Holidays in hidden-gem Poland
Holidays in Poland unlock one of Europe’s most underrated countries. A trip here can take you into the primeval realm of Białowieża Forest where wild bison roam free. You can also explore the slopes of the Tatra and Carpathian Mountains that sing from on high to hikers with bellies full of smoked cheese and meat stuffed dumplings.
Alternatively, you can deep dive into European history and piece together the events leading up to the Prussian War, the Napoleonic era and the devastation of WWII. Cities, such as Warsaw and Krakow, provide ample opportunities to experience modern-day Poland as well as admiring the ecclesiastical architecture. You can also wallow in thermal baths or seek out secret coffee shops where cream cakes and strudels provide the sustenance for a full day of sightseeing.
From the elegant grandeur of Wawel Royal Castle and Wilanów Palace to the thought-provoking Auschwitz-Birkenau tour and the slightly surreal Wieliczka Salt Mine – Poland should never be underestimated by any stretch of the imagination.
As the largest city and the capital of Poland, Warsaw is packed full of cultural and architectural highlights. Set on the banks of the river Vistula, this centrally located city sings to the senses with the Royal Castle and the Palace of Culture and Science offering access to an extensive array of historic exhibits and things to do. From outdoor concerts featuring the music of Chopin in the nearby village of Zelazowa Wola to hipster hang outs and food courts, such as Hala Koszyki, Warsaw is where your holidays in Poland really take off.
Amongst the array of ecclesiastical architecture in Poland’s second city, Krakow, can be found one of the country’s most important cultural sites, Wawel Castle. Alongside the cathedral, the castle is an absolute highlight of any sightseeing tour around Krakow’s remarkably well intact Old Town. Explore just outside the city and Wieliczka Salt Mine is another highlight although sometimes it can be just as enjoyable watching the world from above ground on a well-positioned bench in Henryk Jordan Park.
Although a sombre experience, visiting Auschwitz concentration camp as part of a holiday in Poland is bound to give you greater insight and respect for the Polish people. This is one of the most harrowing highlights that you’ll have to face in Central Europe with the museum exhibits in the former outbuildings and a visit to the extermination chambers, completely unforgettable.
The flight time from the UK to Poland is just over 2 hours.
British passport holders don’t currently need a visa when visiting Poland. Please visit the UK government website for more details on entry requirements to Poland from the UK or, alternatively, visit CIBT visas for more information.
Poland’s climate is pretty similar to the UK although slightly warmer in the summer and colder in the winter, especially if you’re travelling to the upland areas close to the northeastern borders with Belarus and Lithuania.
Poland is just an hour ahead of the UK.
Polish is the official language of Poland although German is widely spoken as is English in the major towns and tourist areas.
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