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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.
  • – 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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13 Best Poland Travel Guide Books

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13 Best Poland Travel Guide Books

Poland is an underrated travel destination among other European countries. However, with its incredible history, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and magical mountains and sea, this beautiful country is getting more and more popular. Travelers visiting Poland mostly come to the medieval city Krakow. Maybe spend a day or two in the capital city Warsaw or the unique Gdansk. With so much to see and do, from old historic cities, empty coastlines, or beautiful parks, you should spend more rather than just those places. To explore the country, you’ll want to have a travel guide to Poland. With the help of travel guide books, you can visit more than the usual tourist attractions and enjoy more Poland’s scenic beauty. Plus, you’ll get rewarded with a beautiful and culturally rich country.

How To Choose The Best Poland Travel Guide Books?

To get the most of your trip to Poland , you should plan carefully and prepare a detailed itinerary. To get well prepared, you can get plenty of information about Poland from travel books. So, it’s important to choose the best travel books Poland for your next trip. There are some aspects you could consider when choosing Poland’s travel guide books. Check the simple guideline that will help you find the best travel books about Poland.

Coverage areas

Are you planning to visit multiple destinations or only a specific city/region? If you’re traveling to a specific city, like Krakow or Warsaw, you can choose a particular guidebook like Lonely Planet Pocket Warsaw. The guidebook will give you comprehensive and thorough information or tips and trick about Warsaw.


You’ll find a wide choice of guidebooks from several publishers and authors. Also, you’ll want to get full insights from reputable and experts about the culture or how to get around. This way, you can get richer travel experience and knowledge on how to travel in Poland.

The old or new edition?

We recommend you to check which edition of travel books Poland you’re going to buy. Was it printed a few years back, or does it have the newest edition? The latest edition or publication date is surely the best option. It gives you up-to-date information about hotels, restaurants, and top sight’s opening hours.

What is the best month to visit Poland?

Actually, you can travel to Poland all year round, depending on your choice of seasons. However, spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are considered the best time.

Is Poland dangerous to visit?

Absolutely not! In fact, Poland sits in the top 20 of the safest countries in the world. That said, you may encounter or experience some threats, like pickpocketing, overcharge, petty theft, and ATM scams. But that is just common in most places in the world.

Is Poland expensive to travel to?

Compared to many European countries, Poland is a more affordable travel destination. However, in recent years, prices have been on the rise. You could save costs if you travel during the low season and find discount hotel rates.

Culture Smart! Poland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Culture Smart! Poland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture can be the best travel books Poland for travelers who want to go deeper. It’s also perfect for those who want to have a more meaningful time while traveling in Poland. The book is the essential guide to the country through a better understanding of the local culture. Plus, the content of the book is unique and incredibly useful. The book includes Land and People, Customs and Festivals, even Business Briefing sections.

You’ll find plenty of information in this book. A brief history, ethnic groups, and geographical overview in Land and People are included. Other sections provide social and business etiquette. Not to mention some communication tips (both verbal and non-verbal) plus advice on how to be a good guest. This information helps you to understand the Poles. It’s either their value, hospitality, and behavior.

The book also includes places to sleep, how to travel in Poland, and tips for health and safety. So, you’ll be more confident while traveling. What’s more, the book provides useful maps of Poland.

General travelers, adventurers, historian travelers

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Berlitz Pocket Guide Poland

Berlitz has years of expertise in producing a wide range of travel products, including Berlitz Pocket Guide Poland . With this travel guide to Poland, you can explore Poland’s endless charms. From top tourist attractions in Krakow to the beauty of the Tatra Mountains. Even Zamosc, the hidden gems of Poland!

The book is small enough to fit in your pocket or handbag. Plus, it has a Kindle version for those who prefer digital travel books Poland. This pocket-sized guide gives you a quick reference to planning your trip. You can find comprehensive coverage of the country’s attractions with striking photos. It covers Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains, Krakow, Wilanów, Gdansk, Torún, Poznán, Warsaw, and Malopolska.

There is a history and culture section to give you a deeper understanding of the country. You’ll find info about the heritage, people, and contemporary life. Besides, reliable recommendations and expert travel advice on where to stay and dine out are provided. If you’re wondering how to travel in Poland, it also has a section on how to get around. What’s more, the book includes a quick-reference bilingual language guide. It helps you with basic vocabulary.

Backpackers, adventurers, and family/group travelers

Lonely Planet Pocket Warsaw

Are you on a business trip or staying temporarily in Warsaw? Or do you have plenty of time to explore the capital city? Whichever your reason is, you can get Lonely Planet Pocket Warsaw as your travel guide to Poland. The book is a perfect guide to the heart of Warsaw. With this book, you’ll get comprehensive info on things to do in Warsaw . Even the hidden places and gems of the urban city! Whether you’re visiting high-tech museums or splendid Royal Castel, this book is great for a short trip or weekend away.

It covers Warsaw Old Town, Warsaw New Town, Praga & Eastern Warsaw, Northern Srodmiescie, and more. The user-friendly layout is organized by neighborhood. So, you can pick the best spots and tailor trip itineraries to spend your time. Get insider tips and essential info, such as how to get around like a local. There are also tips on avoiding crowds, hours of operations, prices, etc. Besides, you can find a section on how to plan a trip for children.

What’s more, the book includes honest reviews of places to eat and the best hotels in Warsaw for all budgets. Plus, recommendation places for going out and shopping. This pocket-sized guide book even has a Survival Guide section. It provides information and travel tips for Poland, such as getting around. Last but not least, it includes full-color maps and images.

Business travelers, temporary residents, family travelers, and photographers

DK Eyewitness Krakow

If you’re looking for a travel guide to Poland, we recommend DK Eyewitness Krakow . It’s the best guide for travelers who are planning to visit Krakow. The book provides lots and practical tips, engaging stories, plus great pictures. This guidebook has everything you’ll need to discover the oldest city in Poland on any budget. Enjoy the scenic and charming cobblestone walks while exploring Krakow. Or, do you prefer the unique architecture and famous parks? Experience the stroll through the Historic Centre, take a trip to Main Square, and visit museums and galleries.

