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Following a long history of outside influences, Poland now stands on its own as a robust nation of unspoiled countryside, bustling urban centres and friendly residents. Warsaw, destroyed in WWII, was rebuilt to become the nation’s resilient capital and manufacturing centre. Krakow, called ‘the cultural capital’, has a historical Old Town packed with galleries, coffee shops and cultural monuments.
Food and drink
Beetroot soup, pierogi (Polish dumplings) and stuffed cabbage rolls can be found in bar mleczny (’milk bars’), communist-era remnants that serve cheap Polish fare. In Krakow, bagels are common, as is oscypek, a salty hard cheese that goes well with its pilsner lagers. While the vodka flows freely, Poles are also big tea and coffee drinkers.
For local wares like amber jewellery and sheepskin rugs, check out Rynek Główny, the centuries-old market in Krakow’s Old Town. Warsaw has three large shopping malls where you can get Western brands at a cheaper price than in many other European countries. Both cities also have extensive Christmas markets.
Things to see and do
- Kazimierz - Trace Krakow’s medieval and Jewish past in this historic, UNESCO-listed district.
- Palace of Culture and Science - Warsaw’s best panoramic views are from atop this building, Stalin’s gift to the city.
- Warsaw Uprising Museum - Details city life during WWII, including how the capital’s residents bravely resisted German forces for two months.
- Wawel Royal Castle & Cathedral - In Krakow, the medieval royal seat is a trove of national treasures. Poland’s kings, queens, bishops and various national heroes are buried in the cathedral.
- Fabryka Schindlera (Schindler’s Factory) - State-of-the-art museum about Krakow’s Nazi occupation on the site of Oskar Schindler’s factory, made famous in the film Schindler’s List.
- Take a day to visit the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, 50 kilometres from Krakow.
- Relax in Warsaw’s Lazienki Park, with its magnificent gardens, ponds and 18th-century, neoclassical palace.
- Cruise down Krakow’s Vistula River to admire the Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral, Tyniec Abbey and Bielany Priory.
- Sample Polish vodka or a local craft beer before hitting a Warsaw nightclub.
Poland Blog posts
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29th January 2021 by PommieTravelsSpectacular festivals in Krakow
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26th January 2021 by TravelDaveExplore the old Baltic coastal town of Gdansk, Poland
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28th May 2019 by While I'm Young27 reasons to visit Warsaw for your next city break
I have to admit that Poland’s capital had never been high on my list of places to visit. I booked flights on a whim then immediately wondered why I hadn’t spent the cash on a trip to say, the former capital Krakow, which everyone knows is a fun destination. But Warsaw? Not gonna lie, I hadn’t heard much hype....
28th May 2019 by While I'm YoungThe best bars in Warsaw, Poland: A drinker’s guide
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28th May 2019 by While I'm YoungThree days in Warsaw: A complete itinerary
I recently spent three days in Warsaw and I’ve come back filled with an enthusiasm for the destination that I wasn’t expecting. I hadn’t heard too much online hype about Poland’s capital before my trip, but cheap flights lured me to book a city break in Warsaw and I’m so glad I took a chance on the place, instead of heading to more widely raved about Krakow. With over 70 museums, a picture-perfect Old Town and a plethora of cheap, unique bars (three nights in Warsaw was barely enough...
19th January 2021 by JohnDiscover the cheapest destinations in Europe for your next holiday
There’s no doubt about it, travel throughout Europe can be an expensive addition to your budget.Some of the world’s most famous destinations, including Italy, France and Spain, are absolutely fabulous, but can easily stretch the wallet on accommodation alone. But, never fear, the team at Simply Holiday Deals has come to the rescue, with a map of the cheapest destinations in Europe, based on the Europe Backpacker Index for 2015.Based on good quality hostels, the price of daily meals, drinks...
23rd February 2021 by AndyEuropes best white sand beaches
Have you been dreaming of long, hot days relaxing on powder-white sand with a good book and nothing to think about but when you’ll have your next swim? We’ve put together a list of some of Europe’s best white sand beaches to inspire you to get out the flip-flops and head off on a sunny escape.Navagio BeachZante, Greek Islands - Navagio Beach, or ‘Shipwreck Beach’ is on the coast of Zakynthos (Zante), in the Ionian Islands. It’s an isolated, white sand cove, home to the shipwreck,...
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