Poland may be just the place you?re looking for if you seek a destination with great food, ever-present culture, quality medial services and European charm. The country is one of the largest countries in Central Europe, bordering Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany. The population of Poland, currently 38.6 million people. Warsaw, the capital and Poland’s largest metropolitan area, has a population of 1.7 million people.
Every city has a soul
Each city in Poland has a distinct feel and social culture. From Warsaw?s urban pulse to Krakow?s historic pride, to Wroclaw?s whimsy, to Gdansk?s stately maritime heritage, Poland?s cities distinguish themselves from one another easily. Especially Krakow – the old royal capital – is acclaimed for its many precious architectural monuments and a unique friendly atmosphere. You will love it. Just give yourselves time for some other splendid and culturally rich towns: Gdansk, Wroclaw, Torun or Kazimierz Dolny. They rank among the most beautiful places in northeastern Europe. Warsaw is very different, puzzling, but a real “must see” as well. Try not to miss numerous Polish castles and palaces (some of them provide accommodation) and some other attractions (e.g. the oldest salt mine in Wieliczka or the Elblag canal).
You will be hard-pressed to determine which is your favourite!
Nature and diversity
Poland?s countryside, seaside to the north, and mountains to the south provide visitors with a variety of landscapes to relax in. Resorts in the south attract skiers and hikers, while those who want to trawl the beach for amber will have to head to the coast. In between, forests hide flora and fauna and outcroppings and lakesides reveal manor houses or castles.
The countryside way of life retains much from the old days. Its backwardness may startle you. What can startle even more is that Polish countryside is turning into a major area for rural vacations. It has an enormous potential for a return to the very basics: thousands of people come to learn to bake bread, milk a cow or to take a rest at a quiet lake. If you prefer activities, go skiing, horse-riding, canoeing, surfing or mountaineering. There are wild berries, mushrooms, narrow-gauge railways, and easy-to-spot animals. And things so are cheap to buy!
Poland has twenty-two national parks with varied landscape – seaside, lake districts, marshes, fertile plains, highlands and rocky mountains. Some areas have outstanding scenic beauties (the Tatra, Mazury, Biebrza, Narew, Wolin Island or Bieszczady) and famous spa resorts.
What?s on offer at Polish restaurants varies according to season and region. For example, fish dishes prevail in northern Gdansk while hearty pierogi dishes are prevalent in the south. Autumn is mushroom season, which means that dishes will feature forest-fresh fungi. Polish pastries, from the simplest donut to the most elaborate stacked cake, memorably finish off meals.
Beverages from Poland should also be tried. Flavorful beers and delicate vodkas appear on restaurant and bar menus or can be purchased from shops.
Hospitality as standard
The present shape of the country is a result of the mixing and influencing of cultures – German, Jewish, Ukrainian, Italian, Dutch, Armenian, Czech, Austrian, Swedish, Danish, Russian and others. We invite you to come and uncover some very interesting links between Poland and your cultures.
Don’t hesitate. Book flight today, get your smile back and enjoy Poland.