The book has detailed day-trip itineraries that help to make your own. Plus, there are ‘don’t miss’ destination highlights at a glance as well as the guided visitor information. You’ll also find the history and cultural insights. It helps you understand the stories, plus illustrated 3D drawings. What’s more, the book includes recommended hotels in Krakow. Also, places to eat, drink, and shop by area.

Like others DK Eyewitness guide books, it’s provided with plenty of colorful pictures. Plus, colorful and useful maps pull-out maps are provided. It’s marked with sights, public transit map, and practical information on getting around, as well as a distance chart for measuring walking distances. Meanwhile, the detailed city maps have a street finder index. So, you can navigate the city easily. It’s one of the best travel tips for Poland, especially for Krakow.

Backpackers, family travelers, adventurers, photographers, city-slickers travelers

100 MOMENTS POLAND: A Virtual Travel Guide

Are you studying or working in Poland? Or, are you a seasoned traveler looking for deeper adventures in Poland? For whichever, you should learn more about the country. So, you’ll need a personal travel guide to Poland. 100 MOMENTS POLAND may answer your questions about almost anything. Is it the history, the culture, the people, and how to travel in Poland? The book has the answer. It’s written by Christopher Skutela, Ph.D., a Doctor of Philosophy of Travel. He’s also a well-known, highly-awarded private guide and the owner of a travel company based in Krakow.

This interesting book gives you different insights into what to see and do in all Poland’s areas from personal views and knowledge. You may feel as you’ve hired a local tour guide! Here, you’ll find suggestions with ideas to enhance your travel experience. Also, getting the excitement to discover Poland’s gems. The book includes Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw , Proznan, and more.

Not only does it give you precious hints and suggestions for what to see, but this guidebook also gives you the answer to why you should visit the places. Plus, it gives you info on how to get to those places. Though it’s not available in e-book, the book is handy and easy to carry with you. Beautiful and meaningful pictures will enrich your experience along the way. What’s more, the book is easy to read and written informally. It even includes emoticons!

Adventurers, travelers who live temporary in Poland, business travelers, and photographers

Lonely Planet Polish Phrasebook & Dictionary

Gear up with important info on how to travel in Poland. We can assure you that you’ll have more confidence if you know some applicable Polish words and phrases, whether you’re traveling for few days or visiting Poland for work. The Lonely Planet Polish Phrasebook & Dictionary will help you learn and speak Polish. It’s very handy and convenient to carry when traveling.

The book covers basics, practical, social, safe travel, and food. With essential tips on manners and culture, you can order the right meals or avoid embarrassing situations. Plus, it covers a variety of practical topics, including directions and transports. Accommodations, shopping, and crossing the borders are also included.

What’s more, the book features many phrasing and phonetics that help you with pronunciation. There are vowel sounds, nasal vowel sounds, and consonant sounds.

Business travelers, travelers who live temporarily, and backpackers

Amazing Poland: 50 Things to See and Do

Amazing Poland: 50 Things to See and Do lets you learn about the many wonders of Poland and travel tips for Poland. From the big cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, and Gdansk, to more exclusive spots and lesser-known places. It provides a good introduction to other famous people in Poland’s history. The author, Neil Bennion, shares his experience on basic aspects of history, culture, language, and people.

This guide book covers World War II and communist history. The book is easy to read and arranged geographically. The sections consist of North, West, East, Center, South, and Everywhere. It helps you plan your itineraries. This book includes info on when to go, plus recommended accommodation and eateries. The section on getting around and modes of transports help you figure out how to travel in Poland.

Also, you’ll find numerous hints and tips, such as the free concerts which take place on Sundays in Lazienki Park. What we love most about the book is it has the correct pronunciation of Polish words. Plus, the recommended websites for further information. It’s a welcome bonus to experience the most of your trip.

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The Rough Guide to Poland

When you’re planning a trip to Poland, you would want to have detailed and useful information. Hence, travel books Poland is a great help. It’s why the Rough Guide to Poland can be the most informative and concise guide on the market. Do you prefer to hike in the Tatra Mountains? Would you prefer relaxing on the Baltic Coast or wandering through the magnificent medieval Old Town? This book allows you to discover the fascinating country and makes the best of your time.

The book may only consist of three main chapters (Introduction, Basic, and Guide). But, it will show how to experience Poland your way. The introduction provides information on where and when to go. This chapter also includes things best sights and experiences. Plus, the carefully planned itineraries help you organize your trip based on your interest and budget. Also, you get independent, trusted reviews in the Basic section. Places to eat, sleep, and outdoor activities are among the reviews. Besides, you’ll find essential and practical pre-departure information as well as getting around.

Meanwhile, the detailed regional coverage offers lots of details for every city and region. It covers Torun, Lublin, Krakow, Warsaw, the Bay of Gdansk and the Wisla Delta. Whether you explore mainstream tourist destinations or off the beaten track, it gets you covered. Of course, we love the stunning photos for our inspiration. Plus, the full-color maps help you navigate places without needing to get online. You can’t skip the Contexts chapter! It gives you background information, including history, books, music, film, and language section.

Adventurers, long-time travelers, backpackers, and photographers

Fodor’s Krakow 25 Best

Fodor’s Krakow 25 Best is perfect for travelers looking for travel tips for Poland to visit only Krakow and the surrounding area. The book breaks into several areas, including Krakow, Kazimierz ( one of the most beautiful towns in Poland ), and Wawel Hill. Many of the areas show you sights, entertainment, and shops. In Essential Chapters, there is plenty of useful information. It includes where to eat, places to shop, and Krakow by night.

To make planning your trip easier, it includes short stay itineraries. Furthermore, you’ll find the top 25 essential top sights in Krakow. Also, there are lots of bright and vibrant beautiful color pictures. Need recommendations for you to stay while in Krakow? There are many types of accommodations in this book, from budget, mid-range, to luxury hotels.

