Poland is an amazing country – located in the heart of Europe, rich in culture and history. It has everything you might want to visit, especially if you are a fan of the outdoors – from beautiful forests and impressive mountain ranges, to idyllic seaside and amazing lakes. Also, Poland houses 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites and 23 national parks. At the same time, it is considered as a very safe country which is not as popular among tourists as other European countries such as Italy, France or Spain. Once in a while it is good to opt for a brand new, exciting tourist destination so we strongly recommend Poland to you! 🙂
Located on the Vistula River, this former Polish capital is easy to get around, since Krakow’s attractions radiate out from Old Town, considered the best Old Town in the country. The city is best known for its medieval core and Jewish quarter, and it is centred on Rynek Główny (market square), built in 1257 and now one of the largest markets in Europe. The well-planned streets and tree-line pedestrian avenues make it enjoyable to stroll. Kraków offers a variety of different attractions: you can visit Jagiellonian University or Wawel Castle but also check some night clubs and party hot-spots. Remember to try traditional street food in Kraków – zapiekanka. You will find the best zapiekanki in the city’s Kazimierz district. Everywhere in Krakow you will also find famous obwarzanki – braided ring-shaped bread that is boiled and sprinkled with salt and sesame or poppy seeds before being baked.
Wroclaw is the fourth-largest city in Poland. Its main attractions include the market square and the impressive Old Town Hall, St, Elizabeth’s Church with its observation deck overlooking the city, and the largest zoo in Poland. Sailing on the Oder River is a relaxing way to feel the atmosphere of this medieval city. In 2015, it was named one of the “Best Cities To Live” by the Mercer consulting company. In addition, in 2016, the city was proclaimed the European Capital of Culture as well as the World Book Capital. When you are in Wrocław you should find some time to visit the Karkonosze mountain range, also known as The Giant Mountains.
While visiting the Dolny Śląsk region, remember to visit a truly fairytale-like place – Ogrodzieniec Castle. It is the largest stronghold of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, and without doubt, one of the most beautiful castles in Poland. It is located on the Janowski Mountain in the middle part of the Upland. The castle lies in the central part of the Jura and is easily accessible. A marked trail of the Eagles’ Nests runs nearby. Also Ogrodzieniec was used by the Netflix team as one of the locations for one of their 2019 hit series The Witcher.
From Wrocław we can move north to Torun. The city, located on the Vistula River, is best known, perhaps, as the birthplace of Copernicus, but it’s just as well known for its old market place and Gothic town hall that the National Geographic Polska put on its list of the 30 most beautiful places in the world. As Torun escaped bombing during World War II, the city still boasts numerous buildings that date back to the Middle Ages. Construction on the town hall started in the 13th century, with many churches. It’s also well-known for its fantastic gingerbread. The city has combined these two well-known things into one: you can buy gingerbread made in Copernicus’s image. You can get the full experience by visiting the Muzeum Piernika. You can take part in an interactive show during which you are taught how to make this traditional gingerbread. The museum opened in 2006 and has a shop where you can buy these treats directly from the source. Poland’s famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born here in Toruń, and you can visit his old family home. This medieval house once belonged to the Copernicus family back in the 15th century. It is believed (but not proven) that Copernicus was born here. It was Nicolaus Copernicus that first proved the Earth rotated around the sun and that it was not the centre of the universe. The house is now a museum.
Trojmiasto (Baltic Sea)
From Toruń we’ll move straight to the beautiful Polish sea shore. Here you may enjoy a stay at the Polish seaside on one of the best beaches of the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea guarantees a large expanse of shallow water and vast beaches of fine, clean sand. The neighbouring cities and towns of Gdynia, Gdańsk and Sopot, form an extensive urban agglomeration called the Tricity along the Baltic Sea coast of northern Poland. Gdynia is a modern city port, Gdańsk is a historical monument to Pomeranian history and Sopot an elegant seaside resort. There is something special about every city, for example – every summer Gdynia becomes a venue for acclaimed international jazz musicians who participate in the Gdynia Summer Jazz Festival, Gdansk, with over 1000 years of history and tradition, offers visitors many interesting monuments located mostly along Długa Street and its direct surroundings and Sopot, called the summer capital of Poland, it’s famous from Sopot Pier which juts out of Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street and is the longest wooden construction of this kind in Europe.
Okay guys we had some fun and we’ll go to.. Hel. Hel is actually a city at the end of the Hel peninsula in Poland. It is surrounded by the sea and is a watersports centre and famous Polish fishing harbour.
Masurian Lake District
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, with an emphasis on relaxation then the Masurian Lake District is the place to go. The Masurian district is located in the north-east part of Poland and whether you’re looking for a relaxing activity, or simply a place to just be, then this area has a wealth of opportunities. The Masurian Lake District is billed as the ‘Land of 1000 Lakes’, though this wildly underestimates the true number of lakes in the region. There are around 2000 lakes here, connected with canals and rivers, interspersed with lush undulating hills. This north-eastern corner of Poland, nestled up to the Lithuanian border, is a haven for watersports enthusiasts, nature lovers, and anyone who simply loves the great outdoors. Blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna, the wonderful scenery is paired with friendly locals keen to showcase their home region. Amongst the multitude of lakes and waterways are areas of verdant forest and small farms. If relaxing with a drink and watching the world go by is enough activity for you then you won’t be disappointed.
Nature lovers should be sure to visit the Borecka Pushcha Nature Reserve where there is a breeding station for European Bison. The forests surrounding the lakes are plentiful for trails for hikers, biking and horse-trekking.
We will finish our trip in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. Warsaw is a mixture of relaxing green spaces, historic sites and vivid modernity. Discover the charming Old Town, Wilanów Palace and amazing Lazienki Park, where you can watch free Chopin concerts every Sunday during the summer. You can visit and experience dozens of interactive museums, including the Warsaw Uprising Museum, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Copernicus Science Centre. For exciting nightlife, visit the vibrant Vistula boulevards and upscale clubs. Also, Warsaw was declared the sixth most vegan-friendly city in the world in the latest global rankings to be released by HappyCow, the planet’s most comprehensive guide to the plant-based lifestyle. You will find many vegetarian and vegan restaurants all over the city.
Remember that the best way to really get to know something about the country and really experience its culture is through the people. They can show you the places that are more well known to the locals like small restaurants or pubs. Joining an Angloville programme actually gives you an opportunity to meet new people from all over Poland and thanks to that you may experience travelling in its best way – with the locals. We hope you have found lots of inspiration to see Poland this summer!