Poland could perhaps be described as Europe's post-soviet number one success story. In many ways, Poland has risen like a phoenix from the crucible of history. Things here have not always been easy but Poland has proven itself to be a resilient place, able to rebuild and restore. Now, Poland is an increasingly popular European vacation destination.
Visit Poland For Fascinating History
Poland's reconstructed cities have become popular tourist destinations. Krakow (with its famous Wawel Castle) and Gdansk with all its historic interest vie with energetic Warsaw for the attention of visitors, while across the country many more settlements offer many sights of architectural and historic interest. Evocative ruins and mediaeval castles are scattered on hilltops across the country, red brick fortresses stand proud in the north and finely crafted wooden churches shelter quietly in the Carpathian mountains. A thousand years of history await you here and you can learn about the country's rich Jewish heritage and the tragic events of the 2nd World War at Auschwitz & Birkenau.
Visit Poland for Arts & Culture
Poland's cities are crammed full with art and culture. There is always a varied program of festivals and events each year. There are also more unusual attractions – the most impressive of which is perhaps the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where you can learn more about salt mining which took place here from the 13th -20th century and see a range of amazing statues and sculptures carved in salt by miners and more contemporary artists.
Visit Poland for Scenic Beauty
Poland also has plenty of tranquil open country to explore. You could hike or bike here for days and meet few people along the way, walking on well-marked trails through dense woodland, along rivers and through mountain passes. Visit such beauty spots as the Mazury Lake District, or the sand dunes of Slowinski National Park. Explore the amazing Bialowieza Forest to get a taste of the forests that once covered much of Europe.
Visit Poland for Active Adventure
In addition to hiking or biking through Poland's scenic landscapes, you could also consider other active adventures here. The area known as Mazury, in northern Poland, for example, is known as the 'land of a thousand lakes'. It is arguably one of the best places in Europe for kayaking with signposted trails that lead onwards for hundreds of miles through a watery landscape that can allow you to paddle happily away for days on end. You could also consider taking a horse-drawn carriage ride in Bialowieza forest, or enjoying some river rafting on he Dunejac River through Pieniny National Park.