Even before you arrive in Krakow, the book provides the information you’ll need. Getting there, getting around, language, and essential facts are among other things you can find in this book. On top of that, it provides full-color area maps and a large pull-out city map. You’ll find the detailed and beautiful pull-out laminated map of the streets of Krakow very useful. Though not available in e-book, but the book is small enough to tuck into a pocket or a travel purse. You’ll feel well prepared for planning and appreciate your visit to Krakow.

Every type of travelers, from backpackers, family travelers, photographers, to business travelers

Insight Guides Pocket Poland

Hassle-free traveling to Poland is any travelers’ wish. So it’s common to have plenty of questions on how to travel to Poland before leaving. Hence, Insight Guides Pocket Poland is something you should consider. It has essential information about what to do and where to go. Plan your perfect trip with this practical travel book! From the must-see Wieliczka Salt Mines to the magnificent Malbork Castle. Or, the beautiful Tatra Mountains? It’s the ideal on-the-go guidebook for your trip.

This pocket-sized travel guide to Poland features travel tips for Poland, including historical and cultural insights. So, you can learn about the country’s rich history and culture, art, people, and traditions. There’s a chapter about Poland’s Top 10 attractions. Plus, Where to Go, which covers Krakow, Malopolska, Gdanks, Poznan, and more. Get some ideas for your itinerary from its inspirational itineraries. It discovers the best sights and destinations.

Looking for a place to stay? There’s a hotel recommendation for several cities and regionals. Either it’s in Zakopane, Wroclaw, and Warsaw. Besides, the book includes tips and essential information. It includes opening times, transport, and tipping. The stunning color photos are very inspiring. Meanwhile, the full-color map and pull-out map offer practical and easy navigation while you’re exploring.

Photographers, adventurers, backpackers

Rick Steves Snapshot Kraków, Warsaw & Gdansk

If you’re planning to visit Krakow, Warsaw, and Gdansk, you should get travel books Poland that cover these best three cities. There are several reasons why Rick Steves Snapshot Kraków, Warsaw & Gdansk can be your best option. First, the area of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Pomerania are also covered in this book. This compact guidebook has three main sections. These sections make sure you get to see and experience everything you want during the trip.

Next, it provides firsthand advice on the best sights and experiences along the way. Whether you’re visiting Gdansk’s Main Town Hall or sip local wódka, you’ll get up-to-date info on things to do in Gdansk . Also, the book is filled with historical information for your great travel experience.

What’s more, the book includes good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations. There are also tips on arrival and transportation. All the information helps you plan an itinerary. Either you want to do independent walking tours or tour guides for another option, it has all the details. Last, the book provides maps to make the most of your trip. It’s available both in paperback and e-book.

Business travelers, family travelers, photographers, backpackers

Lonely Planet Poland

Get the most comprehensive travel guide to Poland from Lonely Planet Poland’s 2020 edition . The book gives you up-to-date and relevant advice on what to see and skip. You’ll also find what hidden discoveries await on your trip. The book covers all activities, whether you plan to learn dramatic history in Warsaw or wander around Gdansk’s medieval lanes. Want to sample Krakow’s nightlife? You’ll gave them covered, too! The book also provides hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, etc.

There are several main chapters. These include Plan Your Trip, On The Road, Understand, and Survival Guide. In the section of Plan Your Trip, you’ll find cultural insights about history and people. Plus, cuisine, music, landscapes, wildlife, and politics. Surely, this information gives you a richer, more rewarding travel experience. This chapter also includes itineraries you can use to make your own based on your personal interests and needs.

On The Road section covers plenty of cities. These include three big cities: Krakow, Gdansk, and Warsaw. Also, Mazovia and Podlasie, Pomerania, Malopolska, and the Carpathian Mountains are included. Each city gives you detailed activities and sights. You can even explore outside the cities, rivers, woods, lakes, and hills for fresh-air fun. Besides, you’ll find honest reviews on what to eat, where to sleep, where to shop, and more. Of course, we love the color images and useful maps. This one of the best travel books to Poland is available both in paperback and Kindle.

Backpackers, adventurers, family/group travelers, and photographers

DK Eyewitness Poland

What would you prefer when traveling to Poland? Is it the energetic urban Warsaw or chic medieval hot spots in Gdansk and Krakow? Or maybe the beautiful beaches of the Baltic Coast? Whichever you choose, DK Eyewitness Poland is your perfect travel guide to Poland. The book is easy to navigate and has everything of interest for travelers. With depth-area guides, it will make your travel around Poland easy. Also, you’ll get the very best that Poland has to offer. It covers every part of Poland, from Silensia to Gdansk, Mazovia to Krakow.

This guidebook will bring Poland to life and transport you there with expert advice and insights even before your trip starts. Plus, there’s detailed information on all the must-see sights. Wondering where to eat, drink, shop, and stay? Worry not! The book covers them all! You can even get some expert advice to get ready before traveling, how to get around, and how to stay safe.

The book includes selections of suggested itineraries. Those will fit your interests, whether you’re staying for few weeks or just a few days. Besides, it provides travel tips for Poland, such as how to entertain the kids. You’ll find information about how to appreciate Jewish heritage. Also, how to visit palaces and castles and discover natural wonders. On top of that, the detailed maps and walks help you navigate the country easily and confidently. You can get this guidebook in paperback or e-book.

Any type of traveler, from family travelers, solo backpackers, to adventurers

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Some 14km southeast of Kraków, the Wieliczka (vyeh-leech-kah) salt mine has been welcoming tourists since 1722 and today is one of Poland's most popular…

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Museum of WWII

Opened in 2016, this striking piece of modern architecture is a bold addition to the northern end of Gdańsk's waterfront. It has rapidly become one of…

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Best Things To Do in Poland (2-week Travel Guide)

Best Things To Do in Poland (2-week Travel Guide)

Poland is creative, artsy, and colorful, with beautifully preserved traditions and buildings and friendly locals. That’s right, Poland is often overlooked as a travel destination, stereotyped as boring, grey, and industrial, however, that’s far from true! Rent a car and drive around Poland exploring its epic national parks, cities full of candy-colored mansions, beautiful sandy beaches, and folk art villages. Enjoy following this Poland travel route.

