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  • Warsaw at night, always a great photo opportunity while on your Poland vacation.
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  • Hutsul dances performed by song and dance ensemble
  • Moszna Castle is always a popular inclusion on Poland tours.

Poland has an amazing variety of scenery - beautiful coastal beaches and dunes, lake districts carved out by glaciers, flat plains, lush forests, mountains, including the only Table Mountains in Europe, and even a desert region. The north coast of Poland is lined by sand that is fine, clean and more beautiful than that found in the Mediterranean. The wide Baltic beaches run beneath high cliffs and along spits. Behind them, the soft sand forms dunes. Between the Baltic coast and the rest of the country is a belt of lakes, while bordering Poland to the south is a belt of mountains. These include relatively new ranges like the Carpathians and the Tatras. Poland has 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites and unbelievably over 100 castles including Malbork Castle. Dating back to 1276, it is the largest castle in surface area in the world, all to be experienced on a Poland vacation. 

What places should you visit in Poland? 

Warsaw

Warsaw, the capital of Poland and its largest city, is located on the Vistula River. It was badly damaged during World War II but has been beautifully reconstructed and the old town’s main square’s appearance is a perfect match to its original look from the 17th and 18th Centuries. The heart of the area is the Old Town Market Place, rich in restaurants, cafés and shops. Surrounding streets feature medieval architecture such as the city walls, the Barbican and St. John's Cathedral. Walking the streets of the Old Town and New Town allows you to rest from the bustle of central city life. Atmospheric alleys, squares, and cosy cafés create a unique sense of history. In the summer, the Old and New Town Squares become stages for musical and theatrical performances and open-air galleries.

Krakow

Krakow is the second-largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River, the city dates back to the 7th Century. It has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life. The main reason for visiting the city on Poland tours is its historical monuments. Retaining its old-world ambience and charm, Krakow is the prettiest of Poland's main cities, having escaped the worst of World War II bombing. The former Polish capital's atmospheric Old Town and Kazimierz district's streets in the Jewish quarter are crammed with exciting galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The main square (Polish: Rynek Główny) in the Old Town dates back to the 13th century and is the largest medieval town square in Europe. Vast medieval cellars of buildings are used as pubs, restaurants and cabarets. Many restaurants and cafes line the square.

Other cities and places to visit in Poland 

Auschwitz 

Not far from Krakow is Auschwitz, the site of the infamous and notorious concentration camp. Auschwitz can easily be visited from Krakow while on a Poland vacation as it is only 60 kilometres/35 miles away. About one hour by road from Krakow are the concentration camps where more than a million Jews as well as many Poles, Roma, and LGBT prisoners were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. Both Auschwitz and the much larger outlying camp at Birkenau have been preserved and are open for visitors. It is essential to visit both to appreciate the extent and horror of the place. The museum’s visitor centre is at the entrance to the Auschwitz site. Photography and filming are permitted throughout the camp without the use of a flash or stands. Auschwitz was only partially destroyed and many of the original buildings stand to this day as a bleak testament to the camp’s history. Some 13 of the 30 surviving prison blocks now house museum exhibitions.

Wroclaw 

Wroclaw in the south-west of Poland was the former capital during Poland’s Golden Age of the Renaissance period. It was, like many other cities, rebuilt after the destruction of World War II. It is a very picturesque city with much history and was designated the 2016 European Capital of Culture. This is not surprising as it boasts a lively cultural scene. Some of the highlights here are the historical Central Square (Rynek in Polish), the imposing Town Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the largest church in Poland. 

Kazimierz Dolny 

The town of Kazimierz Dolny lies on the right bank of the Vistula River on its way to the Baltic. Because of its attractive position, its rich history, its picturesque medieval houses, wonderful architecture and mild climate, Kazimierz is known not only in Poland but also abroad as a sought after tourist centre. In the town centre, around the marketplace and the adjacent streets, visitors can admire the Renaissance buildings. From the "Baszta" (or Tower), the ruins of the castle, and the "Hill of the Three Crosses", one can enjoy a panoramic view of the town on a Poland vacation. 

Poznan 

Poznan is a historic city and was Poland’s first capital and the birthplace of the country. Today, it is a vibrant city with lots to see and do on a Poland vacation. The old town square is one of the finest in Europe. Medieval in style, it has been rebuilt after being destroyed in World War ll. Cafés and bars line the square and it is a great spot to have a drink and watch the world go by. The Town Hall is the highlight of the square. It is said to be the most beautiful non-church renaissance building in northern Europe. It houses the Historical Museum of Poznan with its exhibits about the history of the city from the 10th Century to the present day. Cathedral Island (Ostrow Tumski) is home to St. Peter’s and Paul’s Cathedral, the first one in Poland. Damaged in 1945, it took 11 years to rebuild. The Golden Chapel houses the remains of the first two Polish rulers. There are many museums in Poznan including the Poznan Uprising Museum.

Gdansk

Gdansk is one of Poland's oldest cities with a long history. It was the location where the fall of Communism in Central Europe began and where a movement started as a symbol of resistance against the People's Republic. You can wander the narrow, cobblestone streets of the Main Town lined with large red-brick churches and elegant buildings plus cafes, shops and museums. The city has a unique feel that is different from other cities in Poland. The architecture is influenced by the wealthy merchants who shaped the city’s past. The National Museum has a collection of paintings and other artefacts. The life of Gdansk citizens is displayed at exhibitions in the Gdansk History Museum. The Wrzeszcz District exudes an atmosphere from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries including houses and villas.

Czestochowa

The town of Czestochowa in Southern Poland is well known as a major pilgrimage centre visited by millions of people keen to see the Black Madonna painting. The Black Madonna icon in Czestochowa is said to be painted on a panel that came from the table used by the Holy Family – or a copy of the original panel painted by Luke the Apostle. 

Tatra Mountains

The Tatra Mountains form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. They are the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains with steep peaks, deep glens, and crystal lakes. They offer stunning views, skiing in winter, hiking, rock climbing, cave exploration, cycling, paragliding and more. The highest peak, called Gerlach is 2655 metres/8710 feet high. The main resort is Zakopane, the gateway to the Tatra Mountains and a major centre for winter sports and in the summer, hiking.

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When is the best time to visit Poland?

Poland overall has a temperate climate. With its location close to the Baltic Sea, the weather in the north of the country is less extreme than the central and southern parts of Poland. The best time to visit this Destination is definitely in the summer when there is the most sunshine which makes it perfect for sitting at outside cafes. However, this is the time when most rain falls. It is also high season when prices are at their highest. Spring is a pleasant season with a few showers and the flowers are in full bloom. The fall is also a good time of the year when the weather is agreeable and cultural events and performances are in full swing. The winter is definitely cold with many parts of the country covered in snow. The skiing season in the Tatra Mountains starts as early as December.

What types of tours are available in Poland?

Goway offers an escorted tour which includes Warsaw combined with Berlin and Prague as well as a tour combining Warsaw and Krakow with the Baltic States. For an individual tour of Poland, Goway can customize the ideal itinerary to suit your style and budget. 

Travel to Poland

There are non-stop direct flights to Warsaw from Toronto, New York and Chicago. There are many connections through major Western Europe points. 

Transportation within Poland

There are regular flights between Warsaw and Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Poznan, Szczecin and Wrocław. The rail services in Poland are extensive, reasonably priced and the best way to get around the country on Poland vacations. 

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