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Traveling around Poland is a joy!

Officially the Republic of Poland (Polish: Rzeczpospolita Polska) is ideally located in central Europe, with the Baltic sea to the North, various European mountains to the South and lakes, wetlands landscape ideal for fishing can be found in the middle and northeast of Poland.

 

When looking for information about specific place, town, village or city do bare in mind that a region name might be required as Poland is divided into territorial and administrative area referred to as - wojewódzwta - Voivoidship regions as indicated on the Poland map above.

Amazingly nearly the whole of Poland is under patronage of UNESCO World Heritage Site, which indicates that there is a lot of historical relics, natural resources and protected sites.

There is a good choice of adventure activities, natural health spa resorts, creative and cultural city events including legendary folklore regional perfomances that are favorite with Poles as well as International visitors.

Let just say that in Poland there is something for everyone all year round!

During the summer travel around Baltic sea, Pomerania region, especially the Trio-City (GDANSK + GDYNIA + SOPOT) and pass by all coastal little villages like Jantar; during winter one can do hiking and skiing in the mountains south of Poland Tatry or Bieszczady in regions of Malopolska or Podkarpackie; in spring and autumn either kayaking/sailing or just walking around the lakes of Mazury in the region of Warminsko Mazurskie with it's capital city Olsztyn and Dolnoslaski in South-West of Poland holds many natural Theraphy spas. More information on individual historical cities of Poland.

Main currency is in Polish Zlotych, with biggest banknote of 100 zl and smallest 1groszy. The exchange rate varies (summer 2008) it is at about £1 = approximetly 5zl, which can be exchanged in the Banks or in CANTOR, Buro the Change.

 

Warszawa - Warsaw - Capital of Poland since 1596, region Mazowiecki, has a lot to offer from the past as well as present including the Chopin International Piano Festival. Find out more about Tours in Warsaw from the official website.

Kraków - An old Polish Capital City from 1030's to 1500 century, region Malopolski, in south-eastern Poland full of history and the home of Polish Kings and the late Pontiff John Paul II, known in Poland as Karol Wojtyla who between 1948-51 was the vicar of various parishes in Cracow as well as chaplain for the university students until his Pontificate in Vatican, Italy on October 16, 1978.

Poznan - located in the Wielkopolski region, being industrial city hosts various International Trade Shows and festivals through the year like Equestrian competition, Fashion Shows and Sports events. Facts and more information about Poznan can be found at their official website.

Lódz - region Lodzkie, one of the biggest cities near Warsaw (1 hour by train) known in the past for its textile industry and the second largest Jewish community in Europe called 'Lodz Getto' during the World War II. Today Lodz is one of modern cultural city and the birth place of The Union of European Festivals of Photography (founded in September 2005, Photo Festival Union originated by the Foundation of Visual Education in Poland and Lodz also holds Biennial - an International Art Celebration in October.

Wroclaw - capital of the Lower Silesia region, also known as Breslau in German, of which for a greater part of the city's history, German was the dominant language, home to the biggest publishing house, which printed books in Polish (250 titles between 1732 and 1790), city of mixed architectural styles Gothic, baroque and modern, today known as the cultural hub and meeting place holding many events and festivals through the year.

Other popular cities along the Baltic sea in the region of Pomerania, at its best when visited during the summer are Sopot - well known for the International Song Contest, Gdansk – one of the oldest city in Poland dating back to 997, known for its history, science, holding many cultural festivals and natural stones of the sea (amber), AMBERMART the International Amber Fair or the St. Dominic Fair of Amber Art and Craft between 25July - 16 August every year and the birth place of Lech Walesa and of the 'Solidarnosc' – ‘Solidarity' – Polish Political Movement of 1980’s, Hel - for its unusual structure and position – a long and narrow land completely surrounded by the sea, Jantar known for it’s sandy beaches and the International Amber Fishing Competition and Gdynia – has the biggest aquariums in Europe, shipping industry and a sporty city being 5 times the European Basketball Champions, Malbork town where you can see the impressive and largest Gothic fortress in Europe Malbork Castle - Castle of the Virgin Mary

Wadowice - the birth place of Pope John Paul II, Wieliczka - a largest working salt mine in Europe, Ciechocinek - the biggest and best rated 'saline spa' surrounded by forests also known as the 'pearl of the health resorts' and Krosno a 12th century, medieval fortified town, where one can find the biggest and best quality production of Polish hand – cut Crystal and Polish Glass - anything from everyday use to artistic expressions.

Polish people are generally very worm, sociable and accommodating, so do not fear, when travelling to Poland. Take with you small Polish dictionary (as not everyone speak English) and you won't be lost for words!

For the best and up to date free information on cultural and social events around Poland visit In your pocket guide books on line or pick up one from your hotel or restaurants around the city.


Did you know!
That Poland has a desert? Bledów Desert the only desert in Poland

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