Poland is a stunningly diverse country that has something unique to offer to all sorts of travellers. Moving beyond the large cities with dominant personalities, you will find a nation so breathtakingly beautiful with woods, rivers, lakes and hills. The Central-European country has a long Baltic sea coastline and is fringed by multiple nations - Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to the country's capital - Warsaw. This historically significant city has always been characterized by it's fragile past. But it has turned itself around to develop into a powerful 21st century megalopolis. Some of the notable highlights in this city are: Royal Castle - now a museum displaying tapestries, antique, furniture, collection of porcelain and other decorative arts, Wilanow Palace, 19th -century Warsaw Citadel, oldest church in Warsaw -St. John's Cathedral, ?azienki Park, Old Marketplace and so forth. When it comes to dining, try the local Milk Bars. Food is not only cheap and affordable but also enlightens patrons with the perspective of life before democratization in Poland.
The Main Market Square in the Old Town is Krakow is the biggest medieval town square in Europe and is a major tourist magnet in Poland. When in Gdansk, stroll around the Old Town to marvel at the array of 17th-century structures, including granaries, mills and churches History aficionados will love visiting Malbrok Castle, housed in the city of Malbrok and Gothic Wawel Castle from Krakow. The Gothic Castle is particularly famous for being home to the only preserved piece of Polish Crown Jewels - the iconic Szcerbiec coronation sword.
Nature lovers can take a trip to the Bialowieza Forest, large remnant of the primeval woods that once encompassed most of Europe. One can tour the dense and luscious jungle either by foot or in horse-drawn carriages and hope to catch a glimpse of the wisent, a protected species of European bison. Residing on the outskirts of Krakow, drop by at the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Highlights includes an underground city carved out of rock salt, chapel with the best acoustics in Europe, an array of ancient sculptures carved from salt and so on.
Don't forget to trek over to the Slowinski Sand Dunes, part of the Slowinski National Park situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The forms are known to change with the season and are referred to as the 'moving dunes'. Be sure to head over to the picturesque location of Masurian Lakeland District encompassing over 2,000 lakes linked by an elaborate system of canals and rivers. Popular with the travellers, tourists can take a boat tour or travel by bicycle to soak in the scenic atmosphere.
Poland is a haven for shoppers. People usually visit this country to procure traditional arts & crafts. Some of the other items available for souvenirs are glass and enamelware, hand-woven rugs, silverware, silver jewellery, dolls draped in regional attires, woodcarvings, clay and metal sculptures and so on. When it comes to cuisine, do try out authentic Polish delicacies such as Pierogi - filled dumplings of East European origin. They are prepared by wrapping pockets of unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water. As for night-life, one can drink Polish beers from any of the bars and clubs spruced in the country.
Poland offers abundant stay options. Those who can afford an extravagant lifestyle can opt for the best luxury hotels and sprawling private apartments and at the same time budget travellers seeking cheap accommodations will find plenty of choices as well.
Poland experiences temperate climate with comparatively cold winters and warm summers. The best time to visit the country would be during the summer season where the temperatures are consistently average around 24?C (75?F).