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Poland Travel Guide

Last Updated: April 18, 2024

Colorful and historic architecture in Poland on a sunny summer day

Poland is one of the most underrated destinations in Europe . With its incredible history and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cheap food, world-class museums, wild nightlife, and plentiful nature, Poland is a budget-travel paradise. It has everything you’ll find in Western Europe — but for half the price and with half the crowds!

Most travelers visit Krakow or spend a day or two in Warsaw before departing to a neighboring country. While that’s better than nothing, Poland has so much more to offer.

From beautiful parks to medieval cities to cheap beer to rugged coastlines, you can spend weeks here and still only scratch the surface.

Best of all, there are far fewer tourists here than elsewhere in Europe so it’s easy to have a more local, more authentic experience.

Use this travel guide to Poland to plan your trip, save money, and make the most of your time in this budget-travel paradise!

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
  • Related Blogs on Poland

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Top 5 things to see and do in poland.

view of Krakow's waterfront, Poland

1. Visit Auschwitz

Auschwitz-Birkenau is the site of a former concentration camp used by the Nazis during World War II. Approximately 1.3 million people were sent here and an astounding 1.1 million of them were killed. When the camp was liberated in 1945, there were just 7,000 people there, many of whom were incredibly ill or sick. A visit here is sobering but shouldn’t be missed. Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking and keep in mind you’re allowed to take photographs but be considerate that this is a somber place. Admission is free, but the experience is much more meaningful with a guide who can provide context. Expect to pay around 550 PLN for a guide.

2. Explore Krakow

Krakow is a student city and one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country (people love coming here to party). This city is beautiful, inexpensive, and is filled with plenty to do. Be sure to check out the castle, the nearby salt mines, and underground ruins. The Christmas market in December is amazing too!

3. See Wroclaw

Wroclaw is one of Poland’s lesser-known destinations. Home to some amazing architecture, this small city is beautiful, inexpensive, and free of crowds. Be sure to see the Raclawice Panorama, which depicts the Battle of Raclawice that took place during the Kosciuszko Uprising in the 1790s.

4. Wander through Bialowieza National Park

This national park on the Belarus border contains the last remains of a primeval forest that once covered most of Europe. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, and remarkably, the only place where European bison still live in the wild. Bialowieza National Park is the oldest in Poland. Stretching 105 square kilometers (40 square miles), it’s thriving with biological diversity. Visitors can hike, walk, and bike in nature and you can also try unique local cuisine from Bialowieza, which is influenced by nearby Belarus and Ukraine. Some local favorites include Pielmieni meat dumplings, Mrowisko sweet cakes, and Zubr (bison) beer. Admission is 16 PLN. If you want a guide, expect to pay around 250 PLN.

5. Discover Warsaw

Explore the old and new towns, see the castle, binge on pierogis, and visit the city’s amazing museums that highlight the struggles of the Warsaw Uprising and the ghettoization of the Jews during World War II. Be sure to spend time wandering Warsaw’s Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with history, art, culture, and science. Savor a hearty Polish meal at one of the many ‘milk bars’ and check out Hala Koszyki, a funky food market hall with nearly 20 different eateries and many tasty offerings.

Other Things to See and Do in Poland

1. take a free walking tour.

One of the best things you can do when you arrive in a new destination is take a walking tour. It’s a great way to get the lay of the land and learn about the culture, people, and history of the destination. Walkative offers free tours in Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Poznan, and a few other cities around the country. These tours provide much more insight than any guidebook. Just be sure to tip your guides at the end!

2. Tour the Szczecin underground tunnels

These concrete tunnels lie beneath the city of Szczecin in northwest Poland (near the border with Germany). The tunnels were designated as a bomb shelter in the 1940s and then used as a fallout shelter during the Cold War. Located 17 meters (56 feet) below ground, here you can see artifacts from World War II and learn how the shelter was used during the war. You’ll also learn how the tunnels were reinforced during the Cold War to survive a nuclear attack. Tours last around an hour and admission is 38 PLN. It can get cold in the tunnels so bring a sweater.

3. Visit a national park

Poland has 23 different national parks. Ojcowski National Park (near Krakow) is a small park filled with stunning caves and castles while Slowinski National Park (on the Baltic Coast), Biebrzanski, Narwianski, and Poleski National Parks (all located in the northeast) offer great bird watching. Bialowieza National Park (near Belarus) is where you can see Europe’s only wild bison. They’re a great way to get away from the crowds and stretch your legs, especially in the summer when the weather is nice, or in the fall when the leaves are changing. There are usually lodges and campgrounds near each park as well if you want to disconnect for a few days.

4. Explore Wawel Castle

This site in Krakow is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in all of Poland. Castles here are rare as most were mostly destroyed over the years (the vast majority of which being destroyed during World War II). Built in the 13th century under the order of King Casimir III, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to an art museum that has medieval tapestries, the former Polish crown jewels, and Ottoman Empire treasures. Admission ranges from 5-46 PLN depending on what you want to see. On Mondays in the summer, free tickets are available for the Crown Treasury and Armory. There are seasonal discounts from September to October as well for the Dragon’s Den, Sandomierska Tower, and The Lost Wawel archeological exhibition, and The Church of St. Gereon.

5. Visit the Wooden Churches

Tucked away in the southeastern corner of the country, The Wooden Churches of Southern Lesser Poland consists of six Roman Catholic churches that reflect various periods of religious architecture in Poland: from Medieval to Gothic, Rococo, Baroque, as well as the occasional onion dome and Greek cross. Dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the interiors of these UNESCO churches were intricately painted and carved by hand, with every inch of the church a veritable work of art. Dress appropriately when visiting as these are sites of religious worship.

6. Tour the Wieliczka Salt Mine

This mine produced table salt and was first used in the 13th century. It became one of Krakow’s main industries and was in use until 2007. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can marvel over the cavernous chambers, statues, chapels, chandeliers, and cathedrals — all carved out of salt and stone by the miners. The mines reach depths of over 300 meters (984 feet) and are also home to contemporary works of art. The mine is just 13 kilometers (8 miles) outside the city. Admission is 109 PLN.

7. Stroll through Gdansk

Formerly known as Danzig, Gdansk is a beautiful coastal city in northern Poland. Much of the city was rebuilt after World War II but you can still find plenty of history here. Be sure to spend some time wandering the old town and checking out the local markets and small artisan shops. And don’t miss the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the city’s towering 16th-century gothic church. There’s also an excellent World War II museum here too.

8. Admire Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Located an hour from Krakow, this Catholic monastery dates back to the 17th century. Built in the Mannerist (Late Renaissance) architectural style, it was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1999. Surrounding the monastery are over 5 kilometers (3 miles) of pilgrimage routes and 42 chapels and churches which have been in regular use for over 400 years. Tours are free (though they must be booked in advance) and last around an hour. Donations are welcome.

9. Head to Lublin

Lublin is eastern Poland’s main city. It was an important trading and military center during the Middle Ages. It developed its own architectural style at the end of the 16th century, which has become known as the Lublin Renaissance as rulers here brought in many Italian architects to expand the city. Be sure to visit the castle, the monastery, and the old town (which is sometimes called “Little Krakow” owing to its similarities with Krakow’s old town). There’s also the sobering State Museum that illuminates the atrocities of the death camps of World War II.

10. See the world’s tallest pope statue

Located 2.5 hours south of Warsaw in Czestochowa, this statue of Pope John Paul II (who was born in Poland) stands 13.8 meters (42 feet) tall and is made of fiberglass. There really isn’t much else to see here but it makes for a quirky photo op if you’re in the area!

11. Visit the Exploseum

This abandoned Nazi explosive plant, founded by Alfred Nobel (the inventor of dynamite), is now a museum open to the public. Here visitors learn about Alfred Nobel, his company, what life was like for Polish residents during the German occupation, weapons used during the war, as well as modern weapons of war. It’s an interesting and eye-opening museum. Tucked away in Bydgoszcz (3 hours north of Warsaw), the museum takes 1-2 hours to explore. Admission is 17 PLN and includes a guide. Children under 6 are not allowed to enter.

12. Visit the Churches of Peace

These are the biggest timber-framed churches in Europe. Located in Jawor and Swidnica (near Wroclaw), they were built in the mid-17th century and were the first Lutheran churches constructed in Roman Catholic Poland. Since the churches were not Catholic, they were only allowed to be built from wood and could not have steeples or bells (Lutherans were not allowed to construct stone churches that could compete with the dominant religion). Today they are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Admission is 12 PLN and an audio tour is available. Just be sure to dress appropriately.

13. See the World War II Museum in Gdansk

The Museum of the Second World War opened in 2008 and is one of the best museums in the country. It’s an immersive experience that really opens your eyes to the death and destruction that the war unleashed — in Poland and beyond. In addition to the weapons, clothing, letters, and maps there is an entire recreated street to give you a palpable sense of what it would have been like to live through the worst of the war. Admission 25 PLN. For an extra 2 PLN, you can also see their temporary expositions.

14. Explore the Tatra Mountains

This mountain range, part of the Carpathian Mountains, is located near the border of Poland and Slovakia. It’s here where you’ll find Tatra National Park (a protected UNESCO site), a great destination for hiking. Spanning over 200 square kilometers (77 square miles), there are plenty of day hikes available ranging from 2-12 hours. While you can’t camp in the park, there are mountain huts if you book in advance (they cost 35-70 PLN per night depending on where you stay). Make sure you check the weather before you go and bring ample water and sunscreen for your hike.

15. Take in the Warsaw Rising Museum

This museum is a tribute to the people of Warsaw who fought and died for Polish independence. Opened in 2004, the museum is home to hundreds of artifacts from the uprising of 1944, when Polish citizens rebelled against German occupation. The uprising lasted 63 days and was the largest resistance movement during World War II. Some 15,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed, as well as 2,000-17,000 German troops. There are weapons, clothing, letters, and interactive films that shed light on one of the most important events in Polish history. Admission is 25 PLN.

16. Tour Schlinder’s Factory

Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist who saved over 1,200 Jews during the war. His story was made famous by Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film, Schindler’s List . Located in his actual factory in Krakow, this museum offers a thorough trip through the history of World War II, highlighting how he saved so many people during the war while bankrupting himself in the process. Admission starts at 10 PLN or 72 PLN for a guided tour. There are a number of limited free tickets on Mondays.

  For more information on specific cities in Poland, check out these guides:

  • Krakow Travel Guide
  • Warsaw Travel Guide

Poland Travel Costs

A wide, regal palace surrounding by green grass on a sunny day in Warsaw, Poland

Accommodation – A bed in a dorm with 8-10 beds costs 55-95 PLN per night. Private rooms cost 120-200 PLN. Free Wi-Fi is standard and most hostels also have self-catering facilities. Free breakfast is available at many hostels too.

Budget two-star hotels start at 150-275 PLN per night. Free Wi-Fi is common and many hotels also include a simple free breakfast as well. For a three-star hotel, expect to pay at least 300-500 PLN.

Airbnb is available throughout the country with private rooms starting at 75 PLN per night while entire homes/apartments cost at least 100 PLN. Prices are usually double these numbers, however, so be sure to book early to find the best deals.

There are plenty of campgrounds throughout the country for those traveling with a tent. Expect to pay around 40 PLN per night for a basic tent plot for two people without electricity. Wild camping is tolerated if you’re in the mountains and as long as you are not in a national park (camping in national parks is strictly prohibited in Poland).

Food – Polish meals are quite hearty, usually containing potatoes, meat (pork and chicken), and seasonal produce like beets or cabbage. Stews and soups (like borscht, a beet soup) are popular and can be found at most local restaurants. Pierogis are also a common staple and can be found everywhere for cheap. For some traditional Polish food, try beef tongue or pork knuckles. The country also has lots of traditional desserts too, like paczki (a Polish donut) and makowiec (poppy-seed cake).

Most cheap meals of traditional cuisine (served at local restaurants called bar mleczny or “milk bars”) cost around 35 PLN. For a three-course meal with a drink and table service, expect to pay around 75 PLN. Fast food (think McDonald’s) costs 25 PLN for a combo meal.

A large pizza costs around 25-30 PLN while Chinese food costs around 15-20 PLN. Zapiekanki , a popular Polish street snack that’s like a pizza on a baguette, costs 5-6 PLN.

Beer costs 8-12 PLN, while a glass of wine is a minimum of 12 PLN. A latte or cappuccino is around 11 PLN. Bottled water is 5 PLN.

If you buy your own groceries and cook your meals, expect to pay around 150-165 PLN per week for basic staples like pasta, rice, seasonal vegetables, and some meat. Local markets are the cheapest places to buy fresh produce. Biedronka is a cheap grocery store that’s everywhere.

Backpacking Poland Suggested Budgets

On a backpacker budget of 175 PLN per day, you can stay in a hostel dorm, cook all your meals, limit your drinking, take public transportation to get around, and do some cheap activities like free walking tours and visiting the free museums. If you plan on drinking, add 10-20 PLN to your budget per day.

On a mid-range budget of 330 PLN per day, you can stay in a private Airbnb or private hostel room, eat out for most meals at cheap milk bars, enjoy a couple of drinks, take the occasional taxi to get around, and do more paid activities like visiting the Uprising Museum or taking a tour of Auschwitz.

On a “luxury” budget of 600 PLN or more per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat out anywhere you want, drink more, rent a car to get around, and do whatever guided tours and activities you want. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages — some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in PLN.

