Remaining one of Europe’s tourist treasures, Poland offers a mixture of medieval architectural highlights, wide-ranging cultural events and festivals, and great outdoor areas providing the perfect options for skiing, hiking, fishing and boating. Over the centuries, Poland has managed to retain its unique appeal and identity despite conflicts with neighbouring nations.
Warsaw, Poland’s capital city was heavily damaged by German bombs during WWII and subsequently suffered under Joseph Stalin’s oppression. The Polish capital has re-emerged, embracing the capitalist system and is now crammed with glitzy bars, trendy boutiques and excellently-restored historic quarters. Warsaw Old Town was meticulously reconstructed from authentic plans and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
More of Poland’s political and cultural history can be found in the country’s third-largest city – Krakow. Here, visitors will find much to make them feel as though they’ve travelled back into the 13th century. Krakow is also home to a decent range of modern facilities to keep visitors comfortable. Another significant city is Gdansk, which houses Poland’s largest Gothic church, the Lenin shipyards and the famous Church of the Virgin Mary, perhaps the world’s biggest brick building. The city of Poznan is famous for its Gorki Palace, the Italianate Town Hall, Przemyslaw Castle and the more than 800 years’ old Church of St John.
Accommodation in Poland
Poland provides a wide range of lodging options that easily can accommodate all its foreign visitors. Polish hotel establishments are comfortable and very affordable, while guest rooms offered by private houses are even less expensive and give travellers the best option to get familiar with the Polish way of daily life.
Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is Poland’s chief air hub and is served by domestic flights connecting major cities. Rail services operated by InterCity and Express are generally efficient and reliable, and fares are cheap. All Polish cities and towns have a decent public transport network, with additional trolleybuses and trams operating in a dozen of the bigger urban centres.