Poland Travel Itinerary

Poland is totally underrated! Because of this, there aren’t the crowds of tourists you’d expect in places like Italy or France . In popular cities like Krakow and Gdansk , you may find crowds but once you hit the open road Poland is peaceful and quiet.

We recommend to rent a car in Poland through Sunny Cars with free cancellation and insurance included. Book your rental car here .

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The two main airports are Warsaw and Krakow, so depending on which airport you are flying into, you may want to alter this 2-week Poland itinerary.

Alternative route: The itinerary starts and ends in Warsaw. However, if Krakow is your starting point, you can follow this loop: Krakow > Wroclaw > Gdansk > Warsaw > Zalipie > Krakow

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Day 1-2: Warsaw

Prepare to be blown away by unexpected Warsaw! Despite the mass bombings during World War II, the city has a rebuilt, colorful old town, as well as younger, more cosmopolitan areas with street art and a neon museum.

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Spend the night in Warsaw exploring the old town squares, the city markets, and the surprising creative hipster neighborhood!

Read: How to spend 24-hours in Warsaw

Where to Stay in Warsaw

The old town in Warsaw is the best area to stay, as it situates you close to all the historical sites and top things to do in the city. You can also search for hotels in the Srodmiescie district .

Hotels in Warsaw 😴

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Tip: Another great area to stay is in the newer zone of Warsaw. We stayed here on our trip – at Hotel Metropol .

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Zalipie painted village – One of the best things to do in Poland

On your way from Warsaw to Krakow, make a stop at the hidden gem of Poland: Zalipie painted village ! The village is a little off the direct route but is well worth the journey.

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For years, the women of the village have painted everything with floral patterns, from walls and doors to garden sheds and fences. The village is a must-see to get some great photos and to better understand the unique folk culture of Poland.

Getting here: From Warsaw to Zalipie, the journey by car takes 3.5 hours.

Read more: Zalipie painted village, most beautiful village in Poland

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Day 3-5: Krakow – Best of the Poland Travel Guide

Krakow is the most popular city in Poland, and for a good reason! It is known for its charming cobblestone squares and streets, incredible restaurants, yearly Christmas markets, and historic neighborhoods.

Here’s:   how to spend 3 days in Krakow!

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Most importantly of all, it is known for its close proximity to Auschwitz – one of the largest Nazi concentration camps where over a million Jews lost their lives. We highly recommend setting aside one of your days in Krakow to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau .

See tickets and availability for a tour to Auschwitz

Additionally, visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines and discover the huge underground chambers over 300 km in size!

Where to Stay in Krakow

Krakow’s old town is the most popular area to stay in. However, hotels are generally more affordable outside the old city walls.

Hotels in Krakow 😴

Ruumz Bed & Rest

Alternatively, stay in the hipster neighborhood of Kazimierz – one of the best areas for art galleries and vintage stores!

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Warsaw to Krakow : Driving directly to Krakow from Warsaw takes 3.5 hours, however, we recommend making a stop in Zalipie painted village. From Zalipie to Krakow the drive is 1.5 hours. Public transport: There are also direct fast trains leaving Warsaw to Krakow daily that take 2.5 hours or take the bus in 4 hours. ( Search here for trains to Krakow )

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Day 6-7: Wroclaw

Wroclaw , pronounced ‘vrots-wahf’, is a city that’s full of quirky sights, traditions, and stories. From hunting the gnomes hidden all around the city to watching the famous lamplighter, there is always a different and exciting activity on offer here.

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The small old town itself is also beautiful, in true Polish style, with its colored grand townhouses, cobbled squares, and incredible cathedrals. What’s more, it lies close to Książ Castle in Poland and the incredible Adrspach-Teplice park in the Czech Republic !

Read: Wroclaw city trip guide

Krakow to Wroclaw: 3 hours driving. Alternatively, there is also a 4-hour direct train.

Where to Stay in Wroclaw

Wroclaw is a fairly small city, so you can stay in most places and be close to all the best things to do. For the best of everything, stay in the Old Town, where all the most beautiful buildings are located.

Hotels in Wroclaw 😴

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Day 8-10: Poznan or Lodz

Break up your journey up north to Gdansk with a stop at either Poznan or Lodz. Both cities are a 2.5-hour drive from Wroclaw.

Poznan has one of Poland’s postcard-perfect town squares, including a beautiful town hall. See the town hall’s clock at noon to see two mechanical goats headbutt each other twelve times. This city is the perfect example of the old and new Poland .

Here are all your hotel options in Poznan.

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Alternatively, visit Lodz, a city that is still a bit hidden from tourism. Former factories in the city now house delicious restaurants and hipster bars. The industrial look goes well with the stunning street art pieces that are spread throughout the city.

Here are all your hotel options in Lodz.

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Day 11-13: Gdansk

Gdansk, situated in the very north of Poland , is the perfect city to close your Poland travel itinerary. It’s probably the most colorful of all the Polish cities so far, with its endless rows of rainbow-colored mansions and ornate carvings.

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On top of that, allow yourself one full day to explore the countryside around Gdansk. For example, the beautiful Sopot beach, the stunning Kepa Redlowska National Park, and the circular fortress at the mouth of the Vistula River.

Discover: all the best things to do in Gdansk!

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Getting to Gdansk : It’s a long drive from Poznan or Lodz to Gdansk of about 4 hours. If you don’t have a car, there are trains departing from both cities towards Gdansk.

Where to Stay in Gdansk

Stay anywhere inside the Old Town to soak up the charming atmosphere of the historical city and be close to all the top things to do in Gdansk.

