Holidays & city breaks to Poland
Poland is a large country in central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west, Slovakia and Czech Republic to the south and Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine to the East. The Baltic Sea runs along Poland’s northern border, making it accessible from Scandanavia and Russia and can be visited on Baltic Cruise holidays from the sea. Poland is a facinating country offering much for the outdoor enthusiast, trekking some of it’s many mountains (there are 70 over 2000m) and cycling holidays are a great way to see the countryside and Krakow and Warsaw both make great city breaks.
The Carpathian mountain range covers much of Poland (and bordering Slovakia), formed when glaciation shaped northern Europe and there are plenty of ice age river valleys. The highest point of Poland is in the High Tatras, the Tatras being a vast mountain group which are a haven for hiking holidays. This is a fabulous area for winter activity holidays with the family too. Some of the most beautiful mountain areas lie in the south east at Bieszczady. Popular tourist spots for natural history holidays include the Gorce National Park and Pieniny National Park. Ancient woodlands provide vital habitats for species such as the Brown Bear, Grey Wolf, Eurasian Lynx, Moose and Beavers. There are also several deer species and wild boars. Poland is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds of Europe, especially in the lakes and wetland areas along the Biebrza, Narew and Warta.
Warsaw is the capital and is a born again city, having been almost totally destroyed in World War II. Much work has been done on restoring and re-building the history of Warsaw. The old town has cobbled streets and an impressive Gothic Cathedral and there are several palaces and parks around the city. The National Gallery has many examples of Polish art and the Polish National Opera perform at Wiekl Theatre, the largest stage in Europe.
A twin centre city break can be had combining Warsaw with Krakow being less than three hours apart by train. It’s possible to access Poland by rail journeys from all over Europe and it’s also a connecting point into Russia on the trans-siberian route. Krakow is to the south of Poland and is an atmospheric medieval city which has been well preserved and escaped mass destruction. It’s the cultural centure of Poland with plenty of concert halls, art galleries, museums and churches and is a university city which comes alive at night with many restaurants, jazz clubs and cellar bars. Music lovers will enjoy the State Opera House ask about tickets to the ballet here.
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