Poland Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Poland is a very affordable country so there aren’t too many tips out there to help you save. You won’t be spending a lot of money anyways unless you go out of your way to spend money. That being said, there are still a few extra ways you can save money while you visit Poland:

  • Eat at milk bars – You’ll get a taste of Poland at a mleczny (milk bars). Hearty pierogis, homemade soups, plenty of meat, and a local beer usually cost around 30 PLN. While they are a no-frills choice, the food is tasty and filling.
  • Get a tourist card – Certain cities, like Krakow and Warsaw, offer tourist cards that provide unlimited public transportation and free or discounted museum access. If you plan to see lots of sites, be sure to go to the local tourism office and pick up one of these cards. They usually cost 100-160 PLN.
  • Take advantage of train specials – Poland has various special train tickets that can save you money during your visit. For example, the Weekend Ticket ( Bilet Weekendowy ) is available for several train lines and lasts from Friday night at 7pm to Monday at 6am and allows for unlimited trips within Poland. It’s a great way to see the country if you need to cover a lot of ground in a short time!
  • Watch your drinking – Cities like Krakow are known for their parties, pub crawls, and long nights out. These can add up quickly, so watch how much you drink. Start off by grabbing your favorite drinks from a grocery store first whenever possible. You’ll save a ton that way.
  • Take a free walking tour – Free tours from companies like Walkative can be found in Poland’s larger cities. They are a great way to explore the city while learning about the history, culture, and architecture. Just be sure to tip!
  • Use ridesharing apps – Ridesharing apps like BlaBlaCar are a great way to get around the country for cheap. You simply download the app, find someone looking for passengers, pay a small fee, and go! Everyone is rated and verified, and it’s usually more convenient (and cheaper) than other forms of transportation. For travel within a city, use Uber. It’s cheaper than the local taxis.
  • Stay with a local – While accommodation is not expensive in Poland, Couchsurfing is a great way to lower your accommodation costs. Not only will you save money by getting a free place to stay but you’ll also be able to make a local friend and get insider knowledge about the country.
  • Bike share – For 10 PLN, you can register for Vetrulio, a bike-rental company in Warsaw. After you sign up, bike use is free for 20 minutes, making it essentially free to bounce around the city during your visit. After 20 minutes (up to the first hour) it’s just 1 PLN and then 3 PLN for the next hour.
  • Bring a water bottle – The tap water in Poland is safe to drink so bring a reusable water bottle to save money and reduce your plastic use. LifeStraw is my go-to brand as their bottles have built in filters to ensure your water is always clean and safe.

Where to Stay in Poland

Accommodation in Poland is very affordable. Even if you don’t want to do the whole hostel thing, you can find really comfortable and inexpensive hotels throughout the country. Here are some of my favorite places to stay in Poland:

  • Oki Doki Old Town (Warsaw)
  • Warsaw Centrum Hostel (Warsaw)
  • Greg and Tom Hostel (Krakow)
  • Let’s Rock (Krakow)
  • Slowgate Hostel (Gdansk)
  • Mleczarnia Hostel (Wroclaw)

How to Get Around Poland

view of Krakow's historical city square with people walking around on a sunny day

Public transportation – Buses and trams are the most common ways to get around in each city. Only Warsaw has a subway system. Public buses and trams cost around 3-5 PLN for a one-way ride, depending on how far you go. For a single-day pass, expect prices to start at 15 PLN per person. In Warsaw, a three-day public transportation pass starts at 36 PLN.

Bus – Poland has an extensive bus network so you can easily travel around the entire country by bus if you’re on a budget. Flixbus (and its partner company, Polski Bus) are the best options as they have comfortable buses for affordable prices. For example, the 4-hour journey from Warsaw to Krakow costs around 44 PLN while the 7-hour ride to Gdansk from Warsaw costs around 50 PLN.

The buses have bathrooms, electrical outlets, and Wi-Fi, making them a good choice for budget travelers.

Train – While trains aren’t as cheap as buses, they’re a good option for long-distance trips. There are several different companies operating trains here with a variety of train types. The three most important to travelers are the ExpressInterCity Premium (EIP), ExpressInterCity (EIC), and InterCity (IC).

The EIP trains are fast and operate between major cities. They have first-class and second-class seats and reservations are mandatory. These are the newest trains and have a dining car if you’re looking to eat during your trip. They can be pricey if you book on the day, so try to book in advance for the best prices.

EIC trains also run between major cities but are a little slower. They are still perfectly safe and comfortable, with a dining car and business class seats available. Since the services aren’t as great, the prices here are lower than on EIP trains. There are first- and second-class seats as well.

IC trains are the cheapest of the three but also the slowest as they make more stops. They have basic amenities such as power outlets.

InterRegio (IR) trains are another option as they stop in most medium-sized cities. There are no first-class or seat reservations here, so they can be a bit busier and sometimes won’t have space for luggage. But they are affordable!

The train from Warsaw to Gdansk costs around 175 PLN and takes around 2.5 hours while the 2-hour train from Warsaw to Krakow is just 50 PLN.

To find routes and prices for trains around Europe, use Trainline .

Flying – Flying around Poland is relatively cheap thanks to budget airlines like Ryanair. From Warsaw, you can get to pretty much any city in the country for under 325 PLN, round trip.

For example, Warsaw to Krakow takes just under an hour and costs 280 PLN while Warsaw to Gdansk takes an hour and costs 180 PLN.

It’s also easy to get to/from Poland via plane as Wizz and Ryanair fly all over the continent. You can find flights for as little as 50 PLN to destinations all around Europe if you book early and are flexible.

Rideshare – BlaBlaCar is the best ride-sharing option for intercity travel. It’s cheap and fast, and drivers are verified and have reviews so it’s quite safe. Just make sure you have flexible plans as drivers are often late or change their plans entirely.

Car rental – Car rentals start at 75 PLN per day for a multi-day rental. Drivers must have had their license for at least one year and an International Driving Permit (IDP) is required for citizens of certain countries.

For the best car rental prices, use Discover Cars .

When to Go to Poland

The best (and most popular) time to visit Poland is during the summer, from June to August. Temperatures are hot and rain is infrequent. Expect daily highs between 17-25°C (63-77°F) during this time (and a 1-3 degree difference between Gdansk in the north to Krakow in the south).

The summer is also the busiest time of the year for tourism, though and you’ll only really notice it in the main tourist cities (such as Warsaw and Krakow).

The shoulder season of late April-May and September-October are great times to visit as well, with temperatures ranging from 5-15°C (41-59°F). You’ll beat the crowd and have much milder temperatures. There’s more rain in the spring but you’ll get the stunning autumn colors in the fall which makes for a scenic backdrop to your trip.

Winter in Poland can be quite cold, with temperatures dropping to around -1°C (30°F) during the day and -5°C (23°F) overnight. Snow is common, which can affect conditions if you’re traveling by car. In short, I wouldn’t recommend a winter visit unless you plan on going skiing or taking part in other winter activities such as visiting the Christmas markets.

How to Stay Safe in Poland

Poland is a very safe country. The risk of theft or getting pickpocketed is much lower here than it is in other parts of Europe. Of course, you should always keep your valuables secure and out of sight when riding public transportation and while you’re in popular tourist areas.

Taxi scams are rare, but always make sure your driver is using the meter. If they aren’t, ask them to stop and find a taxi that will. To avoid fake taxis, have your hotel/hostel staff call a taxi for you to ensure you aren’t scammed.

ATM skimming (when criminals attach a covert device to an ATM that can steal your information) can occur here, so always make sure you use verified ATMs. If you can, go into the bank to withdraw your money (as opposed to using outdoor ATMs, which are easier to tamper with).

If you’re worried about getting ripped off, you can read about common travel scams to avoid here .

Solo female travelers should generally feel safe here, however, the standard precautions apply (never leave your drink unattended at the bar, never walk home alone at night intoxicated, etc.).

If you rent a vehicle here, don’t leave any valuables in it overnight. Break-ins are rare but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you experience an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

Poland Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • HostelPass – This new card gives you up to 20% off hostels throughout Europe. It’s a great way to save money. They’re constantly adding new hostels too. I’ve always wanted something like this and glad it finallt exists.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • The Man in Seat 61 – This website is the ultimate guide to train travel anywhere in the world. They have the most comprehensive information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions. If you are planning a long train journey or some epic train trip, consult this site.
  • Rome2Rio – This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. It will give you all the bus, train, plane, or boat routes that can get you there as well as how much they cost.
  • FlixBus – Flixbus has routes between 20 European countries with prices starting as low 5 EUR! Their buses include WiFi, electrical outlets, a free checked bag.
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!
  • BlaBlaCar – BlaBlaCar is a ridesharing website that lets you share rides with vetted local drivers by pitching in for gas. You simply request a seat, they approve, and off you go! It’s a cheaper and more interesting way to travel than by bus or train!

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Tatra Park Nature Education Centre

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15 Best Places to Visit in Poland

Thanks to the energy and resiliency of its people, Poland has emerged as one of Europe’s greatest post-communist success stories.  Known mostly for the medieval architecture, hearty cuisine, and Jewish heritage, this small country on the Baltic Sea has risen above a bleak history to become a growing tourist destination.

In addition to medieval Mecca’s like Gdansk and Kraków , or urban hotspots like Warsaw , you can also travel outside the cities to a Poland that feels unspoiled by time.  Enjoy the mountains or the sea and every outdoor sport you can imagine.

Lets explore the best places to visit in Poland :

Wroclaw

Pronounced VRAHTS-wahv, Wroclaw is the fourth-largest city in Poland.  Built in the medieval period, the city covers several islands and maintains several beautiful bridges and stunning architecture. Wroclaw has been busy racking up recognition lately.

In 2015 it was named one of the “Best Cities To Live” by Mercer consulting company; and due to their high living standard it’s classified as a global city by GaWC.

Those who know Wroclaw best will tell you not to miss Salt Market Square, Centennial Hall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), or St Mary Magdalene Church (13th century).

Warsaw

This sprawling city is Poland’s capital . It’s long and turbulent history can be seen in the distinct forms of architecture.  You’ll find Gothic churches, Soviet-era blocks, modern skyscrapers, and neoclassical palaces.

Warsaw has a thriving music scene and a vibrant nightlife. Though the city was largely destroyed during WWII, Old Town has been restored to mirror its pre-war glory, complete with cobbled alleys, charming cafes, and a unique sense of the past.

Also not to be missed are the old royal residences which have long been associated with the ruling class and important events in history. Round out your visit by stopping at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews to see exhibits on their 1000 year history.

Gdansk

Gdansk is one of the three cities in the Pomerania area that are popularly known as Tri-City (Polish: Trójmiasto). This city on the Baltic coast has a unique vibe that separates it from the rest of the country. It’s a place that’s been shaped by the wide variety of wealthy merchants attracted by its port.

In the heart of Gdansk lies the reconstructed Main Town with colourful facades, shops, and restaurants. The crowning glory is the Neptune Fountain, built in the 17th century; it serves as a symbol of the city.

When you’re done with St. Mary’s Church or Oliwa Archcathedral, enjoy a pleasure boat cruise upriver and a brew at a beer garden along the dock.

Gdynia

Polish people have voted Gdynia to be a “freedom city.” Since the first free elections, held in 1989, the city has transformed itself by building up living standards and concentrating on growth and progress. One of the three Tri-Cities, Gdynia is another great port town perfect for water lovers and maritime enthusiasts.

Visit the Dar Pomorza, a full rig sailing ship built in 1909.  There’s also the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute and the Gdynia Aquarium. Each summer, the city hosts the Open’er Music Festival which attracts amazing headlining artists from across the globe.

Sopot

The final Tri-City destination, Sopot is a small seaside resort town.  Directly between Gdansk and Gdynia, it’s been a get-away for the royals and elite for centuries – even through the Communist era.

Sopot has sparkling beaches and glitzy resorts all along the coast, giving it an exclusive air.  You’ll often find the beach packed with sunbathers and volleyball lovers. Locals will tell you about the Wooden Pier (the longest in Europe), exciting Monte Casino Street, and Forest Opera set in a beautiful wooded area.

Tourists will tell you not to miss Krzywy Domek, also known as the Crooked House because of its unusual Gaudi-like shape.

Cracow

Once the capital of Poland, Cracow is now considered the cultural capital of the country. Best known for its medieval core and Jewish quarter, the city is centred on Rynek Glówny (market square), built in 1257 and now one of the largest markets in Europe.

The well-planned streets and tree-line pedestrian avenues make it enjoyable to stroll through the city. Stop and visit Jagellonian University or Wawel Castle – home of the Polish kings for almost 600 years.

Don’t forget Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), 14th century St. Mary’s Basilica, and Cloth Hall, a wonderful Renaissance-era outpost.

7. Szczecin

Szczecin

This small coastal town is definitely off the beaten track (at least for non-Germans).  Szczecin is a mix of several cultural and architectural influences from several different ages.

Reconstruction has been long and difficult here which means that you’ll find German-era Art Nouveau buildings alongside modern steel and class buildings – both of which are alongside crumbled and overlooked ruins from the war.

You’ll want to stop at Bismarck Tower and the National Museum located primarily in the Landed Gentry House. And finally there’s the Ducal Castle, home of the dukes of Pomerania-Stettin for roughly 500 years.

Poznan

This town , located in west-central Poland, is best known for its renaissance old town, which, like most of Poland, was complete destroyed during WWII, has been beautifully rebuilt, and now thrives.

A ramble through Poznan’s market square will fill you with the energy and bustle of the town.  Morning or night, this place is always buzzing thanks to the pubs, clubs, and restaurants that can be found here.

You must visit Ostrów Tumski cathedral, The New Zoo, and enjoy water sports at Lake Malta. Porta Posnania Interactive Heritage Centre shares the birth of Poland through technological and interactive displays, and the Monument to the Victims of June 1956 can be found on Plac Mickiewicza.

Torun

Torun is well known as the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543). It’s also well-known for its fantastic gingerbread. The city has combined these two well-known’s into one:  you can buy gingerbread made in Copernicus’s image.

Located in Northern Poland on the Vistual River, Torun is one of the oldest cities in the country. This is the place to come to take a break from the main tourist circuit.  Largely untouched by WWII, there is quite a bit to see here.