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Day 14: Ending your Poland Road Trip

Beforehand, check if you have the option to fly back home from Gdansk ( Check here ). Gdansk has a limited selection of international flights. If you don’t have that option, head back to Warsaw for your flight, which takes 4 hours by car or 3.5 hours by train.

Book your train tickets to Warsaw in advance

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Costs of Traveling in Poland

Traveling in Poland is really cheap! Direct trains can cost anything between 15-30 USD, and buses for a fraction of that price. Food and drink are particularly cheap, with a traditional Polish meal of Pierogi costing as little as 4 USD!

Travel on a budget in Poland, from $340 − $450 USD weekly per person, mid-range $630 − $1390 USD, and high-end from $1380 − $1990 USD. However, costs depend on factors like accommodation, transportation, and activities. We did not include flights. Check flight prices here

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How to Get Around Poland

Getting around Poland is really easy, with great public transport connections that are very reasonably priced. However, the distances between cities are long, so it’s worth renting a car so you can explore off-the-beaten-path destinations on your Poland travel route.

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Best Time to Visit Poland

The spring between March and June is a great time to visit Poland. The temperatures are pleasant, and the flowers are in bloom, so you can drive through beautiful green countryside full of wildflowers.

June is a wonderful time to come if you want to also witness the famous Zalipie painted cottage competition!

Christmas Markets in Poland

Poland is also famous for its cold, snowy winters and amazing Christmas markets. Visiting in December is a really special time, as you can see the variation of Christmas traditions from town to town, stunning twinkling lights, and frozen lakes.

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Hi Hannah and Nick! Thank you for presenting my home country so beautifully! <3. I haven't been to a few cities myself, so this post is super useful! If you ever back to Poland – would also recommend to check out the Masuria District (Lakes), Tatra Mountains, Bledow Desert and Lower Silesia district. Forever love your content guys! Great job! Keep it going :) Take care!

Hi Aleksandra, ah, fantastic recommendations! We hope to be able to return and explore more of Poland!

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Fully Guided Tours & Trips in Poland

Find the right fully guided tour for you in Poland. There are 35 trips to choose from, that range from 5 days in length, up to 16 days. The month with the most departures is August, making it the most popular time to visit Poland.

35 Fully Guided tour packages in Poland with 518 reviews

Highlights of Southern Poland Tour

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Highlights of Southern Poland

The Poland tour was excellent! The group leader Beata was awesome and all guidance, planning and itinerary was wonderful. Totally recommended!!

Best of Poland (11 Days) Tour

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Walking Adventure
  • Sightseeing

Best of Poland (11 Days)

Outstanding tour guides, Kate, Sylvia and Robrick. They all worked so hard behind the scenes to make the trip so smooth and fun. Great choice of attractions, accommodations, meals and schedule. Knowledge of country and attention to details was amazing. Highly recommend this travel team and this tour for anyone wanting a great tour of Poland. Many Thanks, Randy and Diana Rickard
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Highlights of Poland (Classic, 10 Days) Tour

Highlights of Poland (Classic, 10 Days)

Poland is a great country, however the itinerary is much too structured and fast-paced. There was no time to just enjoy the city without getting information overload. Everything was on a strict time constraint. There needs to be in a change in the itinerary, and for the price that was paid I much rather go with another tour operator. That being said I will say the food and the accommodation work great as well as the tour leader.

Highlights of Poland Tour

Highlights of Poland

Thanks for a great trip, we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was my first time with Explore, and I was impressed. Already looking at booking one with you for next year.
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Portrait of Poland Tour

Portrait of Poland

Overall, the tour was wonderful. A lot was squeezed into the 7 days. There were a few stops we would like to have spent more time at. The evening included meals were average or below average- it would have been nice to have more local cuisine. Breakfast meals were good; the breakfast buffet at the Regent Warsaw Hotel was excellent. Our tour guide Kasia was very knowledgeable & engaging - she did an excellent job! Really enjoyed her commentary & she was so helpful.

Tailor-Made Private Trip to Southern Poland with Daily Departure Tour

  • Christmas & New Year

Tailor-Made Private Trip to Southern Poland with Daily Departure

  • Book With Flexibility This operator allows you to rebook your dates or tours with them for free, waiving change fees.

Tailor-Made Private Poland Tour with Daily Departure Tour

Tailor-Made Private Poland Tour with Daily Departure

The best of Poland in 7 days (Guaranteed departure) Tour

The best of Poland in 7 days (Guaranteed departure)

Highlights of Poland - 7 Days Tour

Highlights of Poland - 7 Days

Poland Discovery - 7 Days Tour

Poland Discovery - 7 Days

Grand Tour of Poland Tour

Grand Tour of Poland

It was a well designed tour, so much to see in a short time. it was wonderful, especially since we had the best tour guide, Anna was exceptional, She was a walking history book. I learned so much about Poland, the land crabs and politics I was so impressed. I started to read more and I will prepare the perogies this month, this was a fun thing we did. Thank you to the restaurant and the waiter who help us through the demonstration.

The Polish Dream Tour Tour

The Polish Dream Tour

Poland: Carpathian Mountains Guided Walk Tour

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  • Mountain Hikes

Poland: Carpathian Mountains Guided Walk

Camino de Santiago: the Scenic Portuguese Route Tour

Camino de Santiago: the Scenic Portuguese Route

Discovering Poland Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw & Kraków (Warsaw to Krakow) (2024) Tour

Discovering Poland Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw & Kraków (Warsaw to Krakow) (2024)

What people love about fully guided tours in poland.

Everything was outstanding. Coach, Kate (tour guide), all other guides (except one), hotels, meals, itineraries, driver, sights, tours. Two issues. Our Auschwitz tour guide had a very, very pronounced accent and spoke very quickly making it difficult to understand him. Extremely knowledgeable but needs to slow down his speech. Loved that every tour guide throughout the country was a "local". The other issue was that the optional tours available were charged in Euros and not Polish money. Other than those "minor issues" the tour was truly outstanding, interesting, educational and fun!
Poland was an amazing country. The people are resilient and welcoming. The itinerary was packed and it might be nice to have a few late mornings. All local experts were knowledgeable, approachable and honest about their country. We were surprised initially that the tour had 40 people, we anticipated “ small group” to mean 10 - 15, however we have made several new friends.

