been planted in the times when the country was under German occupation, and they are accompanied by a whole load of theories that explain their odd shape. The Wielizkcka salt mine is nowadays a museum, with numerous statues, with three chapels, even a cathedral here you can see from a holiday villa in Poland. As for museums, visit the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, with exhibitions and documentaries from the fightings in 1944; the Museum of Zakopane Style displays the fine woodworking craft of the 19th and 20th century; the Pharmacy Museum in Krakow; the Gingerbread Museum in Torun; the Amber Museum in Gdansk and many others.
The colorful regions of Poland are beautiful, they range from beaches to lakes and deep forests, mountains dotted with picturesque villages and Teutonic fortresses. An impressive sight all in all. West Pomerania hosts beaches and resorts at the Baltic Sea and the Drawskie lake district. East Pomerania on the other hand hosts the largest shifting sand dunes in the Slowinski National Park, the longest peninsula in the country, Hel, and the vastest cluster of yew trees on the Old Continent. Mazuria is the land of the 4000 blue lakes, forests and rivers, just perfect for canoeing. The Trail of the Great Lakes, the Ostrodzko-Elblaski canal and the Teutonic castles nearby are well-known attractions here. The north-eastern Suwalki region has a glacier-shaped landscape, and a rich culture. In the middle of the country there are the Wielkopolska, the Mazovia plains, the wild nature land of Podlasie. Silesia, divided into Upper and Lower Silesia, is mostly an insutrial area, but also hosts beautiful nature in the Lower Silesian Woods, the Sudeten mountains, etc. Malopolska is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the Beskids mountains, the area of Jura Krakowsko-Czestochowska. Podhale and its capital Zakopane is the cradle of the Polish culture.
Marble tubs where the tsars used to bathe, white clay pools and jacuzzis portray a perpetually growing number of spas in Poland. A wellness holiday in Poland can take you from mountainous areas to Mazury, by the sea, or even in city centers. Krynica is a fascinating spa resort in the mountains, while at Muszyna and Piwniczna in Beskid Sadecki or Szczawnica in Pieniny they say even nicotine addiction can be cured. For families with children, the Rabka in Gorce is perfect. Salt caves and therapeutic mud complete many spa treatments in the country, and if your holiday apartment for a wellness holiday in Poland is in the Warsaw area, try the Konstancin-Jeziorna resort nearby. There is nothing like a relaxing time out in Poland.
There are both continental and oceanic climate influences in Poland, making this country thus a year round destination. In summer, there are numerous festivals such as the one dedicated to Chopin in Warsaw’s Lazienki Park, as well as beach towns you can enjoy such as Gdansk, summer excursions and river cruises. In winter, you can enjoy a holiday apartment for a winter sports holiday in Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, from where the Tatra National Park is also easily accessible. In spring and fall, sightseeing and outdoor activities, hiking and cycling are a lot of fun.
Whether it's hiking in the Tatra Mountains, or exploring one of the 23 national parks in the country, the country offers numerous possibilities for all sorts of activities and sports. A last minute holiday home in Poland can lead you towards beautiful places for horse riding, for amazing walks and you can enjoy water sports as well around the Sopot in the north and Mazury in the northeast. Skiing in Zakopane is an amazing experience, making thus a holiday in Poland a most unique one in any season.
A family holiday in Poland can have you experience from historic cities like Krakow and Warsaw to the Baltic seaside towns such as Gdansk. Add to this a fabulous family skiing holiday in winter and some great summer hiking in the Tatra Mountains, and you get the most ideal recipe for a vacation with your loved ones here. In the capital city, Warsaw, do not miss the zoo, the Royal Castle and the planetarium in the Warsaw Museum of Technology. The Copernicus science center has an earthquake simulator, a magic carpet and a robotic theater. Around the capital city, explore the largest sports and recreation center in the country, the Wodny Park, with an indoor pool and many slides. The Dino Park about 2 hours drive form the capital has a botanical garden and interesting dinosaurs exhibits, and a few days in the Biebrza National Park in northeast Poland can allow you to even go camping and spend time among nature. Gdansk has a great zoo as well, and the Aquarium that the little ones will love, and in the Tatra Mountains take a horse-drawn ride along the ridge of Gubalówka, and visit the Trollandia high-ropes course. Have fun in Poland!
The Polish cuisine can really complete your holiday in Poland, with dishes such as the Pierogi, the Polish dumplings, the Rosół, a chicken soup, or the traditional cabbage rolls, the Gołąbki. The Polskie naleśniki, or the Polish pancakes are not to be missed, and the Łazanki z kapustą i grzybami is a typical food in this country made of cabbage, pork meat, homemade pasta noodles and vegetables. Bigos, or the hunter's stew makes for a delicious dinner, and the herring in oil with onions is simply delicious. Take a Polish croissant cookie as a dessert and your holiday here will never be sweeter!
Poland hosts 109 dog-friendly cities, and you will be very pleased to know that even the famous resort of Zakopane is very much dog-friendly. Cities such as Krakow and Warsaw are also very appreciative of a pet's unconditional love, and there are many other cities alike. Take a nice walk with your furry buddy in the Tatra Mountains, go for a hike together or even cycle together from your holiday park with pets allowed in Poland. Enjoy your vacation your own way in Poland!
A land of Pope John Paul II, of Frederic Chopin and of really good cheese make for a most ideal vacation, thus a holiday in Poland is a fabulous choice at any time of the year!
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