Visit the Bronze Donkey statue to learn its sinister history, the House of Copernicus, Pied Piper Fountain, and several UNESCO World Heritage sites amidst the city’s medieval defences.

10. Malbork

Malbork

Malbork has one thing that attracts most of its visitors, but that one thing is pretty incredible.  Malbork Castle stands at the top of the list for all people travelling to Poland.

Stunning both inside and out, this UNESCO World Heritage Site completed in 1409 is Europe’s largest Gothic castle. Also not to be missed is Skwer Esperanto, located just past the ruins of the old city walls.

Within this park are commemorative stones placed by well-known international speakers, all of them honouring Ludwig Zamenhof and the world language he created.

11. Rzeszów

Rzeszów

Located on both sides of the Wislok River, in the heart of the Sandomierska Valley, lies Rzeszów; one of Poland’s most important cities. Rzeszów appears to be a quiet small town by the river, but it’s actually a progressive centre of economics and culture.

There quite a few things you don’t want to miss here, including Market Square, Town Hall, the 1890 public library, the “small” and “big” synagogues, the Old Cemetery and Jewish Cemetery, the Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre, and the “Revolution Acts” Monument.

Perhaps the towns crowning jewel is the Lubomirski Palace, which dates back to the 18th century.

Lodz

Lodz (pronounced Woodge) is located in the centre of the country and has a challenging history.  Known for its high-quality textiles, the city fell to ruins during the 20th century and has struggled to regain its sense of self.

Recently, a major re-building was begun; considered by many to be one of Europe’s biggest renovation efforts.  Newly re-finished is the main pedestrian walkway, ul Piotrkowska. Still in the middle of their rebirth, Lodz is a fascinating city to visit for just this reason. In addition to textile, Lodz is the home of the Polish film industry and is nicknamed “Holly-woodge.”

Enjoy Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (1884), the Cinematography Museum, Museum of Ethnography and Archaeology, the Jewish Cemetery, and the Annihilation Monument of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto – a chilling reminder of the effects of the Holocaust on the cities Jewish population.

13. Zakopane

Zakopane

Zakopane is a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists – perhaps the best known in Poland.  Situated at the base of the Tatras mountain range, you’ll find hiking and mountain climbing in the summer and skiing, snowboarding, and more during the winter.

Centrally located, it serves as a good home base for nearby Gubalówka and Kasprowy Wierch – two ski destinations accessible by funicular. Everywhere you look you’ll find breathtaking mountain views. Travel to Morskie Oko, an emerald-green mountain lake just outside of town. If you need a break from the outdoors, Zakapone is also known for its wooden villas that date from the late 1th century.  Many have been converted into museum or hotels and guesthouses.

And don’t forget the Old Church and Cemetery, with fantastically ornate wooden headstones that resemble giant chess pieces.

14. Mikolajki

Mikolajki

Mikolajki is small but mighty. Also known as the “Pearl of the Masuria,” it is located on the shores of Sniardwy, the largest of the Great Masurian Lakes and is a popular holiday destination for domestic tourists.

Some phenomenal regatta’s are held there each summer; thousand of sailing enthusiasts and fun-loving adventurers are attracted to its shores.  The Festival of Sailors Songs showcases the best sea shanties you’re likely to come across.  Mikolajki boasts a busy marina full of yachts and other pleasure boats.

And if you can’t make it in the summer time, join the winter crowd from some much loved ice sailing.

15. Swinoujscie

Swinoujscie

Swinoujscie is known as the land of 44 Islands and can be found in Northern Poland, on the Baltic Sea and Szczecin Lagoon. Unique from other towns in Poland, Swinoujscie is made up of several dozen islands, only three of which are inhabited (Uznam, Wolin, and Karsibór).

There are a few lovely lighthouses to visit here, the most popular being the Swinemünde Lighthouse. The island of Uznam is actually largely controlled by Germany, with less than 20% actually falling in Polish territory.

There’s a wide variety of landscapes to enjoy among the different islands and the natural scenery there is quite remarkable. Learn to kite surf or trek, fish, cycle, or sail. Swinoujscie is the perfect little getaway and a great place to relax at the end of your travels through Poland.

Tip : Check out xperiencepoland.com if you’re looking for some great tours or local guides!

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This is a region with many valued historical sites, castles and palaces as well as attractions for fans of industrial tourism (it is home to Poland’s first capital city, Gniezno). The province also has plenty of valuable natural areas including two national parks (Wielkopolska National Park and part of Drawa National Park), which hold great potential for active tourism such as the Great Wielkopolska Loop. The region’s capital is Poznań, Poland’s most important trade-fair centre.

Meczet

A picturesque region with remarkable rivers and lakes, the least urbanised part of Poland; idyllic landscapes, charming localities, health resorts, and four national parks (Białowieża, Biebrza, Narew and Wigry) welcome tourists; the region includes the UNESCO-listed Białowieża Forest; Podlaskie province, with hospitable Białystok as its capital, has many multicultural attractions…

Olsztyn

A region very popular among tourists for the Great Masurian Lakes, summer resorts and health spas, visitors will discover many charming towns lying amidst beautiful forests and bodies of water.

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As a destination, this province is great for health resorts and spas on the Baltic Sea as well as many interesting historical sites. Highlights include the UNESCO-listed Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, two national parks (Słowiński and Tuchola Forest) also cultural and historical ones, starting with the region’s capital of Gdańsk.

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A coastal region offering lots of great adventures and home to many seaside resorts and famous health spas, the province has attractive natural areas including two national parks (Wolin and Drawa).  Zachodniopomorskie province is a region with lots of attractions for every tourist.

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Filled with attractions for the active and history-loving tourist, with traces of Chopin’s life and work, this is the largest province and home to Poland’s capital city – Warsaw, whose Old Town is a UNESCO-listed heritage site. To the south of the capital lies a health resort, and to the north-west Kampinos National Park, not to mention the surrounding localities explored via the winding roads of Mazovia…

Toruń

Filled with ancient Slavic sites, famous health resorts and natural attractions, the province also includes a gem of Gothic architecture – Toruń – whose historical centre, with the 14th-century Town Hall, tenements and fragments of castle walls, is a UNESCO-listed heritage site.

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A region with an ever-growing number of tourist attractions, both natural and manmade, not to mention Poland’s only thermal spa in Uniejów and a skiing facility in the heart of Poland: Kamieńsk Hill on the slope of the Bełchatów mine. The geometric centre of Poland lies in Łódzkie province, in the village of Piątek, and the province capital is the multicultural and modern city of Łódź.

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Poland’s most densely forested province, rich in natural attractions including a national park (Warta Mouth), historic buildings (e.g. Łagów Castle) and former military sites (the Międzyrzecz Fortification Region), as well as a UNESCO-listed site: Park Mużakowski. The province has two capitals: Zielona Góra and Gorzów Wielkopolski.

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Home to a variety of architectural marvels (including Książ, Poland third largest castle) Lower Silesia also boasts mountains, two national parks (Karkonosze and Sowie Mountains), many mountain resorts and the greatest number of health spas in Poland. Dig a little deeper and you’ll also find two UNESCO-listed sites (the Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica, and the Centennial Hall in Wrocław), as well as the bustling regional capital, Wrocław.

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Poland’s smallest province, but one that is rich in culture and full of treasures for tourists. There’s something for everyone here – whether you’re looking to sightsee or are craving some relaxation. The region boasts beautiful lakes and rivers, famous castles and palaces, fascinating natural, historical and even prehistoric sites; the capital of Opolskie province is the “singing” city of Opole…

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Śląśkie (Silesia) is a province rich in mineral and natural resources and is one of the most important industrial regions of Poland. Silesia’s largest city and historical capital is Wrocław, and the major metropolitan area is the Upper Silesian metro area with Katowice at its center. The multiethnic heritage of the region delivers deep and enriching cultural exploration of local history, tradition, and customs.

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The Małopolska Province is where one finds some of Poland’s most visited sites. This most varied region stretches from the snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains to the rugged limestone cliffs of Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, and the scenic, low lying Vistula River Valley.

Muzeum i Rezerwat Archeologiczny w Krzemionkach

This is a charming province, home to the Świętokrzyskie Mountains and Świętokrzyski National Park. The region is all about hermit and monastic traditions, age-old legends and dinosaurs combined with picturesque towns, multiple historical sites and famous health resorts. The regional capital is Kielce.

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Podkarpackie is one of the greenest regions of Poland. There are pristine meadows and beautiful forests. Over one third of the region’s area, including remnants of the ancient Carpathian primeval Forest, is protected. Mighty wisents, lynxes, wildcats, and a number of rare bird species such as the golden eagle, are just a few of many species you can meet while hiking in the area.

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Beautifully situated between the rivers Vistula and Bug, at the junction of Eastern and Western culture, Lubelskie has an alluring exoticism. Offering a rich natural environment with two national parks (Roztocze and Polesie) as well as historical sites including the UNESCO-listed Old Town in Zamość, the region tempts visitors with boats trips along the Vistula in Kazimierz, hiking in the Vistula glacial valley, treatments at health resorts and historic architecture in the province capital – Lublin.

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The Ultimate 7 to 10 Days in Poland Itinerary

Last Updated on October 25, 2023

by Maggie Turansky

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Planning a Poland itinerary can be a bit overwhelming when you consider both the vastness of this Central European nation and all of the incredible places to visit. From the Baltic Sea to the north to the High Tatras to the south and everything in between, Poland is filled with fascinating, beautiful and historic places to see and things to do.

Spending 7 to 10 days in Poland is a great way to see a good portion of the country, visit some of the more popular tourist sites and cities and even venture a bit away from the typical visitor’s trail. So if you’re interested in planning a trip to this fascinating European nation, then hopefully this route through Poland will help guide you into mapping out the ideal itinerary for you!

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How Many Days in Poland?

Before figuring out where to go and what to do while you’re there, many visitors wonder how many days to spend in Poland in order to get a good feel for the country, see a diverse range of places and not use too much precious holiday time.

In general, if you want to plan an entire route through the country are are interested in visiting more than one or two cities, then plan to spend at least 7 days in Poland. Seeing Poland in one week can be a bit rushed, but you will still be able to visit a variety of places and get a real feeling for the nation.

If you have more time, then 10 days in Poland is really ideal. This will allow you to visit even more destinations and also get quite a holistic view of the country.

Seeing Poland in 10 days is great if you have the time because you are able to see the capital and spend time in Krakow while also being able to head all the way up to the Baltic coast.

Long Market in Gdansk

Getting To & Around Poland

Poland is a massive country located in Central Europe and there are lots of ways to arrive here depending on how you plan to travel. Most major cities in Poland, for instance, have international airports with plenty of connections to other cities in Europe and beyond.

The largest and highest traffic in Poland is Warsaw Chopin airport, which makes Warsaw a logical starting point for your trip to this country – especially if plan to travel to Poland from further afield.

Poland is, however, easily reached overland from neighbouring countries. There are both bus and train connections to major Polish cities from all of the bordering countries so if you’re tacking on a trip through Poland as part of a larger trip in Central Europe or Eastern Europe itinerary , it’s very easy to do this. You can view schedules here.

It can also be tough to figure out how to get around Poland once you’re there. The itinerary outlined below can be done entirely using public transit and it’s definitely not essential to hire a car. In fact, it can often prove to be more of a hindrance when you factor in trying to find parking in dense, pedestrianised city centres.

Poland has an extensive bus and train network that easily connects major cities and localities. And once you’re in said cities, most are quite easily navigable on foot. Otherwise, Polish cities have great public transport networks that are simple to use should you need them.

Poznan Main Train Station

7 to 10 Days Poland Itinerary

Day 1 – warsaw.

Begin your time in Poland by exploring its capital city. Warsaw was largely destroyed during World War II, however, the old town was meticulously reconstructed to maintain its former grandeur and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Spend your first day in Warsaw exploring the old town and the historic Royal Castle. Here, you can learn a lot about Polish history and enjoy a range of beautiful architectural styles. It also can be worth taking a walking tour of the old own to get a bit more historical context.

The Royal Castle is one of the restored historic buildings in the old town of Warsaw and was once the official residence of the Polish royals. Today it’s a large complex with lots to explore.

One of the highlights is definitely heading to the top of the observation tower where you can get beautiful, panoramic views of the Old Town and the city as a whole. This is absolutely one of the best things to do in Warsaw as you’re exploring the historic centre.

Aside from the castle, in the Old Town, you can also take in the beautiful cathedral and simply get lost in the gorgeous, cobbled streets. It’s a great introduction to Warsaw and to Poland as a whole.

Royal Castle in Warsaw

Where to Stay in Warsaw

Hotel Reytan – Mid-range visitors beginning their trip to Poland will love this 3-star hotel in the centre of the city. They have a range of great rooms available and a good location for exploring Warsaw.

Hotel Polonia Palace – This luxury hotel is perfect for travellers looking for an upmarket stay in Warsaw. They have plenty of plush amenities and a great location for seeing the highlights of the city

GO Apartments – These fully furnished apartments are a great option for those who want their own flat while visiting Warsaw. There are several apartments to choose from and all are well-located in the capital.

Oki Doki Old Town Hostel – This hostel is a great option for those travelling on a budget in Warsaw. They have a range of dorms and private rooms along with a good social atmosphere to enjoy.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Warsaw hotels!

Day 2 – Warsaw

Spend day 2 getting to know Warsaw just a little bit better – perhaps by spending a bit of time in some museums, lounging in some of the city’s green spaces or taking in a cool district away from the old town.

Consider taking the time to visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum where you can learn about Polish resistance to Nazi Germany during the Second World War. This is a great museum where you can spend a few hours. It’s worth noting that this museum is not about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was a different event in the city.

You can also choose to chill out in Lazienki Royal Park which is one of the largest green spaces in the Polish Capital. This is especially nice to visit in the warmer months when everyone wants to take advantage of the nice weather. Foodies should consider  taking a pierogi cooking class  or  a food tour  to learn more about Polish cuisine!