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Underrated but increasingly popular, Poland offers a huge amount for travellers of all stripes – from the stunning old towns of Krakow, Zamość, Gdańsk and Wroclaw to the wilderness of the Białowieża National Park with its ubiquitous buffalos and epic vistas.

Home to Europe’s most infamous ghetto, Warsaw was almost totally destroyed during WWII, but the Polish capital is modernising fast. Today the city blends Soviet architecture and contemporary styles, with a painstakingly recreated old town and an upbeat, progressive population.

Perhaps the country's biggest draw, though, is Krakow. The country's former royal capital is a wonderfully preserved architectural marvel that has somehow managed to survive Poland’s many wars. Even the Nazis thought it was too beautiful to bomb. Jam-packed with churches, monasteries and abbeys in Gothic and Renaissance styles, the city became the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 (an honour it shared with Quito, Ecuador).

Beyond Krakow are numerous signs of Poland’s proud cultural heritage: Łódź and its famous film school, from which Roman Polański and Krzysztof Kieślowski graduated; Toruń, the hometown of astronomer Nicholas Copernicus; and Warsaw, which lays claim to Marie Curie and Frederick Chopin. The country's biggest port and northern boomtown, Gdańsk, is best known as the birthplace of Lech Wałęsa's Solidarity movement, which led the country into democracy in 1989.

Poland's scenic beauty is as varied as it is extraordinary. The Baltic coast is pretty, while Słowiński National Park is all ethereal forests, bogs and sand dunes. The Great Masurian Lakes in the northeast are popular for kayakers, with hundreds of pristine lakes broken up by dense forest. The Krakow-Wielun Upland with its limestone caves and medieval castles is another highlight, while the Carpathian Mountains in the far south are unremittingly beautiful.

And the food? Polish cuisine is hearty and filling, rich in meat and game. Thick soups such as Zurek are delicious, as are pierogi, or Polish dumplings. And as for the Polish vodka, one of the finest types in the world, what better way to wash all that rich food down?

312,685 sq km (120,728 sq miles).

38,593,161 (UN estimate 2016).

123.3 per sq km.

President Andrzej Duda since 2015.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk since 2023.

Travel Advice

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ( FCDO ) provides advice about risks of travel to help British nationals make informed decisions. Find out more about FCDO travel advice .

Ukraine-Poland border

FCDO  advises against all but essential travel to the following western regions (oblasts) of Ukraine: 

  • Zakarpattia 
  • Ivano-Frankivsk 
  • Chernivtsi 

FCDO advises against all travel to within 50km of the borders of Volyn, Rivne and Zhytomyr with Belarus and the rest of Ukraine.

For the latest information, check the Ukraine travel advice. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing. Russian military strikes have taken place in Ukraine within 20km of the Polish border. Access to the border is restricted. See  safety and security .

Before you travel

No travel can be guaranteed safe. Read all the advice in this guide as well as support for British nationals abroad which includes:

  • advice on preparing for travel abroad and reducing risks
  • information for women, LGBT+ and disabled travellers

Follow and contact FCDO travel on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram . You can also sign up to get email notifications when this advice is updated.

Travel insurance

If you choose to travel, research your destinations and get appropriate travel insurance . Insurance should cover your itinerary, planned activities and expenses in an emergency.

This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Poland set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact Poland’s embassy or consulate in the UK .

COVID-19 rules

Countries may restrict travel or bring in rules at short notice. Check with your travel provider for changes.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to get treatment there.

Read TravelHealthPro’s general COVID-19 advice for travellers .

Passport validity requirements

To travel to Poland, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements .

To enter Poland (and all Schengen countries) your passport must:

  • have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive. Passports issued after 1 October 2018 are now valid for only 10 years, but for passports issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added if you renewed a passport early
  • have an ‘expiry date’ at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave

Contact the Polish embassy in the UK if your passport does not meet both these requirements.

Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document, or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.

Dual Nationals

If you are also a Polish national (dual nationality), you must enter and exit Poland using a Polish passport or Polish national identity card. There are regular cases of Polish border guards allowing dual nationals to enter on their British passport, but only allowing exit using a valid Polish passport or Polish ID card.

Children born to Polish national or British-Polish dual national parents in the UK are automatically granted Polish citizenship, regardless of the child’s place of birth, and the requirement to exit Poland using valid Polish documentation will apply.

Find more information on how to apply for a Polish passport in the UK before travelling to Poland from the Polish Embassy in London (in Polish). Check with the Polish Embassy in London if in doubt about your circumstances.

Passport stamping

Make sure you get your passport stamped.

If you’re a visitor, your passport must be stamped when you enter or leave the Schengen area (which includes Poland). Border guards will use passport stamps to check you haven’t overstayed the 90-day visa-free limit for stays in the Schengen area. If your passport was not stamped, border guards will presume you have overstayed the visa-free limit.

If your passport was not stamped, show evidence of when and where you entered or left the Schengen area (for example, boarding passes or tickets) and ask the border guards to add the date and location in your passport.

If you live in Poland, read our Living in Poland guide for passport stamping information.

At the Polish border, you may need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay

If you live in Poland, see our Living in Poland guide for entry requirements and the Polish Border Guards guidance .

Visa requirements

You can travel to countries in the Schengen area (including Poland) for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel:

  • as a tourist
  • to visit family or friends
  • to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events
  • for short-term studies or training

If you are travelling to Poland and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

To stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Polish government’s entry requirements. Check with the Polish Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit you may need.

If you are travelling to Poland for work , read the guidance on visas and permits.

If you stay in Poland with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

Vaccination requirements (other than COVID-19)

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and certificates you need in TravelHealthPro’s Poland guide .

