Holiday Guide to Poland

Beautiful view in Poland

Beautiful view in Poland ©GTnici/Flick

If you want to visit Poland, but you don’t know many things about it, our holiday guide to Poland will help you. The Republic of Poland is located in Central Europe and has direct access to the Baltic Sea. Warsaw is the capital and the national currency is the zloty. The neighbors of Poland are Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, the Baltic sea and Russia (Russian enclave of Kaliningrad).

The climate in Poland is temperate, with cold winters, misty and frequent rainfall, mild summers with frequent showers and thunderstorms with lightning, a mix between western maritime climate and continental climate in the east.

The Polish beauty can be admired in both old cities and in the wild scenery of the national parks and nature reserves. The regions of the country are largely divided horizontally – the Baltic coast and the post-glacial lakes region.

Main tourist destinations

The main cities of Poland are Warsaw and Krakow. The most popular tourist attractions are the Warsaw History Museum, the Royal Palace, the Palace of Culture and Science, the Warsaw Uprising Museum, the Lazienski Park and Palace, the Palace of Wilanow, the Zoo, the Wawel castle and the Wawelska fortified cathedral, the Wieliczka Salt Mine.  You should also visit the old historical centers of Krakow, Warsaw, Zamosc and Torun.

Interesting statues in Poznan

Interesting statues in Poznan ©PolandMFA/Flick

Natural tourist attractions

Poland is a country visited by many tourists throughout the year. One of the most popular areas in Poland is the Podkarpacie, situated at the foothills of the Carpathians. Another place visited by tourists is the massif Eastern Beskidy formed by the Bieszczady Mountains and the Beskid Niski. Here you can choose from many hiking trails and you can admire the beauty of the place.

In the Bieszczady National Park can be seen different species of lynx, bears, wolves, wild cats, birds and Hucul horses, preferred by riding enthusiasts. You can go skiing or alpine climbing in the Tatra mountains, you can relax on the beaches of the coast of Pomerania and you can pay homage to victims of the Holocaust at the Auschwitz -Birkenau concentration camp.

The Tatra Mountains in Poland

The Tatra Mountains in Poland ©King-of-Herrings/Flick

Polish cusine

In Polish cuisine soups are an important part of regular meals and are usually thick and rich, the borsch is thin and is served with meat pies and cabbage. For dessert they usually serve apple pie (szarlotka), jelly donuts (packi) and poppy cake (makowiec). The national specialties include: bigos, cabbage with meat, herring fillet with pickles and onions, Kabanos sausage, pierogi, dumplings filled with meat, cabbage, cheese, fruit and kasza, which is buckwheat.

Polish personalities

In Poland were born the composer Frederick Chopin, the chemist Marie Curie and the astronomer Nicholas Copernicus. This is a country full of culture, history, scenery and wonderful people.

Beautiful view in Poland

Beautiful view in Poland ©GTnici/Flick

 

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