And if you want to venture a bit from the beaten tourist trail, consider heading to the cool Praga district located across the Vistula River. This is a hip and gentrifying neighbourhood which has a lot of interesting places to visit.

Lazienki Royal Park

Day 3 – Krakow

On day three, get an early start and head south from Warsaw to charming Krakow – one of the most popular and best places to visit in Poland. There are several direct trains daily between these two cities and you can expect the journey to take around 2.5 hours.

Once you’re in Krakow, spend your first day exploring its beautiful Old Town either independently or by joining a walking tour.

Krakow is one of the few major Polish cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War Two and, therefore, retains all of its historic charm and hasn’t had to have the reconstruction that cities like Warsaw had to.

Along with enjoying the gorgeous Old Town, make sure to head to Wawel Castle, as well. This historic castle is packed with history and it is the perfect place to explore.

End your day by gorging yourself on one of Poland’s favourite cheap eats – pierogi! Or you can try and seek out a classic milk bar, where you can get traditional food at very low prices.

Where to Stay in Krakow

Q Hotel Kraków – This mid-range hotel is a good choice for those looking for a central and comfortable hotel in Krakow. They have a range of good rooms and also breakfast available in the mornings.

PURO Krakow Kazimierz – This is a great luxury option for those looking for a plush stay in Krakow. They have a range of trendy rooms and plenty of cool amenities along with a central location.

Mundo Hostel – Perfect for budget travellers and those after a social atmosphere, this highly-rated hostel has both private rooms and dorms available along with common areas and social activities.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Krakow hotels!

Krakow's beautiful skyline

Day 4 – Krakow

Spend your second day in Krakow taking the time to dig a bit deeper in the city and heading outside of the Old Town to the cool Kazimierz district.

This was the old Jewish quarter of Krakow and there is a large amount of Jewish history here. Today, however, it is quite a cool area with a lot of hip cafes, shops, bars and restaurants to check out.

You can also opt to visit Oskar Schindler’s factory. Well-known from the Spielberg movie Schindler’s List , here you can learn about the history of this factory and the countless Jewish lives that were saved when they were employed here.

Of course, no visit to Krakow is complete without taking the time to stroll through Planty Park, a beautiful green space in the centre of Krakow. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the vibes of the city in a beautiful location.

A Stroll through Planty Park is a great way to start day 2 in krakow

Day 5 – Krakow

Spending three nights in Krakow will also give you the opportunity to head out on a day trip from this historic city.

For those who are interested, one option is to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. Located only a bit away from the centre of Krakow, this is a harrowing and sobering experience that can really put into perspective the horrors of the Holocaust. It should not be visited lightly.

To visit Auschwitz, you can get there independently via either local bus or train and join a guided tour once there, however, it is generally recommended to book this in advance. Alternatively, you can also book a guided day tour from Krakow, which can be a lot easier. Expect to spend several hours at the museum.

Another popular option for a day trip is to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. This is a fascinating place to visit within easy reach of the Polish city. These stunning salt mines are home to an underground chapel and are filled with ornate decorations and statues that are entirely carved by salt.

Again, visitors can get to the mines from Krakow independently via both local bus and train and you can join a group tour once you are there.

Alternatively, you can join an organised day trip and not have to worry about transport. Either way, make sure to bring a jacket as it can be chilly once down in the mines!

Prices in Krakow will be higher if you visit sites like Wieliczka Salt Mine

Day 6 – Wroclaw

Get another early start on the morning of your sixth day and hop on a train to the beautiful city of Wroclaw – the journey should take about 3 hours.

Located to the west of Krakow and the capital of the Lower Silesia region, Wroclaw is Poland’s fourth-largest city and it is an absolute joy to explore – it also sees only a fraction of the visitors compared to Warsaw or Krakow .

As quite a small city, you can see a good portion of the highlights within the confines of a day so once you arrive, it’s time to hit the town and start exploring! Wroclaw is a fascinating city that is set upon a network of islands on the Oder River and a lot of your day will be spent criss-crossing over lovely footbridges and taking in some pretty island parks and historic places.

Begin your exploration of Wroclaw in the Market Square before wandering around some other areas of the historic centre. As you explore, keep an eye out for the little gnome statues you will see dotted around the city – these are iconic to exploring Wroclaw!

Make sure to climb the tower of St Elizabeth’s Church to get great views over the city, visit the Wroclaw Market Hall and indulge in some local produce before wandering over to Cathedral Island – the oldest area of the city.

Market Square in Wroclaw

Where to Stay in Wroclaw

Europeum Hotel – This hotel in the old town is a good place for mid-range visitors to Wroclaw. There are plenty of chic rooms available along with breakfast on offer in the mornings.

PURO Wrocław Stare Miasto   –   Centrally located in the old town, this hotel is an excellent luxury option in Wroclaw. Along with a range of lovely rooms, there is a great breakfast and other amenities for guests.

Grampa’s Hostel   – This cool hostel is perfect for those looking for a budget or social stay in Wroclaw. They have good common areas and clean facilities along with a trendy location.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Wroclaw hotels!

Day 7 – Poznan

Day 7 is where you have a choice – no matter if you’re only spending a week in Poland or if you’re following the 10-day itinerary, consider heading to lovely Poznan on your seventh day.

For those who are only planning a one-week itinerary, then you can easily visit Poznan as a day trip from Wroclaw – it’s only about 1.5 hours on the train and the old town and city centre is so small and compact that you can easily see all of the highlights within the confines of a few hours.

For those spending 10 days in Poland, then plan to spend the night in Poznan. It makes for a great place to break up the journey onto Gdansk (our final stop) and it’s very much worth visiting – it’s just that lovely!

Once you’ve arrived in Poznan, spend your time wandering around the historic old town. Like many cities in Poland, there is a delightful main square, plenty of interesting museums where you can learn about the history – such as the Museum of the Wielkopolska Uprising and the Poznan Uprising Museum. You can also visit gorgeous churches like the Poznan Fara and a royal castle. There are also some great places to eat and beautiful parks – such as Citadel Park – to visit.

Much like Wroclaw, there is also a Cathedral Island in Poznan which is home to the city’s Gothic cathedral and is a small island in the Warta River.

Cathedral Island in Poznan

Where to Stay in Poznan

B&B Hotel Poznan Old Town – This is a great mid-range hotel in the old town of historic Poznan. They have breakfast in the mornings and an unbeatable location for exploring the city.

PURO Poznan Stare Miasto – Luxury travellers will love this trendy hotel in Poznan’s Old Town. There are plenty of chic rooms along with a great location and plush amenities for guests to enjoy.

Platinum Apartments Aparthotel – This aparthotel is a good choice for travellers wanting a flat when visiting Poznan. There are several different apartments to choose from along with a great location for exploring the city.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Poznan hotels!

Day 8 – Gdansk

For those with 10 days to spend in Poland, make the final destination of your itinerary the historic port city of Gdansk . Located on the Baltic in Northern Poland, Gdansk is a delightful city to visit and a highlight on any trip to this lovely nation.

This is another day where it’s best to get an early start as the train takes about 3 hours from Poznan. Once you arrive in Gdansk, hit the ground running and take the time to start exploring the beautiful historic centre of the city.

Start at the Long Market, which is the main square in Gdansk. There are a lot of beautiful buildings here and it is absolutely charming to explore. Make sure to head to St Mary’s Church and climb to the top of the bell tower to get incredible views over the city.

Then, wander along the banks of the Motlawa River where there are plenty of open-air cafes and bars where you can enjoy a drink while people-watching.

Better yet, take a cruise of the Motlawa and enjoy the historic sites and cityscape of Gdansk from a different vantage point!

Motlawa River Waterfront

Where to Stay in Gdansk

Celestin Residence – This mid-range hotel is located in a central part of Gdansk and is perfect for seeing the highlights of the city. There are lots of different rooms to choose from to suit all kinds of visitors.

PURO Gdańsk Stare Miasto – Luxury visitors will love this modern hotel. There is a great, central location, chic rooms to choose from and plush amenities on offer to guests.

Dom & House – These apartments are a good choice for those after a furnished flat during their time in Gdansk. They have a range of apartments on offer and plenty of other great perks on the property.

Hostel Mamas & Papas – If you’re looking for a good hostel option, this one if a great choice. They have a number of room options and good common areas to meet other travellers.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Gdansk hotels!

Day 9 – Gdansk

Spend your first full day in Gdansk digging deeper in the city and taking in some of its famous museums.

The most famous museum in Gdansk is undoubtedly the Museum of the Second World War. Here, plan to spend a few hours learning about the history of World War Two, taking in some artefacts and understanding the impacts of the war on the world today.

Another popular museum to visit in Gdansk is the Amber Museum. This one is a bit more lighthearted than the WWII museum and it highlights Gdansk’s historic importance as a trading post for amber.

And for those who are interested in learning a bit more about Gdansk and Poland as a whole under the communist regime, then consider heading to the European Solidarity Centre, which is another fascinating museum that you could spend a couple of hours in.

The Museum of the Second World War

Day 10 – Gdansk

On your final day, it’s a great time to take a day trip from Gdansk. There are a few options available depending on what you’re interested in.

First off, you could opt to visit what claims to be le largest castle in the world – the UNESCO-listed Malbork Castle. A gorgeous 13-century fortification that was once home to the Teutonic Knights, this is located within easy reach of Gdansk and is perfect for those who are fans of beautiful European castles as this one is particularly impressive!

It is possible to visit Malbork via train from Gdansk if you want to go independently, however, there are also organised tours available.

Another great option is to visit the nearby town of Gdynia, also located on the Baltic. There are lots of fascinating museums to visit in Gdynia – including the Naval Museum and the Museum of Emigration. If the weather is fine, you could also simply spend your time lounging on the gorgeous, white sand beach.

Gdynia is easily reached via train from Gdansk and it’s definitely worth heading over there if this little city interests you.

This is an excellent way to end your Poland trip. From Gdansk, you can easily get a train to Warsaw and head out of the country from there. Otherwise, there is also an airport in Gdansk that does have routes to several different destinations across Europe and beyond.

Wooden pier in Gdynia

Have More Time?

If you have more time to spend, then you could opt to spend a bit more time in Poland itself. Obviously, there are plenty of other cities and regions to visit in Poland beyond what we’ve covered in this itinerary such as Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, Lodz in Central Poland or Katowice near Krakow.

You could also continue on from Poland after your tenth day. From Gdansk, it can be worth heading into Lithuania and exploring the beautiful Baltic Countries.

Alternatively, you could head west into Germany or south to visit the Czech Republic . The options really are endless as this region has so much to offer visitors.

Planning the perfect Poland itinerary is no easy task when you consider just how much there is to see and do in this beautiful country. From historic cities to imposing castles, Poland is a wonderful destination that is truly a joy to explore.

Are you planning to visit Poland? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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16 Best Places to Visit in Poland

Written by Joni Sweet and Diana Bocco Updated May 24, 2024 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

The best places to visit in Poland can take you through almost a thousand years of history, immersing you in sites with stunning medieval architecture, remnants of WWII and its devastation, and castles and palaces in every corner of the country. It's also home to two of the first-ever UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic center of Krakow and the Wieliczka and Bochnia Salt Mines.

But this ancient country is also home to expansive national parks, mountains, and lakes, with seemingly endless trails cutting through virgin nature waiting to be explored.

No matter why you're heading to Poland, discover the most stunning destinations with our list of the best places to visit in Poland.

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5. bialowieza forest reserve, 6. bieszczady mountains, 9. zalipie village, 11. isle of usedom, 12. bialystok, 13. karpacz, 15. wieliczka, 16. oswiecim (auschwitz), map of places to visit in poland.

Wawel Castle in Krakow

One of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow was already inhabited back in the 7 th century. Because the city escaped most of the WWII destruction that fell on other Polish cities, Krakow's Old Town Center still retains its stunning medieval architecture. The Wawel Castle and the historic district of Kazimierz – also known as the Old Jewish Quarter – in the area are both designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Krakow is home to around 40 urban parks, including 19 th -century Planty Park , which covers an area of 21 hectares and forms a green ring around the city center, and the Lasek Wolski forest , which offers hiking and biking trails in a large woodland area just minutes from the city center.

On rainy days, Krakow's 28 museums are a must-see , especially the Wawel Royal Castle National Art Collection , where visitors can also see period furniture, a massive collection of Flemish tapestries, the royal jewels, and a collection of weapons and armor dating back to the 15 th century.

Wawel Castle, Krakow

For an unusual, in-depth look into ancient Krakow and its streets, there's the Rynek Underground Museum . At this attraction, you can descend the stairs beneath Rynek Glowny (Market Square) to see the remains of medieval Krakow. A pathway can take you over the original streets and merchants' stalls that were excavated just two decades ago. You can also see high-tech exhibits on centuries-old artifacts (like ancient jewelry and coins). Don't miss the short documentaries playing on loops before the exit. They trace important events in the history of Krakow.

Another worthwhile museum in Krakow is Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory , whose namesake owner helped more than 1,200 Jews avoid concentration camps by employing them. This fascinating attraction recreates what life was like in Krakow during the Holocaust through various exhibits, including a railway station covered in troop mobilization ads and alleys of the ghetto used to confine Jewish residents. If you're planning to go to Auschwitz , this museum can provide important historical context ahead of your visit.

A number of major attractions and things to do are located outside the city and are popular as day trips. Notable points of interest include the world's oldest functioning salt mine Wieliczka , the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps , and the Tatra Mountains and national park.

Old Town Warsaw at dusk

Poland's capital was left in ruins after WWII – almost 85 percent of its buildings had been turned to ash or systematically razed by Nazi forces. As soon as the war ended, the city embarked on a massive effort to reconstruct its historic center using original plans. As a result, the Baroque and Renaissance merchant houses you see today are perfect replicas of the originals.

