Now that Poland’s a part of the European Union and while costs are still a little cheaper there than in the countries further west, it’s a great time to check out this beautiful and historically rich country. It’s easy to fly there via Frankfurt and enough Poles speak English to make it easy to get around. Some highlights for a visit to Poland include:
- Discovering the capital, Warsaw, which has an Old Town faithfully recreated and rebuilt after war damage, with great old buildings and interesting museums, plus the royalty factor including the palace; there is also some interesting Soviet era architecture, like the Palace of Culture and Science
- Visiting Krakow in the south, a city full of history and beauty. In Krakow, you’ll want to take photos of the market square and the churches, and visit Wawel Castle and take a tour of the nearby underground salt mines.
- Depending on the season, hiking or skiing in the Tatra Mountains in the far south of Poland – you can base yourself in the popular winter resort of Zakopane, close to the Slovak border.
- Understanding history better by visiting the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, not far from Krakow – these are by no means a pleasant day out, but most people find them fascinating and very worthwhile.