Situated at a confluence of European cultures, Poland has often borne the brunt of conquerors and conflicts. However, a headlong rush toward modernisation following EU membership has today made Poland one of the most desirable tourist spots on the continent.
A relaxed city break might lead you to the trendy cafes, sleek shops, and pulsing nightclubs of Warsaw, or the jaunty maritime influence and laidback dockside beer gardens of Gdansk. A pursuit of the past begins in Krakow, a treasure trove of magnificent architecture, including the grandiose red-roofed Wawel Castle, and Old Town’s expansive Main Market Square and Gothic churches. Others might take a pilgrimage south to Auschwitz, a sombre monument to Poland’s devastating recent history. Beyond city limits you’ll find all the dense forest and panoramic mountain views expected of Europe, along with the broad ice-age river valleys that mark Masovia, extensive waterways once navigated by Vikings dissecting the lush countryside, and southerly barren deserts with the shifting sand dunes of Slowinski National Park.
There are few other countries in Europe that bear a history as rich as Poland’s. Whether you prefer to gaze up at gorgeous buildings backed by all the comforts of home, or delve deep into unexpected adventure, Poland is guaranteed to have you covered.
"Not all those who wander are lost" - J. R. R. Tolkien