With a history as large and complex as its size, Poland epitomizes “East meets West.” And “rural meets urban,” “modern meets traditional”… you get the idea. And while Poland certainly has the soaring medieval castles and deep primeval forests that fill your fantasies, it’s also got modern cities embracing the 21st century with eager arms. Now a member of the EU, Poland’s rush to modernize and internationalize can be best felt in the hip clubs and buzzing restaurants of vibrant capital Warsaw. You can get more than just a glimpse into the traditional side of Poland as you head to the small towns that dot the tree-filled countryside, where horse-drawn carts rattle down rustic roads. History buffs have no shortage of fascinating, if somber, museums and sites, everything from Gothic castles of Teutonic Knights to the political prisons of WWII. But don’t stop there—hike amid the sand dunes and bogs of Slowinski National Park, kayak the clean waters of Great Masurian Lakes, or laze about the summer sun along Baltic coast beaches. Just be sure to sip some of the famous Vodka along the way.
Regions in Poland
Central Poland features a varied landscape and the location of Europe's largest natural forest, a profusion of wildlife. It is a bird-watcher's paradise and also offers inland dunes and the enormous cityscapes... read more
Northern Poland is the home of Poland's attractive seaside, complete with sandy beaches with dunes and cliffs, lakes, rivers and forests. Gdańsk, the biggest city in and capital of Pomorskie, is one of the... read more
Southern Poland is home to spectacular mountain ranges, the world's oldest operating salt mines, fantastic landscapes, caves, historical monuments and cities. The magnificent medieval city of Kraków is a... read more
Western Poland includes Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia, known as Dolny Slask in Polish. Although it was extensively damaged during World War II and stagnated under Communism, it's bounced back in a big... read more
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