Poland is a Central European country which borders the Baltic Sea. With mountains and lakes, forests and national parks, historic cities and ancient monuments, it is easy to see why its tourist industry grows year on year. Although it suffered much destruction during the last war, many of its cities have well-preserved medieval centres. Where there was damage, these town centres have been lovingly and faithfully restored. Poland has a total of fourteen world heritage sites, thirteen of which are cultural and one is natural. Low cost Poland holidays are very popular as they appeal just as much to those who enjoy activities in the great outdoors, as they do to those planning a cultural city break.
Those seeking an active trip can visit the Tatra Mountains where they can ski in the winter months, or climb, hike or cycle in the summer. The Bieszczady Mountains are not so high making them great rambling terrain. The wild, unspoiled landscape, thick with broad-leafed woods; traditional villages with wooden churches; offer levels of peace and serenity that are often hard to find. Wildlife include the brown bear and wolf, the wild boar and deer, lynx and wild cat.
The Masurian Lakes lie in a beautiful area, ideal for walkers and those who enjoy fishing and watersports. The area also has many fine historical sites with castles, churches and palaces. It is here that Hitler had his headquarters.
The north of the country borders the Baltic Sea and here you'll find kilometre after kilometre of sandy beaches. One of the most popular areas is Gdansk Bay and the Hel Peninsula and where you'll find a variety of watersports.
The proximity of the country and the fascinating history of its towns, make it an ideal choice for a city break. Krakow is the most visited city and was the original capital of the country until the end of the sixteenth century. Amazingly, it was virtually undamaged during the war leaving its medieval centre unscathed. Be sure to visit Wawel Castle, St. Mary's Basilica, the Town Hall Tower, the church of St. Peter and Paul and the Cloth Hall. There are so many imposing buildings that you may have to prioritise your sightseeing. Do make time to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines where you'll see huge caverns, underground lakes, small chapels and sculptures carved from salt crystals. While in Krakow, most visitors make a pilgrimage to the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, to remember the millions of innocent victims who were killed there.
Warsaw, the capital, was in a state of total devastation after the war. The old town and the Royal Castle were razed to the ground. By 1980 much of the historic centre had been restored and the city has splendid examples of gothis, baroque, renaissance and neoclassical architecture. Try to include a visit to the visit the RoyalCastle, the Saxon Gardens, the Royal Baths Park and the Barbican in the market square.
Low cost Poland holidays have a variety of hotels, apartments, guest houses and hostels that cater for all budgets. The accommodation offers comfort and good service. Eateries provide for all tastes and pockets and drinks are comparatively inexpensive. There are venues in most cities where you can enjoy a lively nightlife.