So, Gdansk, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Poznan will be hosting all the excitement of Euro 2012 in Poland next June when thousands (millions??) of football fans descend on these cities from all across the world.
So what could you get up to in between the matches (ladies, you’ll love this!)
- Beaches in Gdansk – the Baltic coast offers 500km of coastline and all the beaches are covered in luscious sand – perfect for June! And for an added bonus, pop on a train to the nearby Sopot seaside spa resort with all its beach bars and summer flavours.
- Lakes in Poznan – this beautiful city has 4 lakes in the city alone, perfect for swimming or water sports. It’s also the home of international trade fairs and has been hosting them since 1921!
- Polish Venice of the north – AKA Wroclaw – explore the waterways of Wroclaw and see why it’s been given this title (the 100 bridges and 12 islands might give a clue), and the archirecture is simply beautiful!
- Old town, shopping & modern business hub of Warsaw – the capital doesnt just have an old town that’s been entirely rebuilt and is in itself a UNESCO site, the city is also buzzing, very cosmopolitan, has all the shops to rival any European capital and has by far the best dumplings we’ve had so far in Poland!!
Add to this that Poland’s beers are amazing (surely a post in itself) and only 4.5zl (under £1) for 500ml and you’re in for a splendid time!
Here’s some photos showing the cities getting geared up for the matches:
As you can see, Poznan is getting into the spirit with this lovely natural display:
And here’s the Warsaw stadium in all its glory from a good viewing spot in the old town square by the Royal Castle: