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Holidays to Poland
Historic cities, ancient forests, colossal castles, no fewer than 16 World Heritage Sites, and a turbulent past make Poland always fascinating to explore. Experience the simple pleasures of visiting a Polish milk bar to chow down on tasty pierogi, kielbasa sausages and obwarzanek krakowski pastry snacks, washed down with what else but a hearty slug of vodka.
Discover the capital Warsaw, with its reconstructed medieval Old Town and delightful musical benches that play bursts of Chopin. Krakow presides over a packed cultural calendar, alongside important sights such as the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps, Oskar Schindler’s factory and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Explore quaint Gdansk on the Baltic Sea with its handsome Old Town and surrounding spa destinations, or stunning Wroclaw, famed for its hundreds of tiny bronze gnome statues dotted around town.
Immerse yourself in nature in the vast Bialowieza Forest, one of the last remaining expanses of primeval forests in Europe and home to bison, lynx and wolves, go hiking in the Tatra Mountains, or visit a castle to sample some traditional Polish folklore. Book your flights to Poland now and let the adventure begin.
Things to do in Warsaw
The confident capital of one of Europe’s largest nations, Warsaw is hardly short of things to do. Almost totally destroyed in World War II, the city’s Old Town, New Town, Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat areas have been reconstructed so beautifully it’s hard to believe they’re not centuries old.
Things to do in Krakow
Wondering what to do in Krakow? Let us be your guide to this incredible historical city, brimming over with magnificent medieval monuments and world-class cultural institutions. Discover its eclectic shopping, underrated culinary scene, bohemian cafés and tucked away nightspots.
Christmas Markets in 48 hours
A mid-week visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a chance to combine an indulgent city break with shopping for truly individual gifts. Travel writer Simon Heptinstall – who once drove through 12 European countries in one day – reveals five of the continent’s best cities to soak up the fairy-tale festive atmosphere.
Holidays in Poland
Our recommended holidays in Poland
See where the Solidarity Movement started in northern Gdansk and find the bullet-scarred remains of the Warsaw Uprising. Or head to Wroclaw, in western Poland, for its stunning Gothic architecture. Explore the southern city of Krakow with its Jewish legacy and make sure you try some authentic bagels washed down with a glass of vodka. South of Krakow is the year-long rural playground, the Tatra Mountains.
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City breaks in Poland
Head straight for Wawel Castle and the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz in Krakow. Marvel at Warsaw's totally reconstructed, UNESCO-listed Old Town and its excellent Rising Museum. Hunt for amber on the Baltic Sea shores around the port city of Gdansk. Or visit Wroclaw – an engaging city with Gothic towers that is currently undergoing something of a comeback.
Things to do in Poland
Travel around the country involves passing through many villages. The most beautiful are in the Tatra Mountains in the south where Zakopane lures the crowds for some serious apres ski. In summer, you can hike beside glistening lakes and rivers. And the crystal clear waters and beautiful white sandy beaches at Gdansk and Sopot will pleasantly surprise you.