Poland is an electrifying country with many examples of wonderful architecture, vibrant cities and an exciting cultural scene all enhanced by the Polish people’s friendly smiles. It’s still reasonably untouched by the tourist trail, making Poland holidays an experience that are a little bit different from other European breaks.
Warsaw is the capital and a remarkable city. Be certain to explore the ‘Royal Route’ with its beautiful buildings, famous statues and historic churches. Warsaw Old Town is home to the Royal Castle, St. Sigismund’s Column, St. John’s Cathedral and the Market Square, where you can choose from many shops, restaurants, cafés and workshops.
Another highlight of holidays to Poland is the important pilgrim city of Czestochowa, situated midway between Krakow and Warsaw. It is home to the Jasna Gora Sanctuary, which houses the picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa, or the Black Madonna. This holy relic has become a symbol of Poland. The late Pope John Paul II lived in Krakow for much of his life and made regular pilgrimages to pray before this celebrated image.
Krakow is a great cultural centre with a strong sense of history. Different to any other major Polish city, Krakow is one of the best preserved medieval centres in Europe. The city centre was largely unscathed by World War II and is thus home to a treasure trove of architectural delights. Today the town is awash with elegant pavement cafés, decadently decorated underground bars and excellent restaurants all housed in some of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
You’ll easily pass several hours in Krakow’s spacious main square, observing the buoyant atmosphere, relaxed cafés and the constant flurry of people. The famous Cloth Hall is the centrepiece of the square. Wonderful market stalls line the inner walls of the hall selling all manner of craft items, including original artwork, amber ornaments, jewellery and the painted wooden boxes that Poland is famous.
Poland tours often include a stroll through Krakow’s wonderfully preserved Jewish quarter, with its quaint boutiques and abundance of antique shops, leading you to Wawel Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula river. The castle, home to Polish royalty for centuries, sits proudly upon Wawel Hill, casting its gaze over the town. The buildings are a superb example of Gothic architecture and a focal point of the city.