Although WWII also caused the loss of collections held by museums and palaces, the city is still home to approximately 60 museums today. In addition to art and history museums, Warsaw also offers some unusual choices, including one of the world's only Museum of Posters , a museum dedicated to the WWII Warsaw Uprising, a Neon Museum, and a Museum of Caricature.

The National Museum , which chronicles the history of the city, also houses the largest collection of paintings in Poland – including a number of works of art that came from Adolf Hitler's private collection.

Warsaw might not have as many parks as Krakow, but Palace on the Isle and its formal gardens more than make up for it. This 18th-century palace is surrounded by 76 hectares of urban forest and is home to a planetarium, an outdoor theater, pavilions, and much more. The Baroque palace was built as a bathhouse in 1680 and is filled with splendid decorations.

For a very different outdoor adventure, walk down Krakowskie Przedmiescie, Warsaw's best architectural street . Old homes, monuments, the Presidential Palace, and the Polish Academy of Sciences are all steps from each other here. Spending an afternoon strolling the cobblestone street, sipping coffee at the cafes, and seeing the elegant churches and townhouses is one of the most memorable things to do in Warsaw. If you're into classical music, don't miss the nearby Frederick Chopin Museum, which has more than 7,500 artifacts related to the famous composer, including his travel watch and locks of his hair.

Path through the Gasienicowa Valley in Tatra Mountains

The Tatra Mountains and National Park form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. Though most of the mountain range falls into Slovakia, you can hike between countries easily. The Polish side of the park has over 270 kilometers of hiking trails.

Poland's highest mountain, Rysy, is located in the Polish Tatras . At 2,500 meters, it's the highest Tatras peak in either country that can be climbed without a park guide. In addition, the park is home to over 600 caves, with the limestone cave system, Wielka Sniezna, being the longest (23 kilometers) and deepest (824 meters).

The Tatras have waterfalls, streams, and mountain lakes. Morskie Oko lake is the largest lake in the park. Located deep within the park, it can only be reached after a two-hour hike through hills and a thick forest of Swiss pines.

Aerial view of the Main Market Square in Wroclaw

The city of Wroclaw hasn't always been Polish — over the centuries, it has belonged to everything from the Kingdom of Bohemia to Prussia to Germany. Wroclaw has only officially been part of Poland since 1945, after the end of WWII changed some of the border lines in Europe.

The Lubomirski Museum is a good place to visit to learn more about the history of the city — the museum covers the invasion of the city by Nazi forces and later the Soviet Union, as well as a number of WWII events. The Wroclaw City Museum completes that history with an overview of Wroclaw over the past 1.000 years.

Wroclaw's oldest area is the 13 th -century Main Market Square , which includes St. Elizabeth's Church and the Old Town Hall. It's one of Europe's largest market squares. Just a few steps away is the Pan Tadeusz Museum , with multimedia exhibits dedicated to Polish customs displayed inside a stunning tenement building.

In summer, visitors can hop on open-top historic buses to travel around the city. Those exploring on foot can search for Wroclaw's dwarfs — over 600 tiny bronze figurines of elves can be found throughout the city, hiding around corners, on sidewalks, and on lampposts. The city hosts an annual Wroclaw Dwarf Festival every September.

Bison in the Bialowieza Forest Reserve

Europe's largest remaining section of the primeval forest that once covered much of the continent, the Bialowieza Forest Reserve has definitely earned its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The forest sits on the border between Poland and Belarus — a border crossing for hikers is actually located within the forest itself — and covers an area of over 1,400 square kilometers.

Bialowieza is a bird-watcher's paradise , and aficionados can join bird-watching tours headed by local ornithologists. The forest is also home to bison and other large species.

The small village of Bialowieza is within the forest, and so is the Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture, where you can see windmills, wooden huts, a tiny wood chapel, a barn, and even a banya (sauna).

Fall in the Bieszczady Mountains

One of the best places to visit in Poland in the fall are the Bieszczady Mountains, a massive range that extends all the way to Ukraine and Slovakia. They are unique because of their polonyna (a type of mountain meadow) that only occurs in the Carpathian region. Because the valleys and meadows softly slope up and down — rather than being too steep — they are a perfect destination for hiking . The foliage here transforms into a symphony of reds, oranges, and yellows in autumn.

Polonina Wetlinska, topping at 1,255 meters, is one of the most famous meadow trails — a picturesque, soft climb that shouldn't take more than two hours. At the top, a small guest house — one of the only ones in the entire mountain range — offers snacks and drinks plus a warm bed for those who want to extend their adventure.

A large section of the Bieszczady Mountains is part of the UNESCO East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve , home to brown bears, wolves, and bison and mostly covered by beech forest.

Ojcow National Park

The tiny village of Ojcow, just 26 kilometers north of Krakow, is the gateway to Ojcow National Park . Poland's smallest national park at just 21.46 square kilometers, Ojcow is heavily forested and home to towering limestone cliffs, over 400 caves, and two river valleys. More than 500 species of butterflies inhabit the park — in spring and summer, they take over the trails and the flowering valleys and are a sight to behold.

The Trail of the Eagles' Nests , Poland's most famous tourist and hiking trail, connects 25 castles and watchtowers, including the Renaissance castle at Pieskowa Skala and the ruins of a Gothic castle, both of which fall within the park boundaries. The trail stretches 163 kilometers and can be walked, biked, or explored by minibus on the Castles Tour by The Eagles' Nests Trail, Day Tour from Krakow .

There are also two museums in the park, including the Władysław Szafer Natural History Museum and a branch of the National Art Collection .

Old Town Gdansk reflected in the Motlawa River

Sitting right on a bay on the Baltic Sea, the ancient city of Gdansk is home to Poland's main seaport. Most of the old part of the city — known as the Royal Route or Royal Way — dates back to the 17 th century and is beautifully preserved. Some of the main structures here include the City Gates, the Prison Tower, and a number of merchant houses.

Gdansk is also home to the world's largest brick church , St. Mary's , as well as the 700-year-old, star-shaped Wisloujscie Fortress and the 28-meter-tall Gdansk Nowy Port Lighthouse.

Although Gdansk wasn't directly affected by the war, its Museum of the Second World War is one of the best historical museums in the country. It features a number of vehicles — including a Polish Sherman tank and a German DKW motorcycle — as well as artifacts, documents, and photos connected to the war and the Holocaust.

Painted building in Zalipie Village

The tiny village of Zalipie is best known for the folksy flower paintings that adorn almost every building in the area. This tradition started over one hundred years ago, when local women used a mix of powdered dye and milk to cover dirty surfaces with colorful designs.

Today, almost every cottage, barn, fence, and even Saint Joseph's church is painted this way – and so are many indoor spaces, including walls and furniture.

Of the many decorated buildings, The House of the Women Painters is perhaps the most stunning. It's considered the cultural center of the village and is home to a folk museum.

Another worthwhile attraction in Zalipie is the former home of Felicja Curylowa, an early 20 th -century painter born in Zalipie — her entire three-room farmhouse is covered, inside and out, with flower paintings. The Felicja Curyłowa Farmstead Museum showcases the history of the tradition and how the flowers are painted.

At just an hour and a half away by car, Zalipie makes a great day trip from Krakow .

Aerial view of Torun

One of the oldest cities in Poland, Torun's history dates back to the 7 th century (although archeologists believe the first settlement may have been established in 1100 BC). Because Torun wasn't bombed or destroyed during WWII, the city's medieval Central Marketplace and its many Gothic houses and wood-beam 16 th -century buildings are still standing.

One of these houses is the birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus , which has been converted into a museum about the scientist's life and work. The other must-see museum in town is Muzeum Piernika , dedicated to a type of gingerbread unique to Poland, where visitors can try hands-on baking using traditional baking molds.

The entire Old Quarter area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site — it's a great area to explore on foot, getting lost in little streets to discover the architecture and soul of the area.

Torun's 13 th -century Teutonic castle is located here. It is partly in ruins, except for the sewage tower and cellars, as well as a nearby watermill.

Pier on the Isle of Usedom at sunset

Since 1945, this island on the Baltic Sea has been legally divided between Poland and Germany. Nicknamed "the sun island" because of how many hours of sunshine it receives every year, Usedom is a popular holiday destination for both countries.

Soft white beaches, seaside resorts, and plenty of summer sports and activities are the main attractions, but the island is also home to a private botanical garden (open only during the warm months), the remnants of the Karnin Lift railway bridge (now designated as a Historic Symbol of Engineering in Germany), and the Dannenfeldt Mausoleum and cemetery.

Lakes, nature reserves, and manicured gardens are dot the island.

Branicki Palace

With hundreds of stunning old buildings, Białystok will please lovers of both history and architecture. Branicki Palace , built by a wealthy Polish-Lithuanian politician who once dreamed of becoming the king of Poland, is one of the most stunning sights in town — but smaller Hasbach's Palace is also worth a visit. The elegant structure is a French, Dutch, and Tuscan Renaissance architectural style.

Make sure to walk around Kościuszko Market Square , surrounded by beautifully ornate townhouses, plenty of cozy cafés, and the Podlaskie Museum, mostly dedicated to Polish paintings and art.

On a sunny day, take a walk down Lipowa Street , too, which was almost completely destroyed during WWII and has been restored to become a great place to spot boutique shops and restored historical buildings.

A branch of the Podlaskie Museum, the Historical Museum is an interesting stop to see what a wealthy 19th-century bourgeois home would've looked like — complete with original furniture and objects of the time.

The outdoor Podlaskie Museum of Folk Culture , located just a few minutes away in Wasilków, offers over 40 traditional wooden buildings to explore (including windmills and a lumberjack's hut) and artifacts like rural transport carriages, forestry tools, and children's toys.

Winter view of Mount Sniezka

This mountain spa town gets its share of visitors in winter, who come here to enjoy skiing on popular Mount Śnieżka. A winter wonderland, Karpacz also offers great ski jumping, snowboarding, and winter hiking.

In warmer months, nearby Karkonosze National Park offers lots of trails. Ambitious hikers often trek between Sniezka, Snieznik, and Sleza — three peaks that each stand at least 1,400 meters tall. Birdwatchers can also look for more than 100 species of feathered creatures in this park.

The main building in town is the 13th-century Lutheran Wang Chapel , made entirely of wood without using any nails. There are also a number of museums, including the Museum of Sports and Tourism about the area's history, a Museum of Toys (which has toys that date back 200 years), and the unique World of Trains, featuring a large collection of railway models and a virtual reality rollercoaster attraction.

Sand dunes, Leba, Baltic Sea, Poland

The tiny village of Leba is one of Poland's best destinations for beach life. Though busy and filled with visitors in summer, Leba retains its lazy vibe, with the rolling sand dunes and the soft waves at the center of the attractions here.

For those wanting more things to do than just sit back and enjoy the sun, there's horseback riding and over 140 kilometers of hiking trails in the area.

With 32 kilometers of coastline, Slowinski National Park is home to "moving dunes," which are carried by the winds and move up to 10 meters a year. It's a stunning vision and a favorite stop for visitors. There's also pine forests and peat bogs to explore here, plus great opportunities for bird-watching.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

The medieval city of Wieliczka is home to one of the top tourist attractions in Poland: the Wieliczka Salt Mine . A great day trip from Krakow , this UNESCO World Heritage Site is Europe's oldest salt mine , dating back to the 13th century. After producing salt for hundreds of years, it ended its commercial operations in 1996 and transformed into a tourist attraction.

Take the Tourist Route — the recommended tour for first-timers — to see extraordinary salt sculptures, learn about the history of salt mining in Poland, and hear Chopin's music played with an accompanying light show over a magnificent subterranean lake. You can also wander around St. Kinga's Chapel, an awe-striking church that's constructed entirely out of (you guessed it!) salt. That includes the glowing chandeliers, octagonal-tiled floors, altar, and ornate archways.

If you happen to go back for a second excursion, opt for the Miner's Route . It converts tourists into novice miners as they descend 101 meters underground to explore the raw chambers around the Regis Shaft and learn how to use mining equipment, including a carbon monoxide absorber.

Entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp

Make your way to Oswiecim to visit one of the world's most somber places — the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial camps . The concentration and extermination camps were converted into museums to memorialize Holocaust victims and preserve evidence of the horrific events that happened here.

During busy periods, tourists who want to visit the camps are required to book a guided tour with an on-site educator . They'll explain the history of the camps and take you through key points of interest, including the wooden hospital barracks, prison rooms, and the railway tracks that would bring prisoners to Birkenau. It's an extremely moving and heartbreaking experience that humanizes an important piece of history.

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17 Useful Poland Travel Tips: What To Know Before You Go

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These Poland travel tips are the result of me traveling around the country in the span of two and a half months, both as a tourist (5 cities in three weeks) and as a digital nomad (the other 1.5 months). 

This article is packed with things to keep in mind while traveling in Poland, from transportation to cultural tips, accommodations, shopping, food, money and more. There are even a few tips dedicated to what not to do in Poland!

I hope these little life hacks and tips will help you on your trip to Poland :) 

Shops are closed on (some) Sundays…

Similar to a few other Central European countries, the majority of stores are closed on Sundays in Poland. This law was enacted in 2018 and banned shopping malls, supermarkets, and smaller shops from working on Sunday. However, restaurants, bakeries, gas stations, pharmacies, and smaller stores are open.  

What I’m trying to say is, be sure to stock up on groceries and other necessities before Sunday. However, if that doesn’t work, then the next tip will be helpful. :) 

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… Fortunately, there’s a workaround: Zabka!

Zabka, Zabka, Zabka… Ah, my favorite convenience chain store in the entire world! :heart emoji: 

These little stores, with their glowing green logo (sometimes with an adorable smiling frog) and convenient layout, have saved me many times when I rolled up to a Biedronka or Lidl… and realized they were closed. :Sweat emoji: 

The majority of Zabka stores are open on Sundays thanks to a loophole (you can check Google for the full story). However, be sure to double check the store you plan to go to ahead of time — right next top the Zabka logo on every store, there should be their hours of operation (i.e. 24/7 means they work all the time, 6-23/7 means they work from 6:00 to 23:00 seven days a week, etc.) 

However, it’s important to note that Zabka takes advantage of its convenience and, as such, prices are a little higher than in other stores. Then again, you can find some really delicious stuff here, including ready-made meals, drinks, snacks, and the famous Zabka hot dog. :)

 (Psst… You’ll see Zabka Everywhere!) 

Poland has a sort of cult-like obsession with Zabka, and I can definitely see why. Besides its convenience and legendary hot dogs, Zabka stores are literally everywhere. 

No joke, one time in Wroclaw I saw three Zabka stores within one block of each other. :sweat emoji: 

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There are a loooot of Lofts 

While looking for a place to stay during our two month-long trip, I noticed that many apartment rentals in Poland were lofts (i.e. it’s a studio but they created an upper floor that’s accessible via ladder — see the photo above of the loft we rented in Krakow :)).

I’m not sure if this is a space-saving trick, or if it’s a remnant of industrial buildings, but be aware that you’ll need to climb some stairs (oftentimes steep!) in order to reach the bed. 

If you have bad knees and/or are afraid of heights, I recommend looking at traditional accommodations — although, after living a month in a loft apartment, you get used to it :) 

BYOS — Bring Your Own Soap in Aparthotels!

Speaking of accommodations in Poland… This is a strange travel tip, but I was very surprised that many aparthotels (apartment-like hotels) didn’t provide soap for guests. To avoid any inconveniences, carve out a few extra minutes to stop by a Lidl or supermarket after you check into your aparthotel to buy soap, shampoo, and anything else you might need.

Public Transportation is Super Convenient

One of the most helpful apps during our trip to Poland was Jakdojade, which is an all-in-one trip planner app. You can check how to get to your destination (within a city and between cities!), look at bus/tram/metro timetables, and buy tickets! Best of all, the app works in most large- and medium-sized cities in Poland. 

Traveling Between Cities is Seamless… 

I was very surprised when I learned exactly how diverse and convenient the intercity transport network in Poland was — you can find buses, trains, Flixbus, flights, ride shares, and more! 

If you prefer the romance of train travel, the state-owned PKP offers convenient and cheap rail travel around the country. For trips between medium and small cities, your best bet is FlixBus. We traveled on Flixbus about 5 times during our trip (including an international trip from Berlin to Szczecin) and were pleased at the comfort and convenience. :) 

Best of all, Flixbus has more than 250 routes around Poland — click here to see them all and buy a ticket ! 

… But be careful when buying tickets!

However, one small warning when buying tickets (especially on trains) — some cities sound very similar to each other! 

When I was booking tickets to Wroclaw, I didn’t pay attention and ended up booking tickets to Inowroclaw instead (which, by the way, is about 300 kilometers away from our actual destination). 

Thankfully, after booking tickets to the ‘wrong Wroclaw,’ I could change them on the PKP website for a small fee — but learn from my experience and don’t make the same mistake!  :sweat emoji: 

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You Can Get By Without a Car

To reiterate the points above, I’d like to note that Poland has excellent infrastructure for tourists, and you can visit most places without the need to rent a car.

Even some very off-the-beaten-path places, like the beautiful painted village of Zalipie (above), can be visited via public transportation (i.e. taking the train from Krakow to Tarnow and then a bus). There are also day trips and tours that go to such places like Zalipie, Zakopane, and much more :) 

An Up-and-coming Food Scene… 

From Korean fried chicken to Ethiopian kitfo, tikka masala, Japanese dango, Ukrainian borsch, and more… Poland has it all! 

Unexpectedly, Poland has become one of our favorite foodie destinations in Europe. We found dozens of cafes and restaurants serving dishes from around the world, including traditional favorites, street food, and pop-up cafes. Who would have thought that I’d try some of the best Japanese dango and matcha tea in the city of Poznan ? :)  

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…With Plenty of Local Delicacies! 

While trying new international cuisine is always fun, don’t forget to enjoy some traditional Polish delicacies as well! My favorite Polish dish is, of course, pierogi, which are dumplings with dozens of different fillings, including potatoes, meat, spinach (vegetarian-friendly!), cottage cheese, cherries, and much more. 

Other must-try dishes include golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls),  placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes), Polish sausages, and zurek (a type of smoked soup with meat and eggs). 

Visit a Milk Bar!

Now that I’ve got your tastebuds drooling, let me tell you a little travel tip where you can find delicious Polish dishes on a budget — a milk bar!

Locally known as bar mleczny, these canteen-style restaurants are the best place to get hearty and budget-friendly Polish meals. While they’re typically self-serve and with a set menu for the day, milk bars also have a great assortment of typical Polish dishes that have that homemade touch. 

My favorite milk bars in Poland are Różowa Krowa (above) and Krówka bar in Wroclaw ; Milkbar Tomasza in Krakow ; and Jagienka in Bydgoszcz . However, each city should have at least one — check Google Maps for more info :) 

Don’t Exchange Those Dollars/Euros/Pounds!

Coming from Turkey, I was pleasantly surprised to see that credit cards are accepted everywhere. In fact, I didn’t know what paper zloty looked like until I had to find the photo above. :sweat emoji: 

After traveling to dozens of countries (some who were mostly cash-only, like Bosnia & Herzegovina , while others were almost fully cashless, like Sweden ), it was nice to not worry about searching my purse for scrunched-up paper bills to pay for a bottle of water. Just be sure to have a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees! 

Remember the Three D’s: Dzień Dobry, Dziękuję , and Do widzenia

One of the things that warmed my heart was how friendly Polish people were. Every time we would walk into a store, restaurant, cafe, or Zakba, the people inside would always greet us with Dzień Dobry (good morning/day). After a week or so, we started to automatically say it,and after more than two months in the country, saying Dzień Dobry became second nature to me. :cry smile emoji:

Of course, you can also learn the three most important phrases in Polish, as they’ll be very helpful during your trip. You can say Dzień Dobry (dzen’ dob-rih) when greeting someone, Dziękuję (dzen-koo-yeh) when thanking someone, and Do widzenia (doh we-dzen-ya) to say goodbye. 

Tourist information centers are a treasure trove of information

Well, duh Luda, of course they are, you might say, but the tourist information centers in Poland are something else. Seriously, they’re over the top and filled to the brim with information, leaflets, maps, and some even have souvenirs (at much better prices than at the market!) 

Even in the fairly off-the-beaten path city of Bydgoszcz, we met one of the most helpful and friendly information center workers, who spent at least 30 minutes talking about the city in detail, what kind of day trips there are, where we should eat, along with a bunch of fun facts about the city. He even treated us to local chocolate and a handmade magnet. :) 

If you’re lost and/or want to experience Polish hospitality, then make a beeline to the nearest tourist information center. 

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Go Beyond Warsaw and Krakow

While Poland may be famous for its charming historical cities, that’s not all there is to it! 

In fact, did you know that Poland has 770 kilometers (480 mi) of coastline? With gorgeous sandy beaches like Krynica Morska, Jurata Beach, or Sopot, I wouldn’t be surprised if Poland eventually becomes a popular beach destination. :wink emoji: 

Likewise, Poland also has 23 (!!) national parks, including the famous Białowieża National Park (the only park that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Biebrza National Park (the largest national park in Poland), and Slovincian National Park (which has sand dunes!)

Be sure to visit the beaches and rugged coast of the Tricity area (Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot), immerse yourself in the absolutely lush nature in Zakopane National Park (it’s beautiful both in winter and summer!), and enjoy the Renaissance architecture of Zamość. 

Fly to a Nearby Country

One final travel tip is to consider flying into a neighboring country (like Germany, Czechia, or Slovakia) and then make your way to Poland. You might be able to save a good amount of money and visit two countries (or more) in one trip!  

I actually took advantage of this tip during our last trip to Poland and flew into Berlin (Germany) on Pegasus (a Turkish budget airline) before taking a Flixbus to Szczecin. Thanks to this, I was able to save about 30% on our airline tickets (since there aren’t many budget-friendly ways of flying from Turkey to Poland — yet, I hope :wink emoji:) 

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Poland has long been a nation steeped in tradition and history, although the past twenty years have witnessed such dizzying economic development that the country is starting to feel more and more like the West. Still, beneath the gleaming surface lies a culture firmly rooted in Eastern hospitality and community values, and fascinating reminders of the turbulent past are everywhere. Poland is also a land of considerable natural beauty, whose idyllic lakes, beaches and mountains provide a nice contrast to the cultural rigours of the cities.

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Poland was the first country that Hitler invaded and with it starting World War II. Discover the Polish sites of World War II with this itinerary, from the Northern city of Gdansk where the first battle took place to the concentration camps of Auschwitz close to Krakow.

Much of Warsaw, the capital, conforms to stereotypes of Eastern European greyness, but it does boast an historic centre, beautiful parks and vibrant nightlife. Kraków, the ancient royal capital in the south, is the real crowd-puller, rivalling the elegance of Prague and Vienna, while Gdańsk on the Baltic Sea offers an insight into Poland’s dynamic politics as well as the golden beaches at the nearby resort of Sopot. In the west, stately Wrocław charms visitors with its architecture and vibrant student life, while quintessentially Polish Poznań is still revered as the heart of the nation. Outdoorsy types can enjoy fantastic kayaking in the lake district of Mazury, while the Tatra Mountains on the Slovak border offer exhilarating hiking and affordable skiing.

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Poznań's Renaissance old town is one of the best preserved in Poland.

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Buzzy cities offer museums of croissants or codebreaking, plus there are mountains, lakes and beaches – and piles of glorious food

I have a massive soft spot for Poznań, not least because I used to work in a fish and chip shop in the city. Poznań’s virtues include its vibrant old town; its lakes; its dancing goats (two mechanical billies make an appearance daily at noon atop the town hall, butting heads 12 times to mark the time); its Rogalowe (croissant) Museum (the city’s sweet treat is the St Martin’s croissant, filled with white poppy seeds); and the Enigma Cipher Centre (which sheds light on the vital role Polish codebreakers played in hampering the Nazis).

For memorable dining experiences, Concordia Taste does a two-course set lunch inspired by a different region of Poland each week (£8), and 62 Bar and Restaurant offers souped-up local classics on the roof of a Harley Davidson showroom (mains from £10).

For accommodation, the Andersia (doubles from €80 room-only) has a great view and a good breakfast.

Displays at the Neon Museum.

Warsaw had been blitzed by the end of the second world war, so the fact that it is now a buoyant metropolis of two million people and came top in Europe’s Best Destination poll in 2023 is a bit of a miracle.

For a good-looking lesson in modern Polish history paired with an introduction to the science of illumination, head to the Neon Museum , a great collection of cold war-era neon signs.

For an introduction to the spirit that’s vital to Polish culture paired with an eye-opening half-hour trying a range of vodkas, head to the Polish Vodka Museum housed in a former vodka distillery. Gawp at the pickled heart of Chopin in the crypt of Holy Cross Church (really, is there nothing the Poles won’t pickle in a jar?) and then surrender to a 10-course tasting menu at Epoka , whose award-winning chef has developed modern interpretations of recipes stretching back to the 17th century, such as bigos (hunter’s stew) made with venison cheeks and served ramen style (menus from £83).

There’s a more down-to-earth culinary experience at Soul Kitchen , where the dumplings are lavish, the beef cheeks decadent, and the pavlova sublime (mains from £12).

For a memorable stay, the fashion-forward NYX Warsaw has doubles from €100 a night room-only.

Head for the hills

Bieszczady national park.

Poland has a belt of mountains on its southern border, perfect for skiing, hiking or wild swimming in alpine lakes. Wrocław in the south-west is a good base for the Karkonosze mountains, Kraków in the south for the Tatras, and Rzeszów in the south-east for the Bieszczady range. A friend of mine raved about her two-day solo hiking trip in the Tatras .

Ride the trams

A tram in Poznan.

Call me a dork, but there are few things I’d rather do with a spare couple of hours than ride a Polish tram. It appeals to the onlooker in me, and the eavesdropper, and the aesthete – and yes, the skinflint too. The number 16 in Poznań is my favourite, as it rounds the cathedral and crosses the Warta River, then skirts the old town and slips by the opera house, before pushing north through a thicket of towers in peach and pink to the university, where it pauses, turns round and goes again.

Go to a festival

SZA on stage.

For those seeking cutting-edge contemporary sounds in a post-industrial environment, there’s the New Music Festival in Katowice at the start of June. Röyksopp are this year’s headliners, and a three-day ticket costs about £65. Later in the month, the Open’er Festival takes place in the seaside town of Gdynia at the end of June with SZA headlining, and Arctic Monkeys and Lizzo also on the bill. A four-day camping ticket costs about £180. Lovers of independent cinema should check out the New Horizons film festival in Wrocław every July.

Find your religion

St Kinga’s Chapel in the Wieliczka salt mine.

In Warsaw, St John’s cathedral is a gothic redbrick whopper and a testament to the nation’s devotion and fortitude (rebuilt many times, the latest after the German army blew it up in 1944). In Kraków, Wawel cathedral is a delightful bigos of architectural ingredients. Most gobsmacking of all, however, is St Kinga’s Chapel in the southern town of Wieliczka. Built 100 metres underground and made of salt, it’s a genuine marvel, and evidence, were it required, that the Poles will always find a way to pray – even if they’re engaged in hard labour down a salt mine.

Polish Riviera

Sopot.

