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A Trip to Poland

Poland, a country in the heart of Europe, is the sixth most populous Member State of the European Union.  

Poland is a multi-faceted country and tourists visiting may choose to take a trip to the mountains in the south or enjoy the splendid beaches in the north.

Zakopane and Tatra mountains

The Tatra mountains known as the Polish Alps, are considered the highest mountain range in Poland measuring approximately fifty–three kilometres high. This mountain range is located to the south bordering the Slovakian Tatra mountains. If you are the adventurous type, then the Tatra mountains will be the right destination for you. Tourists may choose to go for skiing, hiking, rock climbing, cave exploration, cycling and paragliding, amongst other activities.

Tourists heading to the Tatra mountains normally book their accommodation in the town of Zakopane. It is situated in the northern part of the Alps and is the biggest and most popular skiing resort in Europe. The town hosts an average of three million holidaymakers a year and consists of various hotels, inns and hostels which you can choose from. Situated in the centre of this town, is the Krupówki street where locals and tourists get to enjoy the city’s nightlife and the open restaurants, bars and shops.

Krakow

Krakow, one of the spectacular cities of Poland was the official capital of the country until 1596. The main square is one of Krakow’s unique attractions. Unlike the usual city town squares, Krakow is one of the few medieval towns in Poland that do not have a historic town hall in its main square. The square is the ideal spot to indulge in some of the finest gourmet restaurants and quality pubs of the city.

Another popular destination for tourists visiting Krakow, is the Wawel Royal Castle. It is by far the most important building in Poland. The Wawel Royal castle was the residence of the polish kings and was built by the order of King Casimir III the Great.

The castle is perched on top of a hill and consists of seventy-one chambers. Inside the castle, one notices the impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, ancient tapestries, armoury, arms and goldsmith’s artefacts. This castle also hosts one of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous paintings the ‘Lady with an Ermine’.

Another impressive landmark of Krakow is the church of the Virgin Mary. The church is built in gothic style and is made out of bricks. The facade of the church is composed of two towers measuring 69 and 82 meters in height. When visiting the church, we recommend that you climb the wooden steps inside the Basilica to enjoy the panoramic view of the city of Krakow.

Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland’s capital city stands on the Vistula River in the eastern part of the country. Since World War II began with the invasion of Poland, Warsaw is renowned as the city which was intensely destructed by the Nazis. After the war, Warsaw had to be rebuilt from scratch.

One of the famous streets in Warsaw is Krakowskie Przedmiescie. In this street, strollers get to enjoy marvellous views of the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University and baroque churches.

Another interesting landmark of the city is Wilanow Palace. The Wilanow Palace was built as a home for King John III Sobieski. Luckily for the Polish, this jewel castle survived World War II mostly unscathed. The castle was eventually converted into a museum containing some of the artistic monuments of the country and royal heritage. During the summer months, the palace hosts several music concerts in the garden.

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