Customs rules

There are strict rules about goods that can be brought into and taken out of Poland. You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

Taking food and drink into the EU

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries. There are some exceptions for medical reasons, for example certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food needed for medical reasons.  Check the rules about taking food and drink into the EU  on the European Commission website.

There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism .

Terrorism in Poland

Terrorist attacks in Poland cannot be ruled out.

Ukraine border

For the latest information, check the Ukraine travel advice . There have been Russian military strikes in Ukraine within 20km of the Polish border. In 2022, there was an explosion in Przewodów near the Ukrainian border killing 2 Polish nationals.

The main border crossing points to enter Poland from Ukraine can be found on the  Ukrainian government website . Prepare for potential long delays at border crossings.

Access to within 15 metres of the Polish border with Ukraine is restricted. Follow this limitation at all times outside of designated border crossing points and follow the instructions of Polish authorities if you are in this area.

If you have arrived in Poland from Ukraine and are in need of assistance, call +48 22 311 0000 or +44 1908 516666 and select the option for ‘consular services for British nationals’. You can also send an enquiry using the  web contact form .

Other Polish borders

Border checkpoints may close or implement restrictions at short notice and other disruption is possible. Check the Polish Border Guards guidance (in Polish) and follow the instructions of the Polish authorities if you are in these areas.

Political situation and demonstrations

Public demonstrations are common. Marches and gatherings are mostly peaceful and well-policed, but take extra care in crowded places. Demonstrations can attract violence. Monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Racially motivated attacks

Most visitors do not experience any difficulties. Serious crime against foreigners is rare, but crimes do occur and in some cases attacks have been racially motivated.

Protecting your belongings

Be alert to street crime and petty theft. Foreigners can be seen as easy targets. Keep valuables and cash out of sight, especially:

  • in crowded areas
  • in tourist spots
  • at main rail stations and on all train services and overnight sleeper trains

Unofficial taxi drivers

Unofficial taxi drivers often overcharge. Passengers have been attacked, including sexual assaults, in unofficial taxis and cars booked using ride share apps. See further advice from the Polish police (in Polish) .

Do not use unofficial taxis. Official taxis will:

  • have the name and telephone number of the taxi company on the door and top of the taxi
  • show a rate card on the window of the vehicle

Taxis with a crest but no company name are not official.

Take precautions, particularly at night or if you are alone.

Drink and food spiking

Victims of spiked drinks have been robbed in bars and clubs. Be careful about taking drinks from strangers or leaving your drink or food unattended.

Overcharging in bars

Check your bill carefully when buying drinks in bars and nightclubs. Visitors have been overcharged large amounts when paying for drinks by debit or credit card.

Sexual assault

There is advice for victims of rape or sexual assault in Poland .

Laws and cultural differences

Dual nationals.

Dual Polish-British nationals will be treated as a Polish national if arrested or detained by the Polish authorities.

Alcohol laws

It is illegal to drink alcohol in public places. If caught, you might be fined.

If you are drunk in a public place, you could be taken to a clinic to be medically assessed. You will have to stay there until you are sober, including overnight. You will have to pay for the cost of your stay.

LGBT+ travellers

Small towns and rural areas can be less tolerant towards LGBT+ travellers. There are gay and LGBT+-friendly restaurants, clubs and bars in many towns and cities including Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk and Sopot.

Same-sex relationships are legal and same sex partners can live together, but same-sex marriages and civil partnerships are not recognised under Polish law.

Read more advice for LGBT+ travellers .

You could be fined if you are caught jaywalking.


Avoid taking photographs of military or other security installations and other buildings or items of national infrastructure where there are signs prohibiting photography.

Transport risks

Wear reflective clothing.

Walkers and cyclists must wear a reflective item at night in non built-up areas. You may be held responsible if you are involved in an accident and not wearing a reflective item. You could be fined 100 Polish zloty (around £20) if you don’t have a reflective item.

Public transport

Validate a public transport ticket at the start of a journey. You will be fined if you travel on an invalid or unvalidated ticket.

Road travel

If you are planning to drive in Poland, see information on driving abroad and read the RAC guide .

Poland is a major east-west transit route for heavy vehicles. The road network is being constantly upgraded, and roadworks are frequent, particularly in summer. Even some main roads between major towns and cities can be narrow and poorly surfaced, making driving after dark particularly challenging.

Most car rental companies will not allow you to take your hire car across the Poland/Ukraine border.

Licences and permits

You can drive in Poland with your UK photocard driving licence without the need for an international driving permit ( IDP ).

If you’re living in Poland, check the Living in Poland guide for information on the rules for residents.

When driving, always have your:

  • driving licence
  • car registration papers
  • car ownership papers
  • insurance papers

You will need to show these documents if you are stopped by the police or if you cross non-Schengen borders. This includes rental vehicles. If you do not have these papers the police may take your vehicle and charge you for this. If you drive a vehicle in Poland it must meet local technical requirements.

Driving a British car abroad

You may need a UK sticker to drive your car outside the UK. From 2021 UK stickers have replaced GB stickers. Check guidance on displaying number plates for more information on what to do if you are driving outside the UK.

You may need to pay a road toll on some parts of motorways, expressways and national roads. More information is available on the toll operator website .

Before you travel check that:

  • your destination can provide the healthcare you may need
  • you have appropriate travel insurance for local treatment or unexpected medical evacuation

This is particularly important if you have a health condition or are pregnant.

Emergency medical number

Telephone 112 and ask for an ambulance.

Contact your insurance or medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

For more information read guidance on healthcare when travelling in Europe .

Vaccinations and health risks

At least 8 weeks before your trip check:

  • the latest information on vaccinations and health risks in TravelHealthPro’s Poland guide
  • where to get vaccines and whether you have to pay on the NHS travel vaccinations page

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or bought in the UK can be different in other countries.

Read best practice when travelling with medicines on TravelHealthPro .