Poles aren’t afraid of comparisons: Sopot is the gateway to the Polish Riviera, Wrocław is the Polish Venice, Warsaw the Polish Berlin, and Konstancin-Jeziorna, a suburban summer resort south of Warsaw , the Polish Beverly Hills . Sopot is Poland’s premier beach resort, with several miles of golden beach backed by protected dunes, the longest pier in Europe and restored spa-era architecture. It’s just a few miles away from the historic city of Gdańsk. Here, along with an impressively rectified old town, there is the magnificent European Solidarity Centre to investigate. The centre tells how Poland finally got the Communist monkey off its back.

Traditional polish dish of bigos.

Given a spare afternoon in Poland, I’d find a nice little milk bar ( bar mleczny ), briefly soak up the timeless (and somewhat starchy) canteen atmosphere, then set about stuffing my face.

I’d begin with a gołąbki , a kind of Polish burrito – mince and rice rolled in cabbage and decked with tomato sauce. Then I’d have a bowl of soup, probably żurek (sour rye), which was recently voted the second-best soup in the world , probably for being deliciously sour and smoky and sweet all at once. Then I’d have a portion of the national stew, bigos , which is a slow-cooked riot of cabbage, onion, carrot, apple, smoked bacon, spices, mushroom, sausage, tomato, wine and whatever else is around. (Bigos sometimes translates as “mess”.)

I’d somehow find space for bread and smalec ( dripping), but I won’t bother with pierogi : for me Poland’s beloved dumplings are one of for the most overrated things in the northern hemisphere. For pudding, seeing as you asked, I’d have a wedge of sernik (cheesecake). Smacznego!

Masurian lake district

A European bison in Białowieża national park.

As well as healthy hikes, this is the place to rent a kayak or canoe to glide about on any one of the 2,000 lakes in one of Poland’s most remote regions , in the north-east of the country. Further east is the Białowieża forest , a vast primeval woodland that straddles the Polish-Belarus border. As well as black storks and wolves, the forest is home to hundreds of bison (keep your distance).The city of Białystok – home of Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, the inventor of Esperanto – is a suitable base. Tour operator Wild Poland has more inspiration along Poland’s eastern front.

Manufaktura in Łódź.

Any trip to Poland is improved by a visit to Łódź – or HollyŁódź as it’s known to some. (Roughly speaking, Łódź is pronounced “woodge”, hence the hopeful conjunction.) The Polish Film School is based in the city, and it was here thatthe likes of Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polanski and Krzysztof Kieślowski cut their teeth. Manufaktura is an impressive art and leisure complex in an old textile factory, and a thought provoking hour can be spent at Muzeum Sztuki, a prestigious modern and contemporary art gallery.

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Colorful renaissance facades on the central market square in Poznań, Poland

How many flowers should you give to your Polish date? Do you have to take your shoes off when at a Polish host’s house? If you are unsure of the answers, it may mean you need some tips before going to Poland . Here are 12 things you need to know to make your experience smooth and faux pas-free.

Don’t call it eastern europe (it’s not, and you will be corrected).

With no clear-cut definition of what constitutes 21st century Eastern Europe, it may be tempting to bundle up all the countries which used to be under the Soviet influence during the Cold War together. However, this division forgets other geo-cultural factors such as religion and completely dismisses the recent political and economic developments. So, unless you are a referring to a specific historical concept, Poland is in Central Europe.

It’s not as cold as you think

Before you start fearing running into a polar bear in the middle of Warsaw , brush up on your geography. Poles don’t live in the North Pole. Located in the transitional zone between oceanic and continental climates, Poland may have quite cold winters, but it also has really hot summers.

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Try to learn a few words, as Poles really appreciate the effort (even if terribly mispronounced)

Even though the array of bizarre vowels and consonant combinations may be intimidating at first, learning a few phrases could help you break the ice with the locals. Don’t get discouraged or upset if your pronunciation makes them laugh, as poking fun at others is a sign of friendship in Poland.

Tap water is safe to drink, but don’t let anyone see you do it

In line with European Union regulations, the tap water is safe to drink, however older generations still approach this fact with a pinch of salt. Similarly, asking for a glass of tap water in some restaurants will earn you a weird glance from the waiter, but an increasing number of venues are catching up to meet Western standards and will accommodate your request.

If you’re female, older gentlemen might attempt to greet you with a kiss on the hand

Kiss on a hand is a rather old school greeting, but many older men still equate it with a sign of gallantry and respect. Young people, on the other hand, prefer a simple handshake when they meet a new person and a kiss on the cheek when they are with people they already know. Three kisses are reserved for family gatherings.

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Don’t ask people how they’re doing unless you really want to find out

Polish people rarely say things they don’t mean, so when your Polish friend asks you what’s up, they really want to hear all about your day. Polish language does not have an equivalent of the standard English “how are you/fine, thank you” exchange, making the concept rather foreign to Polish speakers. This is why when your Polish friends greet you in English, they pause and expect an honest answer.

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If you accept an invitation from a Pole, expect to be fed until your stomach is bursting

“Guest in the house brings God to the house,” a Polish proverb says, illustrating the Polish approach to hospitality rather nicely. And since everyone knows that the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, your Polish hosts will surely offer you uncomfortable amounts of food . No matter how full you may be after the first serving, always accept the second helping and observe how their faces light up with joy.

Polish Pierogies

Don’t order tea with milk, unless you’re prepared to explain at length

Poles reserve milk for coffee, cereals and White Russians, so trying to add some to your tea will be met with some questions and making fun of your Britishness, regardless of your actual place of birth. If you want to order tea the Polish way, ask for a slice of lemon instead.

It is illegal to drink in the streets

It is possible that you have heard many legends about Polish drinking culture which could lead you to believe that drinking in the streets is allowed. Wrong! Opening a beer in a park or any other public space is an offence and if the police spot you, you will have to pay a fine.

Don’t give even number of flowers as a gift

If you choose to surprise your Polish date or host with a bouquet, always remember to buy an odd number of flowers. Even numbers are reserved for funerals and would make for an extremely uncomfortable first encounter.

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Take your shoes off

When invited to a Pole’s house always take your shoes off. Unless they explicitly tell you that you can leave them on. Which also means that you should remember to bring socks without holes on your next trip to Poland.

Don’t come empty-handed

When invited to a Polish house party always bring something for everyone to share. Chocolate, cake or a bottle of alcohol are all a great choices. Traditionally, guests should hand the gift to the female head of the family, but with changing housing arrangements this custom is no longer so strictly followed.

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Poland Holidays

Poland Holidays

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Looking to trade the beach for the slopes with an unforgettable ski holiday or searching for a city break full of sightseeing and history? Nestled in Eastern Europe, Poland is a land rich in history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Home to Krakow , Gdansk, and Warsaw, Poland is a pocket-friendly destination packed with activities. From chocolate box towns to serene countryside fringed by rugged mountains, there’s a destination for everyone in Poland. Wander through medieval cities, marvel at architectural masterpieces, delve into history, or release your inner adventurer.

Experience the magic of Kraków’s Christmas Market, dance the night away at Warsaw’s numerous music festivals, or join in the celebrations of Wianki, a traditional midsummer festival. Poland’s calendar is packed with vibrant festivals and events. So, no matter when you visit, there’s always something exciting happening. With flights from many regional UK airports including Aberdeen, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool, discover Poland easily with one of our bargain package holidays or last-minute late deals.

When is the best time to visit? Poland is a great year-round destination. Visit in spring and autumn for mild weather and fewer crowds, or July to August for festivals and exciting outdoor activities. A popular winter city break destination thanks to its fairytale towns bustling with ski resorts and festive markets, Poland is a great winter holiday choice if you’re looking for that picture-perfect setting in a winter wonderland.

Where is the best place to stay? From luxury hotels and cheap yet charming guesthouses to budget-friendly boutiques and cosy ski chalet rentals, Poland offers a range of accommodations to suit every traveller. For stylish city breaks that radiate urban culture visit Warsaw.  For historic architecture and vibrant medieval squares packed with cafes and bars head to Krakow or Wroclaw. For cosy coastal charm head to Gdansk. Or if you’re looking for a ski lovers' paradise, Zakopane’s winter sports culture is the perfect place for your next holiday in Poland.  

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Adventure in the Great Outdoors

Adventure in the Great Outdoors

Poland is home to some of Europe’s most breathtaking natural landscapes. Just a short drive from Kraków, the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wieliczka Salt Mine, is a must-visit subterranean wonder. Wander through the labyrinth of tunnels and chambers, marvel at the intricate salt sculptures, and visit the stunning underground chapel. Further south, Zakopane, Poland’s winter capital, is a gateway to the stunning Tatra Mountains and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Explore the mountains, hike beautiful forest passages, ski snow-dusted slopes, or simply soak in the idyllic views. For a unique experience, visit the Białowieża Forest, one of Europe’s last primaeval forests, where you can spot the majestic European bison. Or head to the Masurian Lake District, known as the "Land of a Thousand Lakes,” for sailing, kayaking, and fishing. 

Captivating History and Medieval Marvels

Captivating History and Medieval Marvels

Poland boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture. Wander through the cobblestone streets of Kraków’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the medieval architecture. Visit Warsaw, the capital city, where modern skyscrapers stand alongside reconstructed historical buildings, and the Old Town comes alive with vibrant cafes, shops, and street performers. Wawel Castle is one of Poland’s most iconic landmarks. Perched on a hill overlooking the Vistula River, this royal residence is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Explore the grand state rooms, visit the impressive cathedral, and learn about Poland’s royal history. When visiting Poland, don’t miss the poignant Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. A sombre but essential visit, the museum offers a profound glimpse into the past. There are guided tours and coach trips that offer deep insights into the history and significance of this site.

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Food & Drink

A feast for the senses, Polish cuisine is a delightful blend of hearty and flavourful dishes. Savour traditional pierogi (dumplings), indulge in bigos (hunter’s stew) and taste the famous Polish sausages. In cities like Kraków and Warsaw, you’ll find vibrant food scenes with trendy restaurants and cosy cafes serving both traditional and contemporary dishes. Experience the warmth of Polish hospitality in family-run restaurants and vibrant markets where you can taste locally produced cheeses, pastries, and honey.

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9 best destinations on the Baltic Coast for a cooler summer holiday

I t’s the annual great debate between friends and family – where to go on holiday – and in our experience, destinations on the Baltic Sea aren’t usually thrown in the ring.

However, as wildfires and overtourism protests rage come peak season in Greece and Spain , many British holidaymakers are looking for quieter and more moderate climates to spend their summers.

Featuring just as appealing customs and cuisines as holiday big hitters in southern Europe – where most Brits travel to seek the sun – the quieter sea north east of the UK has unsung destinations that are well worth a visit.

There are historic cities steeped in folklore and vibrant cafe culture, often with more favourable pricing, and thousands of islands that meet the criteria for sun, swimming and seafood.

The windmill-studded and retro-feeling summer playgrounds for both locals and aristocrats don’t sweat with the same heat and crowds.

Here are the lesser-trodden lands with longer daylight hours in Estonia , Lithuania , Denmark and more to swap the Mediterranean Sea for the Baltic Sea on your next summer holiday.

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Tartu, Estonia

A Capital of Culture in 2024, Estonia’s second city, Tartu, is “ on everyone’s lips ”. The university city puckers up to welcome visitors to mass kissing events in the neoclassical Town Hall Square just a two-hour train ride from the capital Tallinn. City break standouts include the sleek Estonian National Museum, a day trip to Lake Peipsi’s Onion Festival and the leafy Toomemagi Park.

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The lovely Lydia Hotel in Tartu Old Town has modern rooms, a spa, a Michelin-listed restaurant with a five-course tasting menu, and warm interiors just behind the Town Hall Square.

Åland Islands

This autonomous archipelago between Finland and Sweden is a string of isolated villages, sandy beaches and miles of cycle paths. The Åland Islands, with their own parliament and flag, are dotted with colourful wood cabins, quiet cafes and green landscapes. Visit charming capital Mariehamn, one of only 60 inhabited isles, to head out on bike tours, visit 13th-century Kastelholm Castle and island hop to flea market stalls and disc golf courses.

HavsVidden Resort tucked within red granite cliffs in northern Åland is a summer hotspot with a seasonal restaurant, jetty for docking, and airy self-catering villas boasting views across the Gulf of Bothnia.

Binz, Germany

If belle époque promenades, six miles of pristine sand and traditional seaside fun are what you seek this summer then Binz – a beach resort on Germany’s Rugen island – may be for you. Nostalgic Art Nouveau architecture backdrops striped strandkorb cabanas, best complimented with a frosty stein, and a Raging Roland steam train huffs and puffs between the resorts.

Right on the promenade, Strandhotel Binz welcomes beach dwellers to melt into massages in the rooftop spa, tuck into fresh seafood on the Fischmarkt restaurant terrace, and spend the day on a beach just steps from breakfast.

Bornholm, Denmark

Bornholm, 115 miles east of Denmark’s mainland, has a slow pace of life, a sustainable strategy, and a culture of crafts and creativity. Dueodde’s fine swathe is a favourite for family holidays with Danes, the fortress of Hammershus offers a history lesson at northern Europe’s largest medieval castle, and seafood abounds with herring smokeries and the Gudjhem fishing port to visit for the catch of the day.

Coastal chic Allinge Badehotel is a stone’s throw from Næs Strand beach with calm gardens, spacious rooms and ocean views. Organic buffet breakfasts are complimentary with stays, and spreads include local marmalade and baked figs from the fig tree in the yard.

Gdasnk, Poland

Poland’s Gdasnk moves with a softer buzz than those towns vying for ‘city of love’ status in southern Europe. Handsome and historic with impressive architecture like the Solidarity Museum, the Baltic Sea gem is also a classic for craft beer, plates of Polish pierogi dumplings and flourishing nightlife. Head to the port city’s coast to discover waffles and Europe’s longest wooden pier at seaside Sopot.

Hilton Gdansk sits amid the red roofs of Gdansk’s Old Town with a rooftop bar, spa facilities, a pool, and modern rooms overlooking the Motlawa River that tick all the boxes for a comfortable city break.

Hanko, Finland

To the southwest of Helsinki, Hanko has 130km of pristine coastline for bathing on beaches such as Hangö Plagen and Tulluddsstranden, trails to hike on the Tulliniemi Nature Path, and centuries-old shipwrecks to dive. Ornate 19th-century villas, spas and artisan villages are onshore staples on the traditional island in Finland’s sunny south where Bengtskär stands as the tallest lighthouse in the Nordic region.

Silversand Camping offers 16 cabins, three glamping tents and hundreds of electric camping pitches year-round, with beach saunas, barbeques and terraces for guests to watch the sun go down just metres from the sea.

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Lithuania’s third largest city is a maritime magnet with a timbered old town, an abundance of sculptures and a buzzing annual Jazz Festival. Since 1934, Klaipeda has also hosted a Sea Festival celebration to honour marine traditions with musical performances, trade fairs and Baltic tall ships. The best-of-both-worlds city also features a golden coastline to turn your city break into a beach-based holiday in summer.

You’ll find comfortable rooms, a steamy spa and rooftop cocktail bars at Victoria Hotel Klaipėda on the Dane River. Popular with the Prussian elite in the 18th century, high-end echoes ooze from the Baltasis Žirgas restaurant to the sparkling chandeliers.

Saaremaa, Estonia

For total tranquillity, folk traditions and thatched cottages, Saaremaa is the largest island on the Estonian archipelago. A former home of pirates and Vikings, Saaremaa has a rich history that extends from Bronze Age mythology to Kuressaare, one of Estonia’s best-preserved medieval castles, and the Angla windmill park. Take the ferry from the mainland to learn, get stuck into nature, or stretch out in solitude on Järve beach.

Pilguse Residency on Saaremaa’s west coast is 90 hectares dating back to 1558. Eco-conscious hotel rooms, rustic cottages and luxury mirror cabins are dotted between the land and lakes, making Pilguse a haven for guests seeking hiking and cycling.

Sandon, Sweden

The smart settlement of Sandhamm on Sweden’s tiny Sandon island is home to a yacht-docked marina, clapboard houses, elegant seafood dining and sandy beaches. Back-in-time bakeries, ancient fruit trees and a glitzy boat club welcome an influx of tourists during the summer months to the breezy climate on the Baltic Sea.

Missionshuset Bed & Breakfast is a quaint, quiet option in the heart of Sandhamn’s village with five double rooms and daily breakfasts, just five minutes from the port.

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TUI launches 2025 winter sun holidays with loads of free kids places – including Cape Verde, Thailand and Egypt

  • Ryan Gray , Travel Reporter
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LOADS of winter holidays are set to go on sale this week, with extra flights loads of free kids' places.

TUI’s winter 2025 holidays launch on July 18, featuring thousands of resorts in more than 41 different destinations.

Cape Verde is among the options available for TUI customers

The holiday company is offering an extended booking window too, meaning holidaymakers can book their trips as far in advance as Easter 2026.

This will provide them with both more time to plan their trip and to spread the cost.  

The holidays include exclusive, direct TUI charter flights from various regional UK airports to places like Senegal , Cape Verde, Goa and Thailand.

New 10 and 11-night trips to Thailand are available for next winter, with additional TUI flights from both London Gatwick and Manchester to Phuket.

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There will also be new flights to Cancun in Mexico , from Newcastle and Cardiff airports.

They include a new fortnightly service running from Cardiff, as well as additional flights from Newcastle on selected dates in March and April 2026.  

TUI has added more free kids' trips to its holiday offerings, describing it as "its biggest ever winter for free kids’ places".

Families can make the most of those offers in places like the TUI Blue Sensatori Atlantica Dreams in Greece, and the TUI Magic Life Africana in Tunisia.

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Other popular hotels have been made available in the winter, including the Holiday Village Red Sea , which will start its season earlier than ever to include the Easter holidays. 

Meanwhile, TUI's Santa day trips will also be available for winter 2025, with an extra flight added from Newcastle to Kittila in Lapland to bolster the existing programme. 

Included in the package are taster experiences, from reindeer sleigh rides to snowmobiling and a meet and greet with Santa. 

Elsewhere, in the Indian Ocean, a trip to the brand-new hotel  RIU Palace Mauritius  has been added to TUI's portfolio, for anyone interested in some winter sun.

The adults-only property is situated on a palm-fringed beach in the south-west of the island, perfect for some much-needed sun during the cold months.

TUI’s Tours Programme has also been expanded for winter 2025, with the introduction of exciting new itineraries in Senegal, Malaysia, Goa and Egypt Nile tours.

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TUI offers 14-night holidays to Cancun, Mexico staying at the 4T+ Bahia Principe Grand Tulum on an all-inclusive basis from £1,995 per person based on two adults sharing, flights departing from London Gatwick Airport on 23 March 2025 with transfers.

TUI offers 7-night holidays to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt staying at the 4T+ Holiday Village Red Sea on an all-inclusive basis from £844 per person based on two adults and two children sharing, flights departing London Stansted on 8th October 2024 with transfers.

TUI offers 7-night holidays to Boa Vista, Cape Verde staying at the 5T Riu Palace Boavista on an all-inclusive basis from £1149 per person based on two adults sharing, flights departing from Manchester Airport on 10 December 2024 with transfers.

TUI offers 7-night holidays to Fethiye, Turkey staying at the 5T Sensatori Akra Fethiye on an all-inclusive basis from £850 per person based on two adults and two children sharing, flights departing from London Gatwick on 31 March 2025 with transfers. Price is based on 1 x free kids’ place included.

A total of 42 tours are on sale for winter, making the TUI Tours programme twice the size it was last year.

Phillip Iveson, Commercial Director for TUI UK, comments: “We’re delighted to have an incredible range of holidays for winter 2025 going on sale up until Easter 2026.

"This year we have more free kids’ places for winter than ever before, low deposits and direct debit options which we know are so important in helping customers plan and budget.  

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"We have exclusive direct flying to Asia and North and West Africa, a multitude of beach hotels available from the Balearics to Bali and guided tours and winter breaks to Lapland and Iceland .

"Whatever kind of getaway customers are after they’ll find it with TUI.”  

TUI is offering people the chance to book flights until March 2026

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Prince William and Princess Kate's favourite holiday destinations - and some might surprise you

The prince and princess of wales seek much-needed r&r just like the rest of us.

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We're well and truly in the thick of summer. Temperatures are soaring, the sunscreen is flowing, and sunhats are aplenty.

It's also a popular time for travel, with curious voyagers seeking out new destinations, both far and wide.

Prince William Arriving With Prince Charles At Aberdeen Airport For His Holiday At Balmoral Castle In Scotland in 1984

And we're not alone! Many of the British royals are also keen travellers, frequently jet-setting around the globe in search of R&R. While August is typically the most popular month for royal travel, it's fair to say that members of the Firm have been known to gallivant around the world whatever the weather.

Chief among those making the most of their extended breaks is the Prince and Princess of Wales who have enjoyed a string of adventurous trips. 

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As the royal couple continue to enjoy their long summer break after a busy few months, join us as we take a closer look at some of their most beloved holiday destinations.

Roll on the sea, snow and sand…

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Regarded as one of their prime haunts, Prince William and Princess Kate adore spending time on the Isles of Scilly - a group of 200 islands including the idyllic island of Tresco.

Located off the coast of Cornwall, the archipelago holds a special place in William's heart as it played host to many a childhood holiday with Prince Harry, King Charles and Princess Diana.

In 2019, the Wales family stayed in a charming property called Dolphin House which is available for holiday lets. The manor house boasts six bedrooms, breathtaking sea views and a beautiful walled garden. Bliss.

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Adored by Prince William's late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, Balmoral is ever popular amongst the British royals. The Scottish bolthole is steeped in history and has quickly become one of the go-to destinations for many royals in search of beautiful scenery, stillness and activities such as hiking, cycling and riding.

In his youth, Prince William spent many happy summers exploring Balmoral with his brother Prince Harry and their father Charles.

The sprawling estate spans around 50,000 acres and features mountains, rivers and lochs, making it ideal for rowing too - a sport beloved by Princess Kate.

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Mustique has been a royal favourite for decades. Princess Margaret famously adored the private island, describing it as the only place where she felt she could "truly relax".

Following in her footsteps, Prince William and Princess Kate first visited the beautiful Caribbean island of Mustique in 2008, and they've been returning ever since.

In 2019, they were said to have stayed in a luxury villa complete with a 60ft infinity pool, private staff and unrivalled sea views. The property was built in 2016 by William's close friend, property developer Andrew Dunn, and is teeming with bright and breezy interiors.

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Prince William and Princess Kate are keen skiers. Over the years they've been known to hit the slopes with their children in tow. In 2016, they paid a visit to Courchevel in the French Alps where they holidayed with their eldest Prince George and Princess Charlotte. They returned in 2023 with their youngest son, Prince Louis.

The popular ski resort, located in Les Trois Vallées, is renowned for its Michelin-starred restaurants, designer boutiques and unparalleled ski conditions.

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William proposed to Kate in 2010 on the shores of Lake Rutundu. They chose to stay in an off-grid log cabin 10,000ft above Lewa Safari Camp which sits inside the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. At the time, Kate wrote in the guestbook: "I love the warm fires and candle lights – so romantic!"

William has an affiliation with Kenya as it's also the spot where he spent part of his gap year before attending the University of St Andrews.

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William and Kate were pictured publicly together for the first time in 2004 when Kate accompanied William on a family ski trip to Klosters in Switzerland. Evidently buoyed over by the resort's sparkling slopes, they returned for a second time in March 2008.

The future King first visited the Alpine resort as a child alongside his family.

Located just an hour and a half from Zurich, the charming, chocolate-box village is renowned for its luxurious chalets and lodges, as well as boasting Michelin-starred restaurants and cosy après-ski bars where guests can sit back with a glass of mulled wine.

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Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi has privately warned President Joe Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he doesn't drop out of the race.

Pelosi also showed Biden polling that he likely can’t defeat Republican Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter who insisted on anonymity to discuss it.

Time racing, Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for Biden to reconsider his reelection bid, as unease grows at the White House and within the campaign at a fraught moment for the president and his party.

Biden has insisted he is not backing down, adamant that he is the candidate who beat Republican Donald Trump before and will do it again this year. Pressed about reports that Biden might be softening to the idea of leaving the race, his deputy campaign manager Quentin Fulks said Thursday: “He is not wavering on anything.”

In recent days the president has become more committed to staying in the race, according to another person familiar with the matter and granted anonymity to discuss it.

But influential Democrats from the highest levels of the party apparatus, including congressional leadership headed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, are sending signals of concern. Some Democrats hope Biden will assess the trajectory of the race and his legacy during this few days’ pause.

Time is of the essence. If Democrats are seriously preparing the extraordinary step of replacing Biden and shifting Vice President Kamala Harris at the top of the ticket, this weekend will be critical to changing the president's mind, other people familiar with the private conversations said.

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Is it safe to cruise during hurricane season? Here's what passengers should know.

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  • Cruise lines can typically sail around storms or alter itineraries and schedules to get out of the path of storms.
  • The water may also be rougher if there is a storm nearby.
  • Many cruise ships leave the Caribbean during the summer, heading to destinations like Alaska and the Mediterranean.

Hurricane Beryl wreaked havoc earlier this month as it hit the Caribbean, Yucatan Peninsula and Gulf Coast of Texas, leaving flooding, fallen trees and power outages in its wake, among other damage. More than a dozen deaths have been reported in the Houston area alone.

The storm also upended travel plans, including for cruise lines that altered itineraries in an effort to avoid the bad weather. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, and the storm may leave cruise passengers wondering whether they should wait to venture out into the open ocean until another time.

But experts said there’s no need to be too concerned. Here’s what to know.

What is the best month to take a cruise? We broke it down by region.

Is it safe to take a cruise during hurricane season?

“In general, I would say the answer is yes, though there are always exceptions,” Stephanie Goldberg-Glazer, chief experience officer and owner of the travel agency Live Well, Travel Often, said in an email. “Cruise lines can typically sail around storms or alter itineraries and schedules to get out of the path of storms.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean a trip will go on as planned though. Hurricanes are unpredictable and can both form and pick up strength quickly, she noted, adding that cruise lines may skip or replace scheduled stops to get out of dodge. The water may also be rougher if there is a storm nearby (it’s always a good idea to have some seasickness remedies on hand).

Goldberg-Glazer also emphasized that in bad weather, passengers should use caution and listen to crew member instructions.

Was your cruise itinerary changed? Here's what to do next

How do cruise ships avoid hurricanes?

Cruise ships are in constant communication with the lines’ operations departments, said Andrew O. Coggins, a cruise industry analyst and professor of management science at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. If weather developments are expected to impact a route, they can adjust accordingly. 

The vessels have onboard tools, as well, such as a barometer to track air pressure and navigation systems to help determine the optimal route. “Ships also have radar, but the aim is not to get so close that the clouds show up on the radar screen,” Coggins said in an email.

Where else can travelers go during hurricane season?

Goldberg-Glazer said hurricane season’s most active times tend to be between July and October. Many cruise ships leave the Caribbean during the summer, heading to destinations like Alaska and the Mediterranean, so there are plenty of alternatives.

“However, for many people, especially those within driving distance of a cruise port, the Caribbean is an easy and affordable getaway,” she added. While she doesn’t warn travelers to avoid the region, she said she recommends buying travel insurance, which can offer coverage for weather-related cancellations.

“Cruise ships are, in general, incredibly safe,” Goldberg-Glazer said. “The officers in charge of navigating have years and years of experience and their (main) focus is to keep passengers safe and comfortable.”

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

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