You might not have considered Poland for a city break destination, but with a 2hr flight time, Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk are great destinations for a weekend away …. and pretty cheap with the local Zloty currency being on a 5:1 ratio to the pound!
The key cities to look out for:
Krakow – in the south by the Tatra mountains, gorgeous medieval city housing the oldest university of Poland, great cobbled streets, Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) for all your shopping and traditional souvenirs, a castle on the hill, a legend of Princess Wanda and day trip ideas to Tatra mountains, salt mines and of course historic Auswitz.
Warsaw – more central and much more of a business city, the office distructs are constantly evolving and you’ll see all the main financial institutions and hotels set up shop here. For the tourists – Warsaw old town is small but perfectly formed, with a fully re-built catle, cobbled streets, shops, cafes and beautiful botanical gardens (Lazienki).
Gdansk – set on the northern coast, in an area called ‘Trojmiasto’ (3 towns) with Sopot (great beach resort) and Gdynia (Ships and manufacturing) , it’s a beautiful city, lovely old town with river flowing along it, museums, cafes, towers to go up to view the scenery, and even bungee-jumping for the brave ones. Go on the boat to historic Westerplatte where WW2 began or board a boat to ‘Hel’ – a northern peninsular that’s bound to be the topic of many funny text messages.
Lublin – lovely city in the east of Poland (and my hometown) , nice old town with a cool medieval castle (check out the wooden imprint of a devil’s claw in the museum – great legend) , botanical gardens, old catholic university and a great open air museum of old polish village like …. Great lakes for swimming nearby, lovely countryside and a scenic little town called Kazimierz.
Apart from the cities, Poland is a country of undiscovered beauty – Tatra mountains in the south, un-spoilt coastal areas in the north, Mazurian lake district with sailing-a-plenty in the north east and an area of magnificent castles and stately homes in the south west near Wroclaw.
Go on, explore Poland!
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