The NHS has information on whether you can take your medicine abroad .

Healthcare facilities in Poland

Public medical facilities in Poland are similar to those in the UK. Private medical facilities are less expensive than the UK.

You can view a list of English speaking doctors in Poland .

Health insurance cards

Apply for a free UK Global Health Insurance Card ( GHIC ) or European Health Insurance Card ( EHIC ) before leaving the UK. If you already have an EHIC , it will still be valid as long as it remains in date.

The GHIC or EHIC entitles you to state-provided medical treatment necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Poland nationals. If you do not have your card with you or you’ve lost it, contact the NHS Overseas Healthcare Team .

It’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance for your needs. A GHIC or EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and have both before you travel. A GHIC or EHIC does not cover all health-related costs, for example, medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment. Read more about what your travel insurance should cover .

GHIC and EHIC cover state healthcare only, not private treatment. You will be responsible for the cost of any treatment provided by a private doctor or private clinic.

Travel and mental health

Read FCDO guidance on travel and mental health . There is also mental health guidance on TravelHealthPro .

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ( FCDO ) cannot provide tailored advice for individual trips. Read this travel advice and carry out your own research before deciding whether to travel.

Emergency services in Poland

Ambulance: 999

Police: 997

Contact your travel provider and insurer

Contact your travel provider and your insurer if you are involved in a serious incident or emergency abroad. They will tell you if they can help and what you need to do.

Refunds and changes to travel

For refunds or changes to travel, contact your travel provider. You may also be able to make a claim through insurance. However, insurers usually require you to talk to your travel provider first.

Find out more about changing or cancelling travel plans , including:

  • where to get advice if you are in a dispute with a provider
  • how to access previous versions of travel advice to support a claim

Support from FCDO

FCDO has guidance on staying safe and what to do if you need help or support abroad, including:

  • finding English-speaking lawyers , funeral directors , and translators and interpreters in Poland
  • dealing with a death in Poland
  • being arrested in Poland
  • getting help if you’re a victim of crime
  • what to do if you’re in hospital
  • if you are affected by a crisis , such as a terrorist attack

Contacting FCDO

Follow and contact FCDO travel on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram . You can also sign up to get email notifications when this travel advice is updated.

Help abroad in an emergency

If you are abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission .

You can also contact FCDO online .

FCDO in London

You can call FCDO in London if you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad.

Telephone: 020 7008 5000 (24 hours)

Find out about call charges

Risk information for British companies

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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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.

Cerkiew św. Ducha w Białymstoku

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…


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.

Wydmy w Słowińskim Parku Narodowym

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.

Centrum Słowian i Wikingów w Wolinie

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.


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…


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.


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.

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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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Daily budget Basic €25/occasional treat €35. Drink Vodka (50ml shot) €1. Food Żurek soup €2–3. Hostel/budget hotel €10/€30. Travel Train: Warsaw–Kraków €13; bus: €10.

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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.

Poland is a very safe country to travel in, though inevitably thefts from dorms and pickpocketing do occur. Safely store your valuables whenever possible and, on night trains, lock your compartment when you sleep. Polish police ( policja ) are courteous but unlikely to speak English. Your best protection against crime is to take out travel insurance before you go. If you do have anything stolen, report the loss to the police as soon as possible, and be patient – the Polish police rarely speak English, and filling out a report can take ages. The chances of getting your gear back are virtually zero.

Poles are obliged to carry some form of ID with them at all times. You should always keep your passport with you, even though you’re unlikely to get stopped unless you’re in a car; Western numberplates provide the excuse for occasional unprovoked spot checks. It’s also a good idea to make a photocopy of the final, information-bearing page of your passport. This will help your consulate to issue a replacement document if you’re unlucky enough to have it stolen.

Police 997 (112 from mobile phones); fire service998; ambulance 999

Medical care can be basic and most foreigners rely on the expensive private medical centres run by Medicover (500 900 500, ). For non-prescription medication, local pharmacists are helpful and often speak English. Citizens of the EU are entitled to free emergency healthcare in Poland providing they have an EHIC card, obtainable in the UK from most post offices or online at; and in Ireland at local health offices or online at Lengthy courses of treatment (as well as any prescribed drugs) must be paid for, however, so it’s sensible to take out adequate health insurance. North Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders must arrange full insurance before leaving home.

Inoculations are not required for a trip to Poland. Drinking tap water is perfectly safe.

Most cities have a tourist office ( informacja turystyczna , or IT), usually run by the local municipality, though some are merely private agencies selling tours.

Travellers with GSM mobile phones will find that almost all of Poland enjoys coverage – apart from the odd remote mountain valley. Public payphones are operated by a card (karta telefoniczna), bought at post offices and Ruch kiosks, the latter usually marginally more expensive. To make a collect call, go to a post office, write down the number you want and “Rozmówa R” and show it to the clerk. Remember, too, that calls from hotels are usually far more expensive than calls from a payphone.

Internet cafés are fairly ubiquitous in Poland, and are listed in the Guide where relevant. Usage rarely costs more than 4zł/hr. The official tourist website with general details on Poland’s major sights and visa information. Polish radio’s English-language service, focusing on national news and current events. News and essays on Polish cultural events and history.

Currency is the złoty (zł/PLN), divided into 100 groszy. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 groszy, and 1, 2 and 5 złoty denominations; notes as 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 złoty. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and ATMs are common in cities. Euros are not widely accepted, even in Warsaw.

Most shops open on weekdays from 10am to 6pm, and all but the largest close on Saturday at 2 or 3pm and all day Sunday. RUCH kiosks, selling public transport tickets ( bilety ), open at 6 or 7am. Most museums and historic monuments are closed once a week. Entrance tends to be inexpensive, and is often free one day of the week. Public holidays are: January 1, Easter Monday, May 1, May 3, Corpus Christi (May/June), August 15, November 1, November 11, December 25 and 26.

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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 :


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).


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 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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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 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 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


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 (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